As of today, local Arizona news sources alert us that the U.S. Forest Service indicate that the smoke from the eastern Arizona fire Wallow Fire has spread as far east as New Jersey, New York City, southern Massachusetts and over the Atlantic Ocean.
It's also moving into Mexico, New Orleans, Kansas and Florida and this will CONTINUE!
I would urge all of you to stay inside with air-conditioning wherever possible. Be sure to seek the advice of your personal health care advisor if you are in a smoke-filled area, as to how to 'proceed' while this smoke and fire event continues.
It may be that the only 'safe' thing to do will be to move to a smoke-free area for the duration.
Few have 'respirators', but in a pinch, N-95 (those 'hard' facial masks) masks may help...as will something as simple as a wet bandanna wrapped over the nose and mouth.
Contact lens wearer, take care and maybe use your old 'specs', unless your eye health care provider says otherwise. Use your common sense if smoke particles get 'caught' under a lens.
Cotton stuffing in the nose can work in an emergency, if you are able to breathe only through your nose.
Asthma sufferers, take special care. See my 'ASTHMA CHRONICLES' for in depth natural alternative treatments of asthma in adults and children.
Since this is an emergency situation for so many, my 'crash-course' on alternative care for ASTHMA-Smoke-induced or other- is as follows:
For adults: take one Solaray Brand Lobelia 50 mg capsule at the onset of an attack, up to 4 caps per day. Lobelia can be taken when inhalers 'fail' or are unavailable. It can also be taken as a 'adjunct asthma treatment' to supplement whatever pharmaceuticals a patient may be taking.
If you prefer the stronger and faster liquid extract, I recommend lobelia liquid extract.
My general rule for dosing in adults is 4-7 drops of either the vinegar or alcohol Lobelia extract.
Many people think the vinegar extract 'tastes like salad dressing' and it can be taken alone right in the mouth, to stop an asthma attack in it's tracks!
BE SURE TO CHECK WITH YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE TAKING LOBELIA OR ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVE REGIMEN SUGGESTED HERE.
(I pray that your physician has an extensive knowledge of herbs and is enlightened enough to be open-minded and to trust that you, the consumer, are capable of examining and are 'entitled to' ALL your options!)
Since many 'lungs' have already been filled with smoke and soot, I am also recommending a rarely heard of herb called elecampane. Herb Pharm has this in liquid extract form. Unlike the pharmaceutical guaifenesin found in over-the-counter 'expectorant' formulas, elecampane actually WORKS as an expectorant.
(Guaifenesin has been 'grandfathered-in', although it has never actually been proven to have the 'efficiency or efficacy' necessary were an NDA (new drug application) submitted for it today! Note to pharmaceutical professionals: I welcome any data which challenges my assertion here. Please send mail to: BarbaraKSexton@aol.com )
The dose for the elecampane is one dropperful every 6 hrs as needed, to be taken on a daily basis for no more than 10 days.
I recommend that elecampane be given during waking hours, as you will want to 'work with' your body as you cough up whatever residue may be in your lungs.
The third component of my 'smoke/asthma regimen' is the addition of liquid Echinacea Root extract at a dose of two dropperfuls every six hours.
Echinacea root extract may be taken for as long as six weeks at a time. Consult your alternative health care provider for information on the proper way to 'cycle' dosing with this herbal immunostimulant/cleanser/remover of toxins.
Place your liquid extracts TOGETHER in a little pure water, swirl and drink.
For extra effect-especially with smoke-irritated throats-GARGLE with this mixture, then swallow, for the echinacea is a 'natural mouth and throat anesthetic'. You will know you've got 'good extract' if your tongue 'tingles' a bit after you take echinacea.
Write my suggestions here on an index card and carry them with you so that you will have this information with you at all times.
And be sure to build your own 'natural alternative FIRST AID KIT'.
Remember that in most emergencies, regular medical supplies will run out and you must be prepared to care for yourself and your loved ones (don't forget PETS) with whatever means you have on hand until you can get to your regular health care provider!
As crews start to get a handle on the Wallow Fire , smoke continues to pour across the U.S. continent.
The wildfire in eastern Arizona had burned through more than 408,000 acres as of Friday.
A map posted on the U.S. Forest Service website show smoke from the Wallow Fire has drifted through the Midwest as far east as New Jersey, New York City, the southern tip of Massachusetts and over the Atlantic Ocean.
The smoke is also moving south and southeast into Mexico and through the Gulf of Mexico, through New Orleans and into northwestern Florida.
The heaviest smoke is seen heading northeast into New Mexico and into southern Kansas; through several Midwest and around New Orleans.
The Wallow fire started May 29 and is believed to be human caused.
God Bless & Keep You Safe!
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross