117: Episode #116- BREATHING LESSONS- A Doctor’s Guide To Lung Health

Dr. Nick and Dr. David interview Dr. MeiLan Han about our lung health and the impact that our respiratory health plays in our overall vitality.

We discuss:

– Three common misconception about our lungs

– Simple and inexpensive testing to measure your lung health

– Advancements that have been made since the pandemic

– 3 most common lung diseases and how we can avoid them

– COPD and lower respiratory diseases being the third and fourth leading cause of death globally

– and more….

Dr. MeiLan K. Han, professor of medicine and chief of pulmonary and critical care at the University of Michigan and spokesperson for the American Lung Association and author of her new book, Breathing Lessons:  A Doctor’s Guide to Lung Health, knows that speaking about our lungs might not be the sexiest of topics, but with the frightening impact of COVID-19 on our respiratory system and the even more frightening unknown long-term impact it may have, now is the time to have a frank discussion on our lung health.

In Breathing Lessons, Dr. MeiLan K. Han takes readers on a fascinating tour of this most vital organ. Han explains the wonder of breathing and reveals how the lungs serve as the body’s first line of defense. She provides a timely overview of the latest scientific thinking about the leading respiratory risks―including indoor and outdoor pollution, smoking and vaping, wildfire smoke, and viruses like SARS-CoV-2―and offers a practical guide to keeping lungs healthy. And with authority as both practitioner and medical researcher, she argues powerfully for a social policy that makes a priority of preserving lung health nationwide.

MeiLan K. Han, MD, is professor of medicine and chief of pulmonary and critical care at the University of Michigan and a spokesperson for the American Lung Association. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan. Han directs NIH-sponsored research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


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