Autumn Ups Asthma Risk...

A new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine claims babies born in the fall have a 30% greater risk of developing asthma than babies born at some other time. Researchers blame winter viruses, like respiratory syncytial virus; HealthDay News reports.

And a previous report suggests over-stressed moms can increase their baby’s likelihood of developing asthma or allergies later in life. So can public swimming pools. But according to Dr. Fuhrman breastfeeding reduces the risk of asthma in children. It works in mice too!

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Matt Stone - January 14, 2009 1:16 PM

quote from Mark Starr's Hypothyroidism type II on the connection between asthma, hypothyroidism, and winter...

"Symptoms [of type II hypothyroidism] frequently are exacerbated by cold weather. Cold places an increased demand upon thyroid function, due to the additional energy required to heat our bodies. Remember that the thyroid hormones are responsible for our energy production. Many times I witnessed four prime examples of the hypothyroid state: seasonal depression (wintertime); asthma which is much worse in cold weather; dry itchy skin (often termed winter itch); and more frequent infection such as colds, sinus infections, and pneumonia."

The thyroid state in the intrauterine environment controls the activity of mitochondrial DNA, which is what yields children with a higher propensity to develop hypothyroid-related disorders in childhood such as asthma, ear infections, and poor resistance to infectious illness.

For many years I had to live in Hawaii (poor me, I know) to avoid symptoms of asthma which were seasonal, until I improved my hypothyroidism through diet.

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