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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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 – NutritionFacts.org

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

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Of course it’s not our genes! Our genes didn’t suddenly change 40 years ago. At the same time, though, in a certain sense, it could be thought of as all in our genes. That’s the topic of my next video The Thrifty Gene Theory: Survival of the Fattest (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-t…).

This is the 2nd in an 11-video series on the obesity epidemic. If you missed the first one, check out The Role of Diet vs. Exercise in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-r…).

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Thanks for watching. I hope you’ll join in the evidence-based nutrition revolution! -Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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Hello and let’s get together! from Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen

Dear Healthy Nuggetters:

I know the past month must have been trying for all. I had quite a moment recovering from the tailspin my medical practice was in due to Covid restrictions which affected not only my procedures but my referrals. So had to majorly adjust my expectations with the main goal to keep my employees safe and working for the foreseeable future.   

That being said, I miss you guys. So now is time to reactivate our meetings using an electronic platform!  

I have been doing Zoom consultations for my patients to keep them home and also my friends and family and I have been doing virtual coffee, virtual dinners together and so on.  Although not as touchy feely as when meeting  in person, these options are keeping our spirit up and all of us connected.   

So here is the plan: 

Let’s get together next Friday from 6 to 8 pm 

This will be a zoom meeting 

Please RSVP by Friday morning so I can Email you the meeting number and password. My email address is healthynuggetlr@gmail.com.

No charge for this meeting (donations accepted LOL) 

This will be an informal meeting and we can talk about anything. I am trying to keep well informed about COVID 19 and I can share what I know or we can talk about other things.  

I see possible classes on line : like bring you guys in my kitchen when I fix dinner or cover topics with slides and so on. But I would like to ask you guys what you would like best. 

The Most Important Thing is that we stay connected during this social distancing. So I want to keep our community going.  We will discuss future dates at next Friday’s meeting. 

I hope you guys are eating healthy!  produce is plentiful !  and the produce section is rarely packed with people 

Happy eating and love and hugs 

Maryelle 

Diabetes Impact On Your Health And How To Prevent It by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens calls chronic diabetes degenerative syndrome. A leading medical authority in the world of live-food nutrition, Dr. Cousens exposes the dangers of excess glucose and fructose as the key causes of this seemingly unstoppable epidemic that affects more than twenty-five million Americans and 347 million people worldwide. Cousens, whose Diabetes Recovery Program is the most successful antidiabetes program in the world, presents a three-week plan that focuses on a moderate­-low complex carbohydrate, live food, plant-source-only diet that reverses diabetes to a physiology of health and well-being by resetting the genetic expression of a person’s DNA. The program renders insulin and related medicines unnecessary within four days as the blood sugar drops to normal levels, and the diabetic shifts into nondiabetic physiology within two weeks.

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Which type of vitamin B12 is best–cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin, or hydroxycobalamin? | NutritionFacts.org – Dr. Michael Greger

(Discussed in https://theplantstrongclub.org/2020/04/02/ep-3-dr-michael-klaper-health-hope-amidst-a-lockdown-podcast-with-rip-esselstyn/ )

I have followed you for years and purchase your tapes. Met you in Ann Arbor at the food co- op. Is it true Cyanocobalamin b12 ( which you recommend for us as vegans) turns into cyanide and the best b12 to take is hydroxycobalamin? Per Raymond Francis MIT scientist. That’s what his website shows anyway. His comments were it is man made , not natural, and not well utilized. What is absorbed is turn into cyanide. Could you please clarify, help.

David Tunison / Originally asked on Vegan epidemic

Answer:

Let me guess: Mr. Francis sells hydroxycobalamin supplements?

It’s like the whole coral calcium scam. Calcium is cheap as chalk–in fact it is chalk! So how are you going to bilk people out of lots of money? You sell some sort of special calcium. Same with B12 supplements.

B12 is so cheap to produce that supplement manufacturers try to come up with all sorts of fancy ways to “add value” to products so they can charge $30 a bottle. Unless you’re a smoker, have kidney failure, or base your diet around cassava root, cyanocobalamin should be fine. That’s what I take!

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Diet for a Livable Future – Dr. Michael Klaper

This may be the most important video that I have ever made. It’s filled with big, bold ideas and that is exactly what is required in this time of global climate crisis. I know it’s easy to feel powerless as we watch the earth warm and the polar ice caps melt. But there’s actually a great deal that can be done to avert the impending environmental disasters that we all see looming in front of us. Old thinking got us into this problem and new ‘out of the box’ thinking is required to get us out, and to create a world of health and stability.

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Coronavirus: The Other Half of the Equation | Ornish Lifestyle Medicine – Dr. Dean Ornish

To avoid getting sick, most of the focus so far has been on preventing exposure to the coronavirus, which, of course, is very important—staying at home, social distancing, hand washing, gloves, masks, disinfecting, etc.

