Air Health Our Health

Air Health Our Health

Lung doctor tired of repeating "Don't light things on fire and breathe them into the lungs." Let's fight for clean air!

From to***co smoke to forest fires to traffic related air pollution, particulate matter sickens our families and our communities.

Operating as usual

18/03/2024

Happy Spring! My hometown is going to start to phase out gas-powered lawn equipment, which is good news.

If you want to learn more about the adverse health impacts of these two-stroke engines, both on the workers who use them and the communities in which they are used, see the comments section for links to the "Yards on Fire" podcast episode with two Stanford pediatricians as well as the post with references!

https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2024/03/ban-on-gas-leaf-blowers-passed-in-portland-gradual-phase-out-begins-in-2026.html #:~:text=The%20phase%2Dout%20will%20launch,on%20Jan.%201%2C%202028.

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What's in our countertops? The industry of engineered stone is exploding, with a significant rise in engineered quartz countertops and more.

Such work, along with coal mining and other activities, can lead to workers inhaling high levels of crystalline silica. This can cause devastating and deadly illness in young people, many of whom die of the disease.

Learn more about this growing trend and what can be done to protect workers by listening to today's Air Health Our Health podcast with Dr. Jeremy Hua of National Jewish Health.

You can also learn more from the American Lung Association on as well as at the post from today's episode.



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The Killer in the Kitchen Counter- Crystalline Silica with Dr. Jeremy Hua 05/03/2024

Last month we heard from Dr Drew Harris about the ongoing death and disease from coal dust exposure in both miners and the community surrounding mines. We also discussed the particular danger of silica which is leading to a dramatic rise in the dreaded disease of progressive massive pulmonary fibrosis. One hope for coal workers and their communities is that, with the transition to cleaner energy, we can hope that the death and disease caused by extracting coal will decrease. ...

The Killer in the Kitchen Counter- Crystalline Silica with Dr. Jeremy Hua Last month we heard from Dr Drew Harris about the ongoing death and disease from coal dust exposure in both miners and the community surrounding mines. We also discussed the particular danger of si…

Franziska Rosser: Allegheny County's air is going to get better 24/02/2024

Agree with Dr. Rosser about the good news from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week!

In particular, I agree that healthy air leads to health people and healthy economies!

See comments for a podcast episode with Dr. Rosser on the AQI and kids!

Franziska Rosser: Allegheny County's air is going to get better Feb. 7 was a great day for people who live, work, and play in Allegheny County. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on particle...

Climate Change is a Health Emergency 20/02/2024

Hello, all!

is a human health emergency in many ways. Ask your Members of Congress to ensure we act accordingly.

Please take a moment to send a message, either via the American Lung Association link or on your own, and share this link on social media:

Climate Change is a Health Emergency Climate change threatens increased risk of air pollution and extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and wildfires, posing health risks for all. Join us in telling your members of Congress to take action now. https://a.lung.org/ppX3Yjz

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👩‍🏫 Dr Gillian Goobie of Centre for Heart Lung Innovation and University of British Columbia provided excellent education at the Oregon Thoracic Society conference in Sunriver Community on the importance of clean air and a stable climate, especially for people with like
and more!

🎿 She reported it was a first to deliver an invited lecture while wearing ski gear, but that is how we roll in our Oregon chapter of the American Thoracic Society !

🏔 After the conference, we were able to have some lovely ski days on Mt Bachelor , especially with summit open!

⛷️ I also was able to get some great skiing in with the kids- sincerely hope that snow sports will exist when they are my age.

🌡 is threatening so much in our lives, and we can see the changes everywhere.

❄️If you want to join other snow enthusiasts in addressing climate change, check out Protect Our Winters and their Climate Advocate's Guidebook.

Photos from Air Health Our Health's post 08/02/2024

Releasing a special bonus podcast episode to bring you some good clean air and climate news. Advocacy is often hard and frustrating, but it is important to celebrate when improvement is made. Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released it’s final rule for the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (or ) for particulate matter pollution, lowering the annual standard to 9 ug/m3. The previous standard was 12ug/m3. If you’ve been listening to this podcast, you know that we’ve covered in multiple episodes how people were sickening and dying from lung disease, heart disease and more at levels below 12. For context, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises a standard of 5, and the American Thoracic Society has been advising a standard of 8 for years.

The episode includes an update on what has happened, and a roundtable in which I participated as a representative of the American Thoracic Society as a member of the Environmental Health Policy Committee and ATS EOPH Assembly.

It's important to celebrate the steps forward in advocacy!

