The airways in the lungs close during an asthma attack
Warning: Always take your medication as prescribed by your medical practitioner.
What happens when you have an asthma attack
When you experience an asthma attack, the airways in your lungs contract, that is, get smaller and tighter. This makes it harder for the air to get in and out. The airways become inflamed and fill with mucous. This mucous blocks the airways even more.
Why do your airways contract?
Your airways are more likely to contract when you are anxious, have a viral infection or are exposed to allergens. Allergens are something that upsets your system. Your reaction to the allergens is a tightening of your airways.
There are many allergens that can affect people. They can be specific or varied. You may react only to one thing, or you may react to many different things. Everybody id different.
If your immune system is lowered you are more likely to react to more and more triggers.
Some common triggers are pollen, smoke, dust, chemicals, cold air, latex or aspirin. Find out your own triggers and avoid them if you can.
How to Boost your Health
By boosting your immune system and general overall health hopefully you will be able to say goodbye to asthma.
Take a Magnesium supplement. Magnesiun is known as 'the great relaxer'. It relaxes the muscles and vessels in your body. By having a plentiful supply of magnesium in your body, the muscles and airways are relaxed, not tight and ever on the alert for the nect thing that will come along to trigger a reaction. Very many people do not have enough magnesium in their body because our diet does not supply it any more.
It is generally recommended to take at least 400mg of magnesium daily. Take this in divided doses. One in the morning and one at night.
Vitamin C is another important natural remedy. It is an antioxidant. Our bodies do not make Vitamin C. Guinea pigs are also not able to make vitamin C and need a replacement. All other mammals can produce their own vitamin C. Who would have thought we had a similarity to a guinea pig?
Selenium is a mineral, a trace element and another important supplement. We need very little of trace elements in our body, but we still need them. Take up to 200mcg. Notice this is mcg which means micrograms. It is a much smaller quantity than milligrams. Check any other vitamin/mineral mix you may be taking as selenium is dangerous if you take too much. 200 mcg is enough. Selenium is also good for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME or any other immune system illness.
Other articles that you may find interesting about asthma
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Asthma and Magnesium
Asthma and Tissue Salts
Mould can bring on Asthma
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Use environmentally friendly cleaners
Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
Water Bi-carbonate of Soda Vinegar
The best thing to use to clean is water. We are very lucky in our Western society that we have clean water and enough water to be able to clean with.
Add to this Bi-carbonate of soda, or often called carb
soda. You will fine bi-carbonate of soda readily available in the supermarket. It is not expensive.
Who should use Environmentally Friendly Products?
If you care for the environment of our world, EVERYBODY should use these products.
I know most people are hoodwinked by the big chemical companies who make all the cleaning products. After all these products have pretty labels, pretty colours and pretty perfumes (to some).
However there are some people who definitely should use any natural products. These are people with allergies, asthma, hay fever, eczema, a weakened immune system, any illness, especially major illness and any parents with young children. The elderly also come in this group, also people in
Why would you want to submit your baby or toddler or young school age child to chemicals in their surrounding? Their young body is just forming. They do not need to be riddled with chemicals in their system. If you keep your young children safe from chemicals as much as you can while they are at home, which is probably up to 16 hours a day, they will be better able to withstand to the onslaught when they are at school.
You are the guardian of your young child! Take care.
For marks that just will not move with water, sprinkle on some carb soda then rub with a damp cloth. Repeat if needed. If this does not move them, pour vinegar over them, let it sit for a while. Wipe off. If the stain is still there, reapply the carb soda.
For a sparkling sink, sprinkle carb soda onto a damp cloth and scrub the sink. Use an old toothbrush around the drain. Scrub down into the pipe of the drain with your toothbrush too. It's amazing what gunk attaches itself to the inside of this pipe. Keeping it clean can help eliminate odours. Pour carb soda down the drain then pour some vinegar down after it. It will bubble up. This is okay. This will also help loosen the gunk in the drain. Rinse clean.
As for the bench, use water and dishwashing detergent. Add carb soda to get off the
Now, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES USE PROPRIETARY OVEN CLEANERS. They are dangerous stuff for people with allergies. Have the oven warm, not hot. Sprinkle the base of the oven with carb soda then pour on some vinegar. When the two mix together they will bubble. This is okay. mix these into paste on the floor of the oven and leave for an hour or so. The gunk will be softened and will come off more
easily. Repeat as often as needed.
One lady I know lost her voice totally for weeks every time she used oven cleaners, or when she went near new carpet.
My Favourite Environmentally Friendly Cleaner
My favourite cleaner is a little hand held steamer. All it uses is water which is heated to boiling point. When water boils it becomes steam. Steam kills off bacteria and cleans amazingly with NO CHEMICALS.
Hand held steam cleaners are not expensive and in my view, worth using. They are environmentally friedly, using no chemicals.
