Thursday, September 13, 2012

COPD is the Fourth Leading Cause of Death

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is not only common but it is also the most widely under-diagnosed serious illness, especially for women under the age of 65. A simple breathing test can make the diagnosis. Asthma is characterized by some degree of reversible airway disease. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pulmonary fibrosis are irreversible variations of COPD. Flare-ups of chronic lung disease accelerate the problem and increase the risk. Medications are available to treat the symptoms. But nutrients might be more effective for preventing infections and exacerbations. Herbal preparations such as virapress are particularly effective. Food allergy assessment and treatment and the Kaufman technique to dissolve trigger points are very good to treat asthma. See the report in Family Practice News, June 15, 2012 issue, p. 1 & 6 on the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians.

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