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What causes Asthma? This article shows the link between an asymmetric jaw and Asthma
Friday, April 5. 2019, Updated January 2024
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A Breath of Fresh Air - Asthma treatment, a definitive approach
In the evolving world of the achievement of Cranio Dental and Skeletal Symmetry (CDSS) as a cure for many health conditions, we have had a number of patients who recovered from this condition. The improvements in the respiratory condition of asthmatics have been phenomenal. This article is an exploration of an unconventional, but a definitive approach to not only managing asthma symptoms but possibly providing a total cure.

Understanding asthma – the basics

Asthma is a persistent respiratory disorder that millions globally grapple with, making it an ailment that deserves our undivided attention. This lung condition is hallmarked by episodes where the sufferer may experience difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, a sensation of tightness in the chest, or wheezing and often sleep apnoea at night. This lung condition is hallmarked by episodes where you may experience difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, a sensation of tightness in your chest, or wheezing. These symptoms stem from the inflammation and constriction of the airways, which act as breathing passages.

The first line of defence in treating asthma traditionally leans on inhaled medications. These medications are designed to relax the muscles surrounding the airways, allowing them to expand for easier breathing. While these inhaled medications play a crucial role in managing asthma, they fail to resolve the condition, which often continues to worsen as the years go by.
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Imagine a journey that takes you beyond the pharmacy and into the realm of body balance and physical wellness. This journey is not only possible, but also being increasingly recognized as a remarkable approach to asthma treatment. So, buckle up as we navigate the path of understanding asthma, its basics, and how full-body symmetry plays a crucial role in this journey.

Is asthma curable - The conundrum
The understanding of the disease triggers has been slow and confusing, with many contradictory findings. The final state of affairs on a popular medical website says:
"There is currently no medical cure for asthma, and no single exact cause has been identified." Consequently, at present, corticosteroids are the mainstay of palliative asthma treatment. A typical medical explanation for asthma is that it is a "complex, heterogeneous disease that is often associated with atopic sensitisation in children. It is believed to arise because of interactions in early life between environmental exposures and genetic predisposition. Environmental exposure to inhaled substances and particles that provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways are the prime aetiological triggers."

The rest of the conundrum goes on to say that:
"During the last few decades of the 20th century, large increases in childhood asthma prevalence were described in the United Kingdom and other developed countries. Genetic shift cannot explain this rapid change despite an extensive search for modifiable environmental factors, which may be causally related to the development of asthma in children. Although numerous biologically plausible factors have been suggested, most have only modest effects on disease risk."

While not giving any less importance to the potentiating effects of environmental pollution, the missing factors which can explain the large increases in asthma cases can be additionally explained by the following serious aggravating factors:

• The consumption of processed foods and unhealthy takeaway foods: Seriously affecting jaw development in the last few decades of the 20th Century. Please refer to the work of Dr Weston Price. Eating softer foods prevents proper development of the jaws, leading to an imbalance of the head over the neck.
• Glyphosates and GM crops in our diet: Apart from the environmental concerns surrounding glyphosate, there are also fears about the potential health effects of the chemical. Opponents of its use argue that its safety is not yet fully understood and that exposure to glyphosate has been linked to kidney damage which in turn causes fluid retention in the lungs, gut bacteria disruption, and even cancer in some research.
• Covid vaccines playing a devastating role in patient health: The impact of Covid vaccines on patient health has been reported to be catastrophic, as evidenced by a court order requiring the FDA to provide documentation from Pfizer revealing numerous severe side effects. The effects on the lung include:
• Extraction orthodontics in the last few decades: of the 20th century, resulting in a worsening of the poor jaw development. Again, causing an imbalance of the head on the neck, which has to distort or rotate to balance the head. This malrotation affects the function of various nerves like the phrenic nerve to affect the breathing capacity. This has left hundreds of thousands crippled and aesthetically mauled.
• The extraction of wisdom teeth: This is also contributing to the incidence of breathing problems, including asthma and lifelong illness with many other symptoms. Please read the article on wisdom teeth at the link provided at the end of this article.

Only slight asymmetries of the jaws can cause serious health issues - not just Asthma The resolution of asthma, brought about by corrective non-extraction, non-constrictive orthodontics in most patients, is a testament that poor jaw development is THE MAIN contributory factor in the incidence of Asthma.

