How can you recover from exposure to toxic fumes?
🔴EMERGENCY KIT 🔴 to have with you and "to-do":
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain
Glutathione is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species
ALA (alpha-lipoic acid) is essential for aerobic metabolism
Try to get some medical O2 (oxygen) immediately! Either use the bottles available onboard or ask the pilots if they are not using theirs? Definitely ask first responders/ medical staff at the hospital and tell them it could be a CO POISONING!!
At home try to get O2 - it's available online! Drink lots of fresh water, avoid alcohol and cigarettes!
In case of Emergency, suggestions #2 and symptoms persist:
I have tried and tested successfully i.v. saline fluid and medical oxygen on several occasions, when toxic encephalopathy symptom episodes occurred; these episodes usually happen due to some unexpected exposure to chemicals. I then have 2-3 saline drips administered slowly and inhale some medicinal oxygen; plus, I take glutathione, and alpha lipoic acid capsules which help to bind toxins and vitamin C; plus Vitamin B complex, Vitam D, Zinc and coQ10 - this combination can help a lot.
Make sure to get out in to fresh air as much as you can! Tree bathing is THE thing to do. Seek out forests if you can, also on layovers!
Cabin crew, pilots and passengers increasingly experience a range of health problems resulting from the uncontrolled emission of unfiltered and recycled toxic chemical fumes leaked from a mixture of jet oil, kerosene and carbon monoxide in to the cabin breathing air.
In time regular exposure can result in ill-health. Symptoms often might not be clearly visible and for which doctor's too often still don't have an “obvious” explanation. They usually also do not think of a chemical poisoning. Often those ill-health symptoms are dismissed as either „not real“ or as „psychological“ .
The chemical fumes which crews are exposed to can cause a chronic disorder. Many experts agree, that even so-called "low levels" of chemicals can cause symptoms of varying intensity, from mild to totally disabling. Toxic substances can affect the central nervous system and brain, the respiratory and gastrointestinal system, even the skeletal-muscular system. The eyes and ears can be affected as well, causing acute vision and chronic hearing impairments. The mentioned symptoms are increasingly known in the airline industry as "Aerotoxic Syndrome". Aerotoxic Syndrome can be likened to „Multiple Chemical Sensitivity“ (MCS) or „TILT“ (toxicant-induced loss of tolerance) as they share signs and symptoms and have similar triggers.
How can you recover from exposure to toxic fumes?
Make no mistake: the trip to recovery may not always be smooth sailing, especially if you have been 'hit hard'. You will find that most physicians will have no particular recommendations, mainly because they still have no clue (or don’t want to know) about ‚environmental poisoning’ and not educated sufficiently in toxicology and neurology. They won’t know what to test for and if you’re lucky they won’t throw a load of chemical pills at you but might tell you to take some vitamins, change your food plan and rest. That's why you should download and share these documents.
In desperation, most people dive right into some ‘detox’ regime as quickly as possible. They’ll ask friends and colleagues about their experiences and what helped them, and will usually in a panic to DO ‘something’, try several things simultaneously. On top of spending an amount of money they don’t have, many ‘detox-therapy packages’ are useless and ineffective for what we need. Then, many don’t notice a difference within a few days, and are too quick to say: ‘It’s not working.’
But you see, therapies and health protocols have to be followed diligently and with patience for several weeks, even months – depending on how your body responds. What has built up in the system over months, even years is not going to be repaired in ten days! Some (toxic) injuries may never fully heal.
What most don’t realize is that the biggest TO-DO is: AVOIDANCE. At all cost avoid chemicals and toxic fumes from other everyday sources as well. For all this, there is some preparation needed to get it right!
After being diagnosed with a poisoning in connection with contaminated cabin air, and you are now suffering from symptoms described as ‘Aerotoxic Syndrome’, you may also be one of those who has become oversensitive to most or all chemicals. This condition is known as MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) or TILT (toxicity induced loss of chemical tolerance), and you are a person with severe problems for an everyday living.
There is a (small) Mountain to Climb
Worst case scenario: suddenly a whole mountain of changes is staring you in the face! You may have to move because your flat has become unsuitable for living in. Friends and family don’t seem to understand and become impatient with you, because they are having a hard time coming to terms with what is happening to you and why. You will probably have much less energy, feel depressed, you may even become aggressive, cry a lot and in general just feel really sick. You may need to spend some money on your health and will most likely not get it reimbursed by your insurances. You may not be able to go to stores and other public buildings; you may even become completely homebound, at least for a while. And if you are still flying you will probably feel that you cannot give it up due to financial reasons, never mind the fact that you love it. Although you should! Give it up that is. In short, you will have to give up a great deal or experience the continued deterioration of your health if you go on living as you have been. Realizing such prospects is not something you will enjoy looking forward to.
The good news is that in time, if you follow a strict protocol you may feel really well and energized again. You will notice a big difference. You may begin to feel almost ‘cured’. However, you will have to be careful to avoid chemicals as much as you can – perhaps even for the rest of your life. Some can manage well again after a while, others, like me, not. How many times have I tried – telling myself that it’s OK now, willing my body to accept that as a fact? And that ‘we’, my body and I, can tolerate walking through the supermarket, the cosmetic and perfumes department, the heavy traffic fumes – but it hasn’t worked so far. So, staying positive and instead of isolating myself, which is not good either, I always have my high-quality pollution mask with me and wear it where necessary.
Learning by doing is the motto. Finding what works for oneself as the unique person one is.
I am going to share what three medical experts recommended I should do when I was first diagnosed, and also those methods that helped me which I discovered the many years. As we were discussing the blood results which clearly showed exposure to the insecticide’s active ingredient used on board and to other compounds from the aircraft engine fumes, the doctor said: “You might find it hard to make all the changes, some do?” To which I answered: “No. If it helps me feel better and get my health back, I will go through with whatever you advise me to do.” I was determined to get my health back somehow. Interestingly lots of natural methods they recommended were similar to those used by my paternal grandparents.
My grandparents began teaching me about traditional and natural health remedies when I was still a little girl. My grandfather used to carry me on his back sitting in a basket, which usually was used by farmers to move hay or supplies up the mountains. We gathered wild herbs and alpine flowers from untreated pastures, where cows and goats spent their summers roaming free. We used to stand barefoot in the mountain streams letting the clear icy water dance and bubble its way around our feet on its rush down to the valley, while we searched for beautiful stones, and often found crystals.
