Here in Southern Oregon we are dealing with very poor air quality conditions due to the surrounding forest fires. We will most likely be experiencing many more days of heavy smoke and haze extending through the middle of October. These conditions are at the very least challenging to the body and have the potential to cause serious health issues in those of us who are immune compromised, suffer from pulmonary or cardiovascular disease, very young, and over the age of 65. It is important that we all take precaution to preserve our health over the next several weeks.
The poor air quality may result in symptoms such as:
- sore throat
- itchy or burning eyes
- runny nose
- sinus pressure or eye pressure
- tooth pain
- shortness of breath
- heart palpitations
- chest tightness or pain
- fatigue and flu like symptoms
Forest fires release harmful particles and gases into the atmosphere that cause respiratory tract irritation and stress the body’s detox and immune systems. Forest fires even increase your exposures to cancer causing agents. If you are able to leave the valley I recommend you do so as to avoid exposure. If you are unable to get away from the smoke please reduce your exposure by staying indoors and wearing protective equipment while outside. Also, please do not engage in strenuous activities while outside.
At Siskiyou Vital Medicine we suggest you make an appointment with one of our naturopathic doctors if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Also, we would like you to consider implement the the following to help you through the next couple of smoke filled months.
- Wear a protective mask while outdoors. The mask must have a label reading N95 or P100 to ensure they will filter the harmful compounds out of the air you are breathing. AllCare Health offices are providing free masks to the public.
- Keep your home smoke free by keeping windows and doors closed and run an air filter that does not produce ozone.
- Eat a variety of vegetables and include broccoli as it contains high amounts of Vitamin C and other cancer fighting compounds.
- Support your liver with the use of milk thistle, Chinese artichoke, dandelion and NAC.
- Schedule detox IV therapy every 3 weeks (especially if you are symptomatic). The detox IV contains B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, immune and liver support compounds.
- Take 2 to 3 grams of fish oil daily. If you’re on blood thinning medication, please consult with your health provider first.
If you have any questions, please contact us at (541) 210-5687 or by email.
McClane Duncan, ND
Siskiyou Vital Medicine