Cystic fibrosis, or CF, is a genetic life-threatening disease that affects over 30,000 Americans. It is a genetic defect that effects both the respiratory and digestive systems. A thick and sticky mucus builds up in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe deeply. Patients experience drastic amounts of coughing and difficulty breathing because of this mucus build up. Mucus also builds up in the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and digest food, therefore affecting the digestive system.
Currently, there is no cure for cystic fibrosis patients, therefore rigorous treatment methods are used to remedy symptoms of this deadly disease. Not too long ago, researchers in Australia discovered that their "surfing patients" felt significantly better than the "nonsurfers" in their clinic. They looked into this phenomenon and concluded that surfing does, indeed, improve the lives of CF patients. The salt water inhaled while surfing lubricates the lungs to prevent the thick mucus build up. This allows patients to experience deep breaths, a simple task that is rare for people with cystic fibrosis.
Due to the marvelous discovery of surfing's remedy towards cystic fibrosis, patients are able to enjoy their treatments. A daily dose of surfing treats the deadly disease of cystic fibrosis.
Unfortunately, many CF patients are unable to have access to a beach and all the gear necessary to surf, but fortunately, a clinical medicine has been created because of surfing's effect on CF. A hypertonic saline solution is now being administered to CF patients across the country to treat CF. The hypertonic saline solution provides a similar remedy as surfing because it lubriates the lungs to prevet mucus build up, just as surfing does.
Surfing is the only sport that has a physical remedy to a life threatening disease and every cystic fibrosis patient should be aware of this wonderful news so they too may experience an enjoyable and productive form of treatment.