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Monday, January 5, 2004 Volume #3 -- Issue #1
Susie Bowers, Editor -- Web-Editor@COPD-International.com
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We are a group of fellow COPD sufferers, caregivers and others
interested in this disease. Our online community is devoted to
helping one another to live the best life possible with this
debilitating illness through interactive support.
As many of us have found, COPD is a disease of many faces,
contradictions and components. Therefore, our diversified community
is here to share its combined wealth of knowledge and information,
so we may all become well-informed patients and take control of our
disease rather than letting this disease control us.
Exercise, exercise, exercise. Next to quitting smoking, exercising
is one of the best ways to improve our health, especially for those
of us with COPD.
A little exercise can go a long way in improving our flexibility,
breathing and sense of well-being. The New Year is an excellent time
to begin an exercise program. And, for those who do exercise, it is
a good time to consider adding and/or changing your daily routines
to ward off boredom.
This issue features information on the low-impact, flexibility
regimen tai chi, which is a part of traditional Chinese medicine.
Tai chi is a very gentle exercise and can be performed by people of
all physical condition and all ages.
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NEXT GENERATION OF DISEASES HIDING
In 2004, the world will be on the lookout for the re-emergence of
SARS, monkeypox, new forms of flu and the unexpected. We have been
warned. But must epidemics always catch humanity by surprise?
Researchers say epidemics are hard to police because they do not
emerge in the cities where they do most of their killing. They rise
from biological caldrons in some of the world's most obscure places.
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"BAD BREATH" CLUE TO LUNG DISEASE
People with lung diseases have bad breath, according to scientists
in the United States. Researchers at the University of Virginia say
people with conditions like asthma and cystic fibrosis have highly
acidic breath. What's more, the acidity of their breath rises
depending on how severe their condition is. Writing in the European
Respiratory Journal, they said a simple breath test could help
doctors spot these diseases. See Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3245862.stm
NEW WEAPON AGAINST ASTHMA FOUND
Scientists have identified a new class of drug which could
dramatically boost the weaponry against asthma. Early trials of an
experimental drug, called DNK333, have shown it can reduce asthma
symptoms. A study in the European Respiratory Journal has found it
blocks a chemical that causes the coughing, wheezing and mucus
associated with the disease. While much more research is needed,
scientists believe the drug could offer a potent new weapon against
CT TEST DETECTS EARLY-STAGE LUNG CANCERS
Annual computed tomography (CT) screening is an effective diagnostic
tool for detecting early-stage lung cancer in smokers and for
reducing mortality rates, according to the latest data from two
ongoing studies. The new findings, which confirm earlier published
studies, were presented in December at the 89th scientific assembly
and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America
(RSNA) in Chicago.
DRUG COMBINATION TESTED FOR CANCER PREVENTION
British scientists said they have launched a major clinical study to
see whether a combination of aspirin and an anti-ulcer drug could
prevent thousands of cases of cancer of the esophagus. Millions of
people already take aspirin to relieve headaches and arthritis and
to prevent heart attacks and stroke. More recently, however,
researchers have also suggested the century-old drug could have a
protective effect against cancer. See Story:
PLACEBO EFFECT: HARNESSING MIND'S POWER TO HEAL
It's true that some people who participate in research studies and
take inactive medications called placebos do see health
improvements. People taking placebos have experienced reduced pain,
healed ulcers, eased nausea and even warts disappeared. See More:
DON'T WORRY. YOU'RE NOT OLD - JUST ILL
"It's all just part of getting old" may not be enough to explain the
health problems that elderly people suffer, according to two Dutch
researchers, writing in BMC Geriatrics recently. They think that the
infirmities associated with old age are symptoms of diseases
contracted during life. Full Story: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/12/031223
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U.S. ANNOUNCES BAN ON EPHEDRA
Finding they pose an "unreasonable risk to the public health," the
U.S. government said it will ban dietary supplements containing
ephedra. The regulation, which will become effective 60 days after
its publication, will make it illegal to sell ephedra in the United
States. The measure will also bar the importation of ephedra - often
sold over the Internet - from abroad. See Details:
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HOOKED ON TAI CHI CHUAN
By Susie Bowers
I was fortunate when I was first diagnosed with severe COPD because
my family doctor was a strong advocate of pulmonary rehabilitation.
