White House: Climate Change causes more Asthma

Doctor examining a patient with a stethescope

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

President Obama has announced a new initiative to tackle climate change, in the name of helping people with asthma.

According to AP;

Warning of the perils to the planet has gotten the president only so far; polls consistently show the public is skeptical that the steps Obama has taken to curb pollution are worth the cost to the economy. So Obama is aiming to put a spotlight on ways that climate change will have real impacts on the body, like more asthma attacks, allergic reactions, heat-related deaths and injuries from extreme weather.

Obama said spending on health — such as preventing asthma — can save more money than it costs, as well as alleviate pain and suffering.

Read More: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-presents-climate-change-hazard-health-072231769–politics.html

As an asthma sufferer, I’m personally disgusted that the President is seeking to exploit sympathy for my condition, to further his political climate agenda. Car exhaust and pollution can trigger an asthma attack – but by far the worst trigger for asthma attacks which I encountered was extreme cold. Heat waves cause deaths – but cold is far worse. Death rates soar in winter. The suggestion that milder winters in the future might be a public health threat is absurd.

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164 thoughts on “White House: Climate Change causes more Asthma

  1. Well, there is pollen, temperature change and exercise induced that all can contribute to an acute attack of asthma so unless Obama can definitely link CO2 as the primary cause he’s talking out of his ###.

      • Uh – Bryan – zero isn’t running in 2016.
        Now…. hillary might be, if she can convince people to ignore the felonies she’s committed, but the real key is to get a decent candidate and stop letting the dems infiltrate the Republican nomination process.

      • Well my ATT news, that I get to put up with has Obama dragging out his daughter (I think it is Malia or something like that), and she is complaining that she is having trouble breathing. So there is nothing he won’t do to push his agenda.
        Now I am a lifetime asthmatic, in fact I owe my whole career to that fact. Sans asthma, I would be a retired and rich New Zealand ex sheep farmer. I lost my Mother to chronic asthma, and just last year it also took my younger sister.
        Now my asthma has actually been quite minimized since I have lived in the USA. There was a period during which I was quite sensitive apparently to the MTBE that the dear folks of the California Air Resources Board put ion our gasoline, but we fought and got rid of that worthless junk, and I don’t get that effect any more.
        But so far absolutely nothing related to the climate in California, nor anywhere else I have lived in the USA, has in any way caused any effect on my asthmatic sensitivities. The whole thing is a total load of bovine scat.
        One thing that could get my asthma set off is just thinking about all the supposedly intelligent American voters, who gave us this incompetent boob as a leader, and then voted again to keep him on the payroll.
        As I recall, “Rev”. Jim Jones took about 1,000 persons with him on his exploit, but this one is likely to take 350 million and maybe more with this latest Iran thing, that I presume ersatz president Valerie Jarred cooked up.
        And the same folks who gave us this mess are fixing to be a part of history again, and give us another Clinton to finish the job if this guy doesn’t.
        Climate change has no appreciable effect on breathing difficulties. Air pollution of certain kinds might, but not CO2.

        • Clinton doesn’t look so bad when compared to the current lunatic/demagogue wannabe.
          I had made a remark on FB the other day in relation to this same story. I pointed out that if what he was claiming was true that an asthmatic would certainly notice that issue whenever they went to sleep on a cold night and pulled the blankets over their head.
          I am sorry to hear of your losses within your family. Especially when it takes one who should have had a longer life. My mother died from diabetes, and that was a lousy way to go towards the end. I am fortunate in that I have been blessed with a strong constitution. On my fathers side most of the males live into their 90s. That leaves me another 25+ years barring misfortune or unforeseen events. I have lived in California all of my life. I now live in the mountains up north, where the air is always fresh and the water sweet.
          Good health to you and the rest of your family.

    • Could it be that he is oblivious to the fact that there has been no warming for circa 18 years??

    • I used to suffer from asthma, but allergy tests were all negative. I could correlate my asthma attacks with the Santa Ana winds, which carry all sorts of particulate matter from the high desert down here to the coast. My doctor put me on Xolair shots twice a month – no attacks since. It is the “wonder drug”.
      The problem is, when I was employed, it was costing me around $200 per month. Now I get to pay $1150 per month on Medicare, until I’m through the “doughnut” hole. Then it is about $50 per month.
      I have no idea how much it costs on Obamacare.

      • this is to BFL: actually listen and read what you linked to…. Senator Ted Cruz is only following the law not because he wants to use 0bummer care but because it is the law that US Senators use it, if they are not covered under another plan.
        Cheers,
        Joe

      • Hey BFL, Are you suggesting that Sen. Cruz should not have complied with the law? Are you claiming that Sen. Cruz actions were in any way unusual? Are you saying that the Congressional exemptions from Obamacare which were proposed by Harry Reid, et al, are preferred to the course taken By Sen. Cruz and others?