How orthodontic care helps patients
Let's delve into an unexpected player in the asthma management game - orthodontic care. The mouth is a secondary breathing pathway, becoming especially important when the primary path, our nose, is compromised due to blocked or constricted nasal passages. This results in open mouth breathing, a narrowing of the upper jaw further restricting nasal breathing and an arrest of the forward growth of the lower jaw. This conventionally is called a Class II dental arch relationship. Orthodontic treatments such as braces or palate expanders can help widen a narrow upper jaw, which in turn expands the nasal airway and facilitates breathing. With this in mind, it becomes clear that oral health is inextricably tied to our respiratory well-being. This, however, is only one part of the story. The retruded lower jaw has a serious impact on the weight-bearing of the head upon the neck, which leads to a spiral of misalignments throughout the spine causing various health problems, one of which is a shortness of breath. This symptom is chronic and often interpreted by the medical profession to a "disease called asthma".

Chronic mouth breathing can lead to a host of problems, including dry mouth, poor sleep, and even changes in facial structure, often a cause of a long face and an anterior open dental bite whereby the front teeth do not meet the opposite arch. By addressing dental concerns and striving for optimal oral health, we are essentially helping to create a more streamlined pathway for air to flow in and out of our lungs. Orthodontic care, while primarily viewed through the lens of dental aesthetics, is making a compelling case for its role in asthma management. By paying attention to our oral health and ensuring optimal dental alignment, we're not only flashing a perfect smile but also offering our lungs the freedom to function more efficiently. With this alternative approach, the pathway to managing asthma expands from just the lungs and medication to incorporating orthodontic care - breathing easier with every step of the journey.

Physical Therapy and Exercise Regimens
Taking a step further into the holistic approach, let's venture into the realm of physical therapy and regular exercise regimens. Engaging in an active lifestyle isn't just good for your heart; it can significantly benefit those living with asthma too. One might ask, how does movement help a respiratory condition? The answer lies in the magic of lung capacity and control. Physical therapy presents a promising avenue to restore full function to lungs which have been compromised for years, empowering them to strengthen their respiratory muscles and enhance their breathing control. Techniques like chest physiotherapy, which involves physical manipulation of the chest wall, can help clear mucus from the airways, making it easier to breathe. Meanwhile, prescribed breathing exercises can improve respiratory stamina and strength, transforming each breath into a more effortless endeavour.

But the journey doesn't stop at physical therapy. Incorporating a regular exercise regimen, especially cardio workouts, can turn out to be a game-changer. Cardio exercises, such as brisk walking, running, or cycling, can train your lungs to use oxygen more efficiently, thereby minimizing the occurrence of breathlessness. It's about building your lungs' endurance, helping them withstand the demands of daily activities without triggering asthma symptoms.

Bear in mind, though, that not all exercises are created equal for asthma patients. It's crucial to consult with a medical professional before embarking on any new workout routine. They can provide guidance on what exercises are most suitable for your specific condition and how to safely integrate them into your lifestyle. So, lace up your sneakers, stretch out your limbs, and prepare to give your lungs the workout they need. With the correct orthodontic intervention, physical therapy techniques and a suitable exercise regimen, you're equipped to take on asthma from yet another angle. The key lies in consistency and perseverance. Let's redefine what it means to 'take your breath away', making each inhalation and exhalation a testament to your improved lung function.

The Role of Pilates and Yoga in Asthma Relief

Roll out your mat, and let's delve into the calming world of Pilates and Yoga - disciplines known to be significantly beneficial for people living with breathing difficulties. These practices uniquely intertwine physical strength, balance, and breathing exercises into a relaxing routine that can do wonders for your respiratory system. At the heart of both Pilates and Yoga lies diaphragmatic breathing - a type of deep breathing that engages the diaphragm, a muscle essential for respiratory health. This style of breathing teaches you to fill your lungs fully and steadily, improving your oxygen intake with each breath. It also encourages better control over your breathing patterns, a crucial factor for those facing asthma symptoms.

These disciplines go beyond the physical, offering a mental oasis to combat the stress and anxiety that often accompany breathing issues. Stress has been shown to trigger asthma symptoms, and the meditative aspect of yoga is a proven antidote. The combination of physical postures, mindful breathing, and meditation fosters a deep sense of relaxation. This peace can help keep stress-induced asthma flare-ups at bay, offering not just momentary relief, but a lasting sense of calm.

Pilates and Yoga are also known for enhancing overall physical strength and endurance, with particular focus on the core muscles. A stronger core can facilitate better posture, indirectly aiding your breathing by reducing pressure on your lungs. Additionally, these practices can help to increase lung capacity and resilience, providing further benefits for asthma sufferers.
Diving into the world of Pilates and Yoga can seem intimidating, but remember, it's not about performing the most complicated postures or holding your breath for the longest time. It's about exploring a practice that gently guides you towards better respiratory health, agreeing with your body's rhythm and capabilities. Don't be discouraged if you don't see immediate results. These disciplines are a journey, not a destination. Practice patience and consistency, and you'll soon discover the transformative power of Pilates and Yoga on your journey to better lung function.

Considering Nutritional Therapy

As we reach the end of our journey, it's essential to take a moment and realize that managing asthma isn't merely about prescription medications. In fact, adopting a comprehensive approach, which includes elements like body symmetry, orthodontic care, regular physical therapy, mindful exercises like Yoga and Pilates, and nutritional therapy can significantly contribute to improved breathing and overall health.

Each element has its unique role to play in your asthma management symphony. Body symmetry ensures your physical form is in balance, providing an ideal environment for your lungs to function. Orthodontic care, on the other hand, rectifies dental and jaw asymmetries, facilitating a smoother breathing pathway. Regular physical therapy and a suitable exercise routine strengthen your respiratory muscles, building up your lungs' endurance. Mindful exercises such as Yoga and Pilates enhance lung capacity and control, while providing a sense of calmness that helps combat stress-triggered asthma flare-ups.

Nutritional therapy then puts the cherry on top by ensuring your respiratory system gets the nourishment it needs, while also helping identify potential dietary triggers. A holistic approach like this helps break away from the restrictive view of asthma management being solely about medication. Instead, it opens us up to the possibility of a multifaceted strategy, one that considers every aspect of our health.

Remember, managing asthma is not a sprint; it's a marathon, and the holistic approach is your running mate, guiding you along this lifelong journey towards better respiratory health. So, breathe in the freshness of this comprehensive strategy and take your first step towards a healthier, breathier tomorrow. After all, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Let's make that step count!

Here are some testimonials from my patients who have been able to come off their inhalers:

1.) Case Study Issue 89: Holistic Dentistry for Allergies, Skin Problems and Snoring
by Dr Ann Harris

Listed in case studies, originally published in Positive Health Magazine issue 89–June 2003

Background:
This is a remarkable case history, which relates to our 14-year-old daughter, Claire. When faced with the prospect of having teeth removed because of overcrowding, she was determined that she did not want any extractions. My search for a holistic dentist had begun. I initially contacted the British Dental Association, but their response was less than helpful. Thankfully, I subscribed to Positive Health and saw an advert for such a dentist practising in London.

Presenting Symptoms: For a number of years, Claire had suffered from rhinitis (runny nose), bouts of sneezing, coughing and wheezy-type symptoms. It was clear to us that she was sensitive to artificial food additives, as well as being seriously allergic to peanuts. These traits were also present in both my husband and me, so it was easy to blame the 'genetics' for her condition. Various complementary therapies were tried, all unsuccessfully. These symptoms were resisting all forms of treatment. At the age of 12-years Claire's skin also became inflamed with acne which turned into scarring, damaged skin often resisted complete healing for months. She also suffered from chronic lethargy. This girl was just not functioning well in all aspects. Again, despite diet and lifestyle changes, Claire's health did not significantly improve.

Consultation:
At the initial consultation with the holistic dental surgeon, it was clear that her spine was misaligned at the cervical and sacral regions. This had also been confirmed by previous chiropractic and osteopathic assessments. There was also restricted breathing into her sinuses, as her palate was displaced upwards, causing obstruction and thereby resulting in mouth breathing. Claire had been snoring at night for many years whilst sleeping with her mouth open. It was explained that her jaw misalignment exacerbated her symptoms as the jaw lacked the correct stimulus to grow normally. She was also not breathing fully into her lower abdomen. Her face was pale with puffy cheeks suggesting poor immune function, and her face lacked correct proportion and symmetry.

Using kinesiology with her existing jaw alignment, Claire tested weak to a general muscle test. When she purposefully moved her jaws into better alignment, she tested strong correspondingly. It was clear that she had enough room in her jaws to accommodate all her existing teeth. There would be no need for any tooth extractions, and that treatment would be by braces and appliances only.

