Allergies / Asthma / Respiratory
Allergic symptoms in children are a major clue that something is wrong with the child. Rather than covering up the problem using a drug, it is important to recognize that allergy symptoms are a warning that something in their diet or environment is causing them a problem.
Usually the offending agent is the foodstuff. This problem is greatly reduced in children who are breast-fed, although allergies still exist in some cases. In these cases it is usually the mother’s diet which needs to be cleaned up. The 2 biggest culprits are dairy and gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt).
Usually removing these foods from the child’s diet, and making sure the child is given enough omega-3 fats will eliminate the vast majority of allergies. Other supplements have also been well documented to reduce allergies in infants. Siaga is safe for people of all ages. It is best absorbed if held in the mouth for several minutes, but can be mixed with food or other liquids. Another classic here would be a good probiotic in addition to ShopFreeMart Immunize.
One home remedy states that flax seed oil on cottage cheese cures allergies and when combined with borage is even better. Borage seed oil contains a fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is known to have anti-inflammatory effects. Be aware however that most cottage cheese is mostly Plaster of Paris. Use only Certified Organic cottage cheese.
A team of researchers from Finland found that children who developed allergies ate more margarine and less butter compared with children who did not develop allergies. Again make sure that your butter comes from grass fed cows and is organic.
This study is not the first to suggest that certain types of fatty acids may play a role in the onset of allergic diseases. Polyunsaturated fats like those in margarine promote the formation of prostaglandin E2, a substance which promotes inflammation and causes the immune system to release a protein which triggers allergic reactions. Remember that butter is a natural food, while margarine is one of the worst things you can eat.
If you suffer from food allergies, it is only by addressing the “whys” of your food allergies that you can hope to actually solve the problem. Repeated exposure to the same foods, especially in large quantities can be a factor. By rotating foods and watching closely to their reactions, you may start to get an indication of which foods are causing the allergies.
I recommend when juicing, that you rotate and vary the vegetables you use in your juicing program. Yet other factors also contribute to the number and severity of allergies. Let’s examine some of them.
The most common cause of multiple food allergies, according to many allergies experts, is having a ‘leaky gut’ – increased intestinal permeability. Small holes can develop in the lining of the intestine, which allow large molecules of undigested or incompletely digested foods to enter the bloodstream.
There is nothing else that comes close to fixing problems with the gut like ShopFreeMart Immunize and ShopFreeMart Activate. ShopFreeMart Siaga is also a great companion to these two products, not only for healing the gut, but also for strengthening the immune system.
The liver is the main organ inside the human body whose function is to process substances which are “foreign” to our body and to make them “friendly”. If the quantity of undigested foods which enters the bloodstream is too great for the liver to clean up quickly, the immune system then recognizes these molecules as being foreign to the body and produces antibodies against them.
When the food is eaten again and again and passes into the bloodstream undigested or only partially digested, the antibodies bind with the food. These antibody-food complexes can travel through the bloodstream to any part of the body where they then cause problems.
There are many causes of ‘leaky gut’. Babies for example are born with higher intestinal permeability than older children or adults. Therefore, ideally infants should consume only breast milk for the first several months of life and other foods should be introduced with caution.
If breast feeding is not possible, a completely hydrolyzed formula such as “Nutramigen” should be used because it is already broken down into simple sugars, free amino acids, and other very small units Cow’s milk is highly allergenic and should not be given to babies. Neither should soy formula. Raw organic goat milk is very similar to human milk and may be the best substitute if available.
Internal factors in a patient’s body can cause or contribute to a leaky gut. These include nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory bowel disease, poor digestion, and food allergies. There is a vicious cycle involved with these internal factors since the leaky gut either causes them or contributes to their severity.
ShopFreeMart Immunize is safe for babies, which not only helps to heal weaknesses in the intestinal wall, but also strengthens the immune system, which can also help to relieve many allergies.
Finally, unfriendly organisms present in the digestive tract can cause increased intestinal permeability. These infections can involve protozoan parasites, yeasts such as Candida albicans, bacteria which are conventionally considered “pathogens” such as Salmonella or an overgrowth of bacteria usually considered non-pathogenic, such as Klebsiella or Pseudomonas. Hence the importance of maintaining a healthy intestinal flora.
ShopFreeMart Immunize and ShopFreeMart Activate are two of the best things you can take help heal a leaky gut and to help maintain a healthy intestinal flora.
