09/26/2013 03:30 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Breathe Easy: Addressing the Root Causes of Asthma

Asthma is a big problem. It affects over 8 percent of the population or over 25 million Americans (including many children), and it can be deadly. The rates of asthma are skyrocketing. Why?

Environmental toxins and pollution, increases in food sensitivities and gut problems, food additives, increasing use of antibiotics and medications, and increasing consumption of Frankenfoods.

Asthma results from inflammation in the lungs. Rather than suppressing inflammation with powerful steroid medication (which is what most inhalers contain), we need to ask a different question.

Functional medicine is medicine by cause not symptom. So we need to ask:

  • What is causing the inflammation in the first place?
  • Is it food allergies?
  • Is it environmental allergens?
  • Is it mold?
  • Are your gut bacteria or other microbes out of balance?
  • Is it an environmental toxin or pollution?
  • Is it a chemical in your food (like yellow dye)?
  • What about stress or a poor diet?

Watch this week's edition of House Call with Dr. Hyman below to learn what causes asthma and how to cure it.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is a practicing physician, founder of The UltraWellness Center, a six-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. You can follow him on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, watch his videos on YouTube, become a fan on Facebook, and subscribe to his newsletter.

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