Marci Ballman & Sharon Kleyne Call For More Lung Education

Lungs Are Mostly Water Says Sharon Kleyne. Water Life Science® Creator Kleyne Talks Lung Health with Marci Ballman.

Marci Ballman, Ph.D. is a lung expert who works as the Montana Health Services Manager for the American Lung Association ( Recently, Ballman met with Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® to talk about challenges facing healthy lungs.

Kleyne, also the founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® and an internationally respected researcher of new water technology, is a global educator who teaches that the lungs are 80 percent to 85 percent water. Kleyne knows that lungs that are dehydrated as a result of over-evaporation will be unhealthy lungs. Ballman, who earned her Ph.D. at the University of Montana where she studied toxicology, neuroscience, brain toxicology and the respiratory system, agreed. “The lungs offer exchange interface between our environment (the atmosphere) and the body,” said Ballman. “Oxygen is distributed throughout the body through the blood after it is sent out by the lungs to do so.”

Kleyne, who believes that the lungs, lung education and lung health should be a top priority of educators teaching at all levels, noted that Ballman was especially active as a student studying children with asthma. After graduation, Ballman joined the American Lung Association and feels privileged to be working for one of the oldest, most successful non-profit organizations dedicated to health in the United States. “Many people don’t know this,” Ballman shared, “but the American Lung Association, at the turn of the 20th century, sold Christmas Seals to support tuberculosis research.”

Ballman identified the current top lung issue in the U.S. as asthma, both in children and adults. “One-in-ten children have asthma,” Ballman said, “and that number is even higher among poor children and children living in urban areas.”

Ballman also named Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD afflicts older people and used to be known by other names. Both chronic bronchitis and emphysema are considered to be COPD. There is even a condition now known as Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome, where chronic asthma sufferers eventually develop COPD. “The important thing to know about COPD,” Ballman said, “is that the lungs do not get better. Damage is permanent, so the goal is to limit the damage with medication and improve the quality of life.”

Kleyne pointed out that artificial environments created by air conditioning, forced air heating and insulated walls and windows can also negatively affect lung health and performance. Ballman agreed, adding that exposure to home product pollutants, certain kinds of mold and environmental contaminants only make respiratory illnesses worse. Too many people take their lungs for granted and should pay more attention to the conditions to which we expose them. “When you can’t breathe,” said Ballman, “nothing else matters.”


Do you have lung issues or COPD? If you would like to contact us with questions or your own insights and stories about lung disease and healthy lungs, you can do so at 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr We would love to hear from you. You can also listen to Sharon Kleyne’s radio interview with Marci Ballman, Ph.D. at

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