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The Allergy and Asthma Cure: A Complete Eight-Step Nutritional Program. Fred Pescatore. Wiley, 2003, 047121468X.
Dr. Pescatore summarizes information about allergies and asthma and presents a comprehensive guide that incorporates both conventional and alternative approaches.

The Asthma Breakthrough: Breathe Freely - Naturally! Henry Osiecki. Vital Health Publishing, 2nd edition, 2001, 1890612227.
Written specifically for the non-specialist general reader, the author discusses treatments for asthma, focusing especially on the value of proper nutrition in coping with this condition.

Asthma: Relax, You're Not Going to Die. Jonathan M. Berkowitz. Basic Health Publications, 2003, 1591200237.
Dr. Berkowitz explains that by adopting a healthier lifestyle, asthmatics can reduce, even eliminate, their dependence on steroids and other drugs.

Asthma Survival: The Holistic Medical Treatment Program for Asthma. Robert S. Iyker, Todd Nelson. Penguin Putnam, 2001, 1585421243.
The authors address the overlap of allergies, dietary supplement plans, breathing exercises, and emotional causes of the disease.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Guide to Asthma: How to Help Your Child Live a Healthier Life. Editors: Julian Lewis Allen, Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Nicolas A. Pawlowski, Sheila Buff and Martha M. Jablow. Wiley, 2004, 0471441163.
This consumer text features current information on asthma and the keys to optimal preventative treatment for parents and caregivers.

The Harvard Medical School Guide To Taking Control Of Asthma. Christopher H. Fanta, Lynda M. Cristians, Kenan Haver. Free Press, 2003, 0743224787.
In layman's terms, the authors explain how asthma is diagnosed and discuss the current therapies available, as well as the pros and cons of specific medications.

Life and Breath: The Breakthrough Guide to the Latest Strategies for Fighting Asthma and Other Respiratory Problems -- At Any Age. Neil Schachter. Broadway, 2004, 0767912896. The author lays out environmental hazards, warning signs, testing options, treatments and preventatives, including changes in diet and exercise.

My House Is Killing Me! The Home Guide for Families With Allergies and Asthma. Jeffrey C. May, Jonathan M. Samet. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001, 0801867304.
Chemical consultant May describes where and how the various parts of a residence can cause temporary or chronic illness for those with allergies or other sensitivities.

What Your Doctor May Not tell You About Children's Allergies and Asthma: Simple Steps to Help Stop Attacks and Improve Your Child's Health. Paul Ehrlich, Larry Chiaramonte. Warner Books, 2003, 0446679887.
Two pediatric allergy and asthma specialists explain how to diagnose and treat your child's allergy and asthma problems.

Yoga Beats Asthma: Simple Exercises and Breathing Techniques to Relieve Asthma and Respiratory Disorders. Stella Weller. Thorsons Publishers, 2003, 0007154496.
Nurse and yoga teacher Stella Weller shows how yoga can help asthma sufferers move away from reliance on powerful drugs for treatment.

Web Sites

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology - Consumer Education
The patient and consumer portion of the website offers resources about asthma and its treatment, an electronic Health Headlines service, and a physician referral directory.

American Lung Association
Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. Their site offers information about the disease, treatment options, and ways to get involved in the association.

American Association of Health Plans - Taking on Asthma
This site provides information about an initiative to reduce the negative health consequences associated with asthma.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is a patient organization for people with asthma and allergies. In addition to providing information about asthma and its treatment and prevention, the site offers an "Ask the Allergist" e-mail service.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Asthma and Allergies
This CDC site covers basic facts about asthma, asthma's impact on children and teens, and treatments.

MedlinePlus is a goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. The site provides information on more than 650 health topic plus offers a health encyclopedia and dictionary.
Health information written in easy to understand language.

National Institutes of Health
This site explains what asthma is, what causes it, who is at risk, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and how to live with it.

Spanish Language Materials

Asma y Alergias infantiles. Nicolas C. Possi. Imaginador. 9507684050.2002. List: $8.95
  • Channing Bete pamphlets ($1.15 - $2.99 per copy)
  • Your Child and Asthma (Full-color photo illus. folder) Spanish
  • About Asthma (Classic illus.) Spanish
  • Asthma in Children (Classic illus.) Spanish
  • Asthma -- You Can Breathe Easier (Low-literacy realistic illus.) Spanish
  • Kids And Asthma; A Coloring & Activities Book (Children's book) Spanish
  • How Adults Can Manage Asthma; A Self-Care Handbook (Handbook) Spanish
  • We Wonder(R) -- We Know about Asthma! Spanish
  • Helping Your Child Manage Asthma; A Parent's Handbook (Handbook) Spanish

Web Sites


NOAH portal

Tutorial de asma
Un tutorial interactivo enumerado que ofrece información acerca de asma, medidas para su prevención, procedimientos médicos y promoción de una vida sana. El tutorial se presentan gráficas animadas y se utiliza vocabulario fácil de entender.

Resources for Teens


Asthma. Susan Dudley Gold. 2000. Enslow Publishers. 0766016560
Asthma affects more kids under 17 than any other long-term illness, and more girls than boys, so learn the symptoms and treatments.

Asthma Information for Teens: Health Tips about Managing Asthma and Related Concerns. Karen Bellenir. 2005 Omnigraphics. 0780807707
Whether just diagnosed, or dealing with asthma since a young age, learn more about triggers, treatments and new research on this serious medical condition.

Asthma, the Ultimate Teen Guide. Penny Hutchins Paquette. 2003. Scarecrow Press 0810846330
History, diagnosis, triggers and treatments-know the facts.

Breathe Easy: a Teen's Guide to Allergies and Asthma. Jean Ford. 2004. Mason Crest Publishers. 159084842X
Adolescence is stressful enough, so you need extra help to cope with chronic health conditions.


You're in Charge: Teens with Asthma. 1999 VHS. Health Media Group
Animated graphics explain how asthma affects us, and teens living with asthma share their experiences.

Web Sites

American Lung Association
Section on asthma includes webpage "Teens & Asthma: What You Really Need to Know"

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Click on asthma, then education section for adolescent health and the Power Breathing Program

Asthma topics include Medicines, Tips from Kids, Asthma Wizard, Quick Relief.