In April, I shared about my daughter’s asthma. I shared some statistics about asthma, side effects of medications, and how supplements were helping my daughter. Be sure to read the post here if you have not already.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma causes 4,200 deaths per year (that’s roughly 11-12 people a day). If you look at my previous post, I quoted 9 people a day. That number has went up since the CDC’s recent data was published! The CDC also states that asthma costs $56 billion in medical cost, lost school and work days, and early deaths.
Lenna-Grace was previously taking the following medications (My daughter started these at only 2.5 years old):
Flonase – nasal steriod (1 spray in each nosil twice a day)
Flovent – Inhaled corticosteroids (2 puffs twice a day)
Zyrtec – allergy medication (1 tsp twice day)
Singulair – Leukotriene modifiers (1 tablet once a day, when sick or asthma/allergy was worse)
Albuterol – Short-acting beta agonists (2 puffs immediately before bed and if needed for attack)
Last year, I changed all the cleaners in my house to non-toxic cleaners. I removed all chemicals that could be bothering allergies. And in return, I saved money! (I was a couponer, but was able to save money on non-toxic, safe, green, and effective cleaners with Shaklee Get Clean Kit). You can see all my posts Healthy Cleaning on a Budget–All-Purpose Cleaner, Laundry, and Dishes. You can also read about why non-toxic cleaners are necessary! After making these changes, I noticed some improvement in Lenna-Grace’s runny nose and daytime cough. But she still needed her medications at night daily. She still was getting sick all the time. And she still needed extra asthma medications when she was sick.
On March 1, I made the change. I waited until Lenna-Grace was not sick and after I started adding extra protein to her diet. I started giving her daily a children’s multivitamin, vitamin C, and an immune system builder. It is important to note that Lenna-Grace was already taking a Flintstone daily vitamin. However, I made the switch to an all-natural supplement that has no artificial flavors, no toxins, and is created and tested by the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the United States.
Now….7 months later and I am happy to report that Lenna-Grace is doing AMAZING! She has had no asthma or allergy medication since March 1. She has not been to the doctor once (except her 4-year old check up). She has not had any asthma attacks. She has not had any major illnesses. She caught a 24-hour tummy bug once. She also had a cold. The best part though…the cold lasted less than 5 days AND she needed NO asthma medications!!! A year ago this would have been unthinkable. When Lenna-Grace had a cold, she needed to double up on her inhalers and usually ended up at the doctor’s office.
This is so amazing to me that I am going to say it again. Lenna-Grace has had NO asthma or allergy medications, NO doctor visits, NO antibiotics for 7 months, and NO real sicknesses.
I am well aware that allergies and asthma is typically worse during certain parts of the year. Last year, Lenna-Grace was the worst from August until March. We survived March and August, and so far September. I am well aware that flare ups can still occur. My goal is to be proactive and help her to be a healthy little girl!
Just so you are aware of the medical costs–
From August 2012 – February 2013, our insurance records show the following:
Medical Costs $1,522.54 before insurance ($778.66 paid out of pocket)
Pharmacy Costs $392. 54 before insurance ($236.66 out of pocket).
Did you see this is $1015.32 out-of-pocket in only seven months! For the past 7 months, do you know what I have spent?
**I also have Alfalfa ($16.45/330 tablets) on hand when I see allergies occurring, such as runny nose, for all the kids.**
From August-Feb, we spent $145.03 a month. From March – September, we spent $21.64 a month! WOW!
$145.03 compared to $21.64!
$123 difference PLUS I have a healthy child. I have spent less hours caring for a child coughing continuously. I have spent less time at the doctor’s office. I have spent more time enjoying my healthy children! Did I mention that NONE of our four children have been to the doctor for any illnesses in this past seven months? (Dalton did get a rash on his booty).
Here’s our happy and active little girl–with no asthma symptoms in SEVEN months!
In a few months, I hope to update you these same results.
If you would like to hear more, please join me Monday, September 23, at 9 PM (EST) for a wonderful, and free, webinar (Register here). I have the wonderful privilege of guest speaking with Nutritionist Barbara Lagoni, with over 30 years experience, and Dr. Steve Chaney, Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine for the webinar “Asthma – Natural Approaches to Strengthen Immune System and Reduce Environmental Toxins and Irritants.” Dr. Chaney received the rank of Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He has been teaching medical and dental students at UNC since 1972. He also ran an active cancer research program and has published over 100 peer review scientific journal articles.
Please note that I am not a doctor. I am simply a mother who longed to have a healthier child. I did a lot of research. I also kept (and still have) all asthma medications on hand in case needed.