January 22, 2018

Hitting the Beach

SurfingSurfing isn't just a sport or hobby for Caleb Remington who hits the beach every opportunity he gets. It's a new treatment for patients suffering from debilitating illness. Nearly 30,000 Americans suffer from cystic fibrosis which causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive track making it difficult to breathe and break down food. The ocean helps him with breathing.

Patients undergo a rigorous routine including breathing treatments twice a day in a vest that fills with air to help break up the mucus in the chest. Research has shown that the salty mist can help break up thick mucus in the lungs. Cystic fibrosis patients living near the beach should take advantage of the natural health benefits found in saltwater air.

Surf camps are held for kids suffering from the disease by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Orange County. Parents say it is a god-send.

Caleb Remington moved from Illinois to California to discover the ocean air and says surfing is a way to overcome the disease while waiting for a cure.