Asthma: The Complete Guide to Integrative Therapies

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Sep 1, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 512 pages
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A comprehensive program to help asthma sufferers identify their triggers, make changes in their environment, diet, and lifestyle, and reduce their dependence on drugs.

• Evaluates the full range of therapies, including acupuncture, herbalism, massage, yoga, and breathing exercises, as well as standard pharmaceuticals.

• By the authors of the bestselling Food Allergies and Food Intolerance.

• Provides special advice for parents with asthmatic children.

Almost everyone with asthma could be feeling better and using fewer drugs; this book shows you how. Internationally recognized authorities on allergies and asthma, Dr. Jonathan Brostoff and Linda Gamlin provide a comprehensive step-by-step program to help you identify your personal asthma triggers and make changes in your environment, diet, and lifestyle that can reduce your exposure to allergens and your need for drugs. The authors have examined the most up-to-date research to offer a critical survey of the full range of asthma therapies, from alternatives such as acupuncture, herbalism, yoga, and breathing exercises to the commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Expectant mothers and fathers with asthma will appreciate the information on how to reduce the risk of their unborn child acquiring the disease, and parents will find advice that can help their asthmatic children lead happier, healthier lives.
 

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Contents

FEEL BETTER AND GET MORE OUT OF LIFE
2
TWENTY THINGS EVERY ASTHMATIC SHOULD KNOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE
7
CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA HOW TO HELP
11
Basic information
19
WHAT IS ASTHMA AND WHY DOES IT DEVELOP?
20
TECHNICAL WORDS USED ABOUT ASTHMA WHAT THEY MEAN
31
IS ASTHMA ALL IN THE MIND?
34
DOES ASTHMA GET WORSE IN TIME? OR DOES IT GO AWAY?
42
COLDS FLU AND CHEST INFECTIONS
237
SINUSITIS
240
ATHLETES FOOT RINGWORM CANDIDA AND OTHER FUNGAL INFECTIONS
246
OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS THAT CAN MAKE ASTHMA WORSE
253
ASPIRIN AND ASPIRINLIKE DRUGS
257
OTHER DRUGS THAT CAN AFFECT ASTHMA
262
WORK AND ASTHMA WHICH JOBS ARE RISKY?
268
PREGNANCY BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING
287

Asthma attacks what to do
44
RECOGNIZING AN ASTHMA ATTACK
45
COPING WITH AN ASTHMA ATTACK
50
THE NEXT STEPS ARE CRUCIAL
59
Understanding your symptoms
64
WHY DO ASTHMA SYMPTOMS VARY SO MUCH?
65
WHY DOES EXERCISE TRIGGER ASTHMA ATTACKS?
68
WHY IS ASTHMA WORSE AT NIGHT?
74
The asthma epidemic and how to beat it
78
WHY IS ASTHMA ON THE INCREASE?
79
CAN PARENTS PREVENT THEIR CHILDREN FROM GETTING ASTHMA?
87
CAN A GOOD DIET PROTECT AGAINST ASTHMA?
96
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR ASTHMA TREATMENT?
105
Allergies
109
ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES WHATS THE CONNECTION?
110
HOW TO TELL IF ALLERGIES ARE AT THE ROOT OF YOUR ASTHMA
113
AVOIDING HOUSE DUST MITES
127
AVOIDING POLLEN CATS MOULDS AND OTHER ALLERGENS
156
IS IT TRUE THAT FOOD ALLERGIES CAN AFFECT ASTHMA?
179
DESENSITIZATION TREATMENTS
197
AIR POLLUTION
204
CIGARETTE SMOKING THE LINK WITH ASTHMA
216
INDOOR AIR POLLUTION AND HOW TO PREVENT IT IN YOUR HOME
221
WHY DOES THE WEATHER AFFECT ASTHMA?
227
CAN ASTHMA ATTACKS BE BROUGHT ON BY SMELLS?
232
Diseases and drugs that make asthma worse
236
SPORT AND ASTHMA
293
Getting medical help
297
DOCTORS ASTHMA NURSES AND SPECIALISTS
298
MEDICAL TESTS USED FOR ASTHMA
303
CAN THE DOCTOR BE SURE ITS ASTHMA?
306
AN EARLYWARNING SYSTEM FOR ASTHMA
315
ARE ALL THESE DRUGS REALLY NECESSARY? AND ARE THEY SAFE?
319
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT DRUGS SUPPOSED TO DO?
334
WHICH ONES ARE WORTH WORRYING ABOUT?
350
IDENTIFY YOUR DRUGS
370
HOW TO USE INHALERS SPACERS AND NEBULIZERS
376
WHAT TO TAKE HOW MUCH AND WHEN
388
Alternative medicine
393
WHAT CAN ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE OFFER?
394
YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY
397
OSTEOPATHS AND CHIROPRACTORS
400
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE AND FELDENKRAIS METHOD
403
HERBAL REMEDIES HOMEOPATHY AND AROMATHERAPY
407
ACUPUNCTURE AND SHIATSU
410
BREATHING EXERCISES AND THE BUTEYKO METHOD
414
METHODS THAT PROMOTE CALMNESS AND RELAXATION
446
Useful addresses
452
Allergen particles the range of sizes
462
Products for those with asthma
465
Index
483
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Page v - ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This book would not have been possible without the work of Elisa Fieri. She collected the press archive, conducted the interviews and focus groups, looked up sources, attended innumerable GM 'events', provided the account of the 'GM nation?

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Asthma
The Complete Guide to Integrative Therapies

1. How this book can help you
2. Basic information
3. Asthma attacks - what to do
4. Understanding your symptoms
5. The asthma epidemic - and how to beat it
6. Allergies
7. The air we breath
8. Diseases and drugs that make asthma worse
9. Special situations
10. Getting medical help
11. Drug treatment
12. Alternative medicine
Appendix 1  Useful addresses
Appendix 2  Allergen particles - the range of sizes
Appendix 3  Products for those with asthma
Index

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