The memories bring along the wonderfully fresh and earthy, healthy smell of pine tree forests we walked through while gathering all kinds of herbs, leaves, and berries.
My grandmother used garden herbs when we had a cold. She’d place warm onion poultices on our chests to soothe a cough; she made onion syrup for a sore throat and linden tree blossom or cowslip/primrose tisane to loosen the phlegm and lower the fever. And she made us sleep. Lots of sleep and rest. She aired our rooms really well and wrapped vinegar poultices around our lower legs to draw a fever out. To help us breathe we had fresh herbs such as peppermint, lavender, and oregano in a glass on our bedside cabinet, and to keep us warm, a cotton bag filled with heated fresh hay containing lots of alpine flowers.
Traditional methods and plant medicine nudge us back to health. It doesn’t do it fast and not overnight, but it has a healing effect on the body, allowing it to re- activate its own inbuilt pharmacy: the immune system.
Many treatments and therapies are excellent to support the ‘de-polluting’ process, especially when chosen carefully for that purpose. It's not just a pill or one particular therapy. No magical cure, high priced ‘detox- package’ or magician therapist will ‘heal’ you. It's a new lifestyle, and it is primarily up to you to make it work!
DYI Methods for improved Health
In the following chapter I am introducing a few methods I have tried myself, which I found most useful, effective and beneficial in the long-term, and not expensive. My favorites are from the Ayurveda methods. I’ll share ‘My DIY-Ayurveda’ protocol. DIY can become a necessity if the cash flow is tight and when you can’t attend an Ayurvedic clinic or go for other types of therapies as the costs can be rather high. But, luckily one can improvise.
Ayurveda views a person as a unique individual made up of five primary elements. The elements are ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. Just as in nature, we too have these five elements within us. When any of these elements are present in the environment, they will, in turn, have an influence on us. The foods we eat and the weather are just two examples of the presence of these elements. While we are a composite of these five primary elements, certain parts are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions.
‘Panchakarma’ is a type of ‘cure’ treatment offered wherever you find an Ayurveda center worldwide. It can be a bit tough on the system especially if you are not used to cleansing, but it is highly effective, and I do not know anyone who didn’t say afterward how much better they felt and that the effect lasted a long time. The added benefit is that you are supervised during the various steps and administrations which is a good thing, and there is or should always be an Ayurvedic physician available. Panchakarma includes the removal of toxins accumulated in the entire body and involves the use of herbal infusions in an application through all orifices.
The ‘oil pulling’ technique involves swishing a teaspoon of sunflower seed oil in your mouth for about five minutes. This action draws out toxins in your mouth area. It removes bacteria, strengthens your gums, and helps whiten teeth a little. After spitting it out, carefully scrape your tongue clean, spit out don’t swallow, and thoroughly brush your teeth as usual (use aloe vera or other herbal kinds of toothpaste, or only baking soda).
‘Shirodhara’ is an Ayurvedic method that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. The fluids used for Shirodhara depend on what is being treated but can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water. Shirodhara has been used to treat a variety of conditions including eye diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, neurological disorders, memory loss, insomnia, hearing impairment, tinnitus, hearing impairment and certain types of skin diseases. Studies report that Ayurvedic Shirodhara is an excellent option to improve sleep quality among people who have sleep problems. Shirodhara is also useful in treating mental conditions such as anxiety, and mental stress.
For the skeptics: an Ayurvedic doctor studies five and a half years including a one-year internship. The curriculum includes researching and teaching of modern anatomy, physiology, principles of medicine,preventive and toxicology, forensic medicine, ENT, ophthalmology, principles of surgery, etc., along with Ayurveda topics. social medicine, pharmacology.
Didn’t I say I’d suggest things for the Small Budget? Yes I did, so here it is:
Have a little notebook handy and take notes of how you are feeling and what your mood is as you go along.
The Wounded Canary’s DIY Ayurveda Protocol:
In the morning it’s about cleansing and energizing. The evening ones will help you wind down for a peaceful sleep.
According to Ayurveda, the early morning hours are full of energy. Waking before sunrise should fill you with vibrant energy for the rest of the day; it is a time filled with peace and quiet, a time I particularly enjoy. On the other hand, if you wake up after sunrise, you're likely to feel sluggish.
To flush out any congestion that has accumulated overnight, a nasal cleansing technique that rinses the sinuses with warm saline water is recommended. It helps equalize the flow of breath. Gently blow your nose one nostril at a time and repeat on the other side. When you're finished, tilt your head back and put a drop of warm sesame oil in your nostrils.
Before you look after your mouth and teeth, add the juice of half a lemon to a glass of warm water and drink it. This flushes the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract and stimulates your digestion, so you're ready to metabolize breakfast.
This is followed by the tongue scraping to remove the coating that appears overnight, which contains toxins and can eventually cause illness. Using a tongue scraper (or the edge of a small spoon), gently scrape your tongue from back to front several times. Rinse between scrapes. Doing this before you brush your teeth stimulates the digestive response.
Ayurveda says that massaging your body with warm, pure oils promotes detoxification and moisturizes your skin. It also stimulates circulation and pacifies the nervous system. Treat yourself to a 10-minute ‘self- abhyanga’ (self-massage), which is performed traditionally in the morning.
I suggest you sit on a towel on the floor with warm, organic, sesame or coconut oil ready. Use circular strokes, beginning at your feet. Spend some time on your feet; massage them with both hands for a while, then stretch your feet with the help of your hands, by pushing them forward, pressing down and forward on the toes with the heel of your hand and then, holding the toes in your hand pull them backward again, bending the foot toward your body. Then, pull each toe gently. Now work your way up your legs with long, slow strokes. Use circular movements applying some pressure with the heel of your hand on your abdomen (from the right across to the left, down your waist, across and up on the right side again, five times), circular strokes around your breasts, sideways and outward strokes on your upper chest, then one shoulder and arms. Follow this by massaging your neck with upward strokes and small circular movements on your face. Then rub your scalp applying some pressure with your fingertips, and finish by massaging each finger and the palms of your hands using your thumbs.
