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Sunday, December 15, 2013

What causes asthma?

The following was originally published on on 4/30/12

24 things that may cause asthma

Asthma is a disease that's been described in writings that go all the way back to 5,000 B.C.  Despite it's long history, asthma experts still struggle to understand why 10 percent of people develop this disease.  

Around 400 B.C. the Hippocratic writers suspected asthma was hereditary, and asthma physicians for years have suspected the same.  Yet they had no proof.  

Thankfully modern scientists have been working overtime to learn more about this disease, particlarly with one question in mind:  what causes asthma? 

The latest evidence is quite stunning.  While scientists continue to believe there is a hereditary or genetic link, they've also learned that you don't have to have the asthma gene to develop asthma. 

This wisdom is important because it may lead to methods of preventing asthma, better medicine, and a possible cure.  As of this day, scientists have linked all of the following as possible causes of asthma.  (Please click on the link provided for further reading):
  1. Genetics/ heredity/ family history
  2. Lack of exposure to germs
  3. H. Pylori infection  
  4. Imbalance of microbes in the gut
  5. Allergies 
  6. Mold 
  7. Cigarette smoke
  8. Gastrointestinal Reflux (GERD)
  9. Atopy (Eczema)
  10. Air pollution  
  11. Lack of vitamin D  
  12. Obesity
  13. High fat foods
  14. Low birth weight
  15. Premature birth
  16. Bronchiolitis (RSV)
  17. Winter birth
  18. Exposure to chemicals
  19. Nasal Congestion
  20. Antibiotics
  21. Tylenol
  22. High endurance exercise
  23. Birth by c-section
  24. Poor diet  

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