Got asthma? Get your D

Vitamin D has been my No. 1 recommendation for asthma ever since I wrote my book The Allergy and Asthma Cure more than a decade ago.

So I was thrilled to read a recent study that concluded “Measuring and, if need be, boosting vitamin D levels could help manage asthma attacks.”

Now if only doctors would listen to the science, instead of getting bogged down by Big Pharma’s never-ending dogma. It’s a vicious cycle for asthma patients, who are handed prescriptions for steroid inhalers, which make their heart race. So then they’re given another drug to manage that symptom. But those drugs give them osteoporosis and diabetes. So their doctor prescribes even more meds.

And the cycle continues. But one simple, safe vitamin has the power to put a stop to it.

This study, published in the journal Allergy found that asthmatics with vitamin D deficiency are 25 percent more likely to experience acute attacks.

This finding is particularly worrisome when you consider the fact that asthma is the number-one cause of pulmonary death in the United States. Not to mention the fact that the vast majority of people in this country don’t have sufficient levels of vitamin D.

In fact I have never come across a patient who didn’t need more vitamin D.  The problem is, according to mainstream standards, vitamin D levels above 30 are considered “normal.” But there’s a big difference between “normal” and “optimal.” Needless to say, you want the latter. And as you’ve heard me say before, optimal levels of vitamin D are between 80 and 100.

Unfortunately, you won’t get them where they need to be relying on the RDA amounts set by our so-called government health “experts.” They did recently boost the recommended daily dose from a measly 400 IU to 2,000 IU per day. But it’s still not enough. Especially if you’re battling chronic, potentially deadly conditions like asthma.

I take 10,000 IU of vitamin D per day, and recommend the same to most of my patients.

And I can tell you I have some of the healthiest patients in the country. That’s not to say they never get sick or that they live forever. But I bet you I have more patients over 90 years old than any other doctor in this city. And a lot of them even take the subway and walk to their appointments.

The bottom line is, there’s a lot to be said for focusing on natural ways to keep yourself healthy…instead of relying on a medicine cabinet full of prescription bottles to manage a depressing laundry list of symptoms.