Massage your back and buttocks as far as you can reach and then gently massage your abdomen again. If you have time, relax and let the oil soak in for ten minutes. Then, take a warm shower.
As the sun goes down, lower the lights in your home to signal to your body that it's time to stop being ‘on.’ Minimize screen time on your electronic devices at least one hour before bed. Make sure to turn off (not on standby!) all wi-fi devices overnight; most definitely do not have your cell phone in your bedroom or worse under your pillow or on your nightstand.
Relax while reading, knitting, drawing or painting, or do some gentle stretches, or pop your feet into a warm foot bath and give them a massage while listening to some peaceful music, or do some Ayurveda breathing: place your right thumb over your right nostril to close the airway. Inhale through the left nostril, and use your ring finger to shut off the left nostril. Lift your thumb, and exhale through the right nostril. Breathing in through the right nose and putting your thumb over your right nostril again, exhale from your left nostril. Try to do five to ten breaths each side.
To help digestion and stretch your spine gently: roll a bath-towel (start with a ‘thin’ roll) and place it on the floor; lie down on your back across it by making sure that this roll is opposite/under the naval area. Very slowly settle into this position. Stretch your arms backward passed your head, turn palms to the floor and touch your small fingers to one another. Relax into that position, then focus on your legs, stretch them, and turn both feet inward so that you can touch the big toes to one another. Relax into that position, breathing quietly, while ‘scanning’ your body for any holding on to muscles, and let them go, relax them. Start with 30 – 60 seconds holding this stretch, then gently release, roll slowly on to your side and help yourself get up in to first sitting, then kneeling position, then standing – on the way to standing, leave your upper body and head hanging down and slowly unfold as you come up. In the beginning, you will be very sore all over! Don’t give in and do it every day; amounting slowly to five minutes each time, this stretch can be done 3x daily. The size of the bath-towel roll can also increase slowly. This exercise helps the digestive tract to open up and relax, it stretches your waist, and ‘opens’ the vertebrae and you will notice after a while that you walk straighter and hold yourself better.
Get your partner to massage your head gently with warm, herb-infused coconut or sesame oil using circular movements and all fingers at the same time, once a week for at least ten minutes. This can substitute for the ‘shirodhara’.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. I regularly availed of full body and especially head massages (Indian style), just to help remove tension and of course activate the circulation flow which helps shift toxins from the tissue.
Now to the feet and reflexology. This is a manual therapy focusing on the soles of the feet by applying pressure with the thumbs and fingers on specific points to stimulate organs, nerve endings, and energy pathways to promote health. History has it that similar techniques are recorded in China and Egypt, but one will also find that in Ayurveda the feet are treated with pressure techniques. The belief is that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance.
When our body’s defenses break down due to stressors like chemicals burdening our system, we become more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology reduces general stress levels by activating a deep tranquil relaxation, helping us to balance ourselves while allowing the energy to flow more freely. Our blood needs to flow freely throughout the body to carry oxygen and nutrients to all the cells and to remove the waste products of toxins from them. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology allows the cardiovascular system to function more naturally and easily. Reflexology also stimulates the lymphatic system. It cleanses the body of toxins and impurities and also stimulates the production of endorphins, leading to an improved immune system and sense of wellbeing.
After my first reflexology session, I was hooked – the experience of pure relaxation (I always fall asleep a few minutes into the treatment and afterward walk away goggle-eyed, I am so relaxed) is a huge benefit for your body; that alone, if nothing else, helps tremendously to release toxic waste and activate the body’s self-healing abilities.
Biofeedback is often referred to as Bioresonance. However, it is not the same thing. When you raise your hand to wave to a friend or lift your foot to take another step up the stairs, you control these actions. Other body functions like heart rate, skin temperature, and blood pressure are controlled involuntarily by your nervous system. You don’t think about making your heart beat faster or to breathe. It just happens. Biofeedback can help you gain more control over these usually involuntary functions. The therapy is used to help prevent or treat conditions, including migraine headaches, chronic pain, incontinence, and high blood pressure.
By helping you identify tight muscles and then learn to relax those muscles, biofeedback may help relieve the discomfort of conditions like lower back pain, abdominal pain, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) and fibromyalgia.
Headaches are one of the best-studied biofeedback uses. Biofeedback seems to be especially beneficial for headaches. Anxiety relief is another one of the most common uses of biofeedback. Biofeedback lets you become more aware of your body’s responses when you’re stressed and anxious. Then you can learn how to control those responses. Anxiety and other emotions are one of the unpleasant symptoms that are triggered by chemical substances in your brain!
The liver is the powerhouse when it comes to eliminating toxins and regulating your metabolism and energy. You will have to show your liver lots of love to get the results you’re looking for. You have to decrease the toxic stuff coming in and increase the poisonous goo going out.
So, the focus is a lot on liver and bowel cleansing. Here’s why: the liver is the most important organ that helps recognize unwanted chemicals, and can generally process them through a highly sophisticated cleansing and elimination process. But it is often severely stressed and likely even already damaged from the toxic overload. The liver has two mechanisms designed to convert chemicals so that they may be readily excreted from the body via watery fluids such as bile and urine. Phase One, to put it simply, is the pathway, which converts a toxic chemical into a less harmful chemical. Excessive amounts of toxic chemicals can disrupt this pathway and its enzymes by causing over- activity. The Phase Two–detoxification pathway is the phase when the liver adds another own substance to a toxic chemical to render it less harmful. Through this process, the liver is able to turn drugs, hormones and various toxins into water-soluble extractable substances. If these two phases of detoxification pathways become overloaded, a build-up of toxins in the body is the result. Many of these toxins are then deposited into fatty parts of the body where they may stay for years, and even for a lifetime. As mentioned before, the brain and hormonal glands are ‘fatty’ organs and are preferred sites for fat-soluble toxins to accumulate and remain stored. This can result in symptoms of brain dysfunction, hormonal imbalances such as infertility, breast pain, menstrual disturbances, adrenal gland exhaustion, and early menopause.
In my case, as in many others’, detox Phase Two is not functioning correctly anymore. Instead of transforming and releasing the toxic waste, the liver doesn’t recognize this part anymore and instead of releasing it sends the whole toxic waste, which by now has turned into an even more poisonous cocktail, back into the system!
