After a couple of weeks away I was distressed to see that I was going to be returning to a city which has just been rated as the most challenging place in America for people with asthma.
This is the list according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Little Rock, Arkansas
I am pleased to say that I do not have asthma, though I have a strong family history of it. If you live in one of these cities, or any other with a high rate of pollution, there is nothing much to be done apart from:
Staying indoors when the weather is bad
Using an air purifier
Keep to a diet designed to reduce your risk of inflammation
And sadly, for some people, medicines are the only option. But I always try the other approaches as well.