PATIENTS REGULARLY BELIEVE and follow medical advice that is not founded on evidence-based practice. An example of this is the belief that one should avoid drinking dairy products when he or she has a respiratory illness such as a cold. People claim dairy products cause excess mucus production and airway inflammation. In a recent survey conducted by
Lee and Dozor, 2004in a pediatric pulmonology office, more than half of the parents believed that drinking milk increases mucus. Products containing dairy such as milk, cheese, and yogurt have important nutrients for children's growth and development such as protein, calcium, fatty acids, and various vitamins. Avoiding intake can lead to nutritional deficiencies (
- Lee C.
- Dozor A.J.
Do you believe milk makes mucus?.
Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2004; 158: 601-603https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.158.6.601-b
Wurtrich et al., 2005). The clinical question is should patients with respiratory illnesses avoid dairy products?
- Wurtrich B.
- Schmid A.
- Walther B.
- Sieber R.
Milk consumption does not lead to mucus production or occurrence of asthma.
Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2005; 24 (Retrieved from): 547S-555S
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- Does milk increase mucus production?.Medical Hypothesis. 2009; 74: 732-734https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2009.10.044
- Do you believe milk makes mucus?.Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2004; 158: 601-603https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.158.6.601-b
- Milk consumption does not lead to mucus production or occurrence of asthma.Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2005; 24 (Retrieved from): 547S-555S
Published online: September 23, 2013Editor: Mary D. Gordon PhD, RN, CNS-BC
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