The photos are of EPA administrator Michael Regan⁠ pictured with advocates from EcoMadres ⁠and Moms Clean Air Force after the signing on Feb 7th and a young EcoNiña speaking and proudly holding the signing pen.

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Photos from Air Health Our Health's post 08/02/2024

There is often a great deal of bad news in the world in terms of climate and air pollution. Today is a day to celebrate a great step forward in terms of .

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to move the annual average standard for PM2.5 from 12ucg/m3 to 9mcg/m3. Though of course, we had hoped and advocated for dropping to 8 and a 24 hr hour standard that was more protective, this change will absolutely save lives, sick days, and more when fully implemented. It will also lead to a great deal of economic growth, which has consistently happened as we have cleaned up the air.

I was honored to speak as a member of the American Thoracic Society Environmental Health Policy committee at an event hosted by the American Lung Association to help explain the importance of this decision, and the importance of fighting for additional steps for clean air, especially around and other car emissions in the near term.

Feel free to watch to learn more! For specific info on different topics covered, check out the podcast episodes in the links.

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The Cost of Coal & Importance of Advocacy- Black Lung Disease with Dr. Drew Harris by Air Health Our Health 06/02/2024

Coal dust is killing the people who mine it, and this can be prevented according to my podcast guest for February- Dr. Drew Harris MD, FCCP of University of Virginia and American College of Chest Physicians

⅕ of long tenured miners have black lung disease and 5% have the most dreaded form, progressive massive pulmonary fibrosis. Over 1100 miners have been diagnosed recently- this is not a problem only of the past.

This disease progresses even after people stop mining. Furthermore coal dust often escapes into the air in the local communities, coating the homes and lungs of people who aren’t miners.

The MSHA standards need to be changed to become more protective of miner’s health- the U.S. Department of Labor should ensure equal protections for miners and other occupations with regards to elements such as respirable silica.

The surrounding communities are also affected by - see photos from one man's home, with coal dust coating the walls, clogging his HVAC, and the air filters he washes with water that turns black from dust. Think of all the communities breathing that air!

There are organizations such as Appalachian Voices working to raise awareness and help coal miners.

Listen to the podcast episode to learn more!



The Cost of Coal & Importance of Advocacy- Black Lung Disease with Dr. Drew Harris by Air Health Our Health Dr. Drew Harris, MD, FCCP is a lung doctor who specializes in lung disease related to coal mine dust and is passionate about healthcare for rural and disadvantaged populations. He serves as the medical director of the Black Lung Program at Stone Mountain Health Services in southwest Virginia. He joi...

Urge President Biden to finalize menthol ci******es and flavored ci**rs rules! 25/01/2024

Mentholated to***co has devastated Black communities for generations. Excluding it from prior flavor bans has had devastating consequences.

Join the American Lung Association in encouraging President Joe Biden to finalize the rule to ban .

Sign the petition! Learn more about the history of menthol and to***co in the Black community by listening to the podcast episodes in comments below!

Urge President Biden to finalize menthol ci******es and flavored ci**rs rules! Did you know that almost one million smokers would quit smoking within 17 months if menthol ci******es were off the shelves? Join us in urging President Biden to finalize menthol and flavored cigar rules without further delay here: https://a.lung.org/rHgFETm

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Happy New Year from Air Health Our Health !

Releasing a short podcast today encouraging you to take action on radon. January is , and a great time to test, because is a colorless, odorless gas that can be trapped indoors. It is often highest in winter months, when windows and doors are closed up against the cold.

Why care about radon? I think personal stories are helpful. Kristine Graff was a non-smoker who enjoyed quilting in a basement that had a radon level over 20pCi/L. Sadly, this was not known until after she died from lung cancer. Her son Will of Northbank Home Inspection on now inspects homes to ensure they are safe. His bedroom was in that same basement growing up.

With three young kids in my home, I also wanted to test for radon. You can see our before and after testing. Our test result was technically right below/at the EPA action limit but above WHO’s, so we chose to mitigate, and you can see the results!

Get an inexpensive test online or from American Lung Association , where you can learn so much more about radon!

Listen to the podcast episode for today for a quick overview, or do a deeper dive into radon in any of the prior radon podcasts! Will put in comments below!



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Climate change poses ‘major threat’ to respiratory health 12/12/2023

I was very happy to see coverage by Healio on the respiratory health impacts of climate change. This article is certainly wide-ranging and covers the topic in depth.

You may also recognize many contributors who have also been guests on the Air Health Our Health podcast!

