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Can Acupuncture Help COPD Patients?

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Aug 11, 2017 6:27:04 PM

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Improve Your Health

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, COPD, COPD Treatment, Sleep Apnea, COPD Exacerbations

Getting Cigarette Smoke Out of Your Home and Car

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Feb 2, 2017 10:34:22 AM

After you’ve quit smoking you’ll likely be bothered by residual odors in your home and car that you may have never noticed when you were a smoker. Lingering odors and chemical residue may be especially tough on those with allergies who have COPD or are on supplemental oxygen, such as a portable oxygen concentrator.  Cigarette residue is referred to as third hand smoke and is hazardous to everyone who comes into contact with it, especially children. Air purifiers can be helpful but cigarette smoke permeates every surface and can be a challenge to get out but over time, your house and auto will smell like new with these tips and tricks.

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Topics: Quit Smoking,

Quitting Smoking: Why It's So Hard and How to Conquer the Habit

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Jan 19, 2017 3:17:53 PM

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make is to quit smoking. If this is the year you’ve decided to become tobacco free, this is a game plan to help you quit, and stay quit. This guide will help you understand the risks of smoking as well as the psychology behind both the habit and the addiction.


It will also give you actionable strategies to beat both the physical dependency and psychological hook. The second you put out your last cigarette the healing begins so let’s get started!

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Topics: Quit Smoking,

The Top 3 Risk Factors for COPD: How to Reduce Further Damage

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Jun 27, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has many risk factors, but if you a currently exposed to three harmful irritants then you are at a higher risk for developing COPD. It is imperative to your health that you do everything you can to reduce further damage being done to your lungs. 

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, COPD, COPD Treatment, Disease Management

Effects on the Body After Quitting Smoking

Posted by Caleb Umstead on May 29, 2014 4:13:00 PM

Long term, constant cigarette use is the leading cause for lung disease's such as COPD. Smoking cigarettes releases 7,000 chemical compounds into your body as well as innocent bi-standards that are in the general vicinity of the cigarette smoke. Many of those 7,000 toxic chemicals are carcinogens, which are better known as cancer causing agents. Second hand smoke is just as if not more dangerous than first hand smoke, second hand smoke has been linked as a cause for lung cancer.

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, COPD

5 Tips to Quit Smoking

Posted by Caleb Umstead on May 29, 2014 4:06:00 PM

You know you need to quit smoking: it's a nasty habit and is widely regarded as such by the general public. It makes your clothes smell, and no one wants to kiss an ashtray. If you have kids or grandchildren, it's worth it to them to kick the habit, but ultimately you need to do it for yourself. Cigarette smoking is an addiction, so you need a strong support system, along with some tools that can make quitting easier than ever before. Your decision may have been an epiphany: perhaps a diagnosis of emphysema or you look down and see yellow fingernails. Whatever the "ah-hah" reason is, you can't just decide not to smoke without enlisting some smoking cessation aids. WebMD states 95% of people who smoke without therapy, medication, or a smoking cessation aid relapse.

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, COPD

Your 5 Keys to Living a Full Life With COPD

Posted by Caleb Umstead on May 29, 2014 3:59:00 PM

COPD, does not sound like much, but when spelt out, reality can hit. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a big title for a major health condition. Knowing how to adapt to it, how to react to the changes and challenges it brings to your life can make a big difference to the quality of your life.

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, COPD, COPD Treatment

New Risks of Smoking

Posted by Duke on May 29, 2014 3:24:00 PM

Although it may be hard to believe, the surgeon general released a new report which found that smoking and second hand smoke are much worse than we thought. The report, which was published 50 years after the first surgeon general report on smoking, shed some light on new ways smoking harms people. COPD, lung cancer, heart attack, and stroke are just four major health conditions that can be caused by smoking. 50 years after the original surgeon general report and there are more diseases and health conditions to add to that list.

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, COPD, Emphysema, Respiratory Disease

Staying With Your New Year's Resolution

Posted by Duke on May 29, 2014 3:20:00 PM

It is two weeks into the new year and if you haven't fallen off of the New Year's resolution bandwagon, we commend you! For those of you who have fallen victim to the resolution season and have somewhat given up on your resolution, there is no better time than now to get back in the groove. It doesn't matter if you made the resolution to lose 50 pounds or if you wanted to quit smoking, the fact of the matter is; it's never too late to keep trying. Your New Year's resolution should be a goal or lifestyle change that will benefit you in the long run. 

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, Diet Tips, Exercise

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