JD began having mild symptoms of asthma in his teens, with a tightness of chest and the sensation of not being able to fully breath deeply every once in a while. At the age of 32, he suffered from symptoms daily. The symptoms began immediately after replacing his cloth shower curtain with a PVC lined plastic alternative curtain (UMMM CRAZY, Take notes, people!). To make matters worse, his home was filled with mold caused by water damage. Symptoms persisted despite having removed the shower curtain, waxing and waning from almost feeling normal again to sleeping difficulties from breathing challenges.
JD tried everything to get relief. He experimented with supplements: multivitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Evening Primrose Oil, Bromelain, Fish Oil and raw garlic (Goodbye, Vampires!). With little relief, he visited his physician and received the traditional asthma protocol: Albuterol, Steroids and in an act of desperation, Tianeptine (an antidepressant that works by increasing serotonin reuptake). Albuterol did not work for him. And the other two caused “violent mood swings”! Those are some potent concoctions!
A few other things he tried were breathing techniques, allergy tests and drinking more water.
After many attempts to find relief, he finally found a protocol that worked for him. The supplements that decreased his lung inflammation and provided the most relief were: Fish Oil (he believes this was a “major turning point in helping his breath again), Vitamin C, Magnesium and Evening Primrose Oil (all great for reducing inflammation). JD points out that, like most Americans, his Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio was disproportionately leaning towards the O6, which is probably why the fish oil was so effective in reducing inflammation.
Still a few years later, in an attempt to find even more relief, JD experimented with the Paleo Diet. He eliminated ALL grains, dairy, legumes and processed foods. He focused on eating healthy fats, nuts non-starchy veggies, fruit and grass-fed animal protein (Grass fed is significantly higher in Omega 3s than grain fed!). He also added in a Vitamin D supplement. His results from this dietary change were INCREDIBLE. His asthma symptoms were gone. GONE! And an added bonus, he lost 10 pounds!
JD is still doing well today, and still functions with the occasional “cheat”. He knows that he may have a flare if he eats a large amount of the wrong stuff or is exposed to pollen that he is sensitive to.
JD runs a website showcasing his sci-fi writing, electronic music skills and a vast array of self-experimentation topics. Check him out at www.jdmoyer.com