Illnesses

Asthma

"Rather than emphasizing the bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory drugs that conventional physicians use routinely, the complementary physician will keep them on the back burner, and use them only if the disease cannot be controlled by natural means. These natural means will include dealing with detoxification, supplying natural substances like vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and herbs either orally or by injection, dealing with less accepted infections, such as Candida Albicans overgrowth in the gut, balancing the hormonal system, using homeopathic medications and/or using energy balancing techniques such as acupuncture."    Michael Schachter, M.D.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Asthma
by Michael Schachter, M.D.
Article describes the pathology of asthma and how it is generally treated by conventional medicine versus how a complementary physician might approach the asthma patient. Article emphasizes how to prevent asthma attacks by working on one's environment, lifestyle and nutritional supplements.

Childhood Asthma
by Janet Zand, L.Ac., O.M.D.
Conventional Treatment, Dietary Guidelines, Nutritional Supplements, Herbal Treatment, Homeopathy, Acupressure.

Asthma from Life Extension Foundation
Physiology, Pharmaceuticals, Foods, Vitamins and Minerals, Plant Medicines, Essential, Fatty Acids, Theories, Mind Body Therapies, Environmental Health, Summary

Ten Asthma Pearls Every Primary Care Physician Should Know
Are you misdiagnosing patients with atypical symptoms?
by Ware G. Kuschner, M.D. -
"Although knowledge about diagnosis and treatment of asthma has greatly increased in the past few years, common misconceptions and oversights still exist. This article offers 10 practical pearls to help primary care physicians provide optimal care for their asthma patients."

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Asthma: Causative Factors by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Asthma

The Role of Hidden Food Allergy/Intolerance in Chronic Disease
by Alan R. Gaby, M.D.

Cockroaches Important Cause of Asthma Morbidity Among Inner-City Children
from National Institutes of Health

Asthma Self-Care
from the American Institute for Preventive Medicine
Self-Care Tips

How to Avoid Dust Mites:
Some Helpful Tips by Morris Nejat, M.D.
"Although dust mites are everywhere, a few simple environmental measures can dramatically improve your allergy and asthma symptoms as well as decrease the amount of medication you may now require. Dust mite avoidance is the safest and among the most effective ways to treat allergies."

PATIENTS' STORIES

Sylvia's Case History from Dr. Szpindor

Julie's Big Mystery: Story With a Happy Ending

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

See articles in Background Section.

Articles from Alternative Medicine

Types of Respiratory Conditions and Their Causes
"Dr. Sherman points out that asthma that originates during infancy is generally due to food allergies; when it strikes between ages ten to thirty, it is usually due to inhalants; and when it occurs after age forty-five, it is commonly due to infections."

Using an Integrative Approach to Treat Asthma
Diet, Supplements, Herbs, Hydrotherapy

Using Nutrients to Treat Childhood Asthma

Using Herbs to Treat Childhood Asthma

Using Neuromuscular Therapy to Treat Asthma

WholeHealthMD.com Articles by Anne Szpindor, M.D.

Conventional Medicine

Diet and Lifestyle Options

Self-Care Techniques

Supplements Recommended for Asthma

Alternative Techniques


The Seven for Asthma
by Majid Ali, M.D.

A Controlled Trial Of Immunotherapy For Asthma
In Allergic Children by N. Adkinson, et al.

Herbal Medicine for Asthma
by David L. Hoffmann

Homeopathy for Asthma
by Dana Ullman, M.P.H.

Vitamin Supplements May Help Asthmatics Cope With Air Pollution
from Doctor's Guide
"Our results show that a combination of antioxidant vitamins can benefit people with asthma who are sensitive to air pollutants," said lead author Dr. Carol Trenga, who conducted the study while completing doctoral research at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Co-author of the study is Dr. Jane Koenig, an international expert on the respiratory health effects of air pollution.

OTHER RESOURCES

Allergies and Asthma
from About.com

Allergy and Asthma Network

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Online

Allergy Asthma Technology

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology

California Asthma Among the School Aged Project

Abstracts of Articles from The Life Extension Foundation

Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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Francis V. Adams, M.D., The Asthma Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know

 

Steven J. Bock, M.D., Natural Relief for Your Child's Asthma: A Guide to Controlling Symptoms & Reducing Your Child's Dependence on Drugs
Ellen W. Cutler, D.C., Winning the War Against Asthma and Allergies Richard Firshein, Reversing Asthma: Breathe Easier With This Revolutionary New Program.
Teresa Hale, Breathing Free: The Revolutionary 5-Day Program to Heal Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, and Other Respiratory Ailments.
Doris Rapp, M.D., Is This Your Child? : Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adult

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