News reports continue to come out of the Gulf coast - symptoms suffered by the residents are regularly misdiagnosed; many are not receiving proper medical treatment for what is the true condition of toxin poisoning. As a result, they are given treatments that at best, offer little or no relief. Worse, they could potentially aggravate their condition – prescribing antibiotics would be an example.
Unfortunately, this is yet another unsettling story, among countless, in which the mainstream medical practice fails an unsuspecting population. It is also another situation wherein becoming a self-reliant healer may be the best (or only?) option available.
As a self-reliant healer, how can you best care for yourself and family members who have been and continue to be exposed to the toxic environment of the Gulf coast? Begin by getting out of harm’s way.
Leave the area if at all possible
Many people are relocating themselves and/or their families to other parts of the country. Pregnant women, children, the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to environmental toxins. Even if you must remain in the area, consider relocating members of your family who are at greater risk.
If you choose to or must stay - minimize exposure and damage potential
Avoid or minimize contact with toxins in air, water and land as much as possible. Monitor air quality and stay indoors when overly toxic, set air conditioner to re-circulation and/or use ozone generators and air purifiers if you can afford them. Other purification options include adding houseplants to your living environment. Areca Palms are rated consistently as one of the best at removing chemical toxins from the air. Bamboo Palms, English Ivy, Peace Lilies are particularly good at removing benzene and the Dwarf Date Palm for removing xylene. Diffuse essential oils indoors – the negatively charged ionic molecules of the essential oils will attach themselves to the positively charged toxin molecules effectively neutralizing them.
Learn how to make your own home made respirators and gas masks. “The necessary materials can be found in almost any house: a bathing cap, a small tin can, the transparent cover from a powder-puff box, a bit of wire net (from fly swatters or Home Depot) two handkerchiefs, elastic ribbon, adhesive tape, and (from the drugstore) a few ounces of activated coconut charcoal and soda lime.
An even simpler mask is advocated by Dr. Kearney Sauer of the Los Angeles Citizens’ Defense Corps: two 12-inch squares of bed sheeting with a quarter-inch layer of baking soda between, held in even distribution by crisscross stitching. Dampened and held firmly over the face, this napkin will give temporary protection against any gas, according to Dr. Sauer, but not the Army.” ~ BP Gulf Oil Spill
Know the signs and symptoms of toxicity (detailed in Gulf Oil Toxicity- A Self-Reliant Healing Perspective Part 2 ) - when in doubt, treat for it as if.
Use internal and external detoxification methods to eliminate toxins and minimize damage
Responding to the growing realization that a massive poisoning of the population was in progress, the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA) published a protocol addressing this event in June 2010 titled Medical Treatments for Airborne Poisons.
In this protocol, Dr. Mark Sircus and the IMVA direct “everyone in the Gulf region to be using essential detoxification substances that are widely available in the United States without a prescription. Everyone should be directing consciousness to their medicine cabinets and stocking up on essentials like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), magnesium oil, different forms of iodine, activated charcoal, selenium (for a mercury polluted world) and clay for hard detoxification and body cleansing. Also very important are super foods that are low on the food chain which minimize our chemical intake. I suggest spirulina, chlorella.” ~ Appropriate Medical Treatment for Oil Toxicity
Dr. Sircus offers a detailed protocol on the IMVA website and several additional articles of supporting information about the healing medicinals he recommends. You’re best served by reading through the material yourself developing a basic knowledge you can work with and expand upon.
Bicarbonate and Magnesium Emergency Medical Baths - In brief, the protocol outlined by the IMVA recommends the use of emergency medical baths. This procedure uses readily available and inexpensive substances like baking soda and magnesium chloride to detoxify the body externally – approximately 1-5 lbs. of baking soda with an equal amount of magnesium salts per bathtub of water. (Sources of usable magnesium salts include Epsom salts, Dead Sea salt or magnesium chloride flakes) These substances are very effective at drawing toxins out of the body through the skin. And because these materials are so inexpensive, most people can afford to do this even given the large quantities required. Although there are substances (clays) recommended in addition to this basic method, if resources are limited and this is the only thing you can afford to do, it will serve you well.
“...if you are feeling any of the symptoms being reported in the Gulf region emergency, sodium bicarbonate medical baths should be immediately initiated if you want to neutralize the hazardous toxicity. The same goes for glutathione suppositories, which should also be taken instantly upon symptom onset.” ~ The Mighty Mallet of Baking Soda
Pyrophyllite Clays are exceptionally effective as both internal and external detoxification agents. There are many different types of clays available on the market – bentonites, montmorillionites, pascalites, pyrophyllites, zeolites, to name a few. However, Michael King at www.VitalityHerbsAndClay.com is an expert on the healing properties of clays. Michael recommends the pyrophyllites as the most powerful detoxifying clays whether used internally or externally. “Due to its negative electromagnetic charge and potent adsorbing (like a magnet) and absorbing (like a sponge) capabilities, pyrophyllite clay draws positively charged toxins, chemicals and heavy metals (mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic, pesticides, petroleum compounds, commercial and industrial chemicals and radiation) from the body.” ~ Pyrophyllite Clay for Detoxification by Michael King
Pyrophyllite clays possess a weak van der Waals bond at the molecular level which gives it the property of dispersing easily in water. This is something you want in a clay because it keeps it from clumping and clinging to the skin as is typical of the bentonite and other clays. The smaller particle size of the pyrophyllite clays allow for a greater surface area exposure in the intestines and greater surface area available for adhesion of toxin molecules. Also, the bentonite and other clays tend to be constipating, not so with the pyrophyllites. However, if you cannot get hold of a pyrophyllite clay, any of the other types of clays will certainly benefit you. Use what you can find.
Clay baths – for each bath, Michael recommends using 1/2 cup or more (up to several pounds)added to the bath water. Detoxing too rapidly can produce uncomfortable symptoms that unfortunately, are similar to those already present in the suffering Gulf coast population – sluggish feeling, fuzzy head, headache, rash, breakout, dry skin, aches and pains, flu-like symptoms, etc. In cases of extreme toxicity, he advises using the lesser quantity to begin and taking more frequent baths. The drawing potential of the clay is increased even more by adding 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt to the bath water.
Internal consumption – 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon in water shortly before the bath accelerates the detoxifying process significantly. Toxins stirred up by the clay in the body are drawn from the body though all the skin surfaces submerged in the clay bath water.
Clay slurries – a clay slurry can be used if a clay bath is impractical for some reason or to concentrate the detox effects of the bath procedure. In a bowl, mix 1 part water to 2 parts clay. You can rub the slurry over the entire body prior to showering - this type of clay continues to draw toxins from the body as long as it remains wet. Not as effective as the bath of course, but still a viable option. You can also apply the slurry over your entire body before climbing into a clay bath to enhance the detox process. Slurries can be used on areas of special concern such as the liver or on the face and neck which generally won’t be benefitting from a bath soak. Yet another option available, if a bath is impractical, is to apply a thick clay slurry to your feet and ankles and soak in a tub of warm water.
In addition to these natural external detoxification methods, Dr. Sircus advises a protocol of internal detox methods as well. He mentions the use of edible clays, activated charcoal, iodine and certain foods. Some of these natural internal detox methods are discussed in the next segment of this article.
Natural Internal Detox Remedies
Gulf Oil Toxicity Part 2 > The Self-Reliant Healer ~ A Protocol for Toxin Poisoning > Glutathione