Taking our Breath Away…for Diagnostic Purposes
The yogi tells his practitioners, “Now, just breathe.” A breath, it turns out, is not just a breath, but a largely untapped repository for information about what’s transpiring in our bodies. After all, humans take approximately 20,000 breaths each day, so we exhale that many times as well.
Lung cancer, asthma, tuberculosis, radiation exposure, alcohol, liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease—turns out all may be measured in our breaths.
Putting New Tests to the Test
A student of breath analysis, Dr. Raed Dweik, director of the pulmonary vascular program at the Cleveland Clinic, says in the New York Times that fully understanding breath is challenging. Breathe and tell? Our exhalations reveal “recent snacks, medicines and even compounds inhaled from things like carpeting, upholstery or various kinds of air pollution.” Do we really want to share all that? Sure, if it helps us maintain a healthy, high quality of life.
Chances are physicians of the near future will add breath analysis to urinalysis during annual physical exams that incorporate such innovative principles of personalized healthcare. With extensive patient rosters and quick-as-a-wink appointments, however, the opportunity to contemplate appropriate diagnostics for patients is limited—unless the patient is in the care of a concierge medicine physician partnered with SignatureMD. The country’s leading concierge healthcare service company is dedicated to enhancing patients’ health and well-being by providing high quality, innovative and advanced personalized medicine.