Breathing troubles – whether attributed to environmental triggers, chronic conditions, or failing organs – impact millions of Americans daily. Always consult and follow the instructions of your physicians, and when in need of additional information, search it out. Here are a few recent and recommended books on living with breathing ailments that make a great start:

Understanding Asthma by Holly Duhig

Asthma is a very common condition among children and adults. In fact, a recent study found that 1 in 12 children had asthma. This informative book introduces readers to asthma symptoms, how it affects the body, and treatment in a clear, straightforward way. It simplifies complex medical concepts into age-appropriate text. Full-color photographs and fact boxes highlight important information. This accessible book is perfect for readers who are learning to care for their own asthma, or who have loved ones with asthma.

Ask the Good Doctor: The Detox Edition Remixed for a Healthy New You by LaJoyce Brookshire

In this REMIX of the 2011 Edition, New York Times Bestselling-author Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire presents a step-by-step full-body detox in 7 easy steps with food and product suggestions, that will boost your immune system against viruses. Dr. Brookshire defines a detox as short-term intervention designed to eliminate toxins from the body to promote health by creating the perfect conditions within to support the body do its job. So, if you constantly feel fatigued, experience frequent headaches, have lack of mental clarity, seasonal allergies, packing on excess pounds, and have sluggish eliminations … then it is time to tune-up by initiating a detox.

Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope by Dean E. Schraufnagel

Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope explores the nature and causes of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep disorders, their prevalence and burden, the benefits research has brought, and the research challenges that remain. Written for educated laypersons, the book presents basic facts about twenty-three different respiratory conditions, features a case study for each condition, and highlights the most promising areas of research.

Asthma, COPD, and Overlap: A Case-Based Overview of Similarities and Differences by Jonathan A. Bernstein, Louis-Philippe Boulet, Michael E. Wechsler

Using illustrative case examples, this book thoroughly reviews similarities and differences between asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the overlap syndrome. It is important to highlight the distinctions because these commonly encountered conditions in respiratory and primary care share many similarities but have important differences often mistaken for each other. This practical guide shows how to distinguish between the diseases on a pathological and clinical basis so that appropriate management and treatment may be pursued.

America Breathing Easier, by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Program

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program plays a critical role in helping America breathe easier by learning more about asthma and how to control it. Four thousand people die each year from asthma-related causes, and asthmas is a contributing factor in another 7,000 deaths every year. In asthma, something – air pollution, allergens, exercise, stress, certain chemicals in the workplace – causes the airways of the lungs to narrow or become blocked, making it hard to breathe.

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