FALL 1997



The good news is that Health’s Kitchen won another award for Best Series.  The bad news is that WNYC-TV was sold down the river, so we are seeking another channel.





Two year old Josh had been suffering from upper respiratory infections almost since birth and had been on asthma medication for nearly a year.  I reviewed his diet and told his mom, “No sugar, dairy, or packaged foods.  Only fresh whole foods, and get an air ionizer.”  Within three weeks, Josh was breathing freely, no wheezing, no attacks, and was off all medication.


Asthma isn’t always that simple.  But there is much asthma sufferers can do to help themselves, for there is no medical cure for asthma, only treatment for symptoms, and the treatments may have deleterious side effects and may even exacerbate the condition.  (Some medications have been known to encourage mold growth in the lungs.)



Clean up the air you breathe —

no pets, no pests, no carpeting or upholstery where mites can hide.  Run the bed linens through the drier for ten minutes twice a week, clean air conditioner filters often, and get an air ionizer.  When traveling, you can mist your hotel room with a mixture of Lipton’s tea and tap water—this will also kill dust mites.


Learn to breathe.  Most people never expand the lower rib cage to let air into the lower lobes of the lungs, unless they are singers, wind instrument players, or Yoga devotees.  So study one of the aforementioned.


Avoid Dairy,

which causes mucus.  Get your calcium from dark green leafy vegetables or sea weeds.


Sugar depresses the immune system.

If you want something sweet, chew honeycomb for 15 minutes a day.  Anything from bees is good for the lungs: bee pollen, bee propolis, etc.


Avoid food additives.

Some, such as sulfites, can precipitate an asthma attack.  It’s best to make your own food fresh.


Get a juice extractor

and use combinations of cucumber, carrot, scallion, and Daikon or Spanish Black Radish to relieve mucus congestion from the lungs.


Drink Herbal Teas:

Mullein, Lobelia, Marshmallow Root, Comfrey, Chickweed.  For a daily drink to cleanse the lungs, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 Tbs. of Mullein and steep for ten minutes.  Mix in 1 Tbs. of honey, strain and pour into a cup containing 1/2 tsp. of anise.


Try natural anti-inflammatories

in lieu of steroids:  Evening Primrose Oil, Black Currant Seed Oil, or Borage Oil.  (These are all available in capsules.)


Anti-oxidant supplements

with lots of bioflavenoids such as grape seed extract, pine tree bark extract, and the most recent discovery, lycopene, from tomatoes.



Investigate complementary health practices.  Chiropractic can help if there is any irritation to nerves associated with the pulmonary system.  Homeopathic medicines, the treatment of choice in Europe, help the body to heal itself.  Consider 68 year old Greta, who had been using inhalers for three years for asthma that developed after her stroke in 1994.  When she switched to a homeopathic medication, she no longer needed her pumps.  Also, there are nutritional supplements made from foods, which help to rebuild damaged tissue.


And last, but not least, the beautiful lotus flower has a root which can do wonders for the lungs.  Grated fresh, it can be used as a poultice.  Dried and powdered, it can be made into a tea for delicious appetizer, with or without asthma.  Here is the recipe used on the Health’s Kitchen TV show, “Hors D’Oeuvres”:



Lotus Root Appetizer


Wash, peel, and thinly slice 1 lb. of lotus root (available seasonally in oriental markets).  Steam in a little water 8-10 minutes until semi-soft.  Sauté in 1 Tbs. of peanut or canola oil, 1 thinly sliced fresh chili or 2 crumbled dried chillies for 2 minutes.  Strain the oil into a bowl and add 2 Tbs. toasted sesame oil, 2 Tbs. brown rice vinegar, 2 Tbs. shoyu.  Mix well and add the drained lotus root slices along with 3 sliced scallions.  Toss and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.  Can keep in fridge for days-just add fresh scallions.