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Is Pollution a Social Issue or Environmental Issue?

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The effects of pollution on the environment – and on our physical health – is no secret. For decades, people have been noticing that releasing harmful toxins and chemicals in the air has had drastic effects. But when it comes down to it, do we see pollution as merely a problem with the environment? Or, …

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Controlling Asthma Without Your Inhaler

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Over 18 Million Americans live with asthma. Traditionally, they are treated with inhaled and/or oral medications to help control airway inflammation and acute attacks. These treatments are often necessary if the patient wishes to avoid frequent attacks and hospital visits. The Big News is increasing evidence suggests that specific lifestyle changes and integrative treatments have …

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Why is Cold Air Harder to Breathe?

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Anyone who has spent prolonged periods of time outside in extremely cold weather has experienced the burning sensation in their lungs when they inhale frigid air. This is because when we take a breath, the humidity in the air must be warmed up to body temperature before reaching our lungs. In the winter time, air …

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Your Options for Asthma Treatment

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Asthma is a serious illness. In fact, 7.6% of adults and 8.4% of children in the US have asthma, and asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s in all age, gender, and ethnic groups. There are several ways asthma can be treated. Medically, there are short-term and long-term medications which come in different forms. …

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The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

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The dangers from smoking cigarettes are well-known and documented. If you pick up a pack of cigarettes, there’s a warning right on the packaging from the Surgeon General that states, “Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy.” However, what some people may not realize is that there are just as many …

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Humidifying Your Home

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Did you know that those static “shocks” you experience (usually in wintertime) are caused by dry air? There are many reasons you may want to humidify your home, shocks included. According to Living Direct, humidifying your home “moisturizes your skin and lips, protects your throat, soothes your sinuses, halts the spread of flu germs and …

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Asthma Attack with No Inhaler? Here’s What to Do

Asthma attack without inhaler can be dangerous.

Asthma is a manageable condition, but certain triggers may be out of your control. It is important that you always have your inhaler with you when you go out – and always be prepared for the worst. But what if the worst does happen? What if you have an asthma attack with no inhaler? Here’s …

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Supporting Children with Asthma

Asthma affects people of all ages. As parents, we deal with a wide range of issues and learning how to support our children through difficult periods is what makes us stronger—and brings us closer together. If have children with asthma, you know your job comes with a few extra challenges. Fortunately, there are a number of …

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Managing Asthma in the Home

Eliminating asthma triggers in the home One of the most effective ways to manage asthma in the home is by eliminating asthma triggers or things in the home that can cause asthma attacks. Because triggers vary from person to person, it is important to speak with a doctor to identify your asthma triggers so you …

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How to Keep Your Child’s Asthma Symptoms Under Control

Asthma is a chronic condition which causes your airways to become sore and swollen. This is due to the airways becoming inflamed by everything from allergens (such as mold, pollen, and animal dander), to air pollution or even exercise. In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 20 million people suffer from asthma. Unfortunately, …

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