27
Jan
2012

Blowing the Whistle on the Tobacco Industry: “Addiction Incorporated”

In this podcast we speak with  film director Charles Evans Jr. and Victor DeNoble. Mr. Evans is the director of Addiction Incorporated, a  documentary film which examines the story of Victor DeNoble and his efforts to expose information about the tobacco industry that would forever change the way the industry operates

In the 1980s, Mr. DeNoble was a research scientist at a major tobacco company where he was tasked with finding a safer form of nicotine that would not cause heart attacks. He succeeded but in the process produced something that the industry had been denying and avoiding for years, scientific evidence that nicotine was addictive. Instead of remaining silent, DeNoble became an important whistleblower—testifying before congress and setting off a chain of events that has had a profound effect on   laws regulating tobacco use.

As a lung health organization that spends a considerable amount of time on tobacco control and smoking cessation classes, we became very interested  in this film and are happy to have Mr. Evans and Mr. DeNoble with us on the Breathe California Educational Podcast Series.

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19
Jan
2012

Bhavani Kludt’s Story: How Yogic Practices Helped Me Manage My Asthma

In this podcast we  speak with an extraordinary woman who has used an age-old practice to reverse her asthma symptoms. Bhavani Kludt had been an asthma sufferer since early childhood. She recalls in one of her published papers how her mother would "fill the bathroom with steam to give her relief during her early years".

At 36, Bhavani began to practice yoga and eventually became a certified Integral Yoga Instructor. Upon discovering yoga, she also discovered and developed yogic practices to minimize her asthma episodes. She has taught workshops to hundreds of students throughout the bay area in an effort to help them understand how breathing techniques and gentle, simple postures can relieve some of their chronic asthma symptoms.

NOTE: In February, Bhavani will be featured in a video produced by Breathe California in which she will demonstrate some of the breathing practices and postures which have helped in coping with her asthma.
  

 

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