I spent about 12 weeks, three times a week, at a local hospital
health center, where I exercised under the supervision of a
pulmonary therapist. I got better and better and my breathing did
improve. Only problem was I hated it.
I moved away to a small town where there is no therapy centers close
by. I immediately bought a treadmill and light hand weights, so I
could continue to exercise. I hated it. And, it wasn't long before
my exercise equipment started to gather dust.
I hired a personal trainer, but decided that was too expensive.
Plus, I hated it.
When a friend asked if I wanted to take tai chi classes at the local
senior center, I decided I would give it a try. Of course, I gave
the tai chi guru my "I am a very sick person" speech on my first
visit just to let him know to go easy on me.
It's only been three months, but with each day I come to enjoy it
more and more. At this point, I can't say it is all that relaxing,
as I still wobble, trip and teeter on my feet. But regardless of my
lack of poise, I feel terrific. I practice every day. I love it.
Not only do I enjoy learning all the tai chi moves, but it has
become a fascinating hobby - this "meditation for the body" with its
So, if you are like me and hate to exercise even though you know it
is good for us COPDers, perhaps taking up tai chi or yoga might be
the key to getting you moving and motivated.
TAI CHI: THE DANCE OF HEALTH
Tai Chi is a wonderful stretching and toning exercise that will help
to keep your muscles conditioned. The single biggest threat of COPD
to patients is the gradual loss of muscle strength caused by
deconditioning - which in turn is caused by a lack of exercise due
mostly to the shortness of breath and fatigue from which we suffer.
See Tai Chi FAQ: http://www.taoist.org/english/faq.php
BENEFITS OF TAI CHI
-- Mind and body meditation
-- Relaxation, reduction of stress
-- Internal organs exercised, circulation improves
-- Prevents illness, improves health, longevity
-- Relieves arthritis pain, increases flexibility, agility
-- Prevents bone fatigue, improves balance
-- Improves mental, physical concentration
-- Helps prevent chronic diseases
-- Helps prevent falls
-- Improves body's immune system
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SIMPLE CHANGES CAN BOOST PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Small lifestyle changes that increase moderate-intensity physical
activity are as effective as a structured exercise program in
improving long-term cardiorespiratory fitness and blood pressure,
according to a study supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood
Institute (NHLBI). See Tips:
HUMOR NO LAUGHING MATTER
They say laughter is the best medicine, and a new study may help
explain how laughter makes us feel good. Researchers report that
humor seems to activate brain networks that are involved in rewards.
BRING ON THE CHICKEN SOUP!
Chicken soup apparently does more than work wonders on the soul.
Some doctors and researchers - not to mention grandma - say chicken
soup actually helps reduce the inflammation and mucus production so
characteristic of a cold. See Story:
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TUNA WALDORF SALAD SANDWICH FILLING
Tuna salad gets the all-star treatment when studded with tart
apples, crunchy walnuts, crisp celery and savory shallots and tucked
into a flaky croissant, topped with a slice of Swiss cheese.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared Dijon-style mustard
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 (6 ounce) can oil-packed tuna
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup diced celery
1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
4 large croissants
4 leaves lettuce
4 slices Swiss cheese
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, curry
powder, salt and pepper. Add tuna, shallot, apple, walnuts, celery
and pickle relish and toss until all ingredients are coated with
2. Lightly toast the croissants. Split in half, place a lettuce leaf
on the bottom half of the croissant and fill with tuna salad. Top
with a slice of Swiss cheese and the top half of the croissant.
Serve with a dill pickle and potato chips.
Makes: 4 servings.
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"Nothing, of course, is a cure-all. But walking has a special place
in the world of preventive health because it the most natural of all
human physical activities.
-- Mark Bricklin, Prevention Magazine
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