If you're an asthma sufferer, you're very familiar with how drinking cow's milk can make it worse…
But while you may think that drinking milk worsens asthma by stimulating mucus production in your lungs, new studies suggest that it may actually be due to an undiagnosed milk allergy!
Read on to learn more about the link between asthma and an undiagnosed milk allergy…
Studies find that undiagnosed milk allergy could be what’s worsening your asthma
Simply put, when more mucus accumulates in your lungs than what they can expel, asthma attacks develop. This belief has long been held in practised medicine and many doctors still stand by this theory. Professor Gary Null sums it up well in his Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing
: “"In all respiratory conditions, mucous-forming dairy foods, such as milk and cheese, can exacerbate clogging of the lungs and should be avoided.”
But at the same time, other doctors are beginning to believe that undiagnosed milk allergies may be the underlying problem when it comes to the milk and asthma association. As Dr Robert M Giller writes in Natural Prescriptions
, “eliminating dairy products from the diets of many adult and child asthma patients helps not because dairy products stimulate mucus production but because they're very common causes of allergy, upper-respiratory allergies and asthma (which may be an allergy in itself).”
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This doesn’t come as a surprise considering milk is one of the most common food allergens in our modern diet
When most people think of milk allergies, they think of a very serious, life-threatening allergic reaction that only a shot of epinephrine can relieve. But this isn’t all true – milk allergies sometimes manifest in very different ways and these may change throughout a person’s life.
According to allergy specialist Dr James Braly in Bill Gottlieb’s book Alternative Cures
, “Milk is one of the two or three most common food allergens in the American diet.” What’s more, Dr Frank Oski, the chief of paediatrics at the John Hopkins School of Medicine believes that 50% of all school children may be allergic to milk, though many of them are undiagnosed.
Professor Null explains a milk allergy’s changing symptoms in Get Healthy Now
: “Even if the symptoms are not the same, the underlying allergy may be. A child who has suffered milk-associated asthma, for instance, may have severe acne as a teenager. The milk allergy is still there, but its symptoms have moved to a different organ system, often misleading the patient and physician into thinking that the original allergy has been outgrown.”
Furthermore, in addition to asthma, an underlying milk allergy can cause eczema
, sinusitis, bronchitis and even autoimmune disorders. So if milk is something you think you may be allergic to, consult your doctor as soon as possible.