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Jane Martin

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Jane Martin is an accomplished respiratory therapist, author and founder and director of Breathing Better, Living She wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for COPD.

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What You Eat Can Impact Your COPD

Load up on these specific foods to support healthy lung function and ultimately optimize your pulmonary rehabilitation.

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What's the Difference Between COPD and Asthma?

When you’re short of breath, there’s no mistaking it. It’s clear to see - and feel. But what, exactly, is going on inside the lungs to cause it? And how do different obstructive lung disorders compare? Today we’ll look at a common question asked by p...

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Living with COPD: Why Iron is Important

Iron in your blood is important to your health, especially if you have COPD. Why? Iron is an essential part of the process of getting oxygen to all parts of your body. You see, your body uses iron to make hemoglobin, and hemoglobin is in the red bloo...

Is it COPD or Something Else?

Is it COPD or Something Else?

How does your doctor go about figuring out what is wrong with you and arrive at the correct diagnosis? Let’s begin with a story, something that happened to me not long ago… "Well, it’s one of three things," said the doctor. It could be cau...

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Not So Fast! Learning to Pace Yourself

If you have COPD, pacing is one of the most important things you’ll ever learn. "But, you don’t understand. I’ve always done everything fast. Always worked hard. And you know what they say - you can’t teach an old dog new tricks." Well, I ...

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Dying with COPD

What Will it be Like When I Die? "I have COPD. What will it be like when I die? Will I just struggle for every breath and gasp until I can’t get any more air? That sounds like a horrible way to go That’s what scares me the most." As a resp...

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Now What? 6 Steps to Breathing Better with COPD

In my last blog we talked about COPD- what it is, if you could be at risk, and how to find out if you have it. So, let’s say that you have, indeed, been diagnosed with COPD and are among the estimated 12 million other folks who have. Before we go on ...