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I was recently emergency hospitalized when I couldn't breathe because of what began as a bad cold. Not surprisingly, after being a life long smoker, I was diagnosed with COPD/acute bronchitis. Needless to say an oxygen saturation count of 84 was enough for me to finally give up those ciggies for good, but it also has made me think about the effects my unhealthy habit has had on others in my life :-(
Thankfully, I have not smoked inside my home for over a decade and this new alert from the ASPCA makes me even more thankful for that, because my seven year old indoor Rachel The Cat had serious lung problems already when I rescued her as a kitten.
By Ann from Richland, WA
I will put you in my prayers and remember you every day. I have a theory that it is not just cigarette smoking that causes this condition, you have no idea how many toxins and poisons are in our immediate environment and the air. I study these things all the time with a daughter who is 19 and has disabilities related to sensitivities to things such as vaccines, chemicals, and enzymatic processes that dont work the right way and need supplements.
Good for you to take on the hard challenge and push through it. By golly, since you got your health challenge met, I'll work on my weight and eat the vegetables. Enjoy your new sense of smell!
Robyn Fed, thank you so much for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers! Also, wanted to let you know my Pulmonologist agrees with you that chemicals beyond my cigarette smoking caused the condition! My parents were heavy smokers. They were hairstylists who owned salons and schools from the time of my birth. I followed suit and was a hairstylist for thirty years and hence I was subjected to multiple chemicals for five decades. I think back on how many cans of hairspray and how many perm, color, nail polish and polish remover, etc. fumes my lungs were subjected to. To add insult to injury were decades of using harmful cleaning product fumes including something most of us don't even have a second thought about like Windex. I also think about a couple of decades as a small apartment unit owner doing painting and staining, drywall and wood floor sanding, etc. I thank you also, Robyn, for sharing the info about your daughter and about earthclinic.com!
Kimhis, thank you for the congratulations! It made me feel much, much better about myself! I want to share this bit of info, which I just came across yesterday, because it might help you and especially if you are a fruit lover to like and eat your veggies ;-) It might aid in viewing certain veggies in a different way ;-) I found the information interesting because I am not a big fruit eater and now don't feel so guilty about it after reading ;-) It seems I do get my 'fruits' daily ;-) LOL!
Botanically speaking, anything that bears or is a seed is considered a fruit, for example, bell pepper, hot pepper, avocado, cucumber, tomato and zucchini. Nuts are also a kind of fruit. Vegetables are any part of the plant that doesn't have to do with making new plants. Lettuce is a leaf, carrot is a root, and celery is a stem.
Thanks again you guys!
In our zeal to find easy answers, we overlook some vitally important facts:
A. Few smoke, and few of these will develop a breathing-related disease as a result. Second-hand smoke obviously has less of an impact than first-hand smoke.
B. The most carcinogenic type of smoke is the kind that contains oil articles -- primarily, from traffic fumes.
C. Traffic fumes are everywhere. Today, you can spot cities in the distance by the yellow-gray smudge on the horizon, and this smudge is what millions of people breath every minute of their lives.
D. Turn the ignition key in your car. Compare the amount of pollutants released per minute with the amount released by a cigaret smoker.
It's great to put the responsibility on someone else, but if you drive, you are contributing to human AND pet deaths far more than smokers. That's a tremendously inconvenient truth, but one which we must begin to address.