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Dancilhoney, the product you advertise is exactly ...

2011-01-31T13:03:30.473-05:00

Dancilhoney, the product you advertise is exactly the wrong type of scam to promote.

Homeopathic remedies are elaborate placebos.

Respitrol that you recommend says the following on their website:

Respitrol Ingredients: Official US Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Ammonium Carbonicum, Antimonium Arsenicosum, Antimonium Tartaricum, Arsenicum Album, Bromium, Carbo Vegetabilis, Chlorinum, Kali Carbonicum, Lobelia Inflata, Stannum Metallicum, Sulphuricum Acidum.
Prepared at potent 10X, 30X and LM1 dilutions, our active homeopathic ingredients are stabilized in our oligotherapeutic base for maximum absorption and balancing response. Unlike most homeopathic medicines, Respitrol does not contain alcohol."


For readers of this blog that are unfamiliar with what this means, that impressive-sounding list of ingredients is likely not present at all in the final mixture. Homeopathic remedies are based upon a childish 19th Century idea that the further you dilute medicinal ingredients, the more effective they are. In addition, it uses a system of "like cures like". So if you suffer from breathing difficulty and wheezing, to make a homeopathic remedy you would take a chemical - sorry, "all natural ingredient" like say, arsenic, and dilute it in water "30C" until there is nothing left of the original ingredient.

I say there is nothing left, by the homeopaths own admission: In Respitrol above, you can see that some of the ingredients are diluted by "10C, 30C and LM1 dilutions".

Let's look at one of those. To dilute something by "30C", what that means is, a ratio of 1:1to the power of −60. (Pure ingredient would be 1:1). This means 10 to the power of 34 gallons of liquid “remedy” (10 billion times the volume of the Earth) would have to be consumed to get a single molecule of the original substance.

I do not mean to be cruel to those who feel they've felt better for it, but I cannot mince words over this: homeopathy is quack medicine that costs lives and diminishes people's health by fooling them with placebos. The placebo effect can help someone feel better for minor aliments, but for a serious asthma sufferer, stay way from dreck like Respitrol.



Asthma sufferers need to look for and heal that em...

2011-01-31T00:45:51.142-05:00

Asthma sufferers need to look for and heal that emotional component that prevents them from healing so that they can start the asthma healing.

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2010-06-29T22:35:08.836-04:00

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the blog is very ironic temadel with a bit of sarc...

2010-05-05T14:36:33.953-04:00

the blog is very ironic temadel with a bit of sarcasm, asthma and other esfermedades can lead people to the brink of despair. As you say it in your blog, it's nice to invite people to find things or methods that are away the thought of suffering illness. I agree with you in everything you say in your blog.



Hello Juggler! Good thing I whistle when I'm...

2009-10-25T08:12:54.839-04:00

Hello Juggler!

Good thing I whistle when I'm nervous, annoyed or in a crummy mood. I do it so my facial expression doesn't betray my thoughts.

I did a quick Google search to check out your claim, and it turned up this article. Interesting!

It seems there is an unrelated condition indistinguishable from asthma that affects the vocal chords of some people.

I'd recommend if people are curious about this, as I am, take the article to your respirologist and ask. Sometimes major newspapers distort the findings in major studies when they attempt to simplify, and it appears that the humming and whistling would not help all asthma-sufferers.

Thanks Juggler!



Random tidbit I learned while visiting a hospital ...

2009-10-25T06:44:30.318-04:00

Random tidbit I learned while visiting a hospital for work last week (having flown, with my newly diagnosed asthma just that morning) And this DOES satisfy the reuirements for all scientifically-, cynically-minded types(my Dad was a card-carrying member of the skeptics society, there's a high bar for tidbits in my family) So -- here it is. Humming and whistling have been recently found to be very helpful methods of controlling asthma. Turning on the vocal cords, somehow helps with the breathing function. So -- you might feel like a git if you break out mid song, but give it a go! Happy flying, happy humming, happy breathing.



Hi Myth!As I said, I'm no doctor. But Yeah, taking...

2008-09-04T05:42:00.000-04:00

Hi Myth!

As I said, I'm no doctor. But Yeah, taking your meds on the plane with you seems like a smart thing to do.

I see a respirologist here in lovely downtown Toronto a few times a year. Once, I asked him what asthmatics die from.

He said usually they don't die. That's pretty rare. Especially with a bronchiodilator medication at hand. So it can be scary stuff, but it doesn't have to be.

(When it does happen, it is heart failure. Heart tries to push all the low-oxygenated blood around and can't keep up.)

Anyway, enough morbidness. Ashma is controllable, and flying is fun. Go somewhere nice and dry, like Aruba, and tell yourself it's for health reasons. :-)

Thanks for checking out Flying Trilobite, Myth!