Climate change poses ‘major threat’ to respiratory health The historical climate events of the past summer may have been eye-opening for all, but the health of patients with respiratory diseases and conditions has been particularly threatened due to these exposures. From the Canadian wildfires and subsequent air quality concerns, to extreme heat, rain and....

The Health of your Air- with Dr. Laura Gladson by Air Health Our Health 04/12/2023

On today’s episode, I discuss the Health of the Air Report with Dr. Laura Gladson. This report by New York University and American Thoracic Society helps us understand the health impact of at the local and state level.

In my state of , we have at least 361 excess deaths from PM2.5 as well as 68 excess lung cancer cases, and many excess trips to the doctor, sick days and more from air pollution.

Look up your county and state in the Health of the Air Report! See what can be done to clean up the air where you live!

Listen to today’s episode to learn more.

The Health of your Air- with Dr. Laura Gladson https://anchor.fm/airhealthourhealth/episodes/The-Health-of-your-Air--with-Dr--Laura-Gladson-e2c6e7t

The Health of your Air- with Dr. Laura Gladson by Air Health Our Health How do we find out how air pollution is affecting us at our own county and state level? Dr. Laura Gladson has been a researcher with the Health, Environment, and Policy Program at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management since 2014. On this podcast, we discuss the Health of the Air report, which...

The Health of Your Air- with Dr. Laura Gladson 04/12/2023

Last month I reviewed the importance of all of us engaging in scientifically rigorous advocacy at the local level. But how do we do that? Every county and town in the US does not always have a scientist or an economist living there that can tell us how much air pollution is costing us locally. Fortunately, there are powerful tools that can help....

The Health of Your Air- with Dr. Laura Gladson Last month I reviewed the importance of all of us engaging in scientifically rigorous advocacy at the local level. But how do we do that? Every county and town in the US does not always have a scie…

State of Lung Cancer 15/11/2023

report out from American Lung Association ! Find out what grade your state has received!

There is so much we can do to decrease lung cancer, from fighting to***co, to cleaning up the air and testing homes for !

Learn and share!

State of Lung Cancer Examining lung cancer incidence, survival, stage at diagnosis, surgical treatment, lack of treatment, and screening, this report finds states must do more to protect their residents from lung cancer.

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I had the opportunity to speak this year at the meeting of American College of Chest Physicians about how busy clinicians can fit science-based clean air & climate advocacy into their lives.

It's not just clinicians who are busy but all of us! Most of us care about getting down in the next 7 years to tackle . Most of us want because we know kills .

But how do you fit action and advocacy into your busy life? I have three kids and work full time. It is not easy, and it is impossible to do everything. But if we all do something, we can do a lot. I want my kids to have a better world- this drawing by my daughter of a mother bunny losing her baby bunnies in a wildfire breaks my heart.

Air pollution at legal levels per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not actually safe to breathe. The American Thoracic Society recommends lower levels of PM2.5 for example, as does the World Health Organization (WHO) .

Policy can work! California has reduced PM2.5 and other pollutants and kids lung function has improved! Small actions today make huge differences over time, and you can push for those actions.

On today's pod, I share some ways I've found to fit advocacy into my life and offer some options for other busy people.

Most importantly, start by starting. Also, feel free to say no. You have to say no to a lot of things to say yes to the actions you can actually take. We also don't have to be perfect in our own lives and carbon footprints to show up and get started.

There are many organizations with whom you can start. Check out
Clean Air Moms Action the American Lung Association and more!

You are needed to make a better world for future generations. You are needed now. And there is a lot you can do! It's okay to show up as your messy imperfect self who still has a long way to go. We can all go a long way together.

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Clean Air & Climate Change Advocacy for Busy People 06/11/2023

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak at the American College of Chest Physicians conference in Hawaii. My sister (pictured above) has become the de facto Air Health Our Health mascot on some of these climate change slides. It was on the beautiful island of Oahu, and obviously the horror of what had unfolded on the neighboring island of Maui and Lahaina was fresh on my mind....

Clean Air & Climate Change Advocacy for Busy People Last month, I had the opportunity to speak at the American College of Chest Physicians conference in Hawaii. My sister (pictured above) has become the de facto Air Health Our Health mascot on some …

25/10/2023

Was honored to discuss and at the American College of Chest Physicians . I was interviewed by Healio afterwards about the session, and I think they captured the highlights well. Health care professionals and patients see the impact of climate change and air pollution every day. We can make the invisible visible.

But it is not just those in health care- we can all be clean air and climate advocates now. I will be releasing a podcast episode soon with a "Climate Change and Air Pollution 101" component and review how we can all fit advocacy into our every day lives.

https://www.healio.com/news/pulmonology/20231024/if-not-you-who-tips-for-clean-air-advocacy-among-busy-clinicians

22/10/2023

🚭 Dr. Brian Jones, former co-fellow of mine while , sent me his awesome depiction of the message!