At the beginning of treatment, Claire was intermittently taking oral antihistamines and a salbutamol inhaler (blue puffer) to control her symptoms.
Treatment: Claire's course of treatment started with her being shown corrective breathing and swallowing exercises. She was fitted with a removable adjustable brace, which was designed to increase the space available in her upper jaw. As the treatment continued into the first few weeks guided by kinesiology, we noted distinct changes in the depth of her breathing. At about twelve weeks into the treatment programme, Claire dramatically and completely lost her skin pallor. My astonished reaction was to exclaim, "Claire, you're pink!".

Treatment continued along these lines for several months, using fixed and removable braces on the teeth of her upper and lower jaws. Claire pursed the jaw alignment exercises that she had been given. During this period, she also used a removable head appliance mainly at night. It was during this time that it became clear to us that Claire had become 'silent' at night, the mouth breathing had disappeared, and she had stopped snoring.
Claire is now in her fifteenth month of treatment and her skin is looking more robust and vital. She has far more vitality overall as well as physical energy. The acne scars which had been a source of concern for her are now beginning to heal, and the acne itself has disappeared. Also, not surprisingly, her teeth are very nearly perfectly straight. It is also remarkable to note that Claire has actually enjoyed having braces fitted, she claims that they make her feel 'stronger'.

Conclusion:
This course of orthodontic treatment has been the only form of intervention used to improve our daughter's health over the past fifteen months. Compared to her contemporaries undergoing reductionist forms of orthodontic treatment, this approach has been very nearly pain-free without the need for strong analgesic medication and of relatively short duration. She has suffered virtually no head, neck or backache during this treatment. All her presenting symptoms have effectively disappeared. She no longer requires any form of medication.

In fact, many people have commented to me that Claire is a wholly different girl from her former self of just over a year ago. I totally agree.
Acknowledgement: I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to Mr M Amir, the holistic dentist referred to in this case study for his groundbreaking and inspirational work in this area.

Dr Ann Harris has an anticancer research and medical information background. She has worked as a pharmacist for the Department of Health on various projects, including adverse reactions to drugs. She can be contacted on Tel: 01992 503784; ann.harris@ic24.net

2.) Relief from Asthma and Hay fever.
Dr. G. B, BSc, PhD, April 2003

I refer to the recent article (Issue 87, pp 31-33, the Positive Health Magazine) by Mr. M. Amir on the risks of dental extraction, and would like to offer my personal testimony as to the effectiveness of his treatment methods from the field of Cranio-Mandibular Symmetry, alluded to in the article, and their benefits to health.

I became a patient of Mr. Amir about 4 years ago on the recommendation of a friend. I had been suffering for many years, and increasingly so, with sporadic bouts of asthma (triggered by weather conditions, house dust, atmospheric pollution, hay fever), and was becoming more and more dependent on a Salbutamol inhaler to ease the acute symptoms of asthma. I was also aware that there could be undesirable side effects on long-term use of this medication, and was in search of a cure.

Following a thorough examination, I was fitted with my first brace to correct for a significant misalignment of teeth between the upper and lower jaw. I also received instruction in simple procedures (a breathing exercise, for example), to assist in this process. It was clear to Mr Amir at the outset that my symptoms of asthma would respond well to his treatment and indeed, within a few months I was having fewer and less severe attacks, to the point right now when I cannot remember the last time I had one or had to use the inhaler - it is certainly well over a year ago. Symptoms of hay fever have likewise reduced (in the rye grass pollen season, June to mid-July). Last year I was hardly affected at all.

His success in the various other areas of health I can well believe, judging from the experiences of some of Mr Amir's other patients I have spoken to - relief from irritable bowel syndrome, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME for example - and I am convinced that Cranio-Mandibular and Skeletal Symmetry is an important and highly effective methodology for health care and deserves a much wider utilisation with the dental profession. Mr. Amir is a pioneer in this regard and, I should add, a dentist of consummate skill. His work should be taken seriously by all dental and medical professionals. I do hope it is - for the sake of all of those whose health and well-being are at stake.

3.) Recovery from Asthma and Eczema.
Mrs S. Courau May 2014

Our son Ethan (7 years old) suffered severely from eczema from the age of three months. By the age of three, his allergy also developed into asthma. He needed to be always with the inhaler and was often admitted to hospital A&E for his asthma attacks. Winter was a particularly bad season for him, and Ethan was between a hospital and home because of recurring chest infections. Ethan was not only asthmatic, but also very thin and slow to grow.

