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LATE-ONSET ASTHMA

Many people develop asthma for the first time after puberty after they develop a fever, sore throat and what looks like an infection. There are many studies to show that many of these people are infected with mycoplasma or chlamydia bacteria and that some can be cured by taking antibiotics, while others cannot.

A study in the very prestigious Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows why. If chlamydia and mycoplasma infections are allowed to continue in the lungs, they damage the bronchial tubes permanently, a condition called remodeling, and then the tubes that carry air to and from the lungs can never heal, fill with mucous and the linings swell to block airflow, and the only effective treatment then is to use cortisone type drugs that reduce swelling, but decrease immunity and further prevent healing. If these people are given long term antibiotics early enough, the bronchial tubes are not damaged and they can be cured. If they are not treated early enough, they have permanent lung damage and will be on medication forever and never be cured.

Most physicians do not accept this concept. If you develop a cough, wheezing and shortness of breath after puberty, make sure that you inform your physician immediately about this new and exciting research. The preferred long-term antibiotic are either minocycline 100 mg, Biaxin 500 mg, or Dynacin 250 mg twice a day. See also report #G107.

Persistent airflow limitation in adult-onset nonatopic asthma is associated with serologic evidence of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection. A tenBrinke, JT vanDissel, PJ Stark, AH Zwinderman, KF Rabe, EH Bel. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2001, Vol 107, Iss 3, pp 449-454Address ten Brinke A, Leiden Univ, Med Ctr, Dept Pulm Dis, C3-P, POB 9600, NL-2300 RC Leiden, NETHERLANDS

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May 31st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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