Can eating a plant-based diet alleviate or prevent asthma?

Eating more fruit and vegetables and less dairy can help to prevent asthma and reduce symptoms, a review of published research has concluded. However, the claim remains controversial.

Whether a plant-based diet can alleviate asthma symptoms is still a matter of debate.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the airways and can cause wheezing and difficulty breathing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 7.7% of people in the United States had asthma in 2018, and 3,441 people died as a result of the condition.

Among the recognized triggers of asthmatic symptoms is exposure to an allergen or irritant, such as pollen or cigarette smoke, vigorous exercise, and emotional stress.

Doctors believe obesity is a risk factor for the disease. A systematic review of evidence in Annals of the American Thoracic Society in 2019 found that people with obesity and asthma can improve their asthma-related symptoms by losing weight.

Plant-based foods

However, a new review of asthma and diet now appearing in Nutrition Reviews goes further.

The authors conclude that a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of developing the condition and improve symptom control, while dairy products increase risk and exacerbate symptoms.

One of the authors, Dr. Hana Kahleova of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says:

“This groundbreaking research shows that filling our plates with plant-based foods — and avoiding dairy products and other high fat foods — can be a powerful tool for preventing and managing asthma.”

The authors have reviewed a wide range of studies that have looked at associations between asthma and the consumption of fruit and vegetables, dairy, eggs, and saturated fat.

A study from 1985, for example, put 35 patients with asthma on a vegan diet for 1 year.

The authors of this study reported significant improvements in vital capacity — a measure of the maximum volume of air a person can exhale from their lungs — and other clinical measures. However, there was no control group for comparison.

This absence of a control means the research did not account for the placebo effect or the possibility that some people’s symptoms would have improved anyway without any change in diet.

Causes and effects

Another study from 2015, used questionnaires to assess the diet and health of 678 children in Puerto Rico. It found that children who consumed the most dairy products were more likely to have asthma.

The research was “cross-sectional”, a type of observational study that focuses on a particular point in time rather than investigating the outcome of an intervention. This makes it difficult for researchers to differentiate between causes and effects in their results.

However, a pilot study the current authors describe later in their review put 13 children with asthma on a diet free of milk and eggs, while nine others continued their usual diet.

After 8 weeks, peak expiratory flow rate — a measure of how fast a person can exhale — had improved by an average of around 20% in the children who ate no milk or eggs, but was not significantly changed in the controls.

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Adventist Health West Acquisition of Blue Zones, LLC

Dear Community Champion,

We are excited to announce that Blue Zones has been acquired by Adventist Health, a mission-driven, non-profit health system that serves more than 80 communities on the West Coast in more than 20 hospitals and 250 clinics.

What does this mean for the future?

Blue Zones is proud to be the global leader and pioneer in using an environmental, systematic approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Adventist Health shares our mission, vision, and values, and their community integration efforts align perfectly with our work.

By combining our mission-driven cultures, we can scale our efforts and resulting impact at a whole new level and in the process truly provide the model to transform the health of America. We believe this partnership represents the future of healthcare in America.

Our entire staff is now part of the Adventist Health family. Our leadership, staff, and contact information will remain the same.


We come to work every day to make the health of our communities, our nation, and our world better. This commitment is stronger than ever during this global crisis.

If you have any questions about this exciting news, please contact me at any time.

Please find attached press releases that went out today specific to the Blue Zones,LLC acquisition by Adventist Health West and the extension with our strategic partners at Sharecare.


Sincerest thanks,

Tony Buettner

Blue Zones Adventist Health Press Release – FINAL _1_

Blue Zones Sharecare Press Release 040720

Music Takes 13 Minutes to ‘Release Sadness’ and 9 to Make You Happy, Says New Study

Musical scientists have finally determined the exact amount of time it takes for music ease symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) has been studying the beneficial effects of listening to music for therapeutic purposes for years.

The new research by BAST, the Music as Medicine project, has tried to identify exactly what kind of music stimulates positive neural responses and how long one must listen before these responses begin to activate.

“Most people hear or actively listen to music every day and as humans we tend to change our playlists based on our mood,” explained the neuroscientists at BAST.

“Music psychologists have proven time and time again, that music can have an effect on our health. So with that in mind, wouldn’t it be great if we could prescribe music to help with certain mood states?”

That’s exactly what they’ve succeeded in doing with Music as Medicine, and some of the results are truly stunning.

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In a pre-trial survey of the 7,581 people involved in the project, 89% of the participants said that music was essential to their health and or well-being.

By Gavin

Music for Relaxation

13 minutes was found to be the optimum listening time in the case of music to relax. This kind of music was characterized with a slow tempo, simple melodies and no lyrics, like Weightless, by Marconi Union.

That song from this Manchester-based music trio was found to reduce symptoms of anxiety by up to 65%.

