How to Reduce Asthma Attacks and Panic Attacks by Retraining Your Breathing

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH  What do asthma attacks and panic attacks have in common, besides the fact that they’re both more likely during a disaster? They both cause you to hyperventilate (breathe faster), which in turn makes them worse. There’s a breathing technique that can help stop the cycle. But it’s the opposite of what you probably think. It’s not deep breathing; it’s slow, shallow breathing. And practicing it can even help prevent attacks from coming on. But you have to learn to do it properly—preferably straight from a professional. […]

By | December 3rd, 2014|General|11 Comments

8 Things That Make You Cough and What to Do About Them

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH That nagging cough just won’t go away. You’ve had it so long you don’t even notice it at times, but it drives your co-workers, friends, and spouse crazy.  Is it just an annoying habit or a symptom of a more serious problem? […]

By | October 23rd, 2012|General|13 Comments

Butterbur: An Overlooked Herb for Allergies, Migraines, and Asthma

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. As I researched recent posts on bee stings, asthma, and pepper for pain, an unfamiliar herb (at least to me) kept showing up. Another thing that struck me was there were mainstream medical studies showing objective proof it worked. Many of these studies warned the findings were only preliminary and the long-term safety was not known, but still, finding a number of studies on a lesser-known herb is unusual in my experience. So I researched it further. […]

By | May 10th, 2012|General|22 Comments

Asthma Attack Without an Inhaler: 9 Steps That Could Save Your Life

Coffee and tea contain a chemical similar to the old asthma medicine theophylline. The amount may be too small to do much prevention, but they could be worth a try. (See step 7.) by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. I’ve never had a patient die of an asthma attack while I’m treating them, but a few have come close. I’ll never forget their desperate looks, their not being able to breath in enough air, and the relief that comes over them (and me) get when the attack is over. Although asthma is a serious disease (over 3,000 asthmatics die in the U.S. each year), I see fewer and fewer people having severe attacks these days because of the array of excellent medications available. But what would you do if you had an asthma attack without an inhaler? What steps could you take to prevent or treat one when all the prescription medicines were gone? Sonya asked it another way on my Facebook page: “Are there any natural cures for asthma flair-ups?” […]