Parasitic infestations are on the increase because of changes in our lifestyles which have occurred over the last few decades. International travel is now commonplace. If you are not a traveler, the world and its parasites will come to you, brought in by imported produce from countries where sanitation is sub-standard.
A common cause of bacterial or fungal problems in the intestine is often the repeated or long term use of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both the bacteria you want them to kill and the ‘friendly’ bacteria in the intestine. This leaves these areas open to be colonized by unfriendly bacteria, yeast, and parasites.
Alcoholic beverages, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – NSAIDs – (aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen, prescription arthritis medications, etc) cause increased intestinal permeability and can compound the problem of ‘leaky gut’ and contribute to food allergies.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – NSAIDs – are now being sold without a prescription and without much warning about their side effects. This is very unfortunate, as is the sometimes seemingly indiscriminate prescribing of these drugs. For anyone with the possibility of compromised intestinal health, even a single dose of a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug can increase intestinal permeability tremendously.
The Physician’s Desk Reference warns about the possibility of gastrointestinal bleeding, ulceration, and perforation when using non steroidal inflammatory drugs, and reports that arthritis drugs can lead to the development of inflammatory bowel disease.
Because we may not absorb nutrients from foods to which we are allergic, and because these foods contribute to the irritation of our intestine and decrease absorption even further, the first thing to consider in planning your diet is that you do not eat foods to which you are allergic.
If you have multiple food allergies, the offending foods must be eliminated and all other foods should be eaten at intervals of 4 to 5 days or longer. This is known as a ‘rotation’ diet. Rotation diets are necessary for people with multiple allergies because if you have overt allergies to many foods, it is likely that you have slight, sub-clinical allergies to many other foods which you consider safe. Eating these foods on a rotated basis reduces your exposure to them and may help preserve your tolerance for them.
Many people with food allergies suffer from impaired digestion. Incomplete digestion of foods which then pass through a leaky gut into the bloodstream is a major contributing factor to the problem of food allergies. ShopFreeMart Immunize and ShopFreeMart Activate can help heal the leaky gut, which then prevents undigested foods from entering the bloodstream.
Dr. William Philpott, in his book “Victory Over Diabetes”, recommends the rotation of digestive enzymes on a 4-day cycle. This can be accomplished by using pancreatin (from pork and beef), plant enzymes (from Aspergillus orazeae), bromelain (from pineapple), and papain (from papaya). Bromelain and papain are active in the digestion of protein only, but studies have shown them to be much less potent than pancreatin.
Vitamin C is a general anti-allergy vitamin. We experience allergic symptoms when an allergen-antibody complex causes mast cells to release histamine and other allergy mediating chemicals. Vitamin C helps to stabilize mast cells so they are less likely to release these substances.
If people with food allergies avoid harmful substances and address the factors at the root of their allergy problems, such as nutrition, digestion, intestinal health, Liver Cleansing and Colon Cleansing, their allergies can be overcome. It may take time, but good health is possible.
Black mold is a fungus or yeast that grows in wet areas of the home like showers or walls. The mold will release spores into the air. If these spores reach your lungs, they will produce asthma and chronic fatigue-like symptoms.
To remove the mold, mix one dropper of ShopFreeMart Pure Silver Concentrate per each ounce of water that you add to a spray bottle, then spray it on the mold and let it stand for 10 minutes before wiping it off. This will destroy the mold and likely prevent it from re-growing.
Fungus and mold grow in warm, moist, and sugared areas such as the intestines or vagina. Taking sugar out of your diet and using silver both topically and internally can treat these. Take 2-3 droppers of Pure Silver Concentrate 3x daily and apply it topically 3-4x daily, if needed. This dosage should be continued for at least two weeks longer than symptoms are present.
Using a nebulizer will reduce inflammation and open up the lungs, making it easier to breathe, perhaps better than any other thing. Doctors often prescribe drugs like Albuterol, but I have my own formula of things that I mix up as a nebulizing solution, which I personally prefer. See Nebulizer.
New research provides evidence for a link between vitamin D insufficiency and asthma severity. Serum vitamin D levels in more than 600 children were inversely linked to several indicators of allergy and asthma severity.
While previous studies have suggested that vitamin D may affect how airway cells respond to treatment with inhaled steroids, this is the first study of vitamin D and disease severity in children with asthma.
