As some of you may know, in South Africa we are having some serious unrest, looting and protest action around the country. Our small town has not seen too much of it yet, but is on high alert. The stress of it all is making people Irritable and cranky, we are battling to believe that we are as close to war conditions than we ever have been. Suddenly after a period of calm, my asthma is flaring up. It may be the wind and residue from arson fires, but I am wondering if just stress alone can cause asthma flareups? I plan to do some research on the physiological processes surrounding this possibility. Any thoughts?