About this blog:
A Breath of Reason was created for the Cystic Fibrosis community as a resource to inform patients and their families about the safety and efficacy of many holistic treatments offered under the guise of integrative medicine. It is not a CF awareness blog, there are enough of those. I write about topics that I frequently see or hear about in CF forums, especially the ones that promote dubious claims. I will also post about skepticism, advocacy, and general health assertions. I care about fellow CFers, I care about science education. I want everyone to have the opportunity to get a well-researched point of view from someone who’s not trying to sell them something and better yet, to have the tools to critically analyze an “alternative” therapy option and interpret its validity for themselves. Hopefully, readers will find the information on this website helpful, trustworthy, and professional.
I am a mother, a wife, and a nature lover, living with cystic fibrosis. I am also a skeptic. I started this blog as a way to offer science-based refutations for other CF patients and their loved ones to refer to when swimming through the sea of misinformation flowing around the internet, TV media, bookshelves and health stores claiming to better your health in one way or another. Some claims are overblown, some are misrepresented, and some are just plain hoaxes or old wives’ tales. Still yet, some are not well-understood enough to say one way or another. But I do my best to provide clear explanations and expert opinions. I’m not a scientist, but I do have a good sense of logic, an un-dying curiosity, and a passion for spreading good, well-researched, reliable information. Everything I write here is the accepted consensus to the best of my knowledge. I will always cite my sources, and when new evidence becomes available, I will update this page as appropriate. If you come across a claim that seems too easy or too good to be true, and it’s not covered here, please write to me; if I don’t know about it, I will find an expert or two who does.
As a standard disclaimer, nobody should ever rely on the internet for health advice. Nothing I write here should be taken as medical counsel. If you are considering adding to, altering, or stopping any of your regular prescribed therapies, always talk to your physician to discuss your individual treatment plan beforehand.
Please check out the links in my ‘Skeptic’s Toolbox’ to review the most common logical fallacies, pseudoscience red-flags, and other general rules of thumb to remember when evaluating any claim.
Knowledge is Power!