Deodorants smell strongly of perfumes
People with allergies and chemical sensitivities can be mildly to severely affected by perfumes. I have written a lot about where perfumes hide in our lives in the precious article.
Ways to Eliminate Perfumes from our Lives
You cannot do anything about everybody else's perfume load, but you can start with yourself, the people in your home and everything in your home. You have this power. Make use of it.
Go through any products you use to perfume your body. At this time in your life you will probably not be able to smell the perfumes. We get used to the things around us and turn off from them. Our senses get overloaded and we do not even realise that some products have a perfume. We are just so used to them. When your sense of smell has been awakened, you will gradually notice that some things have a strong perfume that you never noticed before.
So, to eliminate your personal perfumes and body sprays, collect them all. If you cannot bring yourself to throw them out, seal them in a couple of plastic bags and place them out of the house, maybe store them in the garage. Don't give them away to a friend because, guess what, you will meet your friend and she may be wearing the products you gave her. Sorry guys for just referring to women, but the same goes to you too.
No 2 Bathroom
Go to your bathroom and read the labels of all your shampoos, conditioners, deodorants and soaps. If they are not perfume free or unscented, ditch them too.
Depending on your health, you may decide to use them up, then replace them with unscented products. This is up to you.
Now ladies, look at your cosmetics. I'm sure they will smell pretty (after all, the cosmetic companies want you to buy their products). Again, look for alternative products. Remember the face creams, hand cream and sun cream. Some of these have really strong perfumes.
Men, check out your deodorant especially that spray stuff, it's deadly. When I was very ill with allergies, a young male visitor sprayed some deodorant rooms away. I smelt it in seconds. These things travel in the air, and you would be surprised how quickly and how far they travel. Remember shaving cream, if used, and especially after shave splash.
No 3 Kitchen
Check out the kitchen. Especially look at your dishwashing detergent. This often reeks with chemical perfume. Get rid of it. I think this is one of the most deadly things. When you squirt it into the sink full of hot water, what happens. The hot water steams up into your face. What does it carry with it? The ghastly chemical perfume. Look for natural, environmentally friendly products that are perfume free.
If you have a dishwasher, what are you using in it? Some of these products are very strongly perfumes. Find one you can tolerate.
No 4 Laundry
Now, just walking down the supermarket aisles of laundry powders is enough to send anybody reeling with the smell of chemical perfumes. Don't kid yourself that any kind company would waste 100 time the amount in cost to perfume their products with real aromatherapy oils just for you. It just wouldn't happen. Besides, real aromatherapy oil evaporates, disappears, and does not last. Chemical perfumes last on and on. You just can't get rid of the smell of them.
So dump your perfumed powders or liquids, or again, depending on your health, use them up and replace them with unscented, unperfumed products. You, and all your family will be healthier and happier.
Good luck on your endeavours.
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Perfumes are mostly made from chemicals
People with allergies are often affected by perfumes. Perfumes may once have been thought of as the scented waters that women applied to themselves to make themselves smell pretty.
With the growth of the Perfume and Cosmetic industries there is now a vast array of perfumes.
Once perfumes were made from real flowers. These sweet smelling flowers were then able to be distilled and the oil of the flower was collected. This is now used as aromatherapy oil. It can be used to make perfume, but most perfumes today are made with chemicals. So probably the perfume you adore has been made in the laboratory with chemicals.
Where Perfumes can be Found
Perfumes can be found throughout our society today. They abound in the workplace, wherever people gather, and especially in the home. They are in
Places to Avoid
Super market aisles near laundry powders and cleaners, cosmetics and sugar.
Groups of people early in the morning.
I know you are going to you are going to say 'What? Has she gone mad?' But here's the reason.
What do most of us do when we get up in the morning? Have a shower with nice smelling soap, wash our hair with perfumed shampoo and conditioner, dry ourselves with fabric softened towels, use deodorant. Ladies may put on perfumed face cream, sun cream or cosmetics and perfume. Men may apply shaving cream or after shave lotion, maybe some hair gel. When they they walk out of the bathroom they are fresh and FULL of chemicals. When a group of these people get together it can spell disaster for the chemically sensitive.
Where would these people be? At church, on trains and buses and at work.
What to do about it?
Find out my suggestions in my next article.
This display board is made from MDF but well sealed
Health Risks of MDF
Medium Density Fibreboard, or MDF for short, is the wooden product many artists use when they paint in folk art style, Tole painting or Decorative painting.
It is a manufactured wood product containing chemicals that may be hazardous to humans.
The original wood is finely powdered then bonded together with resins and bonding agents. It may also be made retardant to fire, water or atains - with chemicals.
Toxic Chemicals are a Major Health Risk
The main chemical used to form the MDF is formaldehyde.