In my first book I introduced the liver-gallbladder cleanse by Dr. Hulda Clarke. Here’s another age-old liver cleanse by Father Sebastian Kneipp who was a Bavarian priest and one of the forefathers of the naturopathic medicine movement. He lived from 1821- 1897 and is most commonly associated with the "Kneipp Cure" a form of hydrotherapy, the application of water through various methods, temperatures and pressures which he claimed to have therapeutic or healing effects.
When asked about the three most important therapy methods, Father Sebastian Kneipp said: "First: detox, second: detox, third: detox". His findings are more up- to-date than ever.
The liver ranks with its average weight of 1,5 to 2 kg among the largest organs in our body. It is a vitamin and an iron depot and above all is our most important metabolic and detoxification organ. The liver filters our blood and sorts out harmful substances, toxins and breakdown products. It produces bile for fat digestion and transforms the protein from food into the body's own important protein. In addition, the liver is involved in the processing of cholesterol and produces vital hormones. Liver wraps support the liver in the purifying action and are easily done.
Pour 1/2 l of boiling water over two teaspoons of dried yarrow and let the infusion simmer lightly for five minutes (covered). Fill a hot water bottle with hot water. Dip a dry cotton cloth into the hot strained yarrow infusion, squeeze the cloth well and place it directly on the skin over the lower part of your right ribcage. Then, place the hot-water bottle on top and wrap a towel around your body. Now lie down and rest for about twenty to thirty minutes.
This wrap should be applied once a day, preferably after lunch. It promotes the blood circulation in your liver and thus increases your detoxification performance. As soon as the wrap begins to cool, you can remove it.
The corner stone of natural health: an assortment of choice herbs, veggies and fruit, specifically picked for their particular functions.
Artichokes help the liver function at its best, which in turn will help your body purge itself of toxins and other things it doesn’t need to survive. It ups the liver’s production of bile, and since bile helps break down foods, which helps your body use the nutrients inside them, an increase in bile production is typically a good thing.
In addition to cleansing your liver, the good old cabbage, especially red cabbage, will help your elimination process, which in turn enables you to expel the toxins, getting them out of your system. It contains sulfur, which is essential when it comes to breaking down chemicals and removing them from your body. Cabbage is a source of an ingredient called indole-3- carbinol, which is a natural chemical that seems to boost DNA repair in cells.
Turmeric, or Curcumin, the compound that gives turmeric its yellow color, is an exciting product because it inhibits Phase I while stimulating Phase II detox. The rate at which your detox pathways function depends on your genes, your age, your lifestyle and of a good supply of nutrients during the detox process. Curcumin is used a lot in Ayurvedic medicine to treat liver and digestive disorders. Turmeric has specifically been studied and extensively so concerning the positive effect that it has on the liver. Curcumin seems to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure. As a high antioxidant spice, turmeric protects the body and helps prevent disease. Curcumin also boosts the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. It is important to know that one must take Curcumin together with piperine (or black pepper) to activate the metabolizing process; otherwise, most of the goodness in the Curcumin merely is unrecognized by the system and goes straight out again. Literally, hundreds of studies have been conducted with, to my knowledge, all positive results! I take it in capsule form regularly. Some like to make it as ‚golden milk’, but then there’s the milk issue!
Bitter herbs are the cornerstone of herbal medicine and help improve Phase I and II detoxification. A range of physiological responses occurs following stimulation of the bitter receptors of the tongue. The bitter taste stimulates the specific bitter taste buds at the back of the tongue to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to trigger many reflexes. These reflexes are essential to the digestive process and general health.
Dandelion is a mild bitter herb used as a blood cleanser and diuretic, which is also said to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Milk thistle, also a bitter herb, helps with general liver problems including jaundice, hepatic pain, and swelling. Flavonoids discovered in milk thistle seed add to the significant liver regenerating and protecting qualities found in other parts of milk thistle. Flavonoids contained in the herb help stabilize cell membranes and control cell function. Milk thistle is also thought to be beneficial for the following problems: acute viral hepatitis, metabolic disease, continual-persistent hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver.
Stinging nettle is known for its ability to resist microorganisms. Taken as a tea, it has been found to help cure mucus congestion, skin irritations, water retention, and diarrhea. The beverage also helps stimulate the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas and gall bladder. Applied externally, nettle tea may relieve rheumatism in both people and animals, and makes a first-class gargle for mouth and throat infections; it helps to clear up acne and eczema and promotes the healing of burns. Give your liver a big boost with the cleansing action of watercress, which can be added to each and every salad you make. When you’re making smoothies for your detoxing, this is a great green to blend in with others. It helps to release enzymes in the liver that help it get rid of toxic build-up. Drink nettle as a tea, or eat it (cooked of course to get rid of the sting) instead of spinach, or as an ingredient in a bowl of vegetable soup and of course in your green smoothie! To add nettle to smoothies and peppermint tea, boil the leaves first for two minutes, use that water for the tea and add the leaves to the smoothie also possesses antioxidants.
Our kidneys produce urine, which contains the by- products of our body's metabolism – salts, toxins, and water. The kidneys and urinary tract filter and eliminate these waste substances from our blood. When your kidneys are overloaded with too many chemicals, from medications, preservatives, chemicals from beauty, personal care and cleaning products, they may become unable to handle it all.
Grapes, blueberries, cranberries and asparagus help flush the kidneys. Just make sure they are organic produce since especially grapes can be heavily sprayed! Kidneys respond very well to juniper berries to flush out toxins, and as for the liver, the dandelion is a super useful herb.
Both the root and seeds of celery have been used for centuries as a natural diuretic. Celery root is considered to be a stimulating tonic for the kidneys as it contains nutrients like potassium and sodium. Often mistaken as an annoying weed with no useful purpose, dandelion is actually loaded with benefits – both the leaf and the root.
As a diuretic, parsley helps reduce the build-up of toxins in the kidneys and entire urinary tract. To further praise this wonderful herb, parsley is rich in vitamin C and freshens the breath. Parsley is rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidants and has been rated as one of the plant sources with quality antioxidant activities. Additionally, the herb is also rich in many antioxidant vitamins, including vitamin A, beta- carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. Fresh herb leaves are also rich in many essential vitamins such as B5, B2, B3, B6, and B1. These B-vitamins play a vital role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism by acting as coenzymes inside the human body.
