Study Suggests Suicide Link to Asthma, Air Pollution

July 15, 2010

Taiwan (ChattahBox) – A group of Taiwanese researchers have found additional links between asthma and suicide, as well as links to air quality and young people that take their own life.

According to the study, 1 in 14 teens or young adults that commit suicide do so as a direct result of their asthma, and that the problem seems to be worsening as air quality declines.

Reuters reported on the research, pointing out that other studies have been done in the past that point to the first link, but that air quality has never been a factor, until now.

The exact reason between the links are unknown. However, the researchers are speculating that there could be a connection between the inflammation known to be caused by pollutants. It could also  be a worsening of their condition, or a negative perception of living their lives with a chronic illness.

The study, led by Dr. Chian-Jue Kuo of the National Taiwan University, followed a group of 163,000 teens over a 12 year period. With the increase of pollution, the suicide rate within the group was higher among those with asthma symptoms. The suicide rate actually doubled during that period of time.

Findings from the research have been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.


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  24. Richard Friedel on December 19th, 2010 12:24 pm

    A relevant but strangely ignored or not generally known fact about asthma is that the change between weak (asthmatic) and strong (healthy) breathing is dependent on abdominal muscle tension. Slackening the muscles here causes abysmally weak and asthmatic breathing. Training the muscles, for example by “abdominal hollowing” (see Web articles) produces an antiasthmatic effect. Abdominal muscle tension plays a prominent part in Asian martial arts. I tend to breathe asthmatically after an evening meal or in pollen-laden air.
    So it is fair to assume that there is a natural breathing spectrum with an asthmatic tendency at one end and Ku Fu or Karate breathing at the other end. For a few words on the Japanese version of Asian breathing see http://www.lrz.de/~s3e0101/webserver/webdata/OBT.pdf
    Breathing powerfully into my lower abdomen with tensed muscles provides an effective cure for me. But then I’ve always been sceptical about medical wisdom on asthma: such a paradoxical and doctor-baffling increase in the last 40 years with modern inhalers. Respectfully, Richard Friedel

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