Category Archives: Respiratory

COPD and Music

This may be something to look into.  If you have COPD or know someone who does, picking up the harmonica may be very beneficial to you.


Recently, “Star Trek’s Mr. Spock died of a disease many people probably never heard of — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
The actor, Leonard Nimoy, was one of more than 11 million Americans suffering from the chronic lung disease. There is no cure for COPD, but some patients at a Colorado clinic have found that a certain type of music is good medicine.”

“Treatments for COPD include rehabilitation, such as playing the harmonica.
“The harmonica playing is so good for our lungs, and not only just playing the harmonica — but the laughing, the support we get from each another,” Schmied said.
The Harmonicats are half musical group, half support group, but fully committed to breathing easier. They do some concerts, but mostly they play and laugh and leave feeling like, despite their lung issues, they can do anything.”

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