Asthma Treatments Fort Payne AL

Certain nutrients provide key antioxidants called flavonoids that help prevent bronchial spasms and reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack. You should start taking grape'seed extract (300 mg), pycnogenol (200 mg), and quercetin (1,000 mg) each day. Asthmatics typically produce less'than-normal levels of glutathione—a naturally occurring antioxidant—but recent research shows that magnesium increases glutathione, improves lung function, and reduces bronchodilator use.

Patricia Enloe Patterson, MD
2660 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1993

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James H Strickland Jr, MD
(205) 933-9258
2660 10th Ave S Ste 528
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1988

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Richard M Snow
(205) 349-4047
701 University Blvd East
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Medicine

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Paul Sidney Stephen
(205) 250-8910
1528 Carraway Blvd
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Medicine

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Rickie Player, MD
(205) 731-9800
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Cooper Green Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Jefferson Clinic Pc

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Dr.Russell G. Beaty
(205) 802-2000
880 Montclair Rd # 270
Birmingham, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Hospital: Baptist Montclair Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.8, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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William Edward Doggett III, MD
(205) 838-3000
52 Medical Park Dr E Ste 317
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.Bruce M. Key
(205) 933-9258
2660 10th Ave S # 528
Birmingham, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Pulmonologist
General Information
Hospital: St. VincentS
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.1, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Oksana Senyk, MD
(205) 871-9112
3918 Montclair Rd Ste 200
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1984

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Joseph Terrell Spencer, MD
(205) 933-9258
2660 10th Ave S Ste 528
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincents Hosp, Birmingham, Al; Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Birmingham Pulmonary Grp

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Asthma Treatments

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By Rob Ayoup

Q. I have asthma and use an inhaler regularly. Are there any long-term effects, and is there anything I can do to use it less?

A. Natural medicine has a lot to offer when it comes to managing asthma long term, but don’t ditch your corticosteroid inhaler just yet. During a severe attack, it’s often the only thing that can help you. Natural remedies can reduce the overall severity of asthma, however, and decrease or eventually eliminate your dependence on meds like corticosteroids and bronchodilators. As you try my suggestions, you should start noticing that you’re using your inhaler less and less.

And that’s important because inhalers produce some unwelcome side effects, including headaches, throat irritation, frequent infections, tremors, or heart palpitations. With long-term inhaler use, the high doses of medication they contain could reduce your ability to absorb calcium and cause osteoporosis as the body draws the calcium it needs from your bones.

The first step you should take to cut back on your inhaler? Recognize and avoid known attack triggers. Reduce your dust exposure by eliminating carpets and rugs, if possible, and frequently washing bed sheets and pillowcases. You should also install a HEPA air filter to remove airborne allergy triggers like pollen.

Next, you need to overhaul your diet. Challenge yourself to eat a mostly vegetarian diet, reducing or eliminating meat completely, and adding plenty of oily fish. Here’s why: By maximizing antioxidant sources from fruits and vegetables of various colors, you obtain a wide spectrum of beneficial nutrients that reduce inflammation and prevent airway constriction. Omega-3 oils in salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines, as well as fish oil supplements (take 4,000 mg daily), provide the fats you need to form natural anti-inflammatory biochemicals. Chicken and beef, on the other hand, contain arachidonic acid, a substance that produces pro-inflammatory chemicals. In addition, milk and cheese from dairy and soy sources stimulate mucus formation in the lungs and airways. Replace them with calcium-enriched, rice-based milk and cheese products, which do not have that effect.

Certain nutrients provide key antioxidants called flavonoids that help prevent bronchial spasms and reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack. You should start taking grape-seed extract (300 mg), pycnogenol (200 mg), and quercetin (1,000 mg) each day. Asthmatics typically produce less-than-normal levels of glutathione—a naturally occurring antioxidant—but recent research shows that magnesium increases glutathione, improves lung function, and reduces bronchodilator use. I recommend 600 mg of magnesium daily. You should also consider taking 300 mg of the ayurvedic herb boswellia three times a day; research shows it can reduce the severity of asthma symptoms, the frequency of attacks, and the level of respiratory tract inflammation. And try licorice root, an expectorant herb that helps the lungs bring up a...

Author: Rob Ayoup

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