Monday, February 16, 2009


Did you catch this story? Researchers have shown that playing the harmonica on a regular basis can help people with chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema. The good folks at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood told CBS4's Cynthia Demos it really works and it's fun. The hospital is now offering classes in harmonica for its patients.

According to Science Daily, "The repeated pattern of pushing air from the lungs into the instrument, and then sucking air back into the lungs helps patients learn to control and boost their breathing."

It makes sense. So if you're suffering from bronchitis or emphysema or your mojo just ain't working properly grab your blues harp and play along with Sonny Boy Williamson II, joined here by Otis Spann and Muddy Waters. Get well soon.


Adam Woog said...

In the same vein: I've heard of at least one pro saxophonist who took up his instrument to strengthen his lung capacity after a bout with polio.

Bob Rini said...

Sax, too! They could have one swingin' hospital!