The fourth leading cause of death in the United States, COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects an estimated 35 million Americans. Yet only half are aware that they are seriously ill. Life and Breath, by Dr. Neil Schachter, is the first book that alerts people to their risks for COPD and explains the steps they need to take to prevent the development of this debilitating and often fatal lung disease.
Life and Breath begins witha quick quiz to rate your risk for COPD. It explains the steps of a complete pulmonary work-up and teaches you about the painless, inexpensive six-second test that can save your life.
We all know that diet, exercise, and environmental changes can reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. Now, for the first time, Life and Breath provides the medical and lifestyle steps that can prevent, treat, and sometimes reverse the signs and symptoms of chronic lung disease. Dr. Schachter discusses the role of antioxidants in treating asthma and chronic bronchitis, explains why indoor exercise is better if you have irritable airways, and provides a supportive, simple, and successful plan to quit smoking.
Life and Breath takes you on a tour of your own home, pointing out sources of irritants and allergens that can cause pulmonary problems. Dr. Schachter explains how to improve indoor air quality to protect your lungs at any age, on the job, in your home, and on the road.
If you are one of the 15 million Americans with asthma, or one of the 94 million current or former smokers in this country , Life and Breath is the one book you need to stay alive and well.
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|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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|Publisher: Broadway Books|
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Life and Breath
I recognized Maxwell Harris immediately. It had been more than twenty years since I had been an undergraduate in his political science class. On a Columbia campus filled with intellectual all-stars, Maxwell Harris was a legend. He had been an advisor to every President since John Kennedy, and his bestselling books were classics in their field. But it was his personality and style that packed each seat in the large lecture hall. Compelling and articulate, he would sit at the lectern chain-smoking gold-tipped English Ovals. He would smoke each one down to the very tip and then, without taking a break, light the next cigarette with his last puff.
"My wife said she would divorce me if I didn't see a doctor about my cough," he told me as I examined him. "It keeps her up at night and she claims I'm banned from Lincoln Center for drowning out La Sylphide," he said with the same dry wit that charmed generations of students. "Can you give me a cough medicine that really works?"
But Professor Harris didn't have just a simple cough and he would need more than cough syrup. I had to tell my intellectual hero that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
He is far from alone. Over the years there has been a relentless rise in the number of cases of COPD throughout the world. In my practice at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, over 40 percent of my patients now suffer from this debilitating and frequently fatal disease. It is estimated that COPD affects 35 million Americans, but only half are aware that a lingering cough, chronic bronchitis, and shortness of breath are signs of this serious healt