Breathe Right Now: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Treating the Most Common Breathing Disorders

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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Allergies, asthma, sinusitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-these and other misery-causing and often life-threatening respiratory disorders plague tens of millions of Americans. The good news in Breathe Right Now is that modern medicine has developed a wide range of effective treatments for the sneezing, sniffling, shortness of breath, wheezing, sleep disorders, and other problems that have caused so many people to put their lives on hold. Written by a trained clinician and an experienced medical writer, it is the first comprehensive reference and medical self-help book that does not endorse any single prescribed regimen or cure. Rather, it offers authoritative and accessible information on the many types of breathing disorders and provides a myriad of medical and nondrug options for managing them.

With up-to-date information on the latest research and medical breakthroughs, numerous charts and checklists on drugs, symptoms and risk factors, full coverage of mind/body and other alternative therapies, and special sections on the particular needs of children and the elderly, this is a book that will be helping readers breathe easier for years to come.
 

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Writing for lay readers, pulmonologist Smolley and Bruce, a medical writer with a family history of respiratory disorders, present a wealth of information about such ailments. First, they explain in ... Read full review

Contents

How We Breathe
3
Understanding Allergy and Nasal Disorders
11
Understanding Asthma and Lung Disorders
30
Taking Responsibility for SelfCare
57
Selecting Medical Treatment
83
Avoiding Triggers
110
Achieving Optimal Fitness
127
Using a Nutritional Approach
150
Stress Emotion and Breathing
195
Ages and Stages
241
Support Organizations
271
Glossary
277
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Laurence A. Smolley, M.D., is a pulmonologist with the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Debra Fulghum Bruce is former editor in chief of Living Well Today and the author or coauthor of twenty-four books, including, most recently, Stop Osteoarthritis Now. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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