Posted date : Dec 13, 2019.
In an article written by J. Ross Quigley, a comment was made, “One clinical test showed that lungs were 95% normal in two years.” Also stated was that the lungs heal after stopping smoking. I agree that there is some healing with proper treatment, but there is no way that lungs will heal to the degree stated above after smoking for 50 years, or even 20 years. I did a complete search of medical literature and could not find any reference to the study stated. I think that Mr. Quigley is quite right in the rest of his comments as regards smoking and I congratulate him on stopping.
Desmond Leen, MD
Ed.: I must say that I went looking for the article, too, prior to printing the last issue. I could not find it either. This clinical test was from many years ago and, as I remember, it was a joint study between the University of Manitoba and the University of Michigan. All I know for sure is that, as I approach age 75, my lungs are fine with no sign of COPD or the other nasty lung problems. I think, and hope, it works.