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Naturopathic Health Care

Dr. Jon Dunn, Licensed Naturopathic Doctor
October 2007
Since San Diego air is not very clean in the best of times, current fire conditions really warrant support for the lungs. 

1.  N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) Dose: 500 mg 1-2 times daily to protect and repair lung tissue and help the whole body detoxify from the pollutants inhaled. 

2. Enjoy the healthy blood cleansing benefits of wheat grass or similar fresh green juice. 

3. Wear your face mask. 
Detoxify from Air Pollution
4. Fish oil: 1,200 mg two to three times a day with food for anti-inflammatory effect. 

5. Follow the protocols below from my book to get more oxygen into your lungs and clear the nasal passageways. 

Breath of Life: Oxygen Exercise 
Lack of oxygen reduces energy at the cellular level and suppresses growth of healthy bacteria and yeast in the body.  This results in fatigue, pain, bowel problems, increased inflammation, reduced cognitive ability, and predisposition to almost every chronic disease you can imagine. 

In general, ample oxygen promotes life, while a deficiency of oxygen leads to decay.   There have been many products claiming the ability to increase oxygen in the body, all of which I believe to be over rated.  You can increase oxygen in your tissues with exercise, yet many with chronic illness are unable to take adequate advantage of this, and many without chronic illness don’t take sufficient advantage of this.  

Some physicians, such as Dr. Cheney, have promoted the use of supplemental oxygen using various oxygen delivery systems, yet this is not well researched and can cause disruption to the body with acidosis if not carefully monitored for blood gases.   

There is a simple, safe, no cost, minimal effort method to increase oxygen in your blood and at the cellular level, which has been used for thousands of years.  The source is Ayurvedic medicine, which is the most ancient practice of medicine in the world. It originated in India and is still successfully practiced to this day.   

There is a substance called 2,3 DPG which allows oxygen to be released from hemoglobin in our blood.  A lack of this means decreased oxygen in the body tissues and promotion of disease.  This is the substance that allows us to acclimate to high altitudes and prevent altitude sickness.  This increase of 2,3 DPG is what allows runners who train at high altitudes to do exceptionally well when they run at sea level: they are super oxygenated. We can safely trick our body into developing more 2,3 DPG with regulated breath holding.        

Breath of Life Oxygen Exercise1.        

Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds        
Hold your breath for a count of 7        
Exhale for a count of 8 through pursed lips. This creates a little back pressure, and you should be able to hear the air being forced out of your mouth 

Repeat this cycle 8 times, twice a day for a total of about 5 minutes.   

If you feel lightheaded, just do fewer repetitions until you adjust.  Be patient, as it will take about 2 weeks before your body produces more 2,3 DPG.  Make this exercise part of your daily health routine to enjoy the long term benefits of increased oxygen in your body.  

Nasal Wash 
If you have problems with environmental allergies, recurrent sinus infections, frequent exposure to dust, decreased taste discrimination, post-nasal drip, irritated throat and or recurrent cough, or just plain plugged nasal passages, then this treatment is for you.   

The nasal wash cleanses and restores health to the internal nasal and sinus passages.  In yoga, proper and balanced breathing is said to aid in harmonizing the systems of the body, and so the nasal wash is helpful for this too. 

Mix well one quarter teaspoon of sea salt and one quarter teaspoon baking soda in ½ cup of lukewarm water.  You will need a large syringe or spout or a neti pot of some type to dispense this solution.  

Fill the dispenser, bring the spout to your nose, and bend forward over a sink with your head tilted to the side and slightly forward. The spout should be snuggly fit in your upper nostril opening when in this position.  

Slowly and gently push the plunger into the barrel and let the water flow through the upper nostril, into your nose, and adjust your head slightly as needed to allow the water to flow out of your lower nostril opening into the sink.  If necessary, with mouth closed, you can gently exhale out through the unblocked nostril to help get the water moving around your nasal septum (that thin wall of tissue dividing the inside of your nose into two passages). 

If any water starts to go into your sinus (ouch!), just quickly tip your head up straight and let the liquid drain out.  The intention is not to get water into your sinus, and with a little practice this will not be a concern.   

After the syringe empties, blow freely through both nostrils into the sink to clear the nose of excess water and mucus.  Do not close off one nostril when doing this.  Be gentle.  

Having completed the wash in one direction, repeat the same steps on the opposite side, switching back and forth from one nostril to the other until the ½ cup is empty.   

Once proficient in the above, you may want to experiment a little, and let the wash go into the back of your throat and out through your mouth.  Again, adjust accordingly.   The frequency of this treatment depends on the situation.  If your condition is a chronic one, you may need to do this twice daily as part of your regular hygiene regime.  If your concern is sporadic, just rinse as needed.  Once the condition is under control, you can experiment with what frequency is needed to maintain the level of health you’ve achieved. 

If this method isn't working for you try this: 

Stand over the sink, head up straight, fill one nostril partially, taking care not to fill so much that it goes in the sinus.  After 10-30 seconds, let the fluid drain out, and repeat in the other nostril.

This method is not quite as thorough, but still beneficial to remove particulate matter from your nasal passageway, which translates to less of a toxic load getting into the lungs. 

Let me know if questions. 

In Health,
Jon Dunn,