Friday, April 13, 2007

Breathe easier


…Everyone is sneezing and wheezing at the moment, but for those with exercise-induced asthma, researchers at the Univ of Indiana say large doses of Vitamin C can stem the cycle of inflammation.

…The dose was 1,500 mgs a day.

…Asthmatics must continue their regular meds, the docs emphasized.

…Another thing that can set off lung problems is spring cleaning. Other Univ of Indiana docs took this on.

…To cut dust and mold, open windows while cleaning and vacuuming.

…Place pillows and rugs outside in the sun to kill dust mites.

…Wash bedding and towels in hot water.

…Beware of smelly detergents and dry cleaning fumes. Some dry cleaners use perchloroethylene (PERC), a known toxic agent. Air all clothes from the cleaners.

…Read labels. Learn what is toxic. Also check out the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/).

…This is commonsense, but if your eyes water when you use a product, you need more ventilation, If your hands get raw, you need gloves.

…Try vinegar and baking soda for some cleaning. Or find some “green” products.

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