July 2, 2012
It broke my heart.
I was out hiking with my twin boys earlier this month, and suddenly realized that only one boy was by my side.
I looked back.
The second little guy was standing halfway up the hill behind us, bent over at the waist and struggling to get a breath – a look of sheer panic in his eyes.
This had happened before: a couple times, both during soccer games.
I calmed him down, waited patiently for him to catch his breath, and then we finished the hike.
That evening, I e-mailed one of the smartest doctors I know, Dr. David Minkoff, and asked him about exercise induced asthma in kids. What he told me was so ground-breaking and comprehensive that I just couldn't keep it to myself.
So I hit the record button and got him on a podcast call.
I immediately implemented the tips I picked up from the interview you're about to hear, and 7 days later, my son (pictured above) completed his first triathlon with zero breathing issues.
During this audio discussion, I ask Dr. Minkoff the following questions about exercise induced asthma in kids:
-What exactly is exercise induced asthma?
-Do you see patients that struggle with this issue, and have you observed at all that more people, and especially kids, are dealing with exercise induced asthma?
-What do you think are the reasons that this is an issue?
-Is there anything wrong with the current exercise induced asthma treatments, and if so, what are your alternative recommendations?
-Have you seen this condition successfully reversed or controlled, especially in kids?
During our discussion, Dr. Minkoff and I discuss the following resources:
-Keeping kids away from potential digestive irritants or foods that could trigger an autoimmune reaction, especially gluten (a very good book I recommend on this topic is “Gut & Psychology Syndrome“).
-Red blood cell test for magnesium (look for a naturopathic physician in your area who may be able to order this) and use of a magnesium supplement if deficiency is found.
-Considering use of a colostrum supplement in a child who was raised on formula and not breastmilk.
-Use of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and anti-inflammatory fish oil.
-Looking into allergy elimination techniques (i.e. NAET.com) to identify and eliminate potential allergenic foods that kids may be eating.
-Educating yourself on the realities and alternatives to immunizations and vaccinations. The website Dr. Minkoff recommends is: http://www.nvic.org
And there's more resources for you too, because Dr. Minkoff, in addition to being the creator of the “Master Amino Pattern” amino acid supplement, has also been on the following podcasts:
Questions, comments or feedback about exercise induced asthma in kids? Do you or your kids have this issue? Leave your thoughts below.