Chronic Airway-Digestive Inflammatory Disorders: do YOU have CAID?

Allergic Rhinitis:

  • 40 – 50 Million in USA with allergic rhinitis
  • 10-30%  of adults have allergic rhinitis
  • Almost 40% of children miss some school each year due to allergies!
  • 12 Million doctor-visits per year for allergic rhinitis!
  • 55% of those with sinusitis have history of allergic rhinitis.


  • estimated 20-30 Million in USA with sinusitis annually
  • The most prevalent chronic respiratory disease
  • 12%  Americans less than 45 yrs old have symptoms of chronic sinusitis
  • 55%  of those with sinusitis also have history of allergic rhinitis
  • About 1/3 of us will experience sinusitis some time in our lives
  • 30 Million courses of antibiotics per year to treat sinusitis
  • Over 40,000 people have sinus surgery every year
  • Cost of sinusitis estimated at $6 Billion annually! 1/3 from children
  • Greatest negative impact on quality of life of any common chronic disease in children


  • 34 Million diagnosed with asthma in USA during their lifetimes
  • Number Growing!!  Predicted to be 100 Million by year 2025!
  • 20 million Americans diagnosed with asthma
  • 9 Million children less than 18 years diagnosed with asthma
  • Asthma responsible for 500,000 hospitalizations per year in US
  • Children aged 5-17 years miss more than 12 Million days of school per year
  • Adults miss more than 10 Million days of work per year due to asthma
  • Cost of asthma nearly $20 Billion per year!
  • According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Every Day:
    • 40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma
    • 30,000 people have an asthma episode
    • 5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma
    • 1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma
    • 11 people die from asthma every day in the U.S.


  • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease
  • 25-35% of us will have GERD during our lives – nearly 100 Million
  • 10% Americans have reflux every day – over 30 Million
  • 44% Americans have reflux every month – over 135 Million
  • Cost of GERD is $10 Billion per year!

Sleep Disorders:

  • 18 Million Americans have OSA (obstructive sleep apnea)
  • 20-40% of all adults have insomnia during any year
  • More than 80% of those have not been diagnosed, and don’t get treated
  • People with OSA are increased risk for:
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Depression
    • Death
  • Over 2 Million children suffer from sleep disorders
  • 30-40% of children do not sleep enough
  • Sleep problems account for $15.9 Billion of our health care costs

Whereas there is a lot of overlap between these categories, the number of people affected is staggering.  These data suggest that nearly 2/3 of the population of the USA have one of these chronic aero-digestive inflammatory disorders!  That’s about 200 Million people!

So … chances are, you DO have CAID.  Visit this site regularly to learn more about optimizing your health, and the health of your children.

How to Use This Information

If you or your child has one of the disorders listed above, chances are you have MORE than one of them.  That is, they are often accompanied or linked to each other – they are comorbid.  The fact is – reducing one of these can reduce or eliminate others.  It’s all about the Unified Airway.

See my recent post about the Unified Airway Model for an explanation, and how to use this information to improve your life if you have CAID.  And, check back here often as we continue to improve our understanding of these disorders, and how to improve the health of you and your children using this knowledge.  Be empowered!

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Until next time, remember … you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose (unless you’re a boogor doctor :~D)

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The recognition that chronic aerodigestive inflammatory diseases (CAID) are related in cause and in treatment are nicely described by Dr. Jordan Josephson.

I highly recommend his book, Sinus Relief Now (Excellent resource! On Amazon Store. Disclosure: affiliate). Here is his Website:

You can review (and buy) his book for a great price (less than $12 last time I checked) through the boogor doctor’s Amazon Store (affiliate), on the right.


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