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Holistic Treatment Options for Respiratory Diseases Like Sinusitis and Asthma

According to Mary L. Hardy, M.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Medical Group, respiratory disease (including sinusitis, environmental asthma and related conditions) has become America's first environmental epidemic, with nearly one-third of Americans afflicted with sinusitis, allergies, asthma or bronchitis. Dr. Hardy is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, and a member of the American Botanical Society and the American Holistic Medical Association.

"While conventional medicine can often effectively treat the symptoms, most chronic respiratory sufferers are told that they simply must learn to 'live with it,'" says Dr. Hardy. "However, extending conventional medical therapies to include integrative approaches can be highly beneficial to many sufferers," she adds.

Respiratory Problems In Congested Cities
Paul Steier, D.O., one of the physicians in the Integrative Medicine Medical Group, notes that respiratory problems are particularly prevalent in the greater Los Angeles area. "There has been a substantial increase in all respiratory diseases in urban Southern California," he says. Dr. Hardy and Dr. Steier offer tips on the basics of addressing these issues holistically. "There's no magic bullet," says Dr. Steier, "but sometimes making some very simple lifestyle changes can make a significant difference. The key lies in knowing what changes can benefit you."

For example, some people are sensitive to fungi and yeast, both of which thrive on sugar. So, says Dr. Steier, avoiding sugar may be helpful in improving the well-being of the individual. Another measure that is appropriate for some individuals is diet rotation. Sometimes the immune system can be become "hyper vigilant," identifying even naturally occurring elements as foreign entities and attacking them. By rotating one's diet, it is sometimes possible to identify - and then avoid -- specific items that cause a reaction.

In addition to dietary modification, other techniques include vitamin and herbal supplements, aromatherapy, the use of ionizers and filters, nasal irrigation and saline nasal sprays, and more.
Source: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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