Friday, August 15, 2014

Ah--taking the sea air

I love this picture!
For some reason, the Wall Street Journal thought it needed to tell people the beach was a good place.

They point out (Aug 12, 2014) that in the 18th and 19th centuries, ocean air was considered a cure for almost anything.

But is there a study? Of course.

Our expert is Thomas W. Ferkol, MD, president of the American Thoracic Society and a pediatric pulmonologist.

Yes, he says, docs used to send patients to seaside resorts.

Even now, people with cystic fibrosis report the benefits of sea air. This means salty air--so they administered inhaled saline water to CF patients, who reported fewer flareups.

They also tried this with bronchilitis with more mixed results.

Does going to the beach mean you are also more active, maybe run or surf? Sure--it's all good therapy.

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