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Buteyko Breathing

Buteyko breathing exercises were developed by Ukrainian physician Konstantin P. Buteyko in the 1960s. Dr. Buteyko believed that asthmatics chronically hyperventilate, or breathe too quickly, resulting in chronically low levels of carbon dioxide. In asthmatic patients, he believed, the low carbon dioxide levels lead to inflammation and bronchoconstriction..

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What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

Complementary and alternative medicine or CAM is a diverse group of medical practices that are not presently considered to be part of established medical treatment. Learn how how can be used in asthma.

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START Your Smoke Free Life Today

Monday April 21, 2014

"START" your smoke free life today:Quit For Good RX

  • S = Set a quit date to begin your smoke free life.
  • T = Tell your family, friends, and coworkers you are quitting and ask for their support.
  • A = Anticipate when you will have problems and think about how you will handle them now.
  • R = Remove all your cigarettes from your home, work, and car.
  • T = Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional about quitting.

If you are currently smoking, quitting is probably the single best thing that you can do to improve your asthma and your overall health. Similarly, quitting smoking could significantly reduce your child's risk of an asthma attack.

The Power of Habit: Smoking

Monday April 21, 2014

Quit SmokingHow much power does habit have?

A tremendous amount. Have you ever seen a smoker say "I just light cigarettes and I am not really smoking it?"

If this describes you than smoking has become a pretty significant habit and part of your daily routine.

If you answer yes to any of the following smoking is a habit in your life:

  • I light up more than one cigarette without really being aware that I did so.
  • I do not even realize that I have a lit a cigarette.
  • I do not remember putting a cigarette in my mouth.

When you display habits like this, smoking is no longer the pleasurable experience you may have previously experienced.

Smoking has become a habit and you will hopefully not miss. You may, however, have trouble breaking all the habits that you have built up over time.
There are a number of things that you can do to deal with this challenge.

Please let me know if you find this helpful. If you do please share the article in your social network.

10 Tips For The Asthmatic Gardner

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Asthma GardeningIt is beginning to warm up where I live and the local paper has been publishing some tips and recommendations for planting. We are also beginning to see a lot o pollen locally. With the upcoming planting season, the asthmatic gardener may be at risk for worsening asthma symptoms. These 10 tips from American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology can prevent seasonal allergies from worsening your asthma and keep you in the garden longer:

  1. Wear a protective pollen mask while gardening
  2. Shower after gardening to reduce seasonal allergen exposure in your home
  3. Keep grass cut short and avoid mowing yourself if possible
  4. Keep your hands away from your eyes and nose while gardening
  5. Garden when pollen counts are lowest- typically rainy, wet, cloudy and windless days
  6. After gardening, leave your clothes in your laundry room and brush off your shoes.
  7. Use gardening gloves to minimize direct contact with allergens
  8. Do not garden or limit your gardening to short time periods on "high" pollen days
  9. Avoid poison ivy/sumac/oak- Where long pants and shirts or consider barrier skin creams to prevent unwanted contact with these allergens
  10. If you are mold allergic, avoid damp, moist places and standing water

Smoking, Stress, & Asthma

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Quit SmokingWe live in a really stressful world with deadlines, responsibilities, and don't always have a good way to cope. Do you find that you are smoking more during periods of high stress?

Like anyone else who has a hard time quitting, you may be using cigarettes as a way to cope with stress. You may be using cigarettes to deal with stress situations if any of the following are true for you:

  • When I get angry about something or at someone, I am more likely to light up a cigarette.
  • I reach for a cigarette in a stressful situation.
  • Smoking improves my mood when I am depressed.

In this article, I discuss some healthier ways that you can address stress and anxiety rather than smoking. If you enjoy the article please share it through your social network.

Please also leave a comment and let me know if you have any other tips for dealing with stress as a non smoker.

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