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News: Asthma rise due to gas stoves

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Recently you may have seen a health news that says that gas stoves cause asthma in children.

In the U.S., an estimated 8.3 percent of children have asthma. Asthma is much more common in poor children and children of color. Poorly ventilated apartments, possibly with gas cooking, are also more common in those groups. 

A 2022 paper found that gas stoves emit methane, even when they are off. The authors estimate a 34 percent  increase in the risk of asthma with exposure to gas stoves. 

cheerful indian man frying flatbread in pan on gas stove
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  • Ventilate your house.

  • You don’t need to change out your gas stove urgently. However, if you have a child with (or at risk for) asthma, you may want to consider changing it for an induction stove.
  • Use a HEPA filter with an activated carbon filter. At least one study showed that installing such a filter in the kitchen lowered nitrogen dioxide levels by half as much as replacing the stove. It is more effective than the range hood fan.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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