is estimated that up to 15 million people suffer from asthma. Of those,
14.8 million are children under the age of 18. In 1993 alone, there were
198,000 hospitalizations for asthma. In that same sample year, 342 people
under the age of 25 died due to this problem. In money terms, the direct
cost of managing a patient with severe asthma has been estimated at more
than $18,000 per year.
statistics about asthma come from the Better Health & Medical Network.
- Asthma has increased
46% from 1982-1993 with an 80% growth in children under 18.
- In the 5-17 age
group, asthma causes an annual loss of more than 10 million school days
- Asthma accounts
for more childhood hospitalizations than any other childhood disease.
- Children with
asthma spend approximately 7.3 million days per year restricted to bed
- In 1990, there
were 7.1 million physician visits for asthma.
- Health care costs
for asthma were estimated to be $6.2 billion, which is almost 1% of
the total US health care costs.
- More than 5,200
Americans died from asthma in 1991.
articles in publications such as "The American Chiropractor",
and "Today s Chiropractic" describe strong links between people
who suffer from these conditions and nerve interference from subluxation.
Subluxations are when bones in the spine pressure or irritate nerves causing
abnormal nerve function. An article appearing in the Journal of Vertebral
Subluxation Research Vol. 1 No. 4, also demonstrated the positive effects
of chiropractic care on 81 children with asthma.
According to Richard Pistolese, research assistant for
the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, "Based upon
information currently available, chiropractic care represents a safe non-pharmacological
health care approach, that may be associated with a decrease in asthma-related
impairment, reduced respiratory effort, and a decrease incidence of asthma
attacks." Pistolese goes further to say, "The correction of
vertebral subluxation is a non-invasive procedure, which could reduce
or eliminate the need for medication, and potentially ease the severity
of the asthmatic condition."