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The Surfing Solution: How Seawater Can Help Treat Cystic Fybrosis

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posted on Dec, 1 2013 @ 01:09 PM
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Cystic fibrosis, it turns out, doesn’t like salt water. Inhaling it rehydrates the airways, allowing mucus to flow more easily and be dislodged by coughing. Patients have used saline nebulizers to achieve this effect for years, and new units are under development that people can use during sleep. But CF sufferers who would rather catch waves than z’s might get some of the same benefits (albeit at a much lower concentration) by hopping on a surfboard.

The effect of salt water on cystic fibrosis was actually discovered more than a decade ago, when Australian researchers noticed that patients in Sydney reported feeling better after spending time in the ocean. Experimentation later revealed that it was, indeed, the salt water; that’s why there are saline inhalers today. Now a group called Mauli Ola (“breath of life” in Hawaiian) is reviving the therapy—it has helped around 2,000 children and young adults with cystic fibrosis learn to surf with professional riders. “Surfing is my way of overcoming cystic fibrosis,” says Jacob Venditti, a 20-year-old patient who hopes to catch a 30-footer one day. “It’s my physical therapy every day that there are waves.” Gnarly, brah.

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Nothing wrong with surfing it is one of my favorite pass times. I always feel better after a day catching waves, healthier all around. Its puts me in a different state of mind that stays with me for days. I imagine all those things combined with the medical benefits of saltwater for those who suffer from the ailment is far better than anything the medical field could accomplish.




posted on Dec, 1 2013 @ 01:34 PM
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I'll stick to eating plenty of sea salt on my foods. There are no sharks in the salt shaker.


Restricting salt is causing a lot of problems nowadays.



posted on Dec, 2 2013 @ 05:05 AM
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I'll stick to eating plenty of sea salt on my foods. There are no sharks in the salt shaker.


Restricting salt is causing a lot of problems nowadays.


Eating salt however won't improve CF symptoms though as it needs to be inhaled and will only affect the pulmonary aspect of CF and nothing else.
I used to run a paediatric CF clinic and we would regularly give hypertonic saline through a nebuliser if any of the kids had pulmonary issues which improved them greatly.
From what I can tell in the OP's article this is pretty much the same thing and yes, infinitely preferable to sitting with a nebuliser mask on for half an hour but for obvious reasons only accessible to a few.



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