We have ‘gut feelings’ about a person or event, and haven’t you felt ‘butterflies’ in your stomach when something exciting happens? Our brain and gut are intrinsically connected.
Researchers have discovered that a lesser-known nervous system in our guts (our “second brain”) communicates with the brain in our head. They have also found that twice as many patients saw improvements from, i.e. depression when they took a probiotic as compared to other patients who received a placebo and are finding evidence that irritation in the gastrointestinal system sends signals to the central nervous system (CNS) that trigger mood changes.
Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut” understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think is revolutionizing medicine.
Our two brains ‘talk’ to each other, so therapies that help one can help the other. And in my experience, I have definitely noticed a huge difference and make sure that the ‘small brain’ is well maintained and in good functioning order, which results in a clear ‘big brain.’
Ok let’s tackle this less pleasant, but one of the most important subjects. The body naturally produces wastes from its own biological processes. Besides that, as we now know, we are exposed to a multitude of harmful elements.
When toxic waste is not removed our immune system becomes sluggish and dysfunctional. A regular colon- cleanse to remove harmful toxic waste left over from food, alcohol, nicotine, amalgam (silver fillings), fluoride (i.e. toothpaste), food additives and medication can definitely be helpful. In our case, the poisoning by organophosphates, CO emissions and the mix of dozens of neurotoxic chemicals need a pretty sophisticated approach.
When you do a colon, cleanse you should try and have no plans for several days and do it in your off days not when working; best would be a one week space. If you do the twenty-one-day cleanse, you can take the products with you, they offer a traveling set for the
portions enroute ( www.blessedherbs.com).
If my experience is any indication, and should you hopefully decide to do something for your body, you stand at the threshold of a fantastic experience of wellbeing. The colon walls are not made of rock and have a downside: they are not leak proof. They can absorb toxins from the feces. These toxins then travel into the blood circulation. Since the liver filters all the blood, toxins absorbed into the bloodstream through colon walls put a strain on the liver. Can you see why colon cleansing is so important?
Earlier on I mentioned the Ayurvedic ‘Panchakarma’ which includes the cleansing of the colon. Here are a few more, some you can do yourself:
The Gerson method ‘Coffee Enema’, which I used in the beginning upon the recommendation of one of my physicians, can be done at home if you don’t want to go for hydro/colonic therapy, which can be a bit intimidating and embarrassing. Herbal colon cleansing is in the meantime my personal favorite.
You could also choose the herbal concoction called ‘Essiac’ which you can make yourself as I do, or fresh wheatgrass juice once or twice per day. I found the best method for me was a twice per year twenty-one-day detox with herbs and herbal tinctures and in between those a daily double dose of fresh wheatgrass, which gave me a lot of my lost energy back!
It is important not to use over-the-counter products that cause diarrhea; these do not cleanse the bowels properly.
You will, of course notice some difference in bowel movements after changing your food plan to more of what I have recommended. Especially if you start taking a green juice/smoothie with wheatgrass first thing in the morning. But that is not quite enough since a lot of (really yucky) mucous plaque is stuck to the colon walls loaded with toxic waste, causing inflammation; this needs to be removed. This can only be achieved through one of the above mentioned herbal methods.
Reminder: the gut to brain connection! When cleansing the inside of your body, it is essential to ensure toxins are eliminated properly. Ground flaxseed provides an excellent source of fiber that helps to bind and flush toxins from the intestinal tract and colon. They are also an excellent source of omega-3 oils. Try consuming two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in lemon water every morning or sprinkle it over your porridge or muesli.
You can make a linseed tea by adding 1 teaspoon full on a cup of water, infusing it overnight and drinking it warm the next morning. More useful is the broken flaxseed as tea. Pour a heaped tablespoonful of flaxseed meal into a 1⁄2 liter of boiling water, leave to soak for about 15 minutes. It’s a bit of a slimy of which you take a spoon full every few hours during the day. In addition to its excellent effect on the lungs, it helps with stomach and intestinal problems, stomach acid and heartburn, diarrhea and constipation. If you want to intensify the laxative effect, then take daily 2 - 5 tablespoons of raw flax seed in soup or other foods (muesli, or in some yogurt). The meal swells in the intestine, thus increasing the stool mass and smoothing the intestinal walls through its mucus. Flaxseed poultices: linseed cooked to a pulp, wrapped in a cloth, put on a hot towel and placed on the painful area, is one of the best pain relievers and keeps the heat for a long time. The poultice is used for ear and eye inflammations, colic of every kind, nerve pain, rheumatism, in short, wherever it hurts. Linseed oil is a mild laxative.
Hemp seeds are a certified superfood. They are high in protein and fiber (excellent for sluggish digestion), with balanced omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. I usually add one to two tablespoons to my salads or to my porridge, or you can add some to your smoothie.
The Essiac ‘tea’ I mentioned earlier consists of certain parts from four plants. Some recipes have more ingredients, this is the original: Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrell, Slippery Elm, and Turkey Rhubarb. Essiac has become widely known for its remarkable ability to boost the immune system and cleanse the body. Many people who drink Essiac regularly report feeling healthier with fewer incidences of colds or flu. Burdock has a well-established reputation for detoxification and support of the liver and elimination tract. I drink Essiac regularly. You can read up on the history of Essiac on- line.
More on the burdock root: it has been used as a ‘blood purifier’ to clear the bloodstream of toxins, as a diuretic (helping rid the body of excess water by increasing urine output), and as a topical remedy for skin problems such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Burdock as a root vegetable possesses considerably stronger antioxidant activity than common vegetables and fruits.
Peppermint also belongs to the bitter herbs and has a soothing quality that helps with coughing associated with colds and flu. Peppermint oil can relax the smooth muscles of the GI tract, which is why it is so commonly a component of ‘over-the-counter’ medications. Some studies have also shown it to be a great reliever of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint oil is beneficial as an aid for digestion. People often put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal for its beneficial digestive properties.
Chamomile is incredibly soothing, especially during times of stress and when the tummy is upset.
Primroses or cowslip – a tisane from these lovely spring flowers have been shown to have a soothing effect on inflamed airways and help stimulate them to form thin bronchial secretions. Firm mucus is loosened and can then be more easily coughed up. The primrose has proven itself as a medicinal plant for respiratory catarrhs and can be used whenever slime needs to be dissolved. It is used for febrile colds with a stuffy nose, sinus infections, coughs, and smoker's cough. The same applies to linden blossom’s benefits. Both also taste very nice, mild and silky.
