Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Understanding the Asthma-Allergy Link

Monday, 30 Dec 2013 02:02 PM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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Question: My 11-year-old grandson has a serious allergy to tree nuts and also suffers from asthma. Knowing that you suffered from childhood asthma, what do you recommend?
 
Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:
 
Asthma in children is increasing at epidemic rates. Identifying and treating food and environmental allergies makes a tremendous difference in an asthmatic patient. The most common food allergy that I have seen is dairy — specifically, sensitivity to the milk protein
casein.
 
I estimate that more than 80 percent of patients have sensitivity to casein. Labs can do an IgG test for casein antibodies to identify the allergy. This test is clinically reliable.
 
You might also seek out a practitioner of NAET, an acupressure treatment designed to diagnose and treat food and environmental allergies/sensitivities. NAET is nontoxic and anyone, children included, can undergo it.

For more information, visit: www.naet.com.
 

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