We did everything that we could think of and travelled everywhere seeking any possible treatments to cure him. Finally, we met Dr. Amir in the summer of 2013.

Having the treatment over the summer, the first noticeable change occurred in autumn when Ethan’s feet and hands became warmer, which used to become icy cold rapidly when he was exposed to cold air. Then his class teacher was surprised at how he became animated in the class and became an active learner.
Ethan’s asthma has kept improving, along with the help of the family’s careful nutritional input. The latest surprise for us was that Ethan didn’t need a single puff of his Salbutamol inhaler in April, when it has always been a challenging month for him as a change of a season and at a peak of hay fever.

Now Ethan is asthma and eczema free and growing into a lively boy. These all happened within a year under the treatment with Dr Amir, and the progress was almost miraculous for us, given a fact that Ethan was once informed by an allergy specialized paediatrician that he would need an inhaler and steroids for his entire life. We are grateful ever for Dr Amir.

COMMENT: Strangely, as far as allergies are concerned, I think there is a different element at play that we fail to understand. I had the patient years ago extremely allergic to cats and would come out with an asthmatic attack if she even went into a room where a cat had been. Within days of starting treatment, she could play with cats! The same goes for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, where one patient recovered through jaw symmetry treatment.

Her medical doctor writes:
Dr Seigfred Trefzer

"Such a shared-care patient is Mrs Claire W an entrepreneurial and dynamic businesswomen in her forties who came to see me, initially for treatment of her unexplained Myasthenia reactions which show in a sudden loss of muscle tone and sudden collapse onto the floor in public places.

From the knowledge that these reactions were linked to exposure to drugs, environmental toxins, chemicals, even perfume odours she had no other option than to avoid all public spaces, transport systems, supermarkets. For years she battled with this detrimental condition known as Multiple Chemical Hyper-Sensitivity, MChS). The isolation and bleakness in her life brought her close to suicide, and she allegedly made contact with Dignitas in Switzerland at this stage.

My own assessment and treatment approach gave her hope and stabilised her situation, the details of which would prove to be too much for the purpose of this letter. When at a certain point, she plateaued, and it became obvious that other structural factors such as dental, TMJ and cranial imbalances would need to be addressed to make further progress, I decided to contact Dr Amir in 2009 when I first came across his work.

Mr Amir accepted her as a patient for an initial assessment but admitted that he had never treated anyone in such a fragile state and that it may take time for a care plan to evolve in a safe and manageable way. He realised she had a hidden but serious jaw and orthodontic problem and suggested a course of treatment.

When the first fitting of the prescribed appliance took place, the patient apparently collapsed when reacting to the substances of the device, despite precautions of using hypoallergenic materials. Alternative materials to which she didn’t react were eventually found under some difficulties. The subsequent recovery process was steady and continuous, however not a linear process, and on several occasions my own medical interventions were required to steady her situation.

The uniqueness of the case, which began from an almost hopeless starting position, attracted the attention of a national newspaper. In an article written by editor Bella Freud, a society journalist, the patient explained that the unique path she chose saved her life and that other patients with complex illnesses, allergies or MChS could perhaps be helped similarly by accepting and understanding the influence that dentistry has on patients’ immune systems. Meanwhile, I continued monitoring this patient, and she has not relapsed since and has enjoyed a very full life for many years meanwhile."

This is a graph of 104 patients who presented with Jaw problems AND Asthma We treat the jaw, not asthma or any other symptoms. Patients recover completely from their asthmatic symptoms!
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The resolution of Asthma, brought about by corrective non-extraction, non-constrictive orthodontics, the resolution of symptoms of jaw problems and the correction of bodily asymmetries is a testament that poor jaw development is THE MAIN contributory factor in the incidence of Asthma.

Such corrective treatment is an anathema to the medical profession, so their appointed shills and cronies will use every possible tactic to discredit or prevent this knowledge from getting out to the public.

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CONDITIONS OF USE AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This article is for educational purposes only. The improvement or benefits identified in this article or on this site are based on individual experiences which are dependent upon the patient’s unique health condition, medical history, and other individualised factors, and should not be considered representative of all treatment outcomes. You must do your own due diligence by consulting your physician before embarking on what may be suggested here. This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider, and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on this forum. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.


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