Therapy May Endanger Asthma Patients
Those of us who have been involved in
the study of nutrition for any length of time are aware that
getting one’s body to stimulate its own immune enhancement
is far safer than the offering of isolated substances that
supposedly match immune components.
Patients who have had their asthma
under control, but have been taking interferon for the
suppression of hepatitis C, have suffered enough to be
hospitalized for the return of asthma symptoms. Hepatitis C
therapy with interferon-alpha can lead to severe asthma
exacerbation in patients with previously mild asthma.
Interferon-alpha therapy has previously been associated with
pulmonary complications, and now we have evidence of asthma
exacerbation as well. (Mayo Clinic Proceedings 1999;