Last week, my 12-year-old son Oscar received his first ribbon in a swimming competition.  Last year, this would not even have been possible.  His asthma had become so acute, that any form of exercise would be accompanied by an attack which necessitated the use of an inhaler.  He found this so frustrating that, more often than not, he elected to forgo athletic activities altogether.  Oscar and his inhaler became inseparable from the time he was about 8 years old.  Forgetting it was a source of panic as the nature and severity of the attacks were hard to predict.  Seasonal allergies and colds turned into nightmarish round-the-clock vigils to keep the swelling in his lungs under control.  It's a familiar story to families coping with asthma.

As I write this, Oscar has been asthma-free for over four months.  there is no way to write this sentence to sufficiently convey the joy behind it (it should be in all caps with lots of exclamation points!); but anyone as desperate as we were will certainly 'get it'.  Post-treatment, the western physician here in the U.S. reading Oscar's blood and liver function test described his 'scores' as 'beautiful'.

Receiving treatment from Mazin Al-Khafaji and Avicenna is a privilege that I will be forever grateful for.  Mazin really invested Oscar in his own treatment, discussing recommendations and treatment details directly with him.  I believe this respectful exchange helped Oscar to understand that although a child, he had to be active in his own health choices.  We saw a huge difference after one month of herbal therapy, and this improvement continued steadily over another couple of months until Oscar's asthma disappeared entirely about four months ago.  Truly, we see Mazin as a bit of a miracle-worker, which he would find faintly ridiculous I'm sure, but suffice to say he and Avicenna are remarkable.

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