Last Updated on November 9, 2021
Well, 2020 is really testing our strength and resilience!
My heart goes out to those of you who have lost homes, loved ones and jobs please know that love and support surrounds you!
The destruction from the wildfires is incredibly tragic and the smoke is feeling very oppressive, please take care of yourself.
Ways to improve the air in your home:
1. Air filtration: If you don’t have a HEPA air filter, you can create an air filter using a standard room fan + furnace filter. Tape the furnace filter to the external part of the fan (no matter the shape of the fan)
2. Tape or seal around windows, put a rolled up towel at the bottom doors
3. Close room vents (if your basement is permeable)
Herbs and supplements to support the lungs and assist breathing:
1. Pot on the stove with simmering rosemary
3. N-Acetyl Cysteine: 500-600mg 1-2 times a day (discuss with me if you are taking anti-seizure and blood clotting medication)
4. Vitamin C: 500mg 2x per day (if you don’t have kidney stones or chronic diarrhea)
Also consider acupuncture for chest tightness, anxiety and headaches caused by the smoke. And of course I am always available for video consults to discuss your specific concerns. Be well and stay healthy!!
Sincerely, Dr. Heather
The following picture was taken this summer while camping at Paulina Lake. May we all send thoughts of strength to our forests and to the firefighters who protect them.