A Case Study on treating Asthma and Rhinitis (Hay Fever) using the RB method
In this case study, we look at the effect of the RB method on a 39-year-old male sufferer of Asthma combined with Hay Fever largely brought on by allergies and exercise. The subject had suffered from Asthma all his life and also suffered from Hay Fever in the spring and summer months especially when outside and exposed to pollen and cut grass.
After one session of the RB method, the subject was able to train symptom-free without the use of any medication in fields, and his fitness levels dramatically improved. At an 18 month follow-up, the subject is still symptom-free and not using any medication anymore.
According to Asthma UK, Asthma effects 1 in 5 households with 1 in 11 children and 1 in 12 adults receiving treatment for the disease (1). The NHS in the UK spends around £1 billion per year treating Asthma sufferers (1).
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways which leads to symptoms of shortness of breath, tight chest, wheezing and coughing (2) and is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factor (3).
Asthma can be triggered in a number of ways, but usually fall into two categories, non-allergic and allergic asthma. The symptoms mentioned previously are similar for both types, but the trigger for non-allergic asthma can be attributed to stress, anxiety, cold or dry air, exercise, smoke, hyperventilation, viruses and other irritants but there is no immune response involved (4). Allergic asthma is triggered by an allergy such as pollen, dander, sulphites and mild and also triggers the immune system. (2)
Many of these same allergens contribute to the triggering of Rhinitis and to 80% of Asthma sufferers also suffer from Rhinitis (5). Some researchers have physiologically linked the two diseases (6).
Allergic Rhinitis commonly know as Hay Fever, is an inflammatory response to allergens in the nose leading to symptoms of such as sneezing, runny nose, post nasal drip, blocked or stuffy nose. It can also lead to symptoms of inflammation of the sinus and eyes (7).
Currently, here is no known cure for asthma. It’s considered a life long disease with only medication to control the symptoms (8).
The subject in this case is a 39 year old male who was a lifetime sufferer of asthma. He also suffered from rhinitis (hay fever) in the spring and summer months which is commonly linked with asthma. The subject had been participating in military fitness, an outdoors bootcamp style of fitness which he mentioned brought on both the hay fever and asthma leaving him feeling exhausted and short of breath after each session.
A Beclometasone Dipropionate inhaler was used daily and a Salbutamol Sulphate inhaler was needed several times a day especially after being outdoors and exposed to pollen and grass.
Clenbuterol was also taken daily for the asthma along with Cetrizine Hydrochloride, an anti histamine, to reduce the effects of the hay fever.
The session was done on a monday and the subject participated in a military fitness session on the thursday. He mentioned that the grass had been freshly cut yet he had no symptoms of asthma or hay fever.
As a very active and fit sportsman in his early adult life, the subject had found it frustrating to be in the bottom fitness group of the military fitness class where he had been for over 18 months.
Just two weeks after the session, his fitness had improved to the point where he was put in the top group.
By the time of this case study being written up, the subject has been symptom free for over 9 months and has not needed to use either inhaler or medication since for either the Asthma or Hay Fever.