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826 Asthma

826 Asthma

A hundred years ago, the pre-eminent physician of that time, Sir William Osler, wrote that asthma was almost never fatal. These days, however, thousands of people die from acute asthma attacks each year. Why has asthma become both more common and more deadly?

Learn about the pros and cons of the drugs used to treat asthma, and find out about a non-drug treatment said to be surprisingly effective.

Guests: David Peden, MD, MS, is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Microbiology/Immunology. He is chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology and Infectious Disease, and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics. He is Director of the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma & Lung Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine. The photo is of Dr. Peden.

Ira Packman, MD, has both personal and professional experience using the Buteyko method for improving breathing and serves as a medial consultant and educator at Buteyko Center USA. The website is http://www.buteykocenterusa.com/

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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