3 Mar 2010
The Lung Flute .
A really elegant solution to Obstructive Pulmonary phlegm .
A special flute vibrating at 16 Hz dissolves phlegm to be removed by cilia or easy coughing .
Useful for flu , colds , emphysema or chronic bronchitis .
PopularScience Dec 2009 p32 "The pied piper of mucus" by the inventor Sandy Hawkins .
Cost US$40 .
In use in Japan , Europe , Canada . US FDA approval pending (or already done)
Time needed : time for 20 puffs of air.
Any body who has seen any family member die of emphysema will want one . (Emphysema has inheritable components) .
But it will work just as well for ordinary colds and flu's , instead of expectorants , and cost less . Hypertension patients note .
The principle can be easily expanded into a bio-feedback device that diagnosis and treats at the same time by blowing into the Flute .
Any level of Lab-on-a-chip and electronic diagnostics can be loaded as per price .
Slightly varying resonant frequencies should be able to break up phlegm caused by smoking or pollutant particles (eg diesel) .
Pan and his pipes are usually assiociated with drinking . It seems somehow fitting that smoking should be included .
Really large market .
In heavily polluted areas , it would be more profitable to play the Lung Flute and hydrate heavily than wear ineffective masks .
A sign of the times , when the Lung Flute makes it into the top twenty .
Hats off to Sandy Hawkins .
A really , really elegant solution .
I wish I had thought of it .