Ask Mark – March 2014

Ask Mark Brian from COPD Canada (www.copdcanada.ca) asks Mark if there are recommendations for indoor environments or air filter use for people with COPD. Mark advises, Indoor air quality is an ongoing and difficult issue that affects folks very individually. Where one lives, the local and immediate pollutants, allergens and weather seem to contribute much…

Ask Mark …November-2013

    Ask Mark … Corrine has Interstitial Lung Disease and asks if taking predni­ sone would be of help to her. Mark says, Interstitial Lung Disease is thankfully a slow­ progressing disease. The problem is that it affects oxygenation pretty significantly and does not have much in the way of curative medications available to…

Calling Dr. Bauer -November-2013

Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, I’ve been hospitalized with two COPD exacerbation events. I was treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are ineffectual against viral infections, are there no drugs to combat viruses?                                                                Jerry D. You ask a very good question about the cause and treatment of pulmon­ary infections in those with underlying lung disease.…

Ask Mark -July-2013

    Ask Mark Tom asks how low can you let your oxygen saturation drop before you get into trouble? Mark replies, That is a loaded question and not easily answered with a simple, straightforward response. A one­time drop in saturation will rarely cause any direct harm, in and of itself, as long as it…

Ask Mark … May 2013

Ask Mark … Gene from California comments he is continually losing weight and asks for Mark’s advice. Mark recommends, Daily calories you should consume are based on your age, sex and how active you are, but are approximately 1,800–2,200 per day. Those with COPD should consume up to 50% more calories per day to supply…