MY YEARS OF PERSONAL RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THIS TRUTH!- THE ACRONYM-C.O.P.D, WHICH STANDS FOR CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE IN MEDICAL CIRCLES, SHOULD BE CHANGED TO-C.O.L.D- WHICH BETTER DESCRIBES THE LUNG CONDITIONS WHICH CAUSES THE OBSTRUCTION OF LUNG FUNCTION. THE GENERAL PUBLIC READILY UNDERSTANDS WHAT-CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE LUNG DISEASE MEANS, BUT THEY OFTEN HAVE DIFFICULTY KNOWING WHAT THE WORD-PULMONARY-REFERS TO. READ MORE BELOW FROM MY NEW BOOK- DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSIONS AND CONDITIONS….

EXCERPT FROM (c) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSIONS – BY RAS CARDO.

WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE- AND FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE

ASK THE ORDINARY MAN IN THE STREET- WHAT THE WORD -PULMONARY -MEANS AND YOU ARE LIKELY TO GET ANSWERS SO DIVERSE AND SO ARCANE THAT WILL MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN.

ASK THE ORDINARY MAN/WOMAN WHAT IS MEANT BY -LUNGS- AND WHERE IN THE BODY THEY ARE LOCATED, AND MOST WILL GET THE CORRECT ANSWER.

I WILL SAY THIS, MODERN MEDICINE HAS NOT TRIED TO MAKE ITS PRACTICES READILY UNDERSTANDABLE BY THE AVERAGE MAN/WOMAN.

IN AN AGE AND TIME WHEN THE TECHNOLOGY IN MEDICINE IS MOVING SO FAST, MEDICINE ITSELF HAS FORGOTTEN THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMMON MAN/WOMAN .

FOR THOSE WHO ARE POOR AND WHO MAY LACK A GOOD EDUCATION, OR FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK A LANGUAGE NOT ENGLISH, THIS POSES A HARDSHIP TO THEM IN MEDICAL PRACTICE.

HERE IN AMERICA, OUR HEALTH SYSTEMS ARE FAR FROM MAKING THIS FEAR AND CONFUSION IN MEDICAL PRACTICE LESS THREATENING. IN FACT, IT IS GETTING WORSE.

LISTEN: MOST PEOPLE NOT ONLY WANT TO HEAR WHAT THEY ARE LIVING WITH, BUT  ALSO WHAT THEY ARE DYING FROM, AND MODERN MEDICINE IS NOT IN KEEPING WITH THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE IT SUPPOSED TO SERVE.

TOO MANY IN THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE HAS LIED TO THE PEOPLE, AND CONTINUES TO DO SO WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR BEING BETTER SERVED.  THIS INCLUDES PROFESSIONALS AT ALL LEVELS. NONE CAN DENY THAT THE SYSTEMS ARE CORRUPT.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WHICH MAKES MY TRUTH STATEMENT- THE LIFE OF THE POOR MAN IS EITHER MISERABLY LONG OR TRAGICALLY SHORT.

WE HEAR ABOUT THE DRUG COMPANIES WITH THEIR-OUT OF THE REACH- PRICES. WE HEAR ABOUT PHYSICIANS MOVING TO MORE LUCRATIVE AREAS WHERE THEY CAN MAKE MONEY FOR THEIR SERVICES. WE HEAR ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE POOR AND LIVING IN THE INNER CITIES WHO ARE LEFT WITHOUT PROPER MEDICAL CARE.

BUT WE HARDLY HEAR ABOUT THE INNER PATIENT ENCOUNTERS OF THE HEALTH SYSTEMS, UNTIL SOMEONE DIES AND A LAW SUIT HAS BEGUN.

PATIENT EDUCATION AS A PUBLIC CONCERN, IS LEFT BEHIND IN THE -RACE FOR PROFIT HEALTH SYSTEMS WE HAVE IN NORTH AMERICA. I KNOW THAT THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO ALL THE SYSTEMS, BUT IT IS PERVASIVE ENOUGH TO CAUSE MANY TO HAVE SUBSTANDARD CARE OR NONE AT ALL.

TO KNOW WHAT I KNOW, AND TO SAY WHAT I CAN SAY IN TRUTH ABOUT ALL THIS, YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE SOMEONE WHO HAS WORKED THE SYSTEMS FOR YEARS.

LET ME GO DIRECTLY INTO WHAT I MEAN ABOUT- C.O.P.D AND C.O.L.D.

THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY ISSUES I WILL TELL YOU ABOUT AT THIS TIME SINCE A GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICANS ARE DYING FROM OBSTRUCTIVE LUNG CONDITIONS AND YOU DO NOT HEAR THIS ON THE MEDIA , LOCAL OR MAJOR.

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO TREAT AND TO SERVE THOSE WITH THE DISABLING ILLNESSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LUNG CONDITIONS WHICH OBSTRUCT THEIR BREATHING AND HENCE QUALITY OF LIFE.

NOT BEING ABLE TO BREATHE SMOOTHLY IS A MOST FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCE. THE ANXIETY ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOSS OF BREATH IS NOTHING TO PLAY WITH.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PATIENT DYING FROM THE END STAGES OF A LUNG OBSTRUCTED DISEASE?

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PATIENT DYING FROM A PULMONARY EDEMA AS A RESULT OF HEART FAILURE, COR PULMONALE, OR AN END STAGE RENAL DISEASE?

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN PATIENTS WITH ASTHMA, BUT HAVE YOU SEEN A PATIENT DYING FROM- STATUS ASTHMATICUS?

NOT BEING ABLE TO BREATHE FROM AN OBSTRUCTIVE LUNG IS A GRAVE CAUSE FOR CONCERN. I HOPE THIS BRINGS THE AWARENESS TO ALL WHO READ HERE.

WHEN THE LUNGS ARE IMPEDED IN ANY WAY BY DISEASE, THEY STRUGGLE TO SUPPLY US WITH THE LIFE SAVING OXYGEN NEEDED FOR OUR BRAINS TO KEEP ALIVE AS WELL AS OUR HEART AND OTHER BODILY FUNCTIONS.

MY AREA OF SERVICE PRIMARILY BELONGS TO THE RADIOLOGY SPECIALTY, AND ANYONE IN RADIOLOGY WILL TELL YOU THAT THE MOST REQUESTED X-RAY EXAMINATION IS THE CHEST X-RAY.

TO THE AVERAGE PATIENT, THE WORD -PULMONARY- CAUSES CONFUSION, UNLESS, OF COURSE IF THEY HAVE REASON TO KNOW WHAT IT TRULY MEANS.

I HAVE COME TO KNOW OVER THE YEARS THAT THE ACRONYM-C.O.L.D- BEST DESCRIBES WHAT THE PATIENT CAN AND WILL REMEMBER ABOUT THEIR HEALTH CONDITIONS. CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE LUNG DISEASE IS A MORE FITTING WAY TO SPEAK OF THIS CONDITION.

I WILL GO FURTHER TO SAY THAT IN THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES ( ICD-9, OR NOW ICD-10) THE CPT/HPCPS AND CODING PRACTICES SHOULD REFLECT THIS.

THE TRUTH IS THIS: ANY DISEASE OR PROCESS WHICH CAUSES OBSTRUCTION TO THE NORMAL FUNCTIONING OF THE LUNGS SHOULD BE CALLED AN OBSTRUCTIVE LUNG PROCESS. THIS IS THE MEANING THAT ALL CAN UNDERSTAND AND ITS ALL TRUE.

LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR TO ALL WHO READ THIS, THAT THERE ARE REASONS BASED ON MEDICALLY SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WHY THE CHEST X-RAY IS THE MOST REQUESTED RADIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION. MOST DISEASES WILL IN TIME SHOW THEIR MANIFESTATION IN THE LUNGS.

CANCER WHICH BEGINS ELSEWHERE IN THE BODY WILL ALMOST ALWAYS SHOW UP OR METASTASIZE TO THE LUNGS CAUSING OBSTRUCTION.

THE MANY LUNG DISEASES SUCH AS- ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS, PNEUMONIA, SARCOID, ASBESTOSIS, PNEUMOCONIOSIS, AND SEVERAL LUNG INJURIES RESULTING FROM TRAUMA ETC WILL IN SOME WAY CAUSE THE LUNGS TO BECOME OBSTRUCTED.

PULMONARY PROCESSES, WHILE MEDICALLY REFERRING TO THE LUNGS, COULD ALSO MEAN SPECIFICALLY THE PULMONARY VESSELS(VENOUS AND ARTERIAL) THE BRONCHIAL TUBES, AS WELL AS THOSE CONDITIONS NOT CAUSING ANY LUNG OBSTRUCTION.

THE AVERAGE MAN/WOMAN MUST NOT BE BURDENED BY THE MEDICAL TERMINOLOGIES OF OLD, AND DOCTORS HAVE NOT DONE A GOOD JOB IN EXPLAINING TO THE PATIENTS IN A SIMPLIFIED MANNER AS TO WHAT CERTAIN TERMS MEANS.

A PATIENT WHO IS TO HAVE- A PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST- SHOULD NOT BE WORRIED, AMIDST HIS/HER EXISTING ANXIETY AS TO WHAT ALL THAT MEANS. TELLING THEM THAT IT IS A TEST OF THEIR LUNG CAPACITY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

GROSS FAILURE TO WARN AND TO ADEQUATELY INFORM PATIENTS HAS BEEN A MOST PERVASIVE PRACTICE IN MEDICINE.

MY BOOK- DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSIONS- WILL TELL YOU MORE ON SEVERAL OF THESE AND OTHER ISSUES.

I SPEAK- SALUS POPLULI- FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE. I AM, RAS CARDO FROM TRENCH TOWN. (c) RAS CARDO SPEAKS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

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