Children with lower vitamin D levels were significantly more likely to have been hospitalized for asthma in the previous year, tended to have airways with increased hyperactivity and were likely to have used more inhaled corticosteroids, all signifying higher asthma severity. These children were also significantly more likely to have several markers of allergy, including dust-mite sensitivity.
Common asthma symptoms include:
Shortness of breath
Since asthma is caused by inflammation, the fact that vitamin D deficiency can aggravate the condition makes perfect sense in light of what we now know about vitamin D. As Dr. Robert Heaney explains in this Inner Circle Expert Interview, vitamin D can be a very powerful immune modulator.
And although this study may be the first to demonstrate an inverse association between circulating levels of vitamin D and markers of asthma severity, it’s not the first study to show that vitamin D can benefit asthmatics.
In 2006, Australian researchers discovered that exposure to sunlight significantly reduced the development of asthma symptoms in mice.
In this latest study, 28 percent of the children with asthma had vitamin D levels of less than 30 ng/ml, which is clearly a deficiency state. Since that time we now know that the vitamin D made by the body due to exposure to natural sunlight is far better than any artificial vitamin D supplements.
They discovered that lower vitamin D levels were associated with increased IgE and eosinophils, which are allergy markers.
This may also offer an explanation for why it’s so important to make sure your vitamin D levels are optimized during pregnancy, as infants whose mothers are vitamin D deficient have a higher risk of developing asthma.
One 2007 study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, states:
“Vitamin D has been linked to immune system and lung development in utero, and our epidemiologic studies show that higher vitamin D intake by pregnant mothers reduces asthma risk by as much as 40 percent in children 3 to 5 years old.
½ Providing adequate vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy may lead to significant decreases in asthma incidence in young children.”
And, said Dr. Celedón in the article above:
“This study also provides epidemiological support for a growing body of in vitro evidence that vitamin D insufficiency may worsen asthma severity, and we suspect that giving vitamin D supplements to asthma patients who are deficient may help with their asthma control.”
So not only can your vitamin D status during pregnancy influence the development of asthma in your child in the first place, but if your child is deficient as well, it may aggravate his or her asthma symptoms.
In fact, the children with higher vitamin D levels had a lower risk of being hospitalized for any cause, and needed fewer anti-inflammatory medications. This too correlates to another recent meta-analysis that showed higher vitamin D levels significantly reduce mortality from all causes.
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels to Treat Asthma
Currently, the recommended daily allowance is a mere 400 units a day, which is about one tenth of what most people need for optimal health. You really need to make sure you’re getting therapeutic levels and ideally, you’ll want to obtain your vitamin D from exposing a significant amount of your skin (not just your hands and face) to appropriate amounts of sunlight outside.
Also be aware that exposing your skin to sun behind a window, whether in your home, office, or car will actually lower your vitamin D, as the UVB is filtered out and the UVA will lower your vitamin D.
You can tell you’ve had enough, from either the sun or a safe tanning bed, when your skin turns the very lightest shade of pink.
Once you reach that shade of pink, your body is not going to produce any more vitamin D. In fact, you’re only going to cause damage to your skin if you continue your exposure past that point.
The best time to expose yourself to the sun is early in the morning when the rays are more at an angle and not so direct.
You can actually produce up to 20,000 units of vitamin D per day through this kind of exposure. However, you don’t need to be concerned with how much you’re producing, as your skin has a feedback loop that will shut down the production of vitamin D past a certain point.
The problem today is that many people are spending nearly all of their time indoors during the daylight hours.
And bear in mind that when you take an oral vitamin D supplement, the feedback loop does not exist so you need to be far more careful, as overdosing can be just as bad as being severely deficient. So, if you take oral supplements, make sure you monitor your blood with an accurate test. In the U.S., I recommend using the gold standard Diasorin test for checking vitamin D levels. Labcorp is a possible source for that test.
If you are not getting daily exposure to the sun, then oral supplements of vitamin D should be considered necessary for just about everyone. If you get your levels to about 60 ng/ml, there’s a strong likelihood you may not experience the symptoms of asthma anymore.
Safely and effectively treating your asthma is not a complicated affair.
Even More Strategies to Safely and Effectively Treat Your Asthma:
In addition to making sure your vitamin D levels are optimized, here are several additional strategies that can help treat the root of your problem, as well as a few that can offer safe symptom relief.