Symptoms experienced by different people from MDF are
Toxic chemicals are often considered carcinogens, that is, cancer causing agents.
Other Uses for MDF
MDF is often used in building these days too. I was told by medical professionals involved in Environmental Medicine 17 years ago that MDF gives off gases from the chemicals used to make it, for about 30 years.
MDF should never be burnt in a fire, especially an indoor fireplace, because of the chemicals it gives off.
When Artists paint on this board, they also do a lot of sanding. This fine dust can get in your lungs producing irritation and asthma. Always use a mask when sanding this wood.
Children and MDF
Don't use MDF board around children or in their bedrooms. They spend a lot of time in their bedrooms sleeping and playing and they are breathing in the toxic gases all the time. Young children are readily susceptible to chest infection. You don't want to aggravate this.
Increasingly articles of furniture are made from MDF. Kitchen cupbards and shelving are among the myriad items created from MDF. The powdered dust that is the result of cutting and sanding this board are also dangerous. If you are in this industry, make sure to wear a mask. It is better to wear a mask now than to die of lung disease later on.
Sense or No Sense?
Recently I was in a factory where they made furniture. A man was spraying a piece of wooden furniture with varnish (chemical of course). He had on a mask, however the mask was keeping his neck warm instead of covering his mouth and nose!
People with Chemical sensitivities can be allergic to paint
Allergies and Paint
I LOVED to paint. It was my life. If you read my book, Allergies and Chronic Fatigue A Natural Approach, you will know that from a very young age I have been fascinated with painting, whether it is transforming and beautifying a door or wall or decorating a canvas, piece of paper or some wood.
Throughout my book you will see that every time I was exposed to paint from childhood, I became very ill. We now know this as chemical allergies.
Modern paint is full of chemicals. Goodness knows what they were full of in the 'Old' days. I passed my thirties a good while ago.
Paint contains a good dose of chemicals including toluene and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are BAD for people with allergies to chemicals.
My Painting Career
For many years I painted - artistically - up to 12 hours a day with artists acrylics. I would not use artists oil paints as the brushes had to be cleaned in turpentine - another strong smelling chemical. One video I watched of an artist explaining how to paint even used petrol to clean his brushes!!!!!
Now I thought I could get away with these tubes of acrylic paints. After all it said on the plastic tube 'Non toxic'. Mmmm. To whom?
I painted folk art style and still love this simplistic version of painting. This style is often painted on wood or tin. The background has to be painted first. Here come the larger quantities of paint. Get the picture?
I also used to mix large quantities of background colour for my students - I taught painting for years too. Painting classes were a delight for me but I found that going home after a couple of classes I was totally drained. I had been exposed to paint from 12 students for 5 hours.
Well eventually my chemical allergies all came to a head and I ended up in bed - for years. But here I am.
My style of painting has changed a lot over the years, as happens. I used watercolour paint for a while as very little paint or pigment is used. It is different to acrylic paints. Now I can use acrylics again, but I will never use them to the extent of before.
If you have chemical sensitivities be careful with acrylic artist's paint too. It is not only the paint in the tubes but the tubes themselves are made out of plastic - more on that another day. People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) need to be careful.
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Approach click here.
Some brands of natural toothpaste
Natural Toothpaste is Best for Us
We are very lucky these days that there are so many good natural toothpastes on the market. There is a wide variety of ingredients so that surely there will be one that will be just right for you.
Make sure your toothpaste is free from salicylates, fluoride, artificial sweeteners for example saccharin, and sodium lauryl sulphate. Try to avoid anything with the words glycol, propylene and polyol.
If you have allergies be careful what you use to clean your teeth. You are putting toothpaste in your mouth and the inside of your mouth is very sensitive.
Weleda make two natural toothpastes - Calendula toothpaste and Salt toothpaste
Calendula has been known for centuries to be a gentle healing herb. This toothpaste is free from peppermint and has fennel oil in it and licorice.
Salt toothpaste has sodium bi carbonate (the salt part of the toothpaste) and peppermint oil and lots of different herbs.
Olive Leaf toothpaste contains olive leaf extract and is a natural antibacterial. It is Paraben Free, Artificial sweeteners free, Fluoride Free, and SLS Free.
Propolis toothpaste had extract of honey bees in it. It helps protect against plaque & gum disease. Test carefully before use if you are affected by bee stings. Propolis is Paraben Free, Sugar Free, Fluoride Free, SLS Free and Saccharin Free.
Jack and Jill toothpaste is a cute little toothpaste for children as young as 6 months old. You can use this on your baby's first teeth. It contains some certified organic
ingredients and other natural ingredients.
Vicco toothpaste is a stiff paste made from lots of herbs and barks. It is an Ayurvedic toothpaste used to encourage healthy teeth and gums. Ayurveda is an ancient form of medicine used in India.
