Is There a Link Between Gut Health and COPD?

COPD is a chronic disease of the lungs, so you might be confused by the title of this article. I understand — even though I am a retired RN, I never heard much about gut health and its impact on overall health until just a few years ago. But more and more, experts are becoming aware of just how much what’s …

8 Things I Do With COPDers That I Truly Enjoy

By now you know I’m am a respiratory therapist. I will see you if you come into an ER for COPD. I might give you a breathing treatment. I might set up BiPAP. My goal is to help you breathe easier. But there are other things I do that are non-medical. There is a lighter side to my job, a side I think …

‘I was wrong’: Judge admits jailing people for pot ‘haunts’ him after cannabis saved his life

Prior to this year, the state of Florida was regarded as one of the worst possible states to be caught in possession of cannabis. According to a 2009 analysis by former NORML Director Jon Gettman, no state in this country punished people more severely for minor marijuana offenses than Florida. However, thanks in part to a former Florida judge, all this is …

Getting Your Best Sleep – Even With COPD

A restful night’s sleep can be elusive when you have COPD. Do you have to sleep somewhat upright, find yourself getting your oxygen tubing tangled up in your covers or wake up through the night with coughing or shortness of breath? If so, getting enough quality sleep can be a real challenge. Depression, anxiety and medications can also disrupt the quality of your sleep experience. Sleep is …