Purify your indoor air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, on average, so considering the fact that you spend about 90 percent of your life indoors, you may want to consider installing a good air purifier that is easy, safe, cost-effective, and leaves behind no dangerous chemical residues (which are often just as bad as the substances you’re trying to clean away.)
I personally use one that filters the air through water. It looks like a small fish bowl, with a lid on top with a small motor that spins a small cone that is submerged in the water in the lower 1/4 of the bowl.
Anyone suffering allergies should avoid antibacterial soaps. In the first place they are dangerous and cause many skin problems. Then, there is a tendency in our modern culture to be obsessive about cleanliness, especially in children. However, this may not be as healthy as initially thought. It appears that being exposed to common bacterial and viral infections as a child can be instrumental in providing the stimulus to your immune system to prevent asthma naturally.
As an alternative to the dangerous chemical soaps, cleaners, detergents and shampoos, I suggest that you try ShopFreeMart NVIRO 360 All Purpose Cleaner and Shave and Shower Gel. These two bottles will replace every cleaning product imaginable and at the same time you will protect your health and help save the environment.
Using 1-2 caps full of NVIRO Shave and Shower Gel in a hot bath for approximately 30 minutes may pull a surprising amount of toxins out of your skin that could be aggravating any allergic condition.
Get regular exercise and the best place to begin is with my Breathing Exercises. Studies have shown that asthmatics who exercise regularly tend to show improvement in:
Maximal oxygen uptake
Work capacity, and
Maximum heart rate
Increase your intake of animal-based omega 3 fats. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting sufficient amounts of high quality animal-based omega 3 fats in your diet.
I also strongly believe that we all need plant-based omega 3 fats and a good source for these are hemp seed or flax seed. However, many people do not possess the metabolic ability to rapidly convert the ALA in these plants to the higher order fats DHA and EPA, which are potent anti-inflammatories, that is the reason I suggest getting some omega 3 from the animal kingdom.
Fish oils, which were recently a crave for many health enthusiasts are now being show to be an inferior source of omega 3 oils when put in capsule form.
Avoid all commercial milk products. They are notorious for making asthma worse. If you consume milk at all, use only raw milk products from grass-fed cows, but even then be careful and take note of whether or not the raw milk is making your asthma better or worse.
Eat foods rich in vitamin E. Much like vitamin D, higher vitamin E intake has also been associated with lower serum IgE concentrations and a lower frequency of allergen sensitization.
Try some Butterbur (Petasites hybridus). This perennial shrub has been used since ancient times to treat a variety of conditions. As far back as the 17th century, butterbur was used to treat coughs, asthma, and skin wounds. Researchers have since identified the compounds in butterbur that help reduce symptoms in asthma by inhibiting leukotrienes and histamines, which are responsible for symptom aggravation in asthma.
In one study, 40% of the patients who taking a butterbur root extract were able to reduce their intake of traditional asthma medications.
Halotherapy for Asthma: Documentation from Ocean Plasma, an organization whose mission is to reeducate the public about the importance of halotherapy, states:
The therapeutic importance of Sodium Chloride is well known. It was already employed with success by Amédé Latour (1830-1857) with pulmonary tuberculosis, by Martin Solon (1842) and by Bouchardat (1851) with diabetes, by Plouvier (1847) with toxemia, iron deficiency and anemia etc., by Piorry (1850), Gintrac (1850), Brugs (1851), Larière (1851), Villemin (1854), Hutchinson (1854), Moroschkin (1856), Piogh (1870) with intermittent fever, and was, and still is, heavily used by all modern medical facilities with a quotable quote intravenous or subcutaneous injections for the most varied afflictions.
Multitudes of people have utilized salt therapy (also known as “halotherapy”) in one way or another throughout past decades to the present. Some take refuge breathing in the salty, ocean air at the seaside, others go directly to the Dead Sea while still others have journeyed to the famous salt mines in Poland, Austria and Romania.
This remedy was and still is sought after because of the antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities of the salty cave air. Its salty micro-climate calms, cleanses and revives the cells of the respiratory system. Thousands of sojourners have experienced relief from respiratory diseases strictly by inhaling the salty cave air.
It started in the 19th century when a Polish physician noted that salt miners seldom suffered from respiratory ailments. In these mines, the symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis have more often than not been relieved, if not completely eradicated.
