Posted by Debra MacIntyre, ND on November 18, 2016
Did You Know?
Wildfires continue to burn in north Ga, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Because of our dry conditions, we could be dealing with smoke from these fires for a while. Wildfires contain a combination of particles (the part we can see) and gasses (invisible, but dangerous). Several of these gasses interfere with your body's ability to use oxygen, which can put a huge stress on your entire system. The particles cause irritation to your tissues and an immune response.
We don't usually have to deal with wildfires here, but thanks to several colleagues in the west who deal with this regularly, I have an arsenal of tips to help you minimize the effects of the smoke. Here's a picture of the smoke in metro Atlanta taken on Nov 10th.
Who's at risk?
Everyone. Even if you don't feel any symptoms, you should pay attention to protecting yourself from the damage that is occurring. Particularly vulnerable to symptoms are children, the elderly and those with any chronic health condition.
What symptoms might I see?
Some symptoms make sense... itchy, burning and watery eyes, irritated sinuses, scratchy throats and coughing.
Some symptoms might surprise you.... worsening of any autoimmune condition, rapid heartbeat, headaches, fatigue, and joint pain.
What can I do to protect myself?
First of all, you want to stay indoors as much as possible, being sure doors and windows stay closed. (This one is so hard with our beautiful fall temperatures! But resist the temptation.)
Secondly, don't add any other particulates to the air. Don't light candles, burn a fire in the fireplace, hang out around cigarette smoke, cook food over high heat, and my personal favorite, avoid vacuuming!
Next, keep from bringing in smoke when you must be outside. Change your clothes and shower when you come in. Same for your pets... wipe them down with a damp cloth when they come in. And now is a good time to change your air filter. Change it again after the fires are out and the smoke is gone.
Finally, use these foods and remedies to help.
Drink a glass of water with Vit C powder (I prefer Power Pak, but Emergen C will work) with liquid chlorophyll 2-3 times a day. This helps your blood to carry more oxygen and also helps you detox gently. Take 5,000 IU of Vit D3 (adult) or 800-1,000 IU for kids every day until the smoke is gone.
Drink plenty of water. And since you want the water to stay in your system more and keep your mucous membranes damp, eat cooked oatmeal and (can you believe I'm going to say this?!) consume some dairy products. We actually want to support mucous production in your body right now, and dairy will do that. Of course, if you are allergic or sensitive, skip these foods.
Eat soups and steamed greens.
Avoid hot spices, because they can encourage inflammation.
Irrigate your sinuses with a saline rinse. You can use a bulb syringe or a nette pot. Remember, you want to assist your body to get this stuff out, so unclogging the sinuses (our first filter) is extremely helpful. Use a little coconut oil rubbed into your nose to keep it from drying out.
If your lungs are affected, try a castor oil pack over the lung area in the evening.
Additional remedies available from our office
We can supply you with a homeopathic combination remedy to help you detox the toxins and support sinuses and lungs. Additionally, if your lungs are affected, we have a fantastic Chinese herbal formula that can work miracles! Give us a call at 770-817-8028 if you'd like us to ship you these.
Please share this with anyone you know who could benefit! Pray for the firefighters who are working hard to contain these blazes.
And feel free to contact me if you have any questions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
This should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway: I am not a medical doctor and nothing in this newsletter should be taken as medical advice. Discuss all medical issues with your own MD.