Cleaning your house can cause asthma

Volume 13    |   Issue 5

You know all those chemical cleaning products that people use all the time around the house? Maybe you use them as well? So, here's a question. What are they doing to you? Specifically, what are they doing to your lungs? The answer is in a new study published just last year. If you have asthma or any other lung condition, you need to know the amazing results in the study.

The authors of the study looked at 21 women who were professional cleaners. All of them had asthma. During a 15-day period, they reported on what kind of cleaning products they were using and how many symptoms they were having. They also measured their lung function during the day using a handheld device called a spirometer. For the technically minded, the measurements were the  forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and the peak expiratory flow (PEF).  Here's what they found.

The worst offenders were hydrochloric acid and detergents. In the evening after cleaning with these chemicals, the lung function of these patients was dramatically reduced. Hydrochloric acid is also called muriatic acid. You'll find it in virtually every toilet bowl cleaner. You'll also find it in a lot of "extra strong" cleaning products and solvents.

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So if you have asthma, be careful around these chemicals. If you can, use products that don't have these caustic chemicals. And one last word about asthma. Conventional medicine has nothing for patients with asthma other than medications for the symptoms. Unfortunately these medications can worsen the condition and can also cause osteoporosis. So wouldn't it be better to just get rid of the asthma instead of only treating symptoms?

One cause of asthma is stress. Stress causes adrenal exhaustion, which brings on asthma symptoms. Another cause is a defect in vitamin B12 metabolism. This can happen even in people with normal B12 blood levels. And it can be overcome with injections of vitamin B12. Other nutrient deficiencies, including deficiencies of magnesium and zinc, can play a role. Another cause is eating allergic foods.

If you have asthma and you haven't worked with a doctor knowledgeable about these issues, find one. Many people can completely overcome their asthma by simply paying attention to what is causing it. Two resources you can use to find such a doctor are: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine ( and The Naturopathic Academy of Environmental Medicine (

Yours for better health,


Vizcaya D, Mirabelli MC, et al. Cleaning products and short-term respiratory effects among female cleaners with asthma. Occup Environ Med. 2015 Apr 23.

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