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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