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Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist

Holland, Michigan
Jane M. Martin is a respiratory therapist, author and teacher with over twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of respiratory care. She is the founder and director of Breathing Better Living Well.com, a website providing information and support for people and families with pulmonary... Full Bio
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What’s the Difference Between COPD and Asthma? by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema 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 obstruc ... Read on »
Living with COPD: Why Iron is Important by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema 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 s ... Read on »
Eat to Breathe Better with COPD-Part II by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema In this sharepost•    Feeling tired and over-full when eating•    Water drinking and retaining fluids•    Dairy products and mucous•    Fiber•    Vitamins and supplementsHer ... Read on »
Eat to Breathe Better with COPD-Part I by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema In this sharepost How your body uses food Maintaining the right weight for you Foods to breathe better, foods to boost energy and foods to avoid   It’s easy to see why you ... Read on »
Understanding Your Medications - Part IV by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema This is the fourth and final part of our series on COPD Medications.•    Dry Powder Inhalers (DPI’s)•    Nebulizers•    Timing and sequencing of inhaled medicinesDry Powder ... Read on »
Understanding Your Medications – Part III – Metered Dose Inhalers (MDI) by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema Today we’ll talk about:•    Inhaler technique for Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)•    How to clean and store your MDI•    How to tell how many doses are left in your MDIIf you ha ... Read on »
Understanding and Using your COPD Medications – Part II by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema In Part I we talked about the difference between controllers and relievers, inhaled corticosteroids (one type of controller) and inhaled short (fast) acting beta-agonists (r ... Read on »
Understanding and Using your COPD Medications – Part I by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema When I ask patients what their inhalers do, they almost always respond by saying, “They open up my lungs.” Yes, that’s true. But what’s really important to know - and unders ... Read on »
Relovair: New Medicine for COPD by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema Developing new medications and getting them from the lab to your neighborhood pharmacy (or mailbox) as safe and effective - is a long, complicated process, requiring a great ... Read on »
World COPD Day by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema     World COPD Day 2011 is this Wednesday, November 16. The goal of this annual event, organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), is to ... Read on »
Is it COPD or Another Lung Condition? How Can You Tell? by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema In Part I we talked about how your doctor figures out if you have COPD or if it is asthma or pneumonia instead. Here in Part II we will discuss Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung Canc ... Read on »
Is it COPD, Asthma or Pneumonia? How Can You Tell? by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema 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: ... Read on »
Living with COPD: Choosing Home Exercise Equipment by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. These are basic suggestions for people who have been approved to exercise under the supervision of a doctor ... Read on »
Living with COPD: Exercise by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. These are basic suggestions for people who have been approved to exercise under the supervision of a doctor ... Read on »
COPD and Your Heart: Blood Tests and Medications by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema In the first article in this series we talked about how your heart works in close partnership with your lungs. In Part II we learned about some common cardiac (heart) tests ... Read on »
COPD and Heart Issues: Common Heart Tests by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema Last month we talked about how your heart works in partnership with your lungs. Today we’re going to talk about common cardiac (heart) medical tests. Next time your doctor w ... Read on »
Big Event for COPD Awareness! by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema On Saturday, August 20, the COPD Foundation and the New York Mets will be hosting a COPD Awareness Day on the Mets’ home turf at Citi Field in Flushing, New York.   Why the ... Read on »
If You Have COPD, What You Should Know About your Heart by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema You’re visiting this site right now because chances are you or a loved one has COPD – a lung disease. So, why is this a sharepost about the heart? Your heart and lungs work ... Read on »
COPD: Honoring Loved Ones with Monarch Butterflies by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema Raising Monarchs is a favorite summer activity of people with COPD because it’s fascinating, fun, easy – and inspiring. In Part I we learned that even if you are physically ... Read on »
COPD and Summer Activity: Raising Monarch Butterflies by Jane M. Certified Respiratory Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in COPD & Emphysema Raising Monarchs is a favorite summer activity of people with COPD because it’s fascinating, fun, easy – and inspiring. This sharepost by no means will tell you everything y ... Read on »