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Given the fact that we are blissfully enjoying the warmth of the summer season (for those of us located in the northern hemisphere anyway) you would probably think that it’s unusual to hear the hacking cough of a nasty winter cold, right? But recently it seems that everywhere I go I hear more and more people coughing.
There was no news of a cold or flu epidemic, so there was no way to really pinpoint what was going on, but it piqued an interest. As our team researched ‘coughing’ and ‘breathing problems’, there was one thing that was quite evident – there is an incredibly large number of people in America and around the world suffering from chronic lung disorders.
Although there are millions suffering from mild forms of asthma or occasional bouts of bronchitis brought on during the flu season, there are more than 600 million people worldwide suffering from COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. What's more, this is a disease that many people don't know a thing about!
When we discovered that this unfamiliar condition was not only the 4th leading cause of death amongst Americans, but that more than half of those cases were likely preventable by diet alone (Read our article on Second Hand Smoke, Diet and Chronic Lung Disease), we knew we had to raise COPD awareness.
I don't want to give away the contents of the entire article, but one interesting thing we found out is that many environmental pollutants are a contributing factor for COPD. This lead into some research on toxicity and an entire article dedicated to the beneficial nature of eating organic foods (Read our article on The Danger of Pesticides), as well as the 12 most polluted foods you should only purchase from an organic source and the 12 least polluted that can be purchased from a regular source (Read our article on Twelve Organic Produce Items to Reduce Your Pesticide Exposure by 90%).
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Paulette Gough, Editor
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Second Hand Smoke, Diet and Chronic Lung Disease
New Study Finds Prevention is Key
Although there are more than 600 million people worldwide affected by COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), according to estimates by the World Health Organization, it is a disease that is unfamiliar to many of us.
COPD often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms and conditions usually develop over months and in some cases over years. Even once it is, many of the 11 million Americans afflicted with the disease are so unfamiliar with COPD that they are unaware of how to treat it. Unfortunately, the quandary with chronic lung conditions is that they become very difficult to treat once they have fully developed. Read More…
The Danger of Pesticides
Are they Finding their Way into Your Diet?
Organic! Organic! Organic! Does it seem like everywhere you look you see the word organic? Whether it's in a health food store, a restaurant, or even your local grocery store organic foods are all the rage. They are being sold practically everywhere and you can find everything from organic fruits and vegetables to organic flour, and even organic meats!
Many claim that eating organic products means avoiding overly processed foods, thereby cutting hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, preservatives and other negative ingredients out of your diet. But lately, the debate over fruits and vegetables seems to be taking center stage. The pesticides used on foods are currently a big concern for the health community, due to their many acute and chronic effects.Read More…
Ask Our Experts
When you have a question, you can always Ask Our Experts on our website. We have experts from many fields available to review your questions and provide professional advice, including our clinical psychologist, Michele. Here are some questions we've received about metabolism, energy levels and also on how to lose weight.
"I need to know the causes of bronchitis."
Bronchitis is usually caused by infection with a virus (less commonly with a bacteria or fungus). Several viruses cause bronchitis, including influenza A and B, which we commonly call "the flu." A number of bacteria are known to cause bronchitis, such as Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which causes so-called walking pneumonia. Bronchitis can also develop after exposure to chemicals or air pollution, including tobacco smoke.
Acute bronchitis generally follows a viral respiratory infection. Initially, it affects your nose, sinuses, and throat and then spreads to the large bronchial airway passages. Brief bouts of acute bronchitis often evolve from a severe cold. This disorder may also follow or accompany the flu, or it may begin without having had an infection. Acute bronchitis usually lasts about 10 days. Severe cases may also cause general malaise and chest pain.
Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition of excessive mucus with a productive cough. This ongoing condition is inflammation but not infection.
It blocks air flow in and out of the lungs. Chronic bronchitis is caused by inhaling bronchial irritants, especially cigarette smoke. Until recently, more men than women developed chronic bronchitis, but as the number of women who smoke has increased, so has their rate of chronic bronchitis. Because this disease progresses slowly, middle-aged and older people are more likely to be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis, like emphysema, is also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As these lung conditions progress over time, you become increasingly short of breath, have difficulty walking or exerting yourself physically, and may need oxygen on a regular basis.
"My husband has had a tight, dry cough for several weeks. Our doctor gave him some antibiotics but he is still coughing, sometimes till he almost vomits (and has)."
For your husband we highly recommend our BioVent and Triple Complex BronchoSoothe. These will help to maintain the integrity of the airways improve breathing and therefore oxygenation of the blood.
We can also highly recommend our Throat and Tonsil Dr. which is a 100% natural, safe and proven herbal and homeopathic remedy for infection resistance. Throat and Tonsil Dr. contains ingredients specifically chosen for their immune strengthening properties in the maintenance of throat and tonsil health. Throat and Tonsil Dr supports the body's natural ability to resist and fight infection.
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Twelve Organic Produce Items to Reduce Your Pesticide Exposure by 90%
Health conscious people worldwide have a growing concern about the toxin risk associated with eating food contaminated by synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Many people are switching to organic foods in an attempt to minimize their toxin intake, but in some locations certain organic fruits and vegetables may not be available. Read More…
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