The oregano herb contains vitamins and nutrients required by the immune system; its primary benefits are owed to its carvacrol and rosmarinic acid content. Both compounds are natural decongestants and histamine reducers that have direct, positive benefits on the respiratory tract and nasal passage airflow.
Hardly ever thought of helpers in the gut that are ‘good gut bacteria’. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Probiotics are often called good or helpful bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. Environmental contaminants from various chemical families have been shown to alter the composition and the metabolic activity of the gastrointestinal bacteria, which may be an important factor contributing to an individual’s microbiome type.
Traditional diets around the world have typically included raw and fermented foods teeming with bacteria, including many beneficial strains, from yogurt to kefir, to sauerkraut to fermented fish. Some people do not do well with or dislike fermented foods, so don’t force yourself. You will notice a difference in how your bowels work and how much better you feel when the bacteria balance is healthy. If you are a person who has constipation problems, adding probiotics to your diet on a regular, even daily basis can be helpful.
In addition to issues with the digestive system I have found that Aerotoxic Syndrome sufferers can not only have a sudden onset of allergies but also can become histamine intolerant, respectively react to histamine triggers. Most sufferers notice it the first time when they suddenly become intolerant to wine/alcohol. Often reported reactions to a glass of wine are red flashes up the chest and neck, headache, feeling of extreme hang- over even after only one drink, itchy skin, even breathing problems. This could also be the case with fermented foods, fish and a whole list of histamine loaded foods, beverages, and other so-called histamine triggering foods.
This would mean a whole new approach to the list of foods and drinks you can include or rather have to exclude from your diet. This can be done relatively easy by yourself, by using an elimination diet. Start with a basic list of ‘no or low histamine’ foods. When you notice reactions (reminder: which can be anything from headaches to low or variable blood pressure, to diarrhea and nausea, dizziness and so forth, more or less directly after eating), you know that that particular food or beverage has too much histamine or is a histamine trigger and causes a histamine intolerance reaction. You can of course also have tests done. It’s an essential factor to keep in mind, as it is an additional source of stress for body and brain!
Ayurveda says that massaging your body with warm, pure oils promotes detoxification and moisturizes your skin. It also stimulates circulation and pacifies the nervous system. Treat yourself to a 10-minute ‘self- abhyanga’ (self-massage), which is performed traditionally in the morning.
‘Shirodhara’ is an Ayurvedic method that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. The fluids used for Shirodhara depend on what is being treated but can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water. Shirodhara has been used to treat a variety of conditions including eye diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, neurological disorders, memory loss, insomnia, hearing impairment, tinnitus, hearing impairment and certain types of skin diseases.
Make sure to use ORGANIC food and beverages!
Grapes, kiwis and strawberries are amongst the most heavily sprayed fruits.
Wine: same thing, it is full of chemicals if it's not organic.
Make your own bread then you know exactly what's in it. Simple recipe ingredients:
500g spelt or white flour
1 tsp Himalaya salt
40g fresh yeast (or 1 pk dried)
0.25l room temp water
1 pinch of sugar
4 tbsp olive oil
1 flat tsp baking soda
you can add a handfull of crushed linseeds
Reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance.
Halotherapy (Salt Cave), Finnish Sauna - not too hot, and FIR Far Infra Red Saunas are excellent therapies.
Even the smallest kitchen has space to grow a few herbs!
Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing the "Qi". One major hypothesis is that acupuncture works through neurohormonal pathways. Basically, you put the needle through specific points in the body and stimulate the nerves.
How to Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation
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I remain highly sensitive to chemicals, especially engine oils, hydraulic oils, tar fumes, kerosene fumes, traffic fumes (CO), solvents, paints, print material and any products that contain benzene and similar substances. I can't tolerate fumes from laundry detergents and perfumes either. (look at what they contain, you'll be surprised).
I can still get symptoms, but avoid exposure as best I can. When necessary I wear a pollution mask.
Some 'debilities' remain, such as word finding problems, memory lapses, I often write words backwards without noticing, I get headaches when I inhale chemicals from certain perfumes and I cannot eat everything - my digestive has remained extra sensitive. The odd glass of wine is still not possible...
But, I am happy to be alive!
Embark on your road to recovery today. Make it a new style of life, and never give up.
The corner stone of natural health: an assortment of choice herbs, veggies and fruit, specifically picked for their particular functions.
Trouble sleeping and you think it's normal because of "jet-lag"? Inhaling toxic fumes causes many deficiencies, also magnesium deficiency.
Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep, waking frequently during the night. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels often leads to deeper, more sound sleep. Magnesium increases GABA, which encourages relaxation as well as sleep.
You will find that you can't excercise as you used to.. that is "normal". Do not push your body! Excercise lightly, and as soon as you feel "that's enough" STOP! Your body will let you know!
A Polish physician way back in 1843 discovered that the men working in salt mines were a lot less sick and suffered much less from respiratory issues compared to coal miners or the general population – they indeed didn't need the poor little canaries to warn them of toxic air!
The micro-climate, which is produced within the salt caves, is very useful for the cleansing of the respiratory system and the blood; they are great for your everyday health, relaxation, and well-being. These sessions mimic the incredible healing effects of the natural salt caves and other salt-rich environments like seaside resorts. All places where the negative ions in the air help to rebalance your physical and energetic systems are right for you, as are the micro-elements /minerals contained in the salty air (iodine, potassium, bromide).
Some ask if they should avail of medical hyperbaric chamber sessions. Your body's tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry.
An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well- established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won't heal as a result of diabetes or etc. So, yes it can help, but most I know who have availed of this have not reported lasting effects, and that the sessions are slightly expensive. You could instead buy bottled medicinal oxygen – it definitely helps to take a few breaths for one or two minutes when your brain fog is bad, or your headache after flights won’t lift, or you just have the general feeling of an ‘empty brain,’ as I tend to describe it.
