Dear Friends,

Welcome to the newest update from Breathing Better, Living Well!

Do remember that old song about “the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer?” Well, here in the northern hemisphere summer is just about ready to makes its exit and usher in what we might call the “breezy, sneezy, wheezy days of fall.” For sure, the change of seasons can wreak havoc on our breathing! For those of you in the southern hemisphere – and we know you’re out there, friends from “down under” – your spring is just beginning and that can bring a whole host of breathing challenges, as well. Today we have for you some information that should be help you breathe better in the coming weeks and months.

On our home page you will now find a link to, a great website providing allergy information you can use everyday. Those of you in the U.S. can now come to BBLW and get up-to-date allergy information for the entire continental U.S. and more specifically for your home town or major city close to you. also provides information on allergies, asthma, and more.

Now, if it’s a bad pollen day or if you find you have to wear a facemask, for whatever reason, here’s a solution for you.  On the recommendation of our readers, we now have a link to the Breathe Healthy Mask in our bookstore. The Breathe Healthy mask can help provide protection from some of the nasty stuff that can make breathing so difficult.  The masks help filter out bacteria, viruses, environmental allergies, dust and cold air. Here at BBLW we’re very careful about the links to products we put in our store. Believe me, there’s all kinds of stuff we could have in there, but we don’t because, frankly, a lot of it is just a waste of your hard-earned money. But we feel this one it is worth passing along and giving you the chance to decide if it might work for you. If you decide that wearing a mask will help, you might as well make the most of it and have fun with it! These masks are very well made and come in many colors and designs.

Speaking of Colds and Flu, that dreaded season is right around the corner. I know from listening to many of you, that just the thought of coming down with a bad cold that might lead to something worse is terrifying. Let’s try to have a healthy-as-possible fall and winter season, shall we? Here are some ways you can have a fighting chance.

Remember to get your flu shot this fall and your pneumonia shot, if you need it. There’s a lot of debate about how often you need a pneumonia shot. They used to say that one shot lasted you for life. Now I’ve heard it’s more like seven years. Just check with your doctor.

Take a look at The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu by Neil Schachter, M.D. in our bookstore. From cold and flu to pneumonia and bronchitis, from tonsillitis and sinusitis to SARS; Mount Sinai lung specialist and all around nice guy, Dr. Schachter, provides the latest and most effective information on treating and preventing these illnesses.

Read Jo-Von Tucker’s excellent editorial, Holding on to Stability on our articles page. See the tried and true ways she discovered that worked for her so she could remain as healthy as possible in spite of COPD and the hazards that came her way.

As the weather changes and its harder to get out, remember to stay in touch with others. Don’t let yourself be isolated! Log onto our BBLW Community page for friendship and support. We have a lot of fun, visiting and sharing information on how to live better with lung disease.

Speaking of support, for those of you in Michigan, there is new breathing support group, the IPF (Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis) group is starting up in the Detroit area on October 9. Click on “The Basics” page and scroll down to Support Groups.

That’s about all for now, my friends. Until next time, breathe easy and be in touch.


“To feel that one has a place in life solves half the
problem of contentment.”
~~~ George E. Woodberry