Why it's important to know about lung toxicity
One of the greatest contributors to air pollution is dust. When the soil is dry, pollens, fungi, bacteria and other pathogens settle in and are released into the environment in windy weather. These pathogens are not normally airborne so our bodies are rarely exposed to them. When they do become airborne due to the wind, we are exposed and although we may not get sick, we might feel fatigued. This is a sign that our body is fighting toxicity. When we inhale these pathogens, our sinuses respond by trapping them with mucus. This is only a temporary fix so that the toxins do not enter further into the body. However, the down side is that the toxins can accumulate and stay in the sinuses for long periods of time, unless the sinuses are properly cleaned out.
My wife is a classic case of this scenario. When she was eight years old, living in Mexico, she suffered from an excess of mucus that was being stored in her sinuses and lungs. She tested positive for pollen and dust allergies. Eventually, she had to have an invasive procedure to vacuum out the mucus from her lungs. When she moved to a small, cleaner suburb in the United States her symptoms disappeared and only reappeared during the spring.
If you live in a large city, chances are you are exposed to carbon dioxide and other chemicals released by cars, trucks, refineries and factories every day. When I lived in Italy, I had a friend who was told by his doctor that he needed to stop smoking if wanted to be in better health. The guy had never smoked a cigarette in his life! Rome, like many cities around the world, is heavily polluted and the air is making people toxic. A friend of my wife’s family died of lung cancer. She also never smoked a day in her life, but she lived in a suburb of Mexico City, one of the largest and most polluted cities in the world.
While my family was living in Houston, my mother suffered painful skin reactions: severe burning sensation, redness and dryness. We took her to many doctors and one them suggested that we move her out of the Houston area. Sure enough, her symptoms disappeared once we moved to California.
The best way to detox is by doing both of the following daily for 4-5 weeks:
1. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, pour the water onto a large container and place a few drops of sage oil or eucalyptus oil. Place face over the steam at a safe distance and place a towel over head. Breathe deep for as long as possible or until there is no steam left. Discard water.
2. Cleanse the sinuses with saline water. We highly recommend the Nasaline syringe to cleanse. We have personally used it and find it to be the least expensive, least messy and most effective way to clear the sinuses.
If you still have symptoms, seek medical help.