|ACID-BLOCKING THERAPY INCREASES INFANT'S ASTHMA RISK|
Acid-blocking therapy during pregnancy increases the risk of asthma in the infant by more than 50%. Researchers reported this during a clinical trials session at the March 2008 Annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
The findings were presented by Dr. Elizabeth H. Yen of Children's Hospital Boston. Her group conducted a retrospective analysis of data from three national Swedish healthcare registries. These included the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register from 2005 to 2006, the Hospital Discharge Register from 1995 to 2006, and the Medical Birth Register from 1995 to 2004.
Maternal intake of acid-blocking medication, regardless of type, was associated with an increased odds ratio of 1.51 for asthma in her infant. The effect of these medications on asthma was noticeable regardless of the "type of acid-blocking drug, time of exposure during pregnancy and maternal history of allergy," Dr. Yen said.
It is well known that there has been an upsurge in childhood asthma cases over the last 10 years. Many factors contribute to this trend. The production of acid in the digestive tract is a necessary part of proper food digestion. Disrupting this process has effects on nutritional assimilation and immune system function.
Dietary changes and homeopathic medicine can significantly affect digestive function without side effect or increasing disease risk. Why not consider those methods before drugs?