Conventional Medical Thinking: Asthma is idiopathic (cause unknown), with inflammation, narrowing and spasm of airways. The goal of treatment is to reduce airway inflammation and restore flexible airways. Treatment uses inhaled corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory meds – and in emergencies, a rescue inhaler, epinephrine and systemic steroids.
Systems Biology Thinking agrees that Asthma is an inflammatory disease but points to over-activation of the deep brain as the instigating factor as well as lack of restorative sleep.
THEN Thinking* - Stressful life events (traumatic experience) has been shown to cause increased reactivity of the airways as well as increased airway inflammation.
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* THEN Thinking is an integrated approach to understand the onset and course of a Disease Pattern - as occurring within the Brain-Body (rather than a specific organ system), recognizing the impact of Trauma and the Neurobiologic response to trauma - and to evaluate the Health Equity impact.
* THEN Thinking
Priftis (2009) Dysregulation of the stress response in asthmatic children. Allergy. Chronic stress prevents the body from responding to acute events resulting in chronic airway inflammation.