Whenever we go to the doctor and we are sick, they check almost everything except our breath. Our breath is a clear indicator of many things. For example, according to the physicists at Radboud University Nijmegen, their experiments have shown a concentration of acetone in breath as a suitable marker for fat burning during physical activity. They conducted their study on individuals who were walkers. The individuals were participating in a four day walk in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In healthy people, when we exercise, our bodies use sugar first from food as a source of energy. Then the body will obtain the necessary energy by burning fat if there isn’t enough sugar available. Fifty-one people participated in the four day march and the participants were asked to exhale into a one liter balloon twice a day, once when they began the walk, and then at the end. The healthy walkers as well as the Type I diabetics both saw an increase of the acetone in their breath. The important part of this study was that the participants could eat or drink whatever they liked. It was an uncontrolled setting, but when we exercise, we are all basically in an uncontrolled setting. The physicists hope to one day figure out how we as individuals can measure our acetone in our breath. It’s an interesting study, because our breath can tell us many things. One time in Ireland when I was sick, my son took me to the doctors. My regular doctor was not available so I went to an urgent care in Dublin. The doctor examined me and then called in my son. You all know the test they do to listen to your breathing with their stethoscope. Well, when my son came into the examining room, the doctor told him that my breath indicated I had pneumonia. We left immediately for the hospital and sure enough I had pneumonia. He was an excellent doctor. In the Good Gus series, Dr. Moore, whom I named after another excellent doctor I knew, could tell anything by your breath even with limited equipment. The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. If you feel out of breath from all your activities, ask your doctor to check your breath for indications of any type of condition. While sitting in the waiting room, remember to bring your tablet so you can read “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.