      • Hey, Joe Civis & ALAN ROBERTSON:
        Oh the irony. You all be the ones that need to do more fact checking. It appears that Teddy is, even with an average net worth of 2.5 million and an average income of 1.2 million, just CHEAP:
        In other words, members of Congress can do whatever they want, but the government is no longer offering the old Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) to members and their staff — only the exchange plans under Obamacare. And since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is continuing to pay 72 percent of the premiums (the truth behind the so-called “Obamacare exemption for Congress”), the best value for members and especially staffers is to sign up for an Obamacare plan.
        If Cruz doesn’t have to sign up for an Obamacare plan, what were Cruz’s other non-Obamacare options?
        He could’ve immediately enrolled in COBRA, which would’ve allowed Cruz and his wife to keep their existing policy. He could’ve signed up for an Obamacare policy as an individual, like some members of Congress are doing to sidestep the so-called “illegal” premium sharing plan implemented by the OPM (continuing the policy of premium sharing from Congress’ previous health insurance program). Or he could’ve simply enrolled directly with an insurance provider in his state.
        And what did Cruz choose instead of all of these alternatives? He chose his arch-nemesis: Obamacare. Why? Because none of the above options would’ve included the 72 percent premium sharing from the government. And the plans offers, probably one of the Gold-level plans is likely comparable to his wife’s Goldman Sachs plan. So, not only did Cruz basically endorse the Obamacare option, but he did so in part because of Obama’s allegedly impeachment-worthy decision to continue the premium sharing plan for Congress.
        All told, this was almost a de facto endorsement of Obamacare. Ted Cruz, of all people, thinks Obamacare is the best deal for his family. The hypocrisy angle is almost a sideshow compared with this. Cruz filibustered Obamacare. He helped force a government shutdown over Obamacare. He’s lied dozens of times about Obamacare. And now he’s basically saying, “Hey, this Obamacare thing and the employer premium thing that I’m opposed to — really great deal!” So, again, for a rabid Obamacare enemy to pull off an inadvertent Nixon-to-China moment is a huge endorsement of the law.
        On the other hand, it should also infuriate anyone who has an insurance policy due to or via Obamacare.
        I’m personally just now reaching the contemptuous anger stage in my coverage of Ted Cruz this week, precisely because of this story. If Cruz makes it all the way to the White House (he won’t, but let’s — cough — imagine) one of the first things he’ll do is to repeal Obamacare, thus stripping me and 16+ million other Americans of our insurance policies. Repealing “every word” of the law also means repealing the part about pre-existing conditions, which would subsequently allow my insurance company to either dump me or to jack up my premiums beyond affordability.
        Meanwhile, Cruz won’t have to worry about his current Obamacare plan once he’s president. Why? Because he’ll be covered by the other government-run health insurance program, FEHBP — the aforementioned Federal Employees Health Benefit Program. There’s something wickedly unfair about this scenario, not that it’ll ever happen but that he’d jump at the chance if he got it. It’s like blowing up a bridge just after he’s managed to make it across. Screw everyone still on the bridge.
        You know what this is like? President Glenn Greenwald ordering a series of drone strikes. It’s like Ayn Rand receiving Social Security and — wait, never mind. She did. Someone said to me yesterday that I probably didn’t return any of the money I saved from the Bush tax cuts. Well, no, I didn’t. I also didn’t oppose the tax cuts for middle class earners (my income level at the time), going so far as to filibuster those cuts on the Senate floor and voting dozens of times to repeal them. It’s more than hypocrisy. It’s about the decision to sign up for something he’s all along claimed to hate, but now thinks is a pretty good deal — only after misleading millions of Americans into hating the bill and therefore electing more lawmakers who want to kill it.
        http://thedailybanter.com/2015/03/the-good-the-bad-and-the-infuriating-aspects-of-ted-cruz-signing-up-for-obamacare/
        http://www.davemanuel.com/pols/ted-cruz/

      • BFL, we get that you like stealing from others to subsidize your lifestyle. No, that’s OK, you earned it. Yes, Cruz could have gone on a COBRA. What happens after 18 months, BFL? I know counting is hard for socialists, so let me help you: it ends. So that’s not really a long term option, is it? And since he is forced to pay into Obamacare to subsidize you, that doesn’t make him a hypocrite when he uses it, just like Rand drawing social security after she was forced to pay into it. Remember, Team Blue is making you pay the price regardless.
        Parasite.

      • They have linked certain foods to asthma attacks -wheat being one of the worst culprits. Maybe you should eliminate wheat from your diet and you wouldn’t have to buy the expensive wonder drug.

      • Re TskTsk:
        There were other options besides COBRA (if you were paying attention), and at his income levels he could even self insure, that makes him the real parasite on the tax payer (such as you). But I’m glad that you support such rich upper income parasites and have obviously received the proper brainwashed respect for your chosen political fiends. As far as the amounts going to the handouts at the bottom, which the politicians love for everyone to concentrate on, those are pennies compared to the tax subsidies and CEO ripoffs such as the 2008 banking/hedge fund crises, much of which were caused by bad government practices (on both sides).

      • TskTsk:
        Forgot to show Teddy’s previous tax subsidy with his wife’s Goldman’s Sachs coverage. The well to do get these while people such as I who do not have ACA coverage pay the full taxed amount:
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/ted-cruz-health-care_n_4157938.html?1382642873
        As with any family on employer-sponsored coverage, Heidi Nelson Cruz’s health insurance essentially functions as untaxed income. Rather than pay her an additional $20,000 in salary, Goldman compensates her just as much through her health plan, which the Cruz family won’t have to pay taxes on.
        Assuming the Cruz family falls into the highest tax bracket — generally a safe assumption for a Goldman managing director — Kleinbard, like the economist Dean Baker, estimates that the $20,000 Goldman plan amounts to about $8,000 in taxes that the general public won’t see.
        “Instead of getting compensation in cash and then shopping for insurance, they’re getting an $8,500 federal subsidy,” Kleinbard said. “If Goldman said, ‘Here’s cash, go buy your own policy,’ that would cost them $8,500 in federal taxes. By structuring it this way, Goldman has saved them $8,500.”

