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Safe Neti Pot Usage
I am concerned about the instructions you wrote regarding the use of the neti pot on the ETips page of your website. I have seen reports about people dying after using tap water in their neti pots—it is vital that you use distilled water only.
Two people in Louisiana died of brain infections caused by a rare amoeba, Naegleria fowler, from the tap water in their neti pots, used to irrigate the nasal passages. (A small amount of salt is added to aid the cleansing process.) Many people with sinus problems have found relief through regular neti pot usage, but it is important to take the proper precautions. Boiling tap water will destroy micro-organisms, including amoeba; distilled water is another good option. Always wash and air dry the pot thoroughly. Don’t share your neti pot with anyone. Replace it on a regular basis and if it becomes cracked.
We welcome readers to visit the ETips page on www.energytimes.com. There you’ll find useful health advice arranged by topic.
Vitamin D and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
We recently ran a news item on our website, www.energytimes.com, on a study in which inflammatory bowel disorders such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease were found to be less prevalent in sunnier states; higher levels of vitamin D, which is created when skin is exposed to sunlight, may explain why. The following readers responded to this story on our Facebook page; we always welcome comments from readers either through Facebook or our website blog, or via email or letter.
This makes so much sense. Vitamin D isn’t called the sunshine vitamin for no reason! So many people are deficient and don’t even know it.
Thanks for sharing this! I have Crohn’s disease and it’s nice that others are bringing awareness to it!
Look for These Web Extras
Our website, www.energytimes.com, contains Web Extras, editorial content that is found exclusively online. This month we provide information on coenzyme Q10 along with extra recipes in two stories. In addition, there are Web Extras directing you to questions on our blog regarding your use of solar energy and what precautions you take to handle food safely.