We know today that salt has anti-inflammatory effects and that inhaled salt provides relief from respiratory symptoms. Halotherapy (drawing air through a salt pipe filled with rock salt) is commonplace today and may provide many of the same benefits.
The main effect of salt on the bronchial system is to stimulate secretion, loosen and help eliminate viscous secretions, inhibit inflammation, reduce irritation causing cough, clean the mucous membrane and contract and dilate the respiratory ducts.
If you have asthma, you may think you are doomed to a life of steroids and ventolin inhalers, but there are alternative treatments for asthma and other respiratory conditions. Salt therapy, officially known as halotherapy, has been shown to be beneficial in asthma, bronchitis and even cystic fibrosis. Saltpipes, an alternative type of inhaler, can be used in the alleviation of asthma and are suitable for both adults and children.
Puff on a Pipe to Help Asthma:
Rock salt has been used for centuries around the world to ease respiratory discomfort. A trial involving asthmatic and allergy patients and those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) showed the salt pipe improved symptoms in more than half of them.
In absence of a salt pipe, fill a jar with rock salt and insert a tube (preferably larger than a straw) and fill the lungs to capacity by breathing in normally through the tube.
The salt I recommend is “real salt” or “Himalayan salt” available from your local health food store or from www.realsalt.com.
Rock salt, could offer new hope for millions of people who suffer from asthma. Puffing on the saltpipe draws tiny particles of salt into the lungs, which manufacturers claim boosts natural cleansing processes. Trials in Budapest found three out of four patients improved after using the device for 15 minutes a day.
The effect of a dry salt inhaler in adults with COPD:
The fascinating results of this study, originally published in Pneumologia 2007 Jul-Sep; 56(3):124-7 concludes: “35 patients were given dry salt inhalers and were asked to use them up to 30 minutes per day. Spirometry tests and six minute walk tests were performed initially and after one, two and three months. We found a statistically significant improvement in the six minute walk test values. Dry salt inhaler therapy may prove to be a useful adjuvant therapy in COPD as far as effort tolerance and quality of life are concerned.”
The saltpipe used in ambulant medical attendance:
The Csepel Hospital Outpatients Department in Budapest recommends the use of the saltpipe during the ambulant medical attendance of the patients.” We offer it to them with quite good results. We recommend the saltpipe in our outpatient health care because the results are very good as it acts as a kind of a mobile cave therapy. The crystals contained in it promote the dissolution of accumulated matter and make breathing easier. Children can start using it from an age when they can be taught how to breathe the air through the pipe containing the salt crystals. As a result of its efficiency it is recommended for those who suffer from chronic respiratory disorders, allergies and for smokers and anyone who suffers from irritating respiratory problems.”
“The experiences of the patients show that the saltpipe helps to dissolve sediments, helps in the process of discharge and in so doing, eases their breathing. As a doctor, I found the Saltpipe a very effective, complementary tool in the therapy of patients with respiratory illnesses.” Dr. Valria Burzuk
Effect of dry sodium chloride aerosol on the respiratory tract of tobacco smokers:
“The aim was to study influence of dry sodium chloride aerosol (DSCA) on the respiratory tract of tobacco smokers. By the end of inhalation course, 88% of smokers reported easier and/or decreased cough, changes in the character of sputum, which became lighter and clearer. DSCA relieves the main symptoms (cough and sputum), improves local defense mechanisms and resistance of mucous membranes of tobacco smokers owing to decreased colonization activity of pathogenic microgerm.”
