Judy Lubow for Planet Warning
Asthma is not a fun condition to have. It’s a lifelong disease that causes breathlessness, wheezing, coughing – and sometimes even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, asthma afflicts more and more people every year in the US. In 1970, the CDC estimates that only 3% of the US population had asthma. In 2009, that percentage was up to 8.2%, with some 25,000,000 sufferers nationwide. Although asthma prevalence has increased for all groups of Americans studied, this disease is effecting the most vulnerable of our population most severely. Among black children, 17% had the disease in 2009 – amounting to nearly a 50% increase since 2001.
The CDC does not know why asthma is increasing so much, although some theories target allergens, exhaust fumes, pesticides, or plastics. One thing we do know is that President Obama’s budget proposes huge cuts in funding to the National Asthma Control Program, the federal health care program targeting asthma. Once again, it’s the poor and sick that bear the burden of government budget cuts.
If you’d like to learn more about asthma in the United States, and to access organizations addressing the disease, you can go to the website thisisnotadrillradio.org.