As the United States commemorates the tenth anniversary of 9/11, memories of the courageous people of New York City come to mind, and at the foremost of them, the firefighters who risked life and limb to save their brothers and countrymen. While many of them died in the line of duty, those who survived have more than the psychological and mental trauma to live with. The exposure to toxic ash and smoke coming from burnt concrete, metals and fiber, and the poisonous gases and chemicals have left them with chronic and debilitating diseases.
Ten years later, these same firefighters are not through the woods yet. Studies have shown that the people who responded to the call of duty and patriotism are now at greater risk of getting medical diseases related to the 9/11 exposure than those who weren’t there. Respiratory ailments topped the list of these diseases, as a result of the dust from Ground Zero. This dust has been found to be carcinogenic and had an alkaline pH balance, making it an irritant to the mucous membranes.
Other respiratory ailments that sprung up from the twin towers’ bombing on that fateful date are asthma - a chronic and fatal disease if not attended to properly - sinusitis, laryngitis, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other lower and upper respiratory infection.
There’s no escaping that tragic event on Sept. 11, 2001, but you can certainly do something about protecting your health and that of your loved ones. Prevention remains the number one measure to avoid having asthma, colds or, God forbid, cancer. Taking food supplements that contain vitamins and minerals that are specific to respiratory diseases can support and strengthen the lungs, throat and other parts of the breathing system. They combat the free radicals roaming in the atmosphere that harm the body.
When buying food supplements that cleanse the lungs and bronchioles, it helps to know what you're looking for. These natural and organic medicines combine herbal extracts and Chinese medicine to produce powerful revitalizing effects on breathing organs that have been exposed to the toxins similar to what the 9/11 disaster turned out. Here are some of them:
Ginger is an all-season root plant whose medicinal benefits have long been recognized and used by the ancient Chinese, Indians and Greeks. It contains the elements phosphorous, calcium, iron, thiamine, Vitamin C, riboflavin and niacin. It's a popular aid in the treatment for cough, colds and sore throat and provides relief from dry cough. Ginger juice is usually mixed with fenugreek and honey to make a mixture that works as a remedy for respiratory infections.
Eucalyptus alleviates the symptoms of flu, nose and chest congestion, colds, asthma, pneumonia and a host of other respiratory problems. Taken internally or inhaled as vapors, eucalyptus is one of the most well known herbal medicines for lung and throat infections.
Peppermint liquefies mucus, aiding the body in expectoration of phlegm. It decongests the nose and chest and promotes easier breathing and relief of wheezes.
Chicory is another perennial plant that aids in recovery from asthma, bronchitis and hay fever. Chicory roots are made into powder form and mixed with honey to make a very effective treatment and expectorant.
Since the middle ages Unani and Ayurvedic medicine have used turmeric as a cure for chronic cough and infections of the respiratory problems. When mixed with warm milk, turmeric powder helps in congestion of the nose and provides relief from bronchial asthma.
Mullein loosens the mucus from the nose, throat and lungs and eliminates it from the body. It nourishes the respiratory system and boosts its immune powers so that it can counteract the toxins that invade the body.
A plant known for its use in soups, salads and the main element for ants on a log - celery leaves, stem and roots of celery aid in the management of asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and pleural effusion.
Habits for the Prevention of Respiratory Illnesses
Stop smoking. The best advice to promote a healthy body, heart and lungs is to stop smoking. The nicotine, tar and other harmful ingredients in cigarettes can cause a variety of lung ailments, especially lung cancer.
Gargle. Gargling with warm saltwater or an antiseptic mouthwash can rid the mouth and throat of bacteria that produce respiratory infections.
Avoid poisonous fumes. If possible, live in a place where there is lots of fresh air. You’ll have happier and healthier children, too.
Eat a healthy diet. Foods rich in the vitamins and minerals that promote and strengthen the immune system keeps you away from all sorts of illnesses. Chicken soup and herbal teas are good remedies for cough, bronchitis and other diseases.
Tragic events with disastrous consequences can ruin your life, if you allow them to. Make sure to provide your body with the best defenses possible to help reduce the likelihood of the conditions named above. The scars of 9/11 may still be tender in our hearts but with the support of Mother Nature's most well known bronchial boosters, the physical toll of those on the front lines can be minimized.