As a lung doc, the biggest health threat we talk about is tobacco. Like Paul Simon’s old song, “50 ways to kill your lover,” tobacco wreaks havoc on almost every organ system in one way or another. Nicotine addiction drives the desire to smoke, chew or snuff, and can be a difficult addiction to break. … Continue reading Inhale this: Why vaping is destroying your lungs
More than 26 million Americans are all too familiar with the feeling of “breathing through a straw” — or in other words, an asthma attack. A patient of mine named Scott described it this way after being diagnosed with adult-onset asthma: “Breathing is one of many things we take for granted. It’s something we don’t … Continue reading How to take control of your asthma with the “Rules of Two” paradigm
When you think about asthma, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s an image of your child coughing after exposure to pollen, or maybe it’s a kid running around on the soccer field that starts wheezing. We usually do not think of adults as having asthma, and for good reason — adult-onset asthma does not usually … Continue reading Could your chest cold be a sign of asthma?
What started in Asia as a fad (where many of the devices are manufactured), has since moved into the mainstream, Western commercial world. Tobacco giants hungrily eye the potential of e-cigarettes that are purposed to be safer than the real stuff, but still deliver the nicotine “kick” that so many smokers are hooked on. That’s … Continue reading Are E-Cigarettes Here to Stay?
Newly elected Pope Francis has already broken new ground in the world of Roman Catholic leadership: the first pontiff from Latin America, the first taking his name from Francis of Assisi, and medically, the first to have had part of his lung resected when much younger for what is believed to have been a fungal … Continue reading Can Pope Francis Serve With Only One Lung?