A. V. Chervinskaya (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation) – 2006
A novel and effective low-cost treatment for cystic fibrosis:
“The salt therapy treatment uses hypertonic saline solution inhaled through a nebulizer. Administered twice daily over an extended period, the therapy reduces the recurring complications of the disease, improving the quality and duration of life. The outcome of the trial was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Reporting on the trial Mark said, “The results of our trial were revolutionary. We saw a sustained improvement in lung function, a major reduction in the number of acute lung flare-ups, a reduced need for antibiotics to treat the flare-ups, and fewer days off school or work due to illness.” Associate Professor Peter Bye from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Cystic Fibrosis in Australia 16/Aug/2006
Inhaling salt mist helps cystic fibrosis:
In the study the “effect of salt therapy (HT) was evaluated in 124 patients with various types of respiratory diseases. In all of the patients, the disease was in the stage of a prolonged exacerbation. The clinical state of 85% of the patients with mild and moderate bronchial asthma (BA), 75 % with severe BA, 98% with chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis improved after HT. The patients were examined 6 and 12 months after the first HT course. No aggravations of the disease were seen from the 3d to the12th month. The average duration of the remission was 7.6-0.9 m. Most of the patients (60%) used no medication and sought no medical advice.” Alina V. Chervinskaya and Nora A. Zilber, Journal of Aerosol Medicine, 1995
Halotherapy (HT) has been shown in clinical trials of steadily increasing rigor to confer significant benefits in the treatment of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The failure of Western medical researchers to investigate it and of Western respiratory specialists to use it stems from various causes including unfamiliarity with the Russian-language literature, narrow focus on drugs, and general medical conservatism HT is much cheaper than competing drugs. It has minimal side effects. There are no reports of interactions with drugs or of the development of microbial resistance to HT. And its close-to-nature character appeals to patients. HT’s ability to perform as a mainline or adjuvant therapy in virtually all respiratory diseases makes it especially valuable. It also possesses untapped potential as a source of general prophylaxis and invigoration for healthy people.” Scientia Press Report, Kenneth J. Dillon, Close-to-Nature Medicine, Washington, D.C. 2003.
Speleotherapy, (salt mines or caves) is an accepted but not widely known therapeutic measure in the treatment of chronic obstructive airway diseases. This study summarizes the therapeutic experiences of more than 4000 patients who were treated in a 10-year period in a hospital-cave complex in Tapolca, Hungary. A sharp and long-lasting clinical improvement and a significant recovery from airway obstruction could be observed in the overwhelming majority of patients. It is established that the micro-climate of some caves can beneficially affect these disorders, but the cave should be considered as an optimal environment for complex respiratory rehabilitation. World Pediatric Congress in Jerusalem in July 1997.
“Wieliczka, which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Krakow has been mined for salt non-stop since the Middle Ages. For 500 euros (690 dollars) which is often covered by health insurance, asthmatic and allergy patients can spend 14 days deep in the mine’s micro-climate, breathing the therapeutic air. The high levels of humidity and sodium chloride in the mine also help speed the regeneration of the patient’s mucous membranes, said lung specialist Marta Rzepecka. The treatment is effective in 90 percent of cases, she added. “We also see an improvement in the overall functioning of the respiratory system,” said physiotherapist Dorota Wodnicka. “They have less feeling of asphyxiation. The children take fewer antibiotics and they have fewer symptoms,” she said. Russian Liliana Prishchepa said she had brought her granddaughter from Moscow to Wieliczka on the advice of a friend from Ukraine who was treated here. “Her problems disappeared after just two visits,” said Prishchepa. Salt of the Earth Underground Medical Center, Elise Menand AFP 22 July 2007
Salt cave that treats asthma:
“I am an asthmatic and went for speleotherapy” to “Troilus mine, at Tirgu Ocna near Slanic Moldova, Romania. Over 5000 people were treated in this mine last year alone. The Romanians are amazed that ‘salinas’ are not available in Britain. Although my bronchitis, sinusitis and asthma had not cleared on my arrival home, everything cleared up and two month later and I was able to dance at our daughter’s wedding. The literature points out that ‘speleo-reaction’ occurs in most people, they appear to get worse before they get better.” Sylvia P. Beamon, MA. 1997
“A “speleotherapy” air-conditioning unit rumbled away, pumping salt particles into the atmosphere as I dozed. Three-quarters of an hour in its presence is “equal to three days at sea”, apparently, thanks to the iodine, bromine, magnesium, potassium and other minerals said to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Although the technology is less than 10 years old, it is inspired by 19th-century findings that Polish salt miners had fewer pulmonary problems than other people. Then, in the 1990s post-communist era, scientists in Poland started to explore the possibility of recreating similar micro climates above ground, which is when they came up with these salt rock panels, the back lighting and most importantly, the air conditioning. Salt spas have taken central Europe by storm; there are now 200 in Poland alone” A 45-minute session costs £15. Victoria Finlay, Telegraph, 17 Sep 2007
Deficiency of salt in the diet may also be a cause of respiratory symptoms. Regular table salt should be avoided however. The salt I recommend is “real salt” or “Himalayan salt” available from your local health food store or from www.realsalt.com.
For more information on how to use it: (See Salt)
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