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Protecting Our Kids from Asthma

2011 May 16

This post is cross-posted from Mom’s

By Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

This month is National Asthma Awareness Month, when we address an illness that affects nearly 25 million Americans and one in every ten children in the United States.

Safeguarding the air we breathe and preventing illnesses like asthma attacks is one of my most important jobs as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But it is important to me for other reasons as well — before I am Administrator, or an environmentalist, I am a mother of two teenage sons whose health, happiness and future are my and my husband’s top concerns. Over the years, my youngest son has struggled with asthma, giving my work for clean air an added urgency.

In some cases, raising a child with asthma means startling awake at night because of the lightest sound of a cough. In other cases, it means family trips with a nebulizer, breathing masks and asthma medication. But in every case, it means taking special care to monitor the environmental conditions that might trigger an attack.

National Asthma Awareness Month is an important opportunity to raise awareness about those triggers and ensure that everyone has the knowledge they need to help control asthma. The EPA has assembled a number of great resources on our website.  I’ve also recorded a short video about Asthma Awareness Month. I hope you’ll watch it, share it, and help us get the word out about asthma awareness.


This National Asthma Awareness Month, we need your help to make sure everyone knows what they can do to help prevent and protect against asthma.

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  1. David permalink
    May 16, 2011

    I would like to see the EPA discuss the constant spraying of our skies by military sources with aluminum and barium as well as other compounds to facilitate weather modification and microwave weapons programs. This is causing huge problems with asthma and is killing trees and crops by making the soil a hostile environment for flora.

  2. dale abbott permalink
    May 16, 2011

    When the body senses a drought condition in the human body it
    will start shutting down functions in the body.

    Not one person or medical expert ever asks a parent this common

    What are the liquids consumed by your child in a day? The word
    that seems missing with health people is that they know what they

    I have studied this problem and have helped so many deal with
    Asthma I can’t anymore. Simply put, you will die with in days of
    lack of water, but we tend not to talk about it much.

    Do a beverage study on 50 kids and see for yourself what the problem
    is. Asthma exploded between 1979-1980 why? Chlorine was dumped nation wide and drove all of us to stop drinking tap water.

    Just look at your school system, show me a teacher that will drink
    from a fountain. Not here in new england. The worst thing going on is gatorade and orange juice in large quantities . Potassium. will
    trigger histamine production ( phlegm, mucus and sneezing)

    Are you getting the picture. This info has cost me thousands of my own money to teach medical people. think out side the box.

  3. Charlot permalink
    May 17, 2011

    As asthma symptoms vary from one person to another, it is necessary for both parents and children to keenly observe and learn to recognize the symptoms specific to them.

  4. charlotte permalink
    May 27, 2011

    Keep working ,great job!

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