Vog Treatment and Health Tips
Vog is a combination of sulfur dioxide gas, hydrogen, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and a vast array
of heavy metals and other volatile and not-so-healthful elements. As vog moves through the air, and mixes with
moisture droplets, the sulfur dioxide gas transforms to the very dangerous
sulfuric acid, and this 'acid rain', as it comes in contact with buildings,
plants, animals and, as you inhale it deeply into your lungs, causes many
problems. In buildings and catchment
systems, it can cause harmful leaching of lead from roofing materials, pipes
and metal fittings thereby directly contaminating water systems. In plants, vog particulates accumulate on
fruits and vegetables, and in some cases, are taken into 'heavy metal
aggregators' or plants which pull heavy metals from the air or soils (tobacco
and marijuana are examples of heavy metal aggregators).
In humans, vog's negative affects range from headaches,
nausea, sinus infections, severe skin rashes, ulcers and lesions to respiratory
infections and systemic toxicity. In
animals, we are seeing low birth weights and weak offspring to spontaneous
abortions, digestive disorders and eye and skin infections.
So, okay, this all
sounds like a really bad thing for those of us who live on the Big Island of
Hawai'i. And, while it's been no 'picnic
in paradise' these past 15 months of dramatically-increased vog emissions, there
are ways in which we can limit our exposure and mitigate or reduce the toxic
side-effects of this temporary situation. (article continues)
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| (continued) Vog Treatment and Health Tips
First of all, we can avoid strenuous outdoor physical activity when vog
is most heavy and tradewinds are absent.
Reducing outside air flow into homes and offices by closing doors and
windows and utilizing air purifiers which reduce both particulates as well as
gaseous forms of contamination. We can
take steps to place protective covering over catchment systems to keep vog from
running off exposed surfaces or settling on catchment system components. And, as importantly, we can take the
necessary diet and supplement steps to improve our body's ability to fight off
the negative effects of vog.
Foods To Avoid
During heavy vog
periods people should pay particular attention to removing excess sulfur
content from their daily routines. This
includes all foods which contain various forms of sulfur:
Processed foods with
sulfur additives as preservatives
Bisulfate Potassium Bisulfate
Foods To Include Or Increase Intake
Choose foods for the
protective and purifying qualities for the lungs, liver, kidney and spleen. Pungent foods are known for their
'purifying/detoxing' effects, while protective foods rich in antioxidant and
beta-carotene contents protect the surfaces and mucous membranes of the body
while bolstering the body's immune system.
Peppers and Chiles
Wheat or Barley
Grass Winter Squash
Blue-Green or Golden
In addition to
proactive and protective changes to our diet, there are also some very
important daily additions in terms of supplementation that are vital for
reducing and/or eliminating the negative side effects of exposure to vog.
Vitamin B Complex
stress and inflammatory response
Encourages healing and
aids in circulation
Clears lung heat and
assists in respiratory function and clearance of mucous
Pine Bark Extract
600x more antioxidant
benefits than Vitamin C; helps to boost immune function and improves peripheral
One dietary supplement
which contains therapeutic levels of these vital nutrients and more is called WellCapAM™
Activation Complex by Wellcorps International, and available at my office. Several integrative medical practitioners on the Big Island of Hawai'i
carry this very valuable formulation for assisting with vog complications and I
highly recommend it to my patients.
Opening and increasing
the flow of energy or qi through the
various meridians in the body is vital to releasing and flushing out the toxins
associated with vog contamination.
Boosting the kidney, liver, spleen and lung functions all assist in the
natural detoxification processes of the human body. Simple acupuncture and acupressure therapies
can provide dramatic relief in as little as 30 minutes.
In ancient Chinese
medicine, we utilize five, distinct botanicals which relate to toxic influences:
Xia Ku Cao
Clears heat from red,
swollen and painful eyes, clears swollen glands in neck, alleviates headache.
Lu Xian Cao
dry, irritated throat and improves vocal functions
and improves respiration while reducing mucous in sinuses and lungs
Alleviates heat in
lungs and provides exit transport of impurities throughout respiratory system
Relieves liver burden
in toxicity processing and relieves headache and chest pain due to congestion
Chinese medicine has
utilized specific, essential oils either as direct applications to skin or
through the inhalation of their aromatic essence by applying a small amount to
the palms of the hands, and cupping the hands gently around the mouth and nose
while inhaling these beneficial aromas.
I recommend two, specific formulations to my patients for vog
formulation supports upper respiratory activity and helps to boost overall
immune function. Applied lightly to the
palms of the hands and inhaled through mouth and nose, this combination of
Eucalyptus, Hyssop, Lavender and Ravensara provides immediate and lasting
relief throughout the day. Additionally,
this formulation, used every two hours, is a vital component of airline travels
and while being confined in close quarters with large numbers of people as a
preventative against viruses and bacteria.
3 Drops of Eucalyptus
2 Drops of Lemon Oil
2 Tablespoons Organic,
One teaspoon of this
concentrated formula is best used in hot water as a tea and sipped regularly
throughout the day to assist with congestion and respiratory difficulties.
Let's remember to keep in mind that volcanic activity is a fact of life
in Polynesia and that ancient Hawaiians endured
many such episodes of vog and lava flows over the millennia. Being smart about our physical activities as
well as our dietary, alcohol and supplement intake, especially during the most
vigorous outbreaks, is our best bet toward positively influencing our health
and reducing the negative effects of volcanic smog in our daily lives.