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The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates that “between 14 and 15 million people have asthma, and many may not know they have the disease or how to control it.” Hospitalizations and deaths due to asthma are increasing at an alarming rate and doctors don’t seem to know why. This is happening in spite of the fact that there are newer and better prescription medicines for the treatment of asthma.

Because asthma can be such a serious condition we do not believe its treatment is a do-it-yourself project. Even patients who think they have everything under control can end up in an emergency situation if they are not careful. That is why we believe it is irresponsible to recommend over-the-counter drugs or herbal remedies for asthma. Even so-called mild cases require medical supervision.

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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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