    • Why the President should not play doctor:
      By Mayo Clinic Staff
      It isn’t clear why some people get asthma and others don’t, but it’s probably due to a combination of environmental and genetic (inherited) factors.
      Asthma triggers
      Exposure to various substances that trigger allergies (allergens) and irritants can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma. Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include:
      •Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches and dust mites
      •Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
      •Physical activity (exercise-induced asthma)
      •Cold air
      •Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke
      •Certain medications, including beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve)
      •Strong emotions and stress
      •Sulfites and preservatives added to some types of foods and beverages, including shrimp, dried fruit, processed potatoes, beer and wine
      •Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which stomach acids back up into your throat
      •Menstrual cycle in some women
      http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/basics/causes/con-20026992
      CLIMATE FAIL

    • In all due respect that’s not fully true. The inhaler in question is albuterol sulfate. They banned the freon that was used as a propellant for it. So the pharmaceutical companies had to develop a different propellant that contained no CFCs. To be honest, I think the freon was probably safer for the patient than the replacement. Anyway, despite the fact that only the propellant changed, and not the pharmaceutical (albuterol), the new inhaler required full FDA approval, and so it was no longer classified as a generic drug or sold at generic drug prices. I believe the increase in price went from about $17.00 for the generic up to about $50.00 for the now name branded drug. It’s pretty difficult to believe this was justified because thumb sized cannisters of propellant were going to destroy the planet as we know it. And while albuterol (now called albuterol HFA) is available as described the new regs did take Combivent inhalers off the market.

      • In Australia, a Salbutamol generic brand inhaler – 200 x 100 microgram doses, with a non – CFC repellent: A$14.14 Cost on the subsidised PBS: A$6.10
        As we say down here: “someone’s having a lend of you, mate.”

      • asmanefrin is once again readily available at walmart or a pharmacy in the form of ampules at @ 50 cents an ampule which provides several treatments.
        you need to get a nebulizer to use it.
        the one that they sell is badly engineered and underpowered and the company knows it but they are going on attrition, i.e., they will replace them as long as you’re willing to keep returning the failed on – every month is what you should expect.
        instead, get a Mabis nebulizer – it requires more in the tank to function but it puts out like a fog machine at an alice cooper concert.
        yes, primatene was the ONLY medication that worked in an emergency.
        the effects are immediate- in seconds.
        albuterol costs much much more and does not give immediate relief.
        the epa legislation is deadly. who hired these hitmen?

      • They will probably bring back CFCs in inhalers once the new propellants are no longer proprietary.

  2. I suppose a case could be made that more CO2 causes more plant growth, which results in more pollen, which results in more asthma.
    Okay … time to kill all the plants.

    • That argument has already been made in a number of peer-reviewed science articles. The Church of Climate Change wants the masses to huddle in cold huts, heated with animal dung.
      Oh wait, that indoor smoke is 100 times worse on asthma than clean affordable electricity and natural gas and well built homes.

      • @ joel, But how can they have cow dung when the cows have nothing to eat? Because CC has decimated EVERYTHING, from glaciers (earlier article) to flooding farm lands and hurricanes, storms , no ice , too much ice, expanding polar ice and retreating polar ice, rising sea levels and lower sea levels, devastating blizzards, no blizzards, droughts ( that are happening as usual). I am getting really, really confused.( I think it is time to put on a Monthy Python rerun and have a glass of wine, ok maybe 2)

      • asybot:
        The Prog-greens hate cows, didn’t you get that memo? Their methane flatulence is a potent GHG and by itself may represent 0.01º (+/- 0.005º) C/decade of global warming, Oh the horror!! So only cows that provide their milk for fine cheeses and other dairy delicacy products to the Progressive citizens of Elysium will be allowed to benefit from livestock husbandry.

      • @asybot Please resist using the name of that place on the other side of the river styx where reside the souls of the heroic and virtuous. The Greenies certainly don’t exhibit any of the clarity of thought exhibited by ancient Greeks

  3. Does this mean you can corelate asthma frequency with latitude and that suffers could avoid attacks by moving closer to the poles? As an infrequent asthma sufferer I’m wondering why no one has ever told me before.

    • Frequency of attack can correlate with latitude, and works both ways. With two of our sons, we found they needed to be no more than 40° N or S in summer. Less in winter, maybe 25°. So they stay in the tropics.

    • An easy, quick way to sanity check that central claim that [warming] climate change increases the risk of asthma is to simply look at the asthma rates in this country and compare them by state. If the president’s [claim] is true, hotter climates would have [higher] asthma rates.
      Let’s look at the data here: http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/stateprofiles.htm
      In fact, if you look at the quick totals using the “by sex” graph, you find that southern states are [consistently] a few percentage points lower than norther states. This even holds true for Califormia, with ithttps://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?comment_status=all#comments-forms higher [pollution] and dust, compared to Washington State, despite the latter’s moister [environment] and better air quality. California has the lower rates of the two.
      Now is this significant? I looked at all the southern and norther [states] on that map and it holds that southern has less asthma, so maybe. But actually status on the data would have to be done, and then compare warm countries to cold countries, or warm south States against even warmer on average south States to see how robust the trend of warmth=less asthma is.
      By what mechanism would colder states cause higher asthma? More time a plenty indoors would be a clear potential cause.
      So yes, the data I can find forms Not support a the president on the claim a warmer environment leads to more asthma. Rather, increased indoor time with the increase in computer based indoor activities is a much clearer potential culprit that rises over the same period of time.

  4. My Mom and Fiance are asthmatics and as you said, their worst triggers have always been (and likely always will be) cold.

  5. I think living in a city or larger metropolitan area has been proven to raise asthma risk. Based on this, I would expect higher asthma rates since less people are living outside cities and larger metropolitan areas regardless of climate.

