Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 19
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 19

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 6, 1975
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71 July 6,1975 SmmJmy *»to.Jfaif : -Otoritj** *ta V*WM» ABCs OF HEALTH Emphysema Dangerous Ailment That Can Take Your Breath Away By MariM Wells Rttevck Director, Americmn Pkyiicnl Fit- IICM Retearck Iiutitnte When we hear the word "starvation," most of us think of food, but believe it or not, some of us are starving for oxygen. The statistics on one leading respiratory ailment are enough to make anyone gasp. This condition not only reportedly disables more people than almost any other ailment, but it has been called "... the fastest growing cause of death in the United States..." Such possible symptoms as persistent cough, "cigarette cough," fatigue, wheezing or shortness of breath deserve to be reported promptly to your physician. They may be signs of emphysema, and if you delay consulting your physician, wasting time may be wasting breath. Emphysema gradually and progressively takes your breath away by reducing your lungs' capacity to trade fresh, oxygen-rich air for old, stale air high in carbon dioxide. While lung tissue already destroyed cannot be restored, emphysema's insidious progress may be stopped or slowed and you can learn to make the most of the lung capacity you still have. Is there any way you can help save your breath if you don't have emphysema now? Reduce your risk of getting it by minimizing these factors associated with its development: 1. Ban the butt. Cigarette smoking has been called "... the single most important cause of respiratory irritation." One government estimate indicated that on an average, cigarette smokers are several times as likely to die from emphysema as nonsmokers. If you stop smoking, your death risk drops. Stanton Belinkoff, M.D., an expert in the field, notes that "The successful treatment of chronic bronchitis and emphysema is impossible as long as the patient continues to smoke." 2. Take the advice of the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Assn. "... do not expose yourself unnecessarily to dust or fumes of any kind." In some cases it may be worth checking on available air purifiers for home or office use. Are you creating your own home "air pollution crisis'" through excessive exposure to your physician if colds, "flu" or coughs persist. sprays and chemicals? 3. Don't allow respiratory infectiohs to linger, causing lung irritation. Consult SUPPOSE YOU already have emphysema? This diagnosis doesn't have to be a death sentence. With your cooperation, proper medical management, including breathing techniques and controlled exercise, may help prevent or minimize further lung damage and ease present symptoms. Authorities offer the following suggestions to help you "breathe easier." Take measures to minimize the threat .of respiratory infection or irritation. Avoid crowded or dusty areas and driving in rush hour traffic. Leave painting or burning leaves to a professional... and wherever possible, keep your distance from smoke or fumes. Damp mopping raises less dust than sweeping, and so does vacuuming, provided bags are changed frequently and filters kept clean. Make sure filters in cooling, heating and venting systems are also cleaned or changed'of- ten. Cooperate with your physician in keeping nutrition up and weight down. Experts say optimum over-all nutrition may help you feel better and be active longer. As an example of the role specific nutrients may play, a government report stated that "Vitamin A is essential for production of healthy mucus tissue in the lung while vitamin E may protect the vitamin A from destruction by air pollutants." Since heavy meals are more likely to aggravate respiratory distress, try eating smaller amounts more often. Your doctor may suggest bypassing foods which give you gas and cutting down or cutting out carbonated drinks and fatty, greasy fried foods. If you're overweight, it takes more work to breathe and you require more oxygen. It's important to drink plenty of water. Some experts suggest at least two to three quarts of fluid daily. This helps keep mucus secretion liquid. Also, the air should not be allowed to get too dry, especially during the night. Various devices are available to help regulate air moisture. Avoiding extreme cold is advisable if you have emphysema. If you must go out in very cold weather, dress warmly and shield your throat and face with a scarf. Finally, remember, when it comes to smoking, if you puff now, you may huff and puff later! 900 Virginia St. East; - Interior Designers Phone 345-1130 A VERY SPECIAL SPECIAL 00 each H grade price regular $210. Now, during July, you can buy any Woodmark chair in any fabric at"209; savings. This is a most important "special" since it combines a superb value with so many other values: the sound quality of construction (not surpassed by chairs which cost a great deal more), the beautifully scaled and styled designs, the relaxing comfort which only knowledge and innovative experience can produce. Combine these regular values with a 20^ savings in price and you have a truly exceptional value. Choose from over 150 chairs in stock or special order in the fabric and color of your choice at the same 209; savings. Nothing seems to brighten a room as well as a new pair of W oodmark chairs. Find them at Boll Furniture now on sale until the end of the month. Shop today, this special special is well worth the effort. BOLL FURNITURE Shop Monday 9 to 9--Tuesday-Saturday 9 to -5 f EXERCISE SANDALS ASSORTED SIZES RITE AID SUNTAN LOTION OR OIL 8 FL. OZ. 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