HOW TO BECOME A FORMER ASTHMATIC by Paul Sorvino

HOW TO BECOME A FORMER ASTHMATIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Actor Paul Sorvino suffered from childhood asthma; here he presents a sketchy exercise program that he's convinced helped him outgrow the problem. He claims ""twenty years of experience in helping remove the disorder from myself, my son and scores of others."" To Sorvino, asthma is not a disease but a ""mistaken breathing pattern"" that can be corrected by learning a new pattern. So he recommends a simple deep-breathing and relaxation regimen (as he says, it will take less than 15 minutes a day); to relieve tensions that may aggravate asthma, he advises hitting a punching bag and/or seeing a psychotherapist. The rest of this lightweight guide gives a few more details on Sorvino's case history, his son's and others. (Experts will say Sorvino probably would have outgrown his asthma anyway.) Call it a disease or a symptom, asthma is much too complicated and serious a problem to be dealt with this superficially. Preferred sources: Harsha Dehejia, The Allergy Book (1981); A.V. Giannini, The Best Guide to Allergy (1981); Sharon Faelton, The Allergy Self-Help Book (1983).

Pub Date: March 18th, 1985
Publisher: Morrow