“Our test subjects reported positive benefits including decreased muscle tension, negative thoughts disappearing, feeling peaceful and contented and being able to sleep better,” exclaimed the study.

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That’s because 79% had reduced muscle tension, 84% had less negative thoughts, and 82% had a better nights sleep or felt restful & contented.

Music for Happiness

For those, like the GNN founder, who prefer dancing to get their cardio benefits, even less music is scientifically found to bring greater power into your legs and happiness into your mind.

After listening to driving rhythm and fast tempo music with happy lyrical content for just 9 minutes, 89% of participants had improved energy levels, 65% laughed more and/or felt happier, 82% felt able to take on anything or felt more in control of their lives.

Photo of Trombone Shorty by Jeroen Komen, CC license

Music to Process or Release Sadness

Because sadness is very personal, people selected unsurprisingly music with lyrics they connected with. Like listening for relaxation, 13 minutes were found to be enough for optimal benefit.

“Listening to music for sadness caused our listeners to feel a sense of relief, be less overwhelmed, feel more stable and less likely to be triggered by things that reminded them of the issue,” they said.

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87% felt more emotionally stable, 84% felt less overwhelmed, a record 91% felt relief & release, while 84% said they came out the other side of their sadness.

While this research may seem like a cool bonus to doing what most of us love to do—listen to music—it’s actually leading to potential therapeutic interventions like this study that used the same tune as Music for Medicine “Weightless” to calm pre-operational anxiety attacks.

The study found that listening to Marconi Union’s track reduced symptoms of anxiety in patients waiting to undergo surgery.

Source: Music Takes 13 Minutes to ‘Release Sadness’ and 9 to Make You Happy, Says New Study


People Who Eat More Nuts And Seeds Have Increased Lifespan and Decreased All-Cause Mortality by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Joel Fuhrman M.D., a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Live, Super Immunity and The End of Diabetes, delivers a powerful paradigm-shifting lecture showing us how and why we never need to diet again.

You will understand the key principles of the science of health, nutrition and weight loss. It will give you a simple and effective strategy to achieve—and maintain—an optimal weight without dieting for the rest of your life. This new approach will free you forever from a merry-go-round of diets and endless, tedious discussions about dieting strategies. This is the end of dieting.”

Boosting Our Immune System Through Food | Dr. William Li

Hello everyone, I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. We all can see the seriousness of this virus and it’s important that we do everything we can to protect ourselves. It is especially important for people who have compromised immune systems or chronic disease.

What you choose to eat makes a huge impact on your immunity. The rules haven’t changed: eat whole foods, mostly plant based, cut down on red meat and ultra-processed foods. However, there are delicious foods you can add to your diet today for extra immune boosting benefits. A few of my top immune boosting choices:

  • Oranges
  • Orange Juice
  • Guava
  • Strawberries
  • Mushrooms
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Green Tea

Listen as I offer up guidance on how to boost your body’s health defenses, specifically your immune system. Subscribe to my Youtube channel or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter as we walk through these times. I am here to be a resource for you; I have also added two delicious recipes with these foods on my latest blog. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding specific foods or recipes.

Stay safe and healthy,
William Li, MD




Nutrition & Kidney Failure by Brooke Goldner, M.D.

I have published some of my experience using nutrition to reverse end stage kidney failure. What I have discovered using the Goodbye Lupus Protocol, is that the kidneys have a remarkable ability to recover from inflammatory illness with the right nutrition, and even the smallest amount of the wrong foods can cause an immediate drop in function.

IMPORTANT: While removing animal protein is important for kidney failure, making a lot of dietary changes can be dangerous with kidney failure because of the inability to properly eliminate or filter electrolytes. If you have kidney failure, you NEED the right oversight – your doctor may have put you on water restriction or a potassium/oxalate , restricted diet. If you are on coumadin your doctor will need to change your dosage to accommodate your diet or change the medicine. I strongly recommend you work with me directly under these circumstances to adjust, personalize and optimize the protocol for your personal level of kidney function and health status under the supervision of your nephrologist.

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The Role of Genes in the Obesity Epidemic – Dr. Michael Greger –

The obesity “fat gene” accounts for less than 1% of the differences in size between people.

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FastFit SIDEWALK CIRCUIT/ Outdoor Workout For The Community/ #fastfit #littlerock

Thanks to Jeff McDaniel,, for this 2-week free tryout!

With gyms closed we’ve put together an outdoor interval circuit routine for anyone to drop by and do on your own! Swing by 1520 Macon Drive in west Little Rock and check it out. Be sure to drop us a note that you did it! It’s a challenging time BUT this has forced people to get creative, think outside of their own little gym box themselves and lift each other up. We hope this is something that our community can use, have fun with and most importantly FEEL GOOD and HOPEFUL about!