  6. Obama is playing [sucking] up to Stockholm again to position himself for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
    Demonstrating that all human disease is caused by Global Human Warming will surly cap Obama’s Titanic Career.
    The UN will happily use the ‘Obama Genus Analysis’ to devise a program requiring the culling of all human life on Planet earth to ZERO [the Zero Game as they like to call it] … Of course Gen. Bon Ki Moon and a sufficient number of Korean (i.e. Korean-Japanese because there no longer exists indigenous Koreans on the peninsula following the invasion of Japan Army forces following the signing the Treaty of Portsmouth) prostitutes will be … exempted [Ha ha] … shall we say.
    To Obama and Bon Ki Moon … Champaign Wishes and Caviar Dreams!
    Ha ha

    • masInt branch 4 C3I in is
      April 7, 2015 at 7:53 pm
      “Obama is playing [sucking] up to Stockholm again to position himself for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.”
      The guy who gave him his peace prize has been demoted from director to ordinary member. Peace price comittee trying to reform itself to something credible. In vain.
      They could at least have fired him. Too little, too late.

  7. ‘As an asthma sufferer, I’m personally disgusted that the President is seeking to exploit sympathy for my condition, to further his political climate agenda. … but by far the worst trigger for asthma attacks which I encountered was extreme cold. Heat waves cause deaths – but cold is far worse.’
    You got it. I don’t have asthma but I have COPD which has characteristics similar to asthma, and for which some of the medications are the same. I couldn’t agree more. And the (expletive deleted) President isn’t merely engaged in a disgusting practice of exploiting another’s illness to further his ‘political’ (scare quotes necessary) climate agenda. He’s doing so with no more than a flea’s knowledge of the illness. You’re right, cold air is deadly. A direct walk into frigid wind can actually be terrifying. I try to avoid it, and in the past when I couldn’t I used to down a couple shots of vodka – seriously. Now I take Lorazepam.
    And as far as heat waves causing deaths? Quite true, but only if air conditioning is unavailable. How dare that narrow minded, narcissist in the White House seeks to raise our electrical rates and make life sustaining AC unaffordable. How dare he flaps his jaw about diseases he knows nothing about.

  8. There is only one way this could happen. More flora biomass. Which is a good thing. And in fact there is more biomass due to the healthier atmosphere. However asthma remains steady, associated with immune disorders caused by early propholactic care that fails to expose young bodies to adverse elements. Because the biomass is in areas the young asthmatics are not.

    • Pat, I have not heard that cause for asthma. Do you have sources for replicated studies?

  9. I watched the President make the announcement and just about every “fact” coming out of his mouth was a lie, from temperatures still rising to increasing storms. Absolutely disgusting.

  10. Leave it to Obama to leave out the poor people with climate change induced turrets with narcolepsy

    • Unfortunately, Tribe is still just a lawyer representing clients who pay him to be an advocate for whatever.
      I think most modestly intelligent lawyers realize Obama has been “burning the constitution” since he started re-writing black and white letter ObamaCare law by regulation and fiat. The Supreme Court will hopefully tell the American People this two-bit dictator has no clothes. Then it will be interesting to see what this Most-petulant of Presidents does next. My guess is he will be true to form, and throw Article III on his Progressive bonfire, since Article II has already been burned.

      • Obama has many more tricks up his sleeve. Look up Operation Jade Helm and try to figure that out in any logical way.

      • Yes, I know about Jade Helm. I spent 5 years in Air Force Spec Ops in the 90’s. Most Green Berets I ever met were fine american citizens, far more grounded in America than the political class. I suspect even they do not know what it is they are really being asked to do. My family has lived and some still do live extensively around some of those communities in West and Central Texas mentioned in the press release.

    • Personally I can’t see why the EPA is so anxious to let this matter proceed in court,as it appears that they don’t have a case to stand on,apart from some technicality that anyone can see,was not intended to be used at all. The U.S Supreme court has ruled against them before when they have attempted to do similar things. The first thing I’d request is a injunction of the implementation of the Clean Air Act until this matter has gone before the courts.

  11. Desperate and more desperate. Keep ’em coming because people are realizing what they are trying to do and becoming more skeptical with every “factoid”. Just remember to vote.

    • There won’t be an election King Obe has a deal with Putin to attack us and declare marshal law lol just sayin.

  12. Asthma is an autoimmune issue caused by chronic, low level inflammation of the lungs. Pollen, pollution and temperature may exacerbate asthma but this inflammation is most likely caused by chronically elevated blood sugar or proteins your body isn’t adapted to handle getting through the walls of your intestines and into the bloodstream (a condition called leaky gut). At the risk of sounding like a nut you can cure or dramatically ease your symptoms by eliminating wheat and sugar from your diet, it worked for me. I haven’t had an attack ever since I altered my diet 5 years ago. Better still is that making this change will reduce your body fat, reduce inflammation throughout your body and you’ll enjoy better overall health.
    Corticosteroids inhalers actually have the effect of raising blood sugar, which is why people gain weight and have their asthma become increasingly worse when put on these medications. It was the weight gain I experienced after being prescribed for an inhaler by my (former) doctor that made me look at other options for treating my own exercise-induced asthma. A low carb diet made a lot od sense once I set aside my preconceived notions. I’ve mentioned this before but the parallels between climatology and health/nutritional science is eerie, it would make a great article to go over the similarities. The upshot is that the conventional wisdom on health is just as bad as the conventional wisdom on global warming – most people believe a lie. If you’re interested in health or suffer from chronic disease like CAD, diabetes or cancer, I urge you to look into elevated blood sugar and low carb diets before you allow your doctor to put you on an expensive drug regimen.