Following are some previous articles with more details about natural toothpaste.
Gaseous chemicals are bad for everyone
Following on from my article about Renewable Fuel for our cars comes this article showing how there is a link between petroluem and allergies.
Crude Oil to Fuel
The crude oil found in reserves beneath the earth's crust is sucked out from its resting place where it has been for thousands of years. It is then refined into thousands of products. Our world is now made up of products from crude oil.
The thick, black sticky oil contains hydrocarbons like methane, ethane, propane, butane and pentane. You have probably heard of many of these. It is then made into petrol, gasoline, deisel, jet fuel, kerosene, asphalt, heating and liquified petroleum gas.
Crude Oil to Chemicals
Products made from these substances are pharmaceuticals, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, paraffin wax and plastics.
Can you see how our world has been influenced by crude oil?
Some Gases form these oils are
Butane which is used to power cigarette lighters
Propane which is used for cooking and heating and transportation
Any fuel that burns with a sooty flame may be carcinogenic, that is, cause cancer.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
Some people react badly to chemicals, sometimes many different chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs include perfumes, petrol or gasoline, deisel, smoke, solvents and are found in paint.
These people usually react to other allergens as well, for example pollens, house dust mites and pet fur and dander.
Symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Toxic chemicals known to be Immune System Disruptors include organochlorines, formaldehyde, pesticides, herbicides and organophosphates. This means that they can upset our immune system.
I hope you have not been frightened off by all the big chemical words, but you would probably have heard of many of them. Now you know how they are all connected.
Renewable Fuel for Cars
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What sort of fuel will cars of the future use? Will it be better for our health? Will it be sustainable?
One of our sons is doing a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy where he is
looking at ways we can make energy that is renewable so that we will not run out
of supplies. People have come from all over the world to do this course.
These energy supplies can come from the sun, the wind or waves. Oil can also be extracted from a special variety of algae - the green stuff that grows in water. Other forms of fuel can be made out of crops eg corn. These sort of fuels are called
He is looking for your help in filling out a simple survey to find out what people know about these fuels and what sort of fuel you use in your car now. It only takes a minute and he would be very grateful. By filling this out NOW you will have helped towards better fuels for the future. Only people from Australia please. Many thanks.
Diminishing Oil Reserves
Oil reserves on our planet have taken millions of years to build up. In the last 100 years we have been guzzling these reserves for our very thirsty motor cars.
We have been warned by scientists over recent years that the oil reserves are getting lower. Imagine that. What has taken millions of years to get there can do a big disappearing act in just 100 years.
Energy for the Future
What sort of fuel will our grandchildren and great grandchildren be using in the 100 years time if there is no oil left for them? Are we being greedy?
Some engineers have been seriously thinking about this problen and trying to do something about it.
Fuel with less Chemicals
We now have electric cars coming onto the market but there are not many of them and electricity has to be made somewhere. Also the batteries that they use to store the energy will have to be disposed of very carefully or they will become another health hazzard for future generations.
Other clever people are trying to make fuel out of plant products and algae. They are succeeding though these things take time to make the fuels in large quantities and arrange for them to be readily available at fuel stations.
We need a fuel supply that is less reliant on chemicals and better for our health.
NAC helps boost glutathione
How to boost Glutathione in our Body
The best way to improve the Glutathione levels in our body is is to take a pre-cursor. What on earth is that? Well if we could take glutathione, it doesn't have much effect on our body. It does not blend into our system. We need to take something that is the food for our body to make the glutathione for ourselves. This works well and improves the glutathione levels in our body.
This fancy chemical sounding word is the name for the substance needed by our body to enable it to make all the glutathione it wants. However we do not have to remember the big word. It is generally referred to as NAC. It's much easier to remember.
Our body is like a chemical factory making chemicals here and there depending on what it has to use and what the body needs.
What is NAC?
NAC is an amino acid that contains sulfur or sulphur. Same word, different spelling. N-acetyl-cysteine is more readily absorbed and is a powerful antioxidant and anti-viral.
Glutathione is important in the brain and blood and cells.
What is NAC used for?
Many scientific studies have shown that NAC is beneficial for
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It boosts the immune system. It is an anti-mucolytic which means it deters excess mucous in the body, especially the lungs. Therefore it has been used by patients with Cystic Fibrosis.
So How do I Take NAC?
So, to boost your glutathione levels it is important to take NAC or N-acetyl-cysteiene.
NAC comes in powder or capsules. Be aware that it does have a strange smell but if it is doing you good then get used to the smell. If you take the powder, mix it in water.
Take 600mg - 3000mg daily depending on what is wrong with you and how much you need to boost your system. Take this in divided doses, that is, morning and night. It can have a remarkable effect.
Where do I Get it?
NAC is not well known and can be a bit difficult to find. Click the link below or try your local health food store or the internet for supplies
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