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Understanding asthma






In 2015, at age 49, I began to develop severe asthma.  It took me totally by surprise and was completely debilitating.  I had to stop working and move away from an environment that I believed to be making me ill.  Having relied on natural medicine all my life I was horrified when nothing I tried helped me, and, in order to survive, I became more and more reliant on pharmaceutical drugs.  Within a short while I went from being an active, healthy woman who loved to hike, swim and do yoga, to spending most of my time sitting in bed just trying to breathe.  On many days even a walk to the next room was incredibly difficult and the incessant coughing and wheezing wore me down to an unrecognisable self.  


Steroids were the drugs that helped me the most.  Taking oral prednisone gave me relief, and sometimes I even felt like my old self.  But the more I had to take them, the more dependent I became on them.  The gaps between courses of prednisone and asthma exacerbations became shorter and shorter, until I had to take them every day. Knowing full well the devastating side effects of these drugs filled me with fear.  On the one hand I was so grateful that they existed, because without them I might no longer be here to type these words.  But on the other hand I did not want to end up with osteoporosis, muscle wasting, or diabetes, just to name a few of the side effects I had seen in patients that had come to me in the past.  So I became determined to find solutions for myself and for others who suffer from debilitating asthmatic problems.


I have a masters degree in biology and a masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and spent years helping patients with all sorts of ailments, including asthma.  With my interest in scientific research and my clinical experience I decided to learn everything I can about asthma. It is my hope that you will find some answers to help you with your asthma and give you strong rays of hope that you can become completely symptom free.  


In the small Spanish village where I was born a young woman recently died of an asthma attack right in front of her six year old daughter.  My hope is that the information presented here might avert such tragedies.

Please join me in the forum if you have questions or feel like you can make positive contributions to help other asthmatics.

Wishing you Health and Happiness,


Britta Becker-Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., M.S., M.T.O.M

My own journey with Asthma

Oriental Pond
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