Asthma Specialists North Pole AK

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

Owen Quigley Hanley, MD
(907) 456-3759
1701 Gillam Way
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1969

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Buff Bonheur Burtis, MD
(907) 562-2445
6028 Prosperity Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1964

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Peter Dixon Riley, MD
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1991

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Lester Leroy Lewis, MD
9821 Spring Hill Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1978

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Beth Ann Baker
(907) 276-2811
2841 Debarr Road
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Owen Quigley Hanley Jr, MD
(907) 456-3750
1701 Gillam Way
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Fairbanks Mem Hosp/Denali Ctr, Fairbanks, Ak
Group Practice: Chest Medicine Fairbanks

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Ismet Kursunoglu
(907) 357-7240
3750 E Country Field Cir
Wasilla, AK
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Kwie-Hoa Siem, MD
(907) 274-5864
3240 Legacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Erasmusuniversiteit, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Graduation Year: 1984

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William Dean Lucht, MD
(970) 278-1991
2751 Debarr Rd Ste 360
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak; Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak
Group Practice: Lung & Sleep Clinic-The Rockie

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Dion Mathew Roberts, MD
(907) 561-5440
4045 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 209
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1965

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Unwinding from Asthma

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By Swaha Devi

Like clockwork, a 2 a.m. asthma attack shut down my airways and jolted me out of sleep. The sweet relief of breath was at arm’s length, in the emergency inhaler on my night table. One quick spray and within seconds I felt my bronchial tubes begin to relax, allowing precious air to enter.

The next development was all too predictable. The drug made my heart race, and I couldn’t fall back asleep until just moments before the alarm clock rang, ending my brief respite.

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

The attacks were at their worst when I lived in Florida, where the intense humidity caused mildew to flourish, aggravating my condition. I often felt like I was trying to breathe under water. Nor did my job as a tech writer in an old airplane hangar—full of mold, chemical fumes, and cigarette smoke—help matters. I can’t count the times when it seemed impossible to think clearly enough to get through the day. I tried allergy shots, but hated having to poke myself with a needle, so I quit the job instead. When a doctor told me my only option was to take medicine for the rest of my life, I finally found the courage to say enough.

My first order of business was to stop an attack without using inhalers. I accomplished this within weeks through a variety of methods, including taking first hot, then cold showers to relax the spasms, and hovering over steam infused with eucalyptus oil for long periods. But I was still living from one attack to the next. I needed to get to the root of the problem.

Once I began digging, clues turned up everywhere (even in King Tut’s tomb, where the anti-inflammatory herb licorice, now known as a decongestant, was unearthed alongside other treasures). Ultimately, though, putting the disease behind me required tending to much more than my closed airways. Top of the list? Stress.

Once I started paying attention, I realized almost anything—a cold, deadline pressures, bad news, or bad weather—could start me wheezing. Emotional stress of any kind was a particularly powerful trigger.

Elson Haas, a physician and director of the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, isn’t surprised. Stress kicks off physiological responses that lead directly to breathing troubles, he says. What’s the first thing people do when they’re nervous? Take shorter breaths, of course. Plus, the body releases certain hormones when we’re under stress (particularly adrenaline and cortisol) that open up the airways—but once the stress goes away and these hormones subside, the bronchial tubes can tighten up again.

Clearly, I needed to coax my body into staying calm. (Stop and smell the roses? I was allergic to them!)

You’d think my living situation would have been a help. I was part of a yoga community at the time...

Author: Swaha Devi

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