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
There’s a growing health problem among adolescents, one I’ve decided to call “Busy Kid Syndrome.” It’s exactly what it sounds like — when kids’ schedules get so busy with schoolwork and extracurricular activities that they neglect their health. It looks something like this: A 16-year-old boy stays up late doing homework for his advanced classes … Continue reading The alarming health crisis on the rise in today’s teens
Have you heard of the “Cinnamon Challenge”? The bizarre and virally popular internet trend dares individuals to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon, without water, in under 60 seconds. Search YouTube for the “Cinnamon Challenge” and you’ll find thousands of videos of daredevils choking, coughing and spitting in attempts to complete what they think is … Continue reading Is the Cinnamon Challenge Dangerous?