Category Archives: Asthma

Sommer 2015: Treatment of aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease with a low salicylate diet: a pilot crossover study.

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Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. 2015 Jan; 152(1): 42-47. Aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) is comprised of aspirin/acetyl-salicylic acid (ASA) sensitivity, bronchial asthma, and nasal polyposis.  Treatment may include steroids, surgery, and/or aspirin desensitization. In this study of 10 patients, … Continue reading

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Sommer 2016: A novel treatment adjunct for aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease: the low-salicylate diet: a multicenter randomized control crossover trial

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International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. 2016. April; 6(4): 385-91 30 patients diagnosed with aspirin sensitivity and aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) were entered into a diet trial.   They ate either a regular diet or a low-salicylate diet for 6 … Continue reading

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Vally 2000: Alcoholic drinks: important triggers for asthma

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Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2000 Mar;105(3):462-7 In this study, a questionnaire was filled out by 366 adult asthma patients.  Over 33% of them said that their asthma had been triggered by alcohol at least twice, with wine reported … Continue reading

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Wuthrich 1981: Acetylsalicylic acid and food additive intolerance in urticaria, bronchial asthma and rhinopathy

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Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift (Swiss medical weekly), 1981. Sep 26; 111(39): 1445-50 Wuthrich wrote that adverse reactions to aspirin, additives such as tartrazine (Yellow 5) and the preservative benzoate are seen all over the world.  It is described as an intolerance … Continue reading

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Spector 1979: Aspirin and concomitant idiosyncrasies in adult asthmatic patients

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Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, 1979 Dec;64(6 Pt 1):500-6 In this study, a positive response was defined as a 20% fall in forced expiratory volume in 1 second  (FEV1) for up to 4 hours.  The researchers tested several hundred … Continue reading

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Ishihara 1979: Experimental investigation on the pathogenesis of tartrazine-induced asthma

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Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine, 1979. Nov; 129(3): 303-9. In this study on guinea pigs, the researchers showed that the dye Yellow 5 potentiates asthmatic reactions to other broncho-constrictors. In other words, the dye may not cause an asthma attack … Continue reading

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Fasmer 2010: Comorbidity of Asthma With ADHD

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Journal of Attention Disorders.  2010 Jun 23. In Norway, the Prescription Database contains information on all prescription drugs dispensed since 2001, which creates a unique opportunity to address the issue of whether the diagnoses of ADHD and asthma are associated … Continue reading

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Corder 1995: Aspirin, salicylate, sulfite and tartrazine induced bronchoconstriction. Safe doses and case definition in epidemiological studies

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Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 1995. Oct;48(10):1269-75 Corder estimated safe doses to use for epidemiological studies by studying reactions of patients in an allergy clinic. He said that reactions to the four compounds listed in the table are common, and may … Continue reading

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Healy 2008: Control of salicylate intolerance with fish oils

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British Journal of Dermatology, 2008. Dec;159(6):1368-9. This is a case report of several patients with disabling salicylate-induced intolerance including severe urticaria, asthma, and anaphylactic reactions. After dietary supplementation with 10 g daily of fish oils rich in omega-3 for 6-8 … Continue reading

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Andrews 2004: Impact of racemic albuterol compared to levalbuterol on objective measures of hyperactivity and inattentiveness in children with asthma

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The Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, 113(2), Suppl, S32 Both Levalbuterol (LEV) and racemic Albuterol (RAC) are bronchodilator medications used for asthma, but parents complain that children are more restless and hyperactive after taking LEV.    In this study, attention … Continue reading

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Neuman 1978: The danger of “yellow dyes” (tartrazine) to allergic subjects

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Clinical Allergy. 1978 Jan;8(1): 65-8. In an Israeli hospital, Neuman et al tested the effect of 50 mg of tartrazine (Yellow 5) on 97 patients with a variety of allergic disorders and 25 with non-allergic rhinitis.  First, all patients were … Continue reading

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Dodson 2012: Endocrine disruptors and asthma-associated chemicals in consumer products

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Environmental Health Perspectives, 2012. Jul;120(7): 935-43. In this study, the authors measured chemicals in cosmetics, personal care products, cleaners, sunscreens, and vinyl products, to determine what they contain in the way of asthma-causing chemicals and endocrine disruptors (chemicals that mess up … Continue reading

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Ceserani 1978: Tartrazine and prostaglandin-system

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Prostaglandins and Medicine, 1978 Dec;1(6):499-505 The authors discuss the bronchoconstriction caused by tartrazine (Yellow 5) in people who are aspirin-sensitive, as well as its effect on the prostaglandin system of guinea pig lungs.  They found that the dye inhibits formation … Continue reading

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Lockey 1977: Hypersensitivity to tartrazine (FD&C Yellow No. 5) and other dyes and additives present in foods and pharmaceutical products

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Annals of Allergy, 1977. Mar;38(3): 206-10 In this paper, Lockey describes the battery of tests he had developed to determine sensitivity to food additives and analgesics, which he says can make symptoms of asthma and chronic urticaria (hives) worse. MedLine … Continue reading

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Abrishami 1977: Aspirin intolerance–a review

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Annals of Allergy 1977 Jul;39(1):28-37 This is an early review of the combination of asthma, nasal pathology and intolerance to aspirin as a “unique syndrome”  with a tendency for diabetes as well as a prolongation of bleeding time. Abrishami mentions … Continue reading

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Stenius 1976: Hypersensitivity to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) and tartrazine in patients with asthma

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Clinical Allergy. 1976 Mar;6(2): 119-29. In this study, Stenius and Lemola used far less of tartrazine (Yellow 5) and aspirin than what a person may normally ingest, and had to overcome chronic medication as well (see NOTES below). Nevertheless, they … Continue reading

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Settipane 1975: Aspirin intolerance. III. Subtypes, familial occurence, and cross-reactivity with tartarazine

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Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 1975. Sep;56(3): 215-21 The authors presented their evidence that in aspirin intolerance there are two mechanisma – one causing bronchospasm (breathing difficulty such as in asthma) and the other causing urticaria (hives). They also … Continue reading

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Horrocks 1999: Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

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Pharmacological Research, 1999.  Sep;40 (3):211-25 DHA  and EPA are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.  This review lists the many benefits of these as well as the effects of a deficiency in both infants and adults. QUOTE:  “… deficiencies of DHA are … Continue reading

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Verlaet 2014: Nutrition, immunological mechanisms and dietary immunomodulation in ADHD.

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2014 Jul;23(7):519-29. Verlaet discusses the common causes of GI problems, asthma, eczema, ear infections, and ADHD – involving both genes, immunity, and inflammation.  An immune imbalance can be related to food provoking ADHD-like behavior.  Food … Continue reading

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Egger 1983: Is migraine food allergy? A double-blind controlled trial of oligoantigenic diet treatment

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Lancet, 1983. Oct 15;2(8355):865-9 93% of 88 children with severe frequent migraine recovered on an oligoantigenic (few foods) diet.  40 of them were challenged with various foods in a double-blind test, establishing that it was the diet that had helped.  … Continue reading

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