Nerve signals can be severely disrupted by toxic substances. Sciatic pain, the flu-like soreness in the muscles and the stiff neck can be an effect from toxic body burden. Neck pains, respectively a ‘stiff’ neck often stems from the spinal cord and is caused by changes in nerve signals. Because it is of neurological origin, it is not the same as having a ‘stiff neck’ from a whiplash, or lying in a wrong position on a wrong pillow and won’t resolve with muscle massage or stretching.
Whenever other organs, i.e. kidneys, liver and colon are under stress sciatic pain can be the result. Medication, injections or physiotherapy will not alleviate those pains, or only temporarily – but cleansing from and non-exposure to chemicals, will! It took a long time for me, several years until the pain in the sciatic nerve gradually eased and has now disappeared!
Still, to help with relaxing muscles, since when we are in pain we tend to tense up, the Dorn therapy is the therapy of choice for me. It is a non-invasive, gentle yet very effective treatment. The gentle Dorn & Breuss treatment releases tension and allows tissue to release toxins, especially the Breuss spinal massage, which works very gently along the spine. You must try that, it
Although I personally prefer the far infra-red light sauna to the regular sauna, some might enjoy the hotter sauna more. Just be aware that a prolonged stay in a sauna may lead to the loss of electrolytes with the sweat. Regular sipping of water or fruit juices during the sauna reduces the risk of dehydration. Sauna has been recommended for reducing symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. You can aid sweating, especially if you are a poor ‘sweater’, by dry brushing your skin. Please try not to wear a bathing suit (synthetic fabric), if you want to cover yourself use a bath towel. One to two sessions per week are advisable, and please follow the correct sauna protocol.
Far infra-red rays are waves of energy, which are totally invisible to the naked eye and are capable of penetrating deep into the human body, where they gently raise the body’s temperature and activate major bodily functions. Some recent experimental and clinical scientific studies from Japan have shown that far infra- red therapy results in more rapid wound healing that was independent of changes in blood flow and skin temperature. Far infra-red therapy helped this healing by stimulating a group of cells called fibroblasts to make more collagen, which is a very important part of good gentle tissue warming has also been shown to help improve the ‘health’ of the cells, which if left untreated may increase the risk of other health disorders. One to three sessions per week.
The most significant success I achieved on my healing journey came finally in 2018! After once again being dropped off at the ER, I suddenly had a brain wave. I came up with the following combination based on wanting to reduce brain inflammation ( toxic encephalopathy) and ‘ototoxicity’, since before, and during episodes I feel a swelling of the brain, and pressure on my ears accompanied by a decrease, often even complete hearing loss (left ear more than right ear), a stiff neck, fatigue and weakness in the muscles.
The Wounded Canary’s Method...
...consists of medical oxygen, CBD oil and 'cold' pulsating red-light to combat inflammation
Over an eight week period, I had an astounding 14.2 percent hearing improvement in my left ear, and that although three ENT’s had said: ‘Not possible, live with it’, the headaches and intense tinnitus had stopped, the brain fog was gone, I began to sleep full nights well and I no longer needed the hearing aid I was just about to buy. The acoustician was dumbfounded.
I have had hardly any headaches since, and when I do, they are bearable, and there is no dizziness. I was and am thrilled of course! After over twenty years of suffering!
Since then I am on a ‘maintenance’ protocol which includes histamine-free foods, a few drops of CBD* oil daily, and the use of the red light every ten to fourteen days. I am still sensitive/ intolerant to certain fumes from fragrances, detergents, hydraulic oils, and petrol: I have to wear a mask** to fill the car, or when I am in a shop with fragrances in the air and I can’t go near the detergent shelves in super markets, otherwise I will still get headaches and brain-fog.
But, until I got to where I am today, I had a long and winding journey ahead of me. One thing I kept telling myself: “Stay positive, all will be well”. Positive thinking does not mean that there are zero problems and that one is ‘away with the fairies’. It means that you can cope and recover more easily, while at the same time you are able to look at the brighter side of every situation.
Ah, here she goes, some may think as soon as I mention ‘positive thinking’; but it is important to look in to this pattern. In general I am a positive, optimistic person and by using that optimism consciously I have the gift of being able to motivate and maneuver myself in to smoother waters. Still, once in while during the worst phases of the horrible symptoms from the poisoning I sometimes went downhill. I used the methods I am talking about to reactivate my optimism. It always worked.
Some studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and wellbeing. The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair – you can learn positive thinking skills. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Positive thinking can even start with self-talk, which is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Catch yourself with negative thoughts or just single words even, and change them into positive ones.
Reminder: You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have!
Most aerotoxic poisoning sufferers are stressed out, some become anxious and are afraid of what might happen with them. Most cannot sleep properly anymore and become over tired and restless. For this I recommend one or the other of the following exercises. Gently does it, do not push yourself, when you feel you’ve had enough, stop. Most aerotoxic sufferers notice reduced muscle strength, the muscles feel very tired and weak even without exercising. This is due to the reduced oxygen delivery, and the stress from the toxins on the lungs and heart.
I will only mention a few of the many wonderful benefits that yoga offers, which in my opinion are most helpful. Most of us take shallow breaths and don’t give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises focus on the breath and teach us how to take deeper ones, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of yoga breathing can also help clear the nasal passages and help calm the central nervous system. Concentrating intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing calmness to the mind. And of course stress reduction. Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. If you don’t feel like doing yoga you should consider doing at least breathing exercises. Proper breathing is hugely beneficial. Take up singing, it teaches you how to breathe properly! I would love to sing, but my dogs get very worried when I do... By making a conscious decision to focus on our breath for a part of each day, we can make it so that we regularly breathe deeper without having to think about it at all. Post sticky notes around your home as reminders; when you see them, breathe deeply. Breathing deeply for just a few minutes every day will improve your mental outlook and physical health.
I began meditation practices when I was sixteen. Although I haven’t been consistent I do use meditation a lot. Sometimes it is just about sitting in nature under a tree or lying on the grass allowing your thoughts to travel into the dream world of your imagination. The term daydreaming can also refer to a form of meditation, as long as you do not think about your shopping list and chores to do! Add breathing exercises to your daydream and some ‘progressive muscle relaxation’ and you will relax. This is essential to help detox. Meditation has been linked to larger amounts of grey matter in the hippocampus and frontal areas of the brain. More grey matter can lead to more positive emotions, longer-lasting emotional stability, and heightened focus during daily life. Meditation has also been shown to diminish age-related effects on grey matter and reduce the decline of our cognitive functioning, which is another one of our toxins-induced issues. One other thing meditation has been linked to is improving rapid memory recall.
Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), is a technique which involves the concentrated tensing of specific groups of muscles on an in-breath, then relaxing them on an out-breath to create awareness of tension and relaxation. It is ‘progressive’, because it proceeds through all major muscle groups, relaxing them one at a time, and eventually leads to total muscle relaxation. You could add this after the stretching across the bath towel I described earlier (remove the towel of course), and concentrate on tense/release muscles, starting with your hands.
Do I benefit from nutritional supplements?
One of the most important parts of maneuvering your way back to health, energy and well-being is by taking certain, very much needed supplements, so called micro-nutrients. When I say ‘very much needed’, it certainly applies to chemically injured victims. In practically all cases nutrients have been depleted. The cell’s own storage is used up in the fight against the toxins circulating in the system.
I was given a combination of very high dose nutrients which helped a lot and which I missed when I didn’t take them. Important: Please do not make the wrong decision: do not buy cheap brands. Research the products well, look on their websites. Do they offer up the ingredients list? Are they free from colorants, sugar, artificial sweeteners, fillers, soy and other unnecessary and often harmful things? Do they offer an explanation for what the product is good for and if it is from natural sources?
Here’s a list of micro-nutrients that can help replenish the ones that have been used up or are needed in a higher doses. The descriptions are kept short. I have added some info which ones can be found in vegetables, meat, dairy and fruit etc. but bear in mind that the amount you eat might not be enough, so you might need to supplement, at least for a while.
Specific combinations and dosages can be different for each individual, so please make sure to discuss this with one of our experts or a professional of your choice, who is well versed in orthomolecular medicine and toxicology. Some vitamins such as one or the other B- vitamin may not be tolerated by individuals. Most of them have benefits which help improve, or get rid of symptoms you may be experiencing, and are very helpful when taken regularly. In time you can test yourself how you are doing, if you still need them, or all of them, or can stop taking them.
Thiamine is found in both plants and animals and plays a crucial role in certain metabolic reactions. Your body needs it to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which every cell of the body uses for energy. Symptoms of thiamine deficiency are fatigue, irritability, depression and abdominal discomfort. People with thiamine deficiency also have trouble digesting carbohydrates. Good dietary sources of thiamine include whole grain or enriched cereals and rice, legumes, wheat germ, bran, brewer’s yeast and blackstrap molasses. For several months I drank 1 cup of hot water with blackstrap molasses; it tasted horrible at first, but I got used to it. It’s a cheap and healthy B1 source.
In addition to producing energy for the body, riboflavin also works as an antioxidant by fighting damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells and DNA. Several studies suggest that people who get migraines may reduce how often they get migraines and how long they last by taking riboflavin. The best sources of riboflavin include brewer’s yeast, almonds, organ meats, whole grains, wheat germ, wild rice, mushrooms, soybeans (milk), yogurt, eggs, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach.
Glutathione helps detoxification keeps up with Phase I, helping to reduce the likelihood of negative effects from chemicals. Drinking lemon water, which is alkaline-forming, first thing in the morning will help balance out acidity build up. They also have an excellent effect helping to flush the liver. I drink the juice of at least one lemon every day in my water.
The unassuming kitchen staple, the onion, is as healthy as it is tasty. It’s brimming with sulphur-containing amino acids, which efficiently detox the liver. Raw onions deliver the most health benefits. Onions have been shown to inhibit the activity of macrophages, specialized white blood cells that play a key role in our body’s immune defense system, and one of their defense activities involves the triggering of large-scale inflammatory responses.
Seaweed may be the most underrated vegetable in the Western world. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body so it can be removed. Radioactive waste can find its way into the body through some medical tests or through food that has been grown where water or soil is contaminated. Radioactivity is something aviators are exposed to every day they fly! Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, it is a powerhouse of minerals and trace minerals. But, always check where it is from – you don’t want pre-contaminated seaweed!
Back to the wheatgrass: If it helps any doubts, clinical studies have confirmed that wheat grass juice and wheat grass extract have healing properties. Wheat grass juice’s abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over-acidity in the blood and is a powerful detoxifier and liver protector. It also cleanses the organs and gastrointestinal tract of mucous plaque. Wheatgrass stimulates the metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems. It also helps reduce blood pressure. Nutritionally, wheat grass is a complete food that contains huge amounts of earth elements. I take one frozen dose every morning, definitely one of the best things I discovered on my journey to better health and detox! You can easily grow wheatgrass yourself.
Best: Grow your own herb garden in your kitchen on your window sill or balcony if you haven’t got a garden. There are lots of tips and tricks to keep them going even for when you are en route traveling. Yes, you can still enjoy growing herbs and even vegetables at home. There are some vegetables that you can regrow again and again from kitchen scraps. Some good choices: celery, sweet potato, carrots, parsley, basil, lemon balm and onions. They are really easy to grow. You’ll just need a little bit of time and patience to take care of the new plants during your off days, and make sure they have the necessary water and sunlight when you are on a flight. The benefits are huge, and you have a new hobby. And, you will have your own organic herbs and veggies with regular supply at essentially no cost!
With this, dear Reader, I will end the trip around the global farmers’ organic veggies, spices, herbs, and fruit markets*, and the excursion through the world of supplements.** I hope that I have given plenty of encouragement, motivation and tips to get you started: not everything is grey and dreary or even hopeless, after discovering that you have symptoms of ‘aerotoxic syndrome’, chemical sensitivity or TILT/MCS.
Take pride in your new health and environmental awareness, which automatically comes along with the changes you are going to make.
Nobody is perfect, nobody knows everything, and nobody possesses the ideal blueprint.
You will have to learn by trying things, sometimes something might not work for you as it worked for me or others. Don't forget you are an individual, and your toxic body burden and injury may differ from others’.
We all stumble around from time to time. So pick yourself up and get started.
Embark on your road to recovery today. Make it a new style of life, and enjoy!
And don't ever give up.
Above tips are excerpts taken from my new book TOMB IN THE SKY -Aviation's Wounded Canaries. You can find additional info in my first book The Air I Breathe - It's Classified which also includes technical information for those interested and a reference list to studies.
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