Natural Therapies for Emphysema and COPD: Relief and Healing for Chronic Pulmonary Disorders

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Apr 4, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 196 pages
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The first book to address emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from a nutritional and alternative medicine approach

• Explains the benefits of detoxification, dietary changes, and food combining

• Details 45 suggested herbs and 26 nutritional supplements as well as information on how to stop smoking

Approximately 35 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)--emphysema constituting 18 million of that group. Worldwide, as many as 293 million people suffer with these conditions. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in America, claiming nearly 120,000 lives annually. Yet conventional approaches to treatment, with their regimens of drugs and unceasing physical therapy, provide neither cure nor significant relief.

In Natural Therapies for Emphysema and COPD, Robert Green shows that alternative holistic therapies ranging from herbs to homeopathy offer great promise in relieving COPD’s debilitating symptoms. Starting with the basics of the physiology of respiration, Green presents a comprehensive program that includes detoxification, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and herbal medicine; breathing techniques and exercise options such as aerobics, yoga, qigong, and tai chi; and alternative therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and massage--noting how and why each therapy works. He also details how to stop smoking, includes resources for alternative health practitioners, and provides sources for the alternative products recommended.

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Natural Therapies/Emphysema and COPD Book

User Review  - loisaharris -

I like this book because it combines both Western and Natural methods which I am becoming a believer in. I plan on passing it on to my pulmonologist as soon as I am finished with it as he is a ... Read full review

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This is a great book and negative responses are from people who refuse to eat a raw diet and want to continue to suffer.
Most Respiratory MD's want cookie cutter patients and will prescribe the drug from the last Drug rep that came through the door! and hurry to the next patient.


Essential Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology
Understanding COPD and Emphysema
Diagnosis and Conventional Treatment of COPD
Quitting Smoking
Dietary Therapeutics
Dietary Supplements
Herbal Medicine
Exercise Breathing Techniques and Other Physical Therapies
Other Alternatives and Considerations
Additional Resources
Recommended Reading
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2007)

Robert J. Green Jr., ND, is a naturopath who holds professional membership with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and the American Alternative Medical Association (AAMA). He has used nutritional and natural approaches to address emphysema and COPD since 1994. He lives in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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