    • Bob,
      I eat a lot of wheat, always have. I don’t have asthma, never have.
      I always assumed the wheat was preventing asthma! 🙂

      • Some people who smoke don’t get lung cancer, would you consider that to mean that smoking is healthy?
        Congrats on your ability to eat lots of wheat and stay healthy… so far. Hopefully that lasts for you. However, a lot of people have relief for conditions like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc. when they drop wheat and sugar from their diet.

    • Your genetics play a strong role in asthma. Based on your helpful diet, I would hazard to guess you are type-O blood group. Many childhood onset asthma cases are related to eosinophilia in the airways. Early early childhood pathogens (and lack of gram-neg bacteria exposure) and lack of worm parasite exposures are strongly linked to subsequent development. A “bored” immune system in a child is a dangerous immune system. Just like a child’s brain, the immune system is plastic — learning, adapting, editing, shifting to stimuli. Improper memories can last a lifetime, both neural and immunity.
      I may be skeptic on the CO2 linkage to global warming, but I am certainly grounded in the science of ground-based air and environmental pollutants that are strong players in the rise of asthma cases in the Developed countries.
      For adult exercise-induced asthma, diet, exercise, and lack of exposure to “normal” pathogens during childhood all play a complex role in a complex multifactorial disease. Exercise-induced asthma is dysfunctional response probably to the stress-induced metabolites and hormones that combine to drive a TH2-type immune response. Exercise in urban areas with ground pollution may be causal in some persons. For centuries, where city life was associated with soot from fires and stoves, and smells we can’t imagine in the West today, the notion to get to the mountains or warm deserts was a strong belief founded in some level of anecdotal evidence.
      In modern life, breathing elevated ozone (a strong oxidizing agent) induces micro tissue airway damage, initiating the inflammatory process with invading neutrophils into damaged tissue. Stopping ozone damage early is important. But ozone is likely not the only environmental oxidant that damages airways. Caustic VOCs, living with high levels of dust mite feces, are also known initiators of dysfunctional airway inflammation that can initiate asthma attack onset.
      Certainly a plant-based diet later in life (post 50 yrs old) that is high in natural fiber and healthy Omega 3 oils is far better than a high carb, high animal fat diet. But even with that, some people living in suburban or urban environments that still suffer from asthma should strongly consider a change of scenary to rural, even ocean environments where salt ions and humidity can help maintain airway barrier function while minimizing exposure to pollutants like ozone and soot.

      • A good post I think, except perhaps this..
        .”I may be skeptic on the CO2 linkage to global warming, but I am certainly grounded in the science of ground-based air and environmental pollutants that are strong players in the rise of asthma cases in the Developed countries.”
        is lacking the affirmation that CO2, once again, is not a particulate, and not causative of asthma in any study I know of. The idea of increased asthma due to greater weeds, pollens, and particulates is short sighted in the extreme. As you noted there are many disparate triggers for asthma. As a child driving by the alfalfa fields at harvest felt like it would kill me.
        Cheep inexpensive energy is the life blood of EVERY economy. Thus control of particulates is not difficult, and control of pollen and weeds is certainly relatively simple in cities not impoverished.

      • Joel wrote – “I may be skeptic on the CO2 linkage to global warming, but I am certainly grounded in the science of ground-based air and environmental pollutants that are strong players in the rise of asthma cases in the Developed countries.
        The problem is that studies like these are all observational in nature and can only suggest a correlation and not imply true cause and effect. Science and public policy is a farce due to people confusing correlation for true cause and effect.

    • Like yourself, I changed my diet away from junk food to a far healthier intake, but I still can suffer cold induced episodes. I find whole wheat to be just fine with me.

      • Chad – if you’re still eating wheat and other grains our diets probably aren’t comparable. Drop the wheat for awhile and see what happens to your cold-induced episodes.

    • Bob, asthma and food allergies are two different things. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease caused by particulates, cold air, and exercise. Asthma has nothing to do with blood sugar or proteins in the blood. The inflammation is clearly linked to those three things. The only correlation between food allergies and asthma is that asthmatic are more likely to be sensitive or allergic to sulfites.
      “Science and public policy is a farce due to people confusing correlation for true cause and effect.” Says the guy contributing wheat and sugar to asthma .

  13. In 70s under PL-480 supplied Mexican wheat and this was unloaded in Mumbai. This wheat carried with it a weed known “perthanium” [locally called as Congressgrass] created Asthma in Pune area with this weed spreading all open areas. Now it occupied almost all over India increasing the pollen based allergy lead Asthma [Bronchitis]. It wont kill but lifelong people have to live on medicine. The other types of Asthma are caused by air pollution not by carbon dioxide or temperature. As asthma effect more under winter conditions.
    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

  14. “You can’t cordon yourself off from air,” Obama said.

    That statement makes it sound like Obama thinks CO2 really is a pollutant, that CO2 in the air is a direct cause of health issues like asthma.

    • Remember this man’s science IQ is barely above Joe Biden’s. Obama still reportedly occasionally smokes too when he is stressed. He is at high risk for throat-laryngeal tumors. I have no doubt his excellent doctors have told him this. Yet he still smokes. But he wants us to cut our CO2 emissions, while he takes a 747 around the USA several times a month for partisan political fundraisers, by a man who will never face another election again in his life. Hypocrisy in a Progressive knows no bounds.

    • Yes, Louis, the intent is to ensure that the public believes CO2 is a pollutant.
      It’s all pretty tragic.
      ==========

      • kim – the public has been led to believe that ‘carbon’ is a pollutant, inferring that ‘carbon’ is a particulate. This labelling then leads to the asthma false assertion.

