Predisposition What might increase your vulnerability to lung disease?

Posted by thumperguy @thumperguy, Oct 1, 2021

Any hunch about what might have increased your vulnerability to developing a lung ailment? Don

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the MAC & Bronchiectasis group.


Put ntmir in the search on YouTube. Skipping past the ads, I think it is 4th or 5th on the links.

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Thank you! I look forward to listening to them.


I thought I had replied to your comment, Thumper, but I don't see it so I probably messed up. Please excuse me if this is a repeat.

The decadent 60's and 70's when good, smart folks smoked, baked in the sun and did some other things that those if us old enough can remember and blush about. Ah, If we only knew then what we know now!

While smoking is linked to copd it is not a known cause of bronchiectasis although people with copd are subject to getting bronchiectasis as well. Researchers believe that most bronchiectasis is caused by gerd with no symptoms of heartburn or acid taste. During "silent gerd", stomach contents come up the esophagus and are aspirated into the lungs causing damage. Those contents may also have bacteria.

There are tests to find out if a bronchiectasis patient has silent gerd. Is so, the treatment is not eating 2-3 hours before lying down (so stomach is pretty empty), boiling drinking water and sleeping with shoulders to hips at a 40 degree angle.

Dr Huitt talks about these and other things but I see her ntm talk is still not available on their YouTube page. Ntmir (information and research) is a great source. They do webinaires with experts on all things related to ntm. One can subscribe on their website, and get notification of the webinaires as well as sign up. They also do an all day patient/physician forum every fall. It is coming up in November and I would guess that's when Falkinham will be talking.

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The ntmir website is found at There is a link to the videos on the site.

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