🇬🇧He calls it an aggressive pastiche of a 1970s UK campaign.

🎨 Please feel free to send me your art about the importance of healthy air!

***cokills

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🏭 Honored to chair a session yesterday of the meeting with an excellent opening talk by Dr. Gillian Goobie on the impact of air pollution on our patients.

⏳️ Also enjoyed chairing the lively morning session on Clean Air and Climate Advocacy for the Busy Clinician. We can all raise our voices!

Photos from Air Health Our Health's post 09/10/2023

🫁Great first day at ! I was honored to be included on a panel discussing the importance of physician advocacy.

🏷The nametag stickers were super fun, and I snagged some for my kids.

🔥Looking forward to tomorrow, will be chairing two sessions. One on air pollution and our patients and one on clean air and climate advocacy for the busy clinician.

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I was working during the June 2021 heat dome in June of 2021 in the Pacific Northwest and my ICU rapidly filled with people suffering from heat-related illness.

How does heat make us so sick? On the podcast episode today, Prof Ollie Jay of University of Sydney joins me to explain how the human body deals with heat and how heat can make us sick and even kill us.

We discuss what people can do in their homes and communities. We talk about how fans can help us stay cool and save energy and also at what heat thresholds and for whom they can be deadly.

We also discuss organizations taking helpful action, such as Sweltering Cities in Australia and Korey Stringer Institute in the US.

Listen to today’s episode to learn more! See post for show notes and helpful references for heat!

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Heat Kills- Hot Air Dangers & Solutions with Prof Ollie Jay 02/10/2023

We usually call June in my corner of Oregon “Juneuary,” because it is often cold, gray and rainy. Climate change has made this nickname increasingly quaint. I was working in the ICU during the heat dome event in June of 2021 in the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures reached 116 degrees, over 23 degrees hotter than the average hottest June day. It was horrible....

Heat Kills- Hot Air Dangers & Solutions with Prof Ollie Jay We usually call June in my corner of Oregon “Juneuary,” because it is often cold, gray and rainy. Climate change has made this nickname increasingly quaint. I was working in the ICU during the heat…

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🎧 Honored to have been on the DEI Shift podcast 2 part series on climate justice. This podcast is sponsored by the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians (ACP) So Cal chapters, and focuses on improving diversity and equity in healthcare. We need all perspectives at the table for .

🩺 Listen and learn about how those in health care can help advance the cause of equity and climate justice!

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🫁Delighted that flavor ban held up in court! Great work by
***cofreekids
and more!

🍭 Was out buying paletas with the kids in our neighborhood and saw tons of candy flavored vapes right at eye level.

👋Flavored vapes need to go!

🎧 Listen to the podcast eps on flavored ni****ne, e-cigs, and menthol to learn more!

🗣 Make sure to with young people in your life.

Exercise & Air Quality for Kids & Schools- with Dr. Lowinsky-Desir by Air Health Our Health 04/09/2023

Welcome back to Season Four of Air Health Our Health !

It turns out, we often put schools by high traffic roadways or on "cheap" land exposed to polluting sources. With , we increasingly face smoke from when we want to do outdoor activities.

Dr. Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir is a lung doctor for children at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Columbia Public Healthhealth , has won research awards from American Thoracic Society and is a spokesperson for the American Lung Association .

She studies the air our kids breathe every day at school and the impact it has on when and where they should exercise.

We talk about solutions to help our kids, our schools, and communities.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has educational resources for parents and teachers as well as an flag program for schools.

Listen to the episode to learn more!

Exercise & Air Quality for Kids & Schools- with Dr. Lowinsky-Desir by Air Health Our Health Kicking off Season Four with a great episode! As the parent of three kids and a lung doctor, I always wonder how best to balance exercise benefits when air quality is marginal. Fortunately, there are experts hard at work on understanding how we should approach this topic. Dr. Stephanie Lovinsky-Desi...

Exercise & Air Quality for Kids & Schools- with Dr. Lowinsky-Desir 04/09/2023

Exercise & Air Quality for Kids & Schools- with Dr. Lowinsky-Desir

Exercise & Air Quality for Kids & Schools- with Dr. Lowinsky-Desir How do you balance exercise benefit w/ pollution exposure? Image from Dr. Lowinsky-Desir Welcome back to Season Four of the Air Health Our Health podcast! It’s hard to believe we are already here. …

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