But very little has been written about the other half of the equation: how to enhance your immune system so that if you are exposed, you can reduce the chances of getting sick—or at least mitigate the intensity of the disease and thus reduce the death rate.

The four aspects of our lifestyle medicine program—eat well, move more, stress less, love more—have been proven to reverse a wide variety of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, early-stage prostate cancer, and hypertension. They also enhance immune function.

Here are some relevant studies:

1. Love More:

Spreading fear and loathing about the coronavirus may, ironically, increase the risk of getting sick. Fear can be self-fulfilling to the extent that it does suppress immune function and makes someone more likely to get the very disease they’re most afraid of.

Also, staying at home and social distancing help prevent transmission of the virus, but feeling lonely can be harmful to your health. Study after study have shown that people who are lonely and isolated are 3-10 times more likely to get sick and die prematurely of virtually all causes when compared to those who have a strong sense of love and community.

Fortunately, there are many things we can do to enhance our immune function to help protect us. While it’s important to stay at home, wash your hands, disinfect, etc., it’s also wise to spend more time socializing with family members who are living with you as well using video or just audio technologies like Zoom or the phone to virtually spend time with friends and family in other places.

For example, Sheldon Cohen did a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in which he dripped rhinovirus (which causes the common cold) in the noses of volunteers. (I don’t know how he persuaded people to volunteer and got this approved by the human studies committee….) All of them became infected, but not everyone developed the signs and symptoms of a cold.

Those that had only 1-3 social ties—defined as a phone call or visit from a friend every two weeks—were 4.2 times more likely to develop a cold than those with 6 or more social ties during that time. (Now, just visit friends virtually rather than in person.) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/417085

2. Stress Less:

In an earlier study, Cohen dripped five types of respiratory viruses (rhinovirus type 2, 9, or 14, respiratory syncytial virus, or coronavirus type 229E, a less deadly form than the current coronavirus) into volunteers. The rates of both respiratory infection and clinical colds increased significantly in a dose-response manner with increases in the degree of psychological stress. Infection rates ranged from approximately 74 percent to approximately 90 percent, according to levels of psychological stress, and the incidence of clinical colds ranged from approximately 27 percent to 47 percent.

In other words, stress suppressed their immune function. Because of this, the more stressed they felt, the more likely they were to get infected and sick. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199108293250903
And in a more recent study, he found that those who he infected with rhinoviruses who had positive emotions such as happy, pleased, and relaxed had a 2.9 times lower risk of developing a cold than those who did not in a dose-response fashion.

In other words, feeling happy and peaceful enhances your immune system. https://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2003/07000/Emotional_Style_and_Susceptibility_to_the_Common.25.aspx

In contrast, when you’re depressed, your immune system is depressed as well. In a different study by Margaret Chesney and others, men who were HIV positive (i.e., all had evidence of being infected with the HIV virus) and were depressed were significantly more likely to develop AIDS and die from it than those who were not depressed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8885823

3. Eat Well:

Numerous studies have clearly shown that a healthful whole foods plant-based diet enhances your immune function. There are thousands of substances in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and soy products that are protective against infections. https://www.pcrm.org/news/exam-room-podcast/incredible-vegan-immune-system

4. Move More:

Many studies have shown a clear, inverse relationship between moderate exercise and risk of a wide variety of illnesses, including infectious diseases. It enhances immune regulation. Just walking 15-30 minutes/day makes a big difference in your immune function. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254618301005

So, I put all of this together to say that it does make very good sense to be mindful of reducing risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus by staying at home, social distancing, hand washing, gloves, masks, disinfecting, etc.) without becoming afraid or depressed. And to spend more time virtually in loving relationships with friends and family; eating well; moving more; and stressing less.

In short, enhancing our immune system can help us to be less “influenced” by the influenza virus.

Finding meaning in situations, especially bad ones, also helps enhance our immune system. With all the tragedy of the coronavirus, is there anything meaningful that comes from it?

First, for those of us who work too much, being at home and being told not to go to work or to travel gives everyone a valid rationale to spend more time with our friends and family, both in-person with those you live with and also virtually with others. No FOMO if everything is cancelled. You don’t have to give an excuse at work to stay home.

Also, having a common enemy can help heal some of the wounds that divide our country. These are profoundly human issues that affect everyone in all states, both red and blue.

It reminds me a little of the classic science fiction movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which an intelligent alien comes to Earth to warn everyone of the importance of living peacefully. He caused all mechanical and electrical machines to stop for an hour to get everyone’s attention. Our world this week is also stopping—for much more than an hour—and it’s getting everyone’s attention as well.

And, finally, having so much less traffic and manufacturing is also giving the Earth a chance to breathe and heal, at least temporarily. A literal breather.

Source: Coronavirus: The Other Half of the Equation | Ornish Lifestyle Medicine