  15. There is far too much conflation between “global warming” and assertions about local effects in America.
    According to the USCRN, the continental US is in a steep, decade-long cooling trend. How can “global warming” be causing more asthma in America when America isn’t warming?

    • It is not about science. It is not about rational consideration of facts and data.
      For all the untold millions of dollars spent on recording and adjusting and reporting global temperature data sets, they all (BEST< GISS< NCDC< UKMO/CRU) might as well just turn it all over to a random number generator feeding an algorithm and all head to beach and enjoy life for all the worth their work actually is necessary at this juncture to The Cause.
      At this point, it is about controlling the political narrative with sound bites and alarmist rhetoric fed by a complicit media to a largely naive and science illiterate populace.

      • “Hash-Tag Science” = where people that barely passed their minimum required courses in High School go to convince themselves they are “Scientific” while all of the “Skeptics” are Luddites and Fundies. I really hate the FB page, “I F@(king Love Science” since it has very little Science on it; only hordes self-satisfied lunkheads that think they know something because the “Liked” the picture of cumulonimbus clouds.

  16. White House and EPA cause asthma. Look up how they banned Primatene Mist (the ONLY over-the-counter medicine that can stop anaphylaxis dead in its tracks), all because those tiny little bottles contained CFCs.
    I don’t think anybody could rationally argue that the minuscule amount of CFC in Primatene would harm the atmosphere or climate in any way. Even knowing how CFCs are purported to work on ozone, that’s just ridiculous.
    And yet… I would be willing to bet “dollars to doughnuts”, as they say, that with that rule, the Obama administration and EPA have killed quite a few asthmatics in the U.S.
    Someone I know very nearly died — no exaggeration — because prescription medicine was not available, Primatene had been taken off the shelves, so he had none, and the phone wasn’t working to call an ambulance. By the time he finally got to a hospital, the asthma had progressed so far that even after epinephrine and nebulizer treatments, his blood O2 kept dropping below 70. He very nearly didn’t make it.

  17. I was just looking at this UK paper and this line struck me as interesting:
    “The incidence of new asthma episodes presenting to general practitioners increased in all ages to a plateau in the mid 1990s and has declined since. During the 1990s, the annual prevalence of new cases of asthma and of treated asthma in general practice showed no major change.”
    OMG…..A plateau….starting in the mid nineties.
    http://thorax.bmj.com/content/62/1/85.full
    50 years of asthma: UK trends from 1955 to 2004
    H Ross Anderson, Ramyani Gupta, David P Strachan, Elizabeth S Limb +
    Author Affiliations Division of Community Health Sciences, St George’s, University of London, London, UK
    Correspondence to:
    Professor H R Anderson
    Division of Community Health Sciences, St George’s, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK;r.anderson@sgul.ac.uk
    Received 4 June 2006
    Accepted 14 September 2006

  18. Beware of environmental fanatics bearing gifts.
    Some time ago, California decided that it would be a good idea to add MTBE, a then known carcinogenic, to gasoline. This resulted in many people, myself included, to develop asthma. It also poisoned our local water supply in Santa Monica.
    When MTBE was discontinued as an additive, my asthma mysteriously went away.
    Had the tobacco industry been responsible, there would have been a spate of lawsuits. However, in this case the environmental movement and the State of California were given a pass.
    I

  19. “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
    ― H.L. Mencken

    I would like to point out that while “global warming” causing asthma is a joke, there was a long list of things that “global warming” was supposed to cause and it was on-line. One of the click-able links was “restless leg syndrome”. I don’t think that one can be beat. Period.
    Here is one such list: http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm But I don’t know if this is the one I am remembering.

    • IIRC, regular contributor “Jimbo” has the link to the “CAGW Causes…Everything Bad” list?

      • Numbers watch for CO2 is a clear demonstration of how billions of dollars of YOUR money will buy the answer the politicians want, so they can tax the very air you breath.
        My personnel favorites from numbers watch are the ones in direct contradiction to each others, like “makes frogs bigger”, and “makes frogs smaller.” Buy the way, the number of these papers on attrition to the affects of CAGW, far exceeds those dedicated to the physics of CAGW. Yet these non atmospheric climate scientist”, who know very little about atmospheric physics, likely compose the majority of scientist supporting CAGW.
        They simply take the WRONG IPCC model mean, and the IPCC projections of FUTURE harms, and extrapolate from there to claim how the magic molecule will cause billions to die. Cargo Cult Science indeed.

      • Climate Change is causing erectile dysfunction in polar bears! I kid you not – this story was published in the Daily Mail.

  20. I have some asthma, and as Eric says, extreme cold is the worst enemy — never, ever breath thru your mouth. Humid summers are the best breathing conditions.

  21. This is a lot more simple than many of you think. Here’s the meme. Carbon dioxide is pollution, haven’t you seen the pictures of power plants belching pollution? Air pollution causes asthma, therefore human caused climate change causes asthma.
    It doesn’t have to be right, only simple. And believe me, this is the meme going forward.
    ===================

  22. The PR game: Fallow the bouncing ball “Co2 Induced Global Warming”, “Co2 Global Warming”, “Global Warming”, “Co2 causes Climate Change”, “Climate Change”, “Climate Change causes Extreme Weather”, “Climate Change causes Illness”

  23. Uh-oh. White House is entering anti-vaxxer territory already staked out on asthma. Since vaccines are known to initiate a purposeful autoimmune response there is speculation that one of the responses is an increased population with asthma conditions.
    Is this just another sign of Obama’s anti-science positions?

