Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Surfers Help Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

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The Mauli Ola Foundation in Laguna Beach, California, naturally treats people with cystic fibrosis by teaching them how to surf.
Researchers have found that the ocean’s salt water helps to clear and open up patients’ lungs that are clogged by thick mucous. And while surfing might not be a cure, Australian doctors discovered that cystic fibrosis patients who surfed breathed better than those who did not, according to the Associated Press.
World champion surfer Josh Baxter volunteers with Mauli Ola and helped teach the (local kids with cystic fibrosis) how to surf. “They’re spitting up their mucous. I mean, I’m out there going, ‘Hey, cough it up man. No shame,’” Baxter told the Associated Press.

The Mauli Ola Foundation began as a group of surfers who banded together to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with cystic fibrosis. Since 2007, Mauli Ola has taken nearly 1,300 CF patients surfing at nearly 100 Surf Experience Days and has now expanded it’s reach with hospital visits and other activities that touch the lives of kids with cancer and a variety of other health challenges. have cystic fibrosis.

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