Jordan S. Josephson, MD
(Dyazide) and hydro-
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
(HydroDIURIL)—tohelp the kidneys excrete excessfluids. This can help prevent fur-ther attacks of Ménière’s disease.
mental toxins, but certain peoplemay have a sensitivity that causes
Often-overlooked triggers can make you suffer needlessly.
(carbon monoxide from cigarettesmoke and automobile exhaust)…food (pesticide residues on pro-
tion (sinusitis) typically begins with a cold or an
by sinuses, hollow acute sinusitis (lasting
Do not smoke.
If you do, consult
Drink bottled water.
If you are
GETTING ADDITIONAL HELP
Throat Hospital and a sinus specialist andfunctional endoscopic sinus surgeon in
private practice, both in New York City.
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JAMISON STARBUCK, ND
polyps can obstruct sinus openings,which can allow sinusitis to devel-
The Whole Truth About Mold in Your Home
op. Polyps are diagnosed with a CTscan or endoscopy, an outpatientprocedure during which a flexible,
For several years,the news media have carried a
variety of scare stories about toxic black mold,a greenish black fungus known as Stachybotrys
. Some people who say they’ve been exposed
to this mold in their homes now suffer from debilitating
fatigue, severe joint pain, brain damage and a variety of
other ailments. The only problem is, there’s little
scientific evidence at this point to definitively link mold
However, scientific research clearly states that the spores released by
mold can trigger allergy attacks, asthma, itchy eyes, a chronic runny nose
Here’s how to protect yourself from these troublesome complaints…
Do a home check.
If you—or someone you live with—have any of
the conditions described above, do a mold check of your home. Get a
bright flashlight and inspect damp areas, including the basement floor
and walls, bathroom, door and window frames and sills, the floor and
steroids, such as prednisone
, to re-
walls around pipes, and any place where moisture has accumulated.
Look carefully at your shower curtains and linen closet. Mold is usually
visible—white, green or black, slightly fuzzy, and clustered in single or
multiple patches—or can be detected by its musty scent.
When you’re inspecting and cleaning your house, protect
yourself from mold spores by wearing latex gloves, a mask (a carbon-filter
respiration model is ideal) and goggles.
Focus on carpeting.
If your carpeting is more than 10 years old—or
it just smells moldy—check it carefully. Pull up the section of carpeting
most likely to have gotten damp, including areas near windows, radiators
and bathrooms. If one section is moldy, replace all the carpeting in that
room. Do not
install carpeting in the kitchen or bathroom. If you have
carpeting in these areas, remove it and install hard flooring (wood, tile
or resilient vinyl), which can easily be washed and dried.
Don’t go overboard by using cleaning solutions that
are more toxic than your mold. Hot, soapy water is adequate for wash-
ing. Kill any remaining mold by wiping the area with a rag saturated with
undiluted white vinegar. Then use a dry cloth to remove all moisture
Control humidity in your home.
Because dampness leads to mold
growth, indoor humidity should not exceed 50%. To measure humidity
levels, buy a humidity meter, available in hardware stores for about $8.
To reduce humidity, use a bathroom fan whenever you shower, a kitchen
In addition to re-
fan when cooking and promptly dry water spills or leaks. If you live in a
humid climate, consider using a dehumidifier and/or air conditioning for
For more information, go to the Environmental Protection Agency’s
Web site, www.epa.gov
, and enter the term “mold” in the search line. Or
Jamison Starbuck, ND, is a naturopathic physician in family practice and a lecturer at the
University of Montana, both in Missoula. She is past president of the American Association of
Irrigate the nose with a
Naturopathic Physicians and a contributing editor to The Alternative Advisor: The Complete Guideto Natural Therapies and Alternative Treatments
(Time Life). Please send comments and sugges-
tions for future columns to Dr. Starbuck in care of Bottom Line/Health
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cheaper. Sterilize eight ounces ofdistilled water by boiling it brieflyon the stove, then let it cool toroom temperature. Add one-quarterteaspoon of salt to the water.
Be sure to measure ac-
can damage mucous-producing cellsin the nose.
pot, sold in health-food stores, topour the fluid into one nostril untilit runs out the other nostril. Repeatthe procedure on the other side.
help, you may need surgery to re-pair the septum. It’s an outpatientprocedure performed with local
Many people assume that following exercises. Recline in the
resting pose for five to 10 minutes.
Blow one nostril at a
Lengthens the spine,
What to do:
Sit upright in a
consult your doctor before starting.
Record the instructions,
What to do:
■ Mucus is white, yellow or green.
for 11 years and the author of Healing
Yoga for People Living with Cancer
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