  24. Local news story here in Huntsville Al about this. They interviewed a doctor from UAB and he stated that as the world heats up and CO2 rises, pollen will in the air sooner and last longer.

  25. It’s only a matter of time until they said “climate change” causes hangnails. The “climate change” religion has now entered the land of ludicrous.

    • And halitosis! And itchy skin from running around outside naked and rolling on the grass where poison ivy grows.

  26. Asthma and Hay fever are two very different things. I have asthma which is dangerous in the wet and cold but when the spring comes and the pollen is in the air. it is warm and I feel great. Whatever anyone says to try and justify it….The old inhalers were a hundred times better than these weak pissy things that the Ozone claptrap brigade permitted us to have. I hope one day that one of them is lying on the floor gasping for breath and the paramedic comes along and says, ” Sorry mate can’t treat you….might cause 10 to the -300 degrees of global warming.

  27. It’s not just asthma being claimed as a health hazard from climate change.
    Premise 1 – environment can negatively impact your health
    Premise 2 – climate is part of the environment
    Conclusion : Climate change defintely hurts your health
    Prognosis : White House efforts to sustain ignorance and stupidity will prove moderately successful, being especially effective with those already stupid and ignorant.

  28. Watch the video of the President speaking about this. He really said this and more.
    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-presents-climate-change-hazard-health-072231769–politics.html
    He should know that every point he made in that statement was false. He was simply lying and you can see it in his face.
    It is “politics” of course.
    But why doe he need to court the far-left-wing right now in the final 2 years of his Presidency while facing a Republican-led congress is beyond me. It makes no sense unless he is running out of legacy-themes to leave for the historians and journalists. Obama – the climate-change President? Obama – the two term failure as bad as Jimmy Carter?

  29. Bill Illis, I don’t think he’s courting the far left wing so much as he’s spreading misinformation to the unwashed masses. The scares take hold and the inevitable correction goes on the bottom of page 6. Drip. Drip. Drip.
    I still find the headline “White House: Climate Change causes more Asthma” jarring. The White House is making political policy based on his own medical pronouncements (based on talking points and lies) ? That’s a higher level of political hubris than you could have expected from any of his predecessors except Joseph Stalin and Mao.

  30. Below zero weather can be fatal for anyone with asthma. My elderly family member who has this condition didn’t go out at all during February/March due to sub freezing weather.

  31. Wheat causes asthma it used to be called baker’s wheeze in the 18th century. I have one friend whose daughter was on so many steroids her bones were brittle and she was going to the ER weekly for years. Hasn’t been once since stopping wheat in 2 years.

  32. Asthma has been the all purpose disease for EPA rule making for a long time. It does require some slight of hand to shift cause and effect from other factors to pull that off. No problem for the science form fitters at EPA.

  33. Annual average temperature in Connecticut are what, somewhere around 50F? Annual average temperature in Florida, somewhere around 70F? Why do so many retirees end up in sunny Florida? The difference in the average temperatures of their respective local climates is an order of magnitude greater than the average global change projections for a doubling of CO2. Think about the rampant asthma for goodness sake! Why do we allow anybody to go to Florida at all? The cost in tax dollars must be immense!
    It’s the System, man. Or it’s the Man, systematically working to wipe those folk out.
    Or maybe warm weather is friendlier to tired old bodies than cold, I don’t know, think that might could have something to do with it…
    /sarc

  34. The President was wrong about everything he said he other day. Every day in every way I get More and more angry. This Delusion( CAGW) promises nothing but more poverty, sickness and death

  35. Great example of how political pressure can be applied to science. This statement of the President’s will fund numerous implausible studies. They’ll all be robust none will be rigorous.

  36. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. If obama can successfully claim in the msm that he has proof that climate change is causing people to die, then they can try to pass more anti-fossil fuel legislation. IF we can stop this lie, here and now, in the msm, then we can gain support in stopping the left’s desire for CO2 legislation.
    This is the Big Lie and it needs to be confronted on the national stage. Any thoughts on who can pull this off?

  37. Would be a good idea for Obamascience to rule out food additives and other possible allergy triggers including pollens from plants that opportunistically flourish due to increased CO2 and our agricultural practices before chucking Occam’s razor and going with global warming.

  38. Data off the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) web site show that incidents of exceeding the federal limits for particulate matter (PM) 2.5 micrometers and less are down significantly since 2000. Yet asthma cases continue to rise. There is no causal effect in that data!

  39. >>Walt D. says: April 8, 2015 at 3:50 am Climate Change is causing erectile dysfunction in polar bears!
    >>Sometimes when I give talks about climate, I refer to AGW as “Climate Dysfunction”, figuring it would be an amusing sequel to Holdren’s “Climate Disruption”. Alas, every joke contains a grain of seriousness. In 2006 this revelation on the love lives of polar bears emerged:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17007124?dopt=Abstract
    “The study suggests that there is an impact from xenoendocrine pollutants on the size of East Greenland polar bear genitalia. This may pose a risk to this polar bear subpopulation in the future because of reduced sperm and egg quality/quantity and uterus and penis size/robustness.”
    Or a more readable version:
    http://mindaberbeco.scienceblog.com/2012/08/28/climate-change-and-sexual-dysfunction-or-how-the-polar-bear-lost-its-wiener/
    Or, if you read “Grist”:
    http://grist.org/list/polar-bear-dick-size-is-apocolypses-most-recent-casualty/
    Now the culprit is “xenoendocrine pollutants” instead of CO2, but hey, they’re all pollutants, EPA tells us, so “what difference does it make”?
    And it’s not just polar bears:
    http://www.wnd.com/2010/05/147617/ (This one also mentions asthma, to get this back OT)
    Now, I’m a data guy, and one must always consider the source of data used used in a study: how it was obtained, how accurate or representative it is, how it’s adjusted, and so on. In this case, three questions come to mind in this study of polar bear “penis size/robustness”:
    Who gathered the data?
    How did they gather it?
    Why????

  40. I was so worried about the dangers of climate change I read in the media it gave me diarrhea. I’m hoping to write a report on this and get some money from the government.

  41. I think the confusion Presiident Obama is trying to sow is between Carbon Particulate and Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Particulate – Soot – harms lungs and causes asthma. Carbon Dioxide is the staff of life in the atmosphere and in the oceans.. Almost everything we are made of comes from Carbon Dioxide. Carbon dioxide haters always try to confound the two by showing photos of black smoke from smokestacks, refering to Carbon pollution, etc., etc.

  42. One of the great truths to ideology, facts are never in short supply, facts are made up as one goes along. The POTUS has an agenda (CO2 commitments at the December 2015 Paris COP) based upon an ideology (redistribution of wealth in the name of equity) through the mechanism of CO2 mitigation. The latest iteration of Presidential facts state that climate change causes more asthma.
    To not appear alone, POTUS enlists the American Lung Association (ALA), a large lobbing group which in the past has championed identification/treatment for tuberculosis; worked to eliminate cigarette smoking; and more recently identification/treatment for asthma.
    ALA jumped onto the story that CO2 is an air pollutant. It is here where the wheels came off the CO2 is a pollutant bandwagon bus. These “facts” were manufactured to serve the President and his agenda.
    There is nothing wrong with advocating for the identification/treatment for Asthma. Asthma is real, it kills, causes much suffering, is costly and is prevalent through out the world.
    However, asthma is not caused by an imperceptibly changing climate. Asthma is not made worse by an imperceptibly warming world. Asthma and asthma attacks can be exacerbated by: both indoor and outdoor air pollution; by exercise; by allergens; etc.
    Children can develop asthma which has been associated with fetal exposure to parental cigarette smoking. Hmmmm.
    Now that the POTUS has a child with asthma, my guess is that there is some parental guilt for cigarette smoking along with the usual climate change agenda.

  43. It’s not just asthma being claimed as a health hazard from climate change.
    Premise 1 – environment can negatively impact your health
    Premise 2 – climate is part of the environment
    Conclusion : Climate change negatively impacts your health
    Prognosis : White House efforts to sustain ignorance and stupidity will prove moderately successful, being especially effective with those already stupid and ignorant.

  44. The FDA and EPA is doing what it can. In 2011 they banned inhalers with CFC propellants, making inhalers much more expensive, and at first unobtainable. The reason? Zero tolerance for CFC’s.
    Back in time:
    Ban inhalers to save the environment? FDA and EPA gone mad.
    Sep 22 2011 FDA: Over-the-counter asthma inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) will no longer be made or sold after Dec. 31, 2011
    Users of Primatene Mist will need a prescription product to treat their asthma. Asthma accounts for one-quarter of all emergency room visits in the U.S. each year, with 2 million emergency room visits. Each day 11 Americans die from asthma. There are more than 4,000 deaths due to asthma each year, many of which are avoidable with proper treatment like over-the-counter asthma inhalers.
    The reason for their phase out is U.S. in complying to a U.N. mandate to phase out all CFC’s since they burn up the ozone layer over Antarctica, and to a lesser degree over the North Pole.
    During the heydays of CFC production we produced about one megaton annually of all types of CFC combined. This led to an increase in CFC of about 25 parts per trillion in the atmosphere per year. After 1994 the CFC’s were phased out and replaced with HCFC’s. The total amount of CFC’s in the air is now decreasing by about 1 percent per year.
    A quick calculation shows that over the counter inhalers release maybe 100 tons of CFC’s per year. This would increase the level in the atmosphere by 0.002 parts per trillion per year. Since CFC’s now are decreasing by 20 parte per trillion /year it would speed up the decrease by 1/10000.
    So this banning of CFC inhalers will decrease the time to return to previous levels from 100 years to 99 years and 361 days. And for this we are banning $10 inhalers and forcing asthma sufferers to use prescription devices at more than 40 dollars, and increase the number of emergency room visits, and even asthma related deaths. For four days in a hundred years?
    In the meantime the Ozone hole is closing again by itself, maybe due to actions already taken.
    http://lenbilen.com/2012/02/04/ban-inhalers-to-save-the-environment-fda-and-epa-gone-mad/

  45. The climate change that we have been experiencing is typical of the Holocene for the past 10,000 years. It is caused by the sun and the oceans and man does not have the power to change it. There is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate. So if climate is the cause, then Nature is to blame. My asthma is caused by allergies primary to pollens and other environmentasl. Cold air can trigger attacks so I do better in warmer climates. When I was a kid my parents moved to the desert but as an adult I do better near the beach where I live. What has helped me most over the years is the development of new medications. I have been in over 6 different asthma drug approval studies. As far as particulate matter goes the real problem comes down to Man’s out of control population. If Man does not control his own population then Nature will, catastrophically. Instead of spending money trying to control our climate which we cannot do it, would be better to spend the money to control our own population which we can do.

  46. I would think that even the dimmest witted among us will be able to recognize that the President is not being forthcoming about the cause of his daughters asthma.

  47. Indoor pollution correlates, but not outdoor (except in extremes). Mandated universal air purifiers in all residences and places of commerce coming right up, via omnipotent Executive Order.

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