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In Search of the Silver Bullet in Treating Asthma

Could time spent in these salt mines cure your asthma? Not likely.A silver bullet can be defined as a quick solution to a difficult problem[1]

We all know that asthma is a difficult problem. It can be a nasty disease. Modern day treatment may seem complicated and requires persistent effort to control. It is no wonder therefore that many people are in search of a quick solution to this problem. In effect, they are searching for a silver bullet.

Recently two such solutions have appeared in the news. The first involved an event in India where thousands gathered to swallow live fish covered with a secret coating in promise of curing their asthma. The second is the practice of sitting in Himalayan salt caves. This is said to be beneficial, not only for asthma, but also arthritis, psoriasis as well as nervousness, poor concentration, sleeping disorders, and ADHD among other maladies[2].

Give me a break.

The problem with these and myriad other silver bullets is that they lack hard scientific evidence of their effectiveness. I have no doubt that you can find individuals who will honestly testify to their effectiveness, but anecdotal evidence and testimonials do not make something true. 30% of people given a placebo will report that it is effective. Keeping this in mind, I like to see hard scientific evidence that a therapy is more effective than placebo, and has an acceptable safety profile before recommending its use. This typically involves reproducible results in double blind, placebo controlled clinical trials.

These take time, money, and effort, but are the only way to get the proof needed.

[1] Silver bullet. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved June 24, 2012, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Silver bullet

[2] http://www.saltcave.us/halotherapy.html

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Twitter Party Recap: Asthma and the Family

Last Friday, we held our third Twitter party to great success! We had more participants than ever which means we’re reaching more people than ever before. It’s so great to watch people connect (with both asthma specialists and fellow asthma sufferers).

As we discussed how asthma affects our families, we touched on a lot of important topics. Our co-host Lillian Cohen-Moore talked about her diagnosis in college, as well as how her parents educated her to be confident in her personal care.




Triggers are another important aspect in your asthma treatment. Dr. Nathan Hare pointed out that asthma patients are very likely to have allergic triggers:




Being confident in your own management of your asthma and knowing your triggers are key to developing your asthma action plan. As pointed out by Lorene Alba, being confident and seeking help when necessary is key, not just to your treatment, but to your life.




We hope you’ll join us June 22nd for our next chat! In the meantime, let we’d love to know: How does asthma affect your family? And how do you manage your triggers?


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Family, Asthma, and the Power of Twitter

How does asthma affect your family?Asthma doesn’t just affect the individual, it affects the entire family. Whether it’s your child,  your husband, your sister, or your mom: When you have asthma, those around you all feel it in some way.

Tonight we’ll be diving into how asthma affects families on our bi-weekly #BeatingAsthma Twitter chat.

In tonight’s chat we’ll have two guests on board Lillian Cohen-Moore (@lilyorit), a journalist and asthma sufferer, and Dr. Nathan Hare (@AllergyTalk), an asthma specialist and founder of NathanHare.com, a website dedicated to allergy and asthma.

How has asthma affected your family? I hope you’ll join us and share your experiences, as well as your questions.

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