As you might imagine I googled 'flying' and 'asthm...

2008-09-04T04:12:00.000-04:00

As you might imagine I googled 'flying' and 'asthma' to land here. I was just curious, because I have only had diagnosed asthma for about a year and have not been on a plane in more than four years at least. Plus don't know a whole lot about asthma, except that it is quite tricky to control, and I seem quite adept at ignoring asthmatic symptoms... more so because I thought I needed to have the full blown asthma attack to do anything more about it. Point is, a slightly wiser me, wants to anticipate what I will need to do on this vacation in order to breath. I plan on taking all my meds on carry-on anyway, because, man, would it suck to lose my luggage. it did get me to thinking though. A flash spring storm can hit me right in the lungs like a fist, so hurtling myself into the atmosphere with rapidly adjusted pressure might have a similar effect. Thus the googling.



Yeah. You should absolutely blog about this. My w...

2008-05-12T19:33:00.000-04:00

Yeah. You should absolutely blog about this. My wife keeps me mindful of my puffers.

When I can't breathe, I get cranky.

A family-friend went through the double-lung transplant for CF. Scary stuff, but he's doing great. Three cheers for surgeons!

I will quietly go into a corner now to seethe with jealousy about the video-game expo.



PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) is going to be in Seattle,...

2008-05-12T18:24:00.000-04:00

PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) is going to be in Seattle, in August. If you like gaming, it's like E3 but smaller and more fan-centric. It's my first time going--I'm very excited.

CF isn't so bad. There are patients who are a LOT worse off than me, with more severe "versions" of the disease. I try to take care of myself, though, and honestly, I'd probably be dead without my loving wife. I should blog about it sometime! :-)

I'm actually very healthy for a CF patient. My PFT's (lung function tests) are usually pretty kickass, my sputum is never green, and I'm able to gain weight. I weigh like 180 pounds right now, which is about as heavy as CF folks can get. Yeah, I should definately blog about this.



CF has to be tough, I'm sorry to hear that, Zach. ...

2008-05-12T18:19:00.000-04:00

CF has to be tough, I'm sorry to hear that, Zach.

I'm relatively paranoid, so I always take all my meds with me. Of course, at the moment it's only three.

(Where's PAX?)



I hate flying. I always, ALWAYS end up three or fe...

2008-05-12T14:28:00.000-04:00

I hate flying. I always, ALWAYS end up three or fewer rows away from a screaming baby.

I have cystic fibrosis, which doesn't really affect me on the plane itself, but it's a pain in the butt to drag all my medications wherever I go. I'm questioning leaving some of them home when I go to PAX in August. It's just three days...



Thanks for sharing your unpressurised experiences,...

2008-05-11T07:31:00.000-04:00

Thanks for sharing your unpressurised experiences, Jeff!

My lung capacity is sucky too. Working with my respirologist the past 8 years has kept me out of the emergency room, but my capacity usually hovers around 75% when I'm feeling good.

The medicines feel so counter-intuitive, don't they?

"Can't breathe? Here, take a deep breath and hold it as loooonng as you can".

Or when they squirt carbon monoxide in your face to measure how you're feeling. Fun times.



Thanks, Craig. I was trying to inject a bit of hu...

2008-05-11T07:24:00.000-04:00

Thanks, Craig. I was trying to inject a bit of humour into the not-funny. I hope Rhonwyn's having an eas spring! (Or wait, is it fall there?)

Supporting real medicine is the only way to help people. If they want to pop a couple of leeches in their cod-piece, at least I've said my bit.



Excellent post. I'm a life-long asthmatic as well,...

2008-05-11T00:41:00.000-04:00

Excellent post. I'm a life-long asthmatic as well, and I have scarring in my lungs from untreated asthma in my childhood that has significantly reduced my lung capacity.

I can add to this that I've flown around Alaska in small, unpressurized airplanes up to about 15,000 feet with no asthma-related problems. For me at least, if the excursions to altitude are reasonably brief, no problems at all.



This is one of the funniest and most imformative a...

2008-05-10T19:24:00.000-04:00

This is one of the funniest and most imformative addressings of search hits I've read!

I had no idea you had asthma for example. Though I've worked with kids who've had it, I'm just this year myself getting to REALLY know about it through Rhonwyn's afflication. You guys are troopers, and I've been not taking my lungs foregranted as much anymore.

Kudos for supporting real medicine. I say real case new age purely natural is a farce, and I'm not pretending to be PC about it.

As for flying having flown to the otherside of the world a few times now I can say it is very safe, but I do dread long distance flights. Their incredibly boring, and take a lot out of you for a while. Also on international flights try to avoid change overs in the US. Their security screenings are really annouying, and if you have to go there wear sandals or easy on/off shoes cause you'll be taking them off a LOT!