Thankfully, the answer is YES!
This is a crazy time we are living in. The media seems set on filling everyone with fear on a daily basis. But living in constant fear is not really living. Being educated and knowing how to take care of yourself, come what may, plays a big part in feeling safe and secure and granting us the ability to set fear aside allowing us to more fully experience the things we enjoy in life.
When it comes to chemical weapons – Please don’t be scared. Be prepared. (worrying will not help anyway).
This article and information was obtained from a print out given to military trainees during chemical weapons exercises for their health and safety. We strongly feel this needed to be shared with the public.
There was no source sited so as with everything you read on the internet, please do your own back up research.
Chemical weapons (e.g. CS gas, CN gas, OC spray) are used by the state to keep us under control – dictate how we move and when we move, and prevent us from assembling the strength of our numbers. The most common crowd-control less-lethal weapons used today are tear gas (CS) and pepper spray (OC). Both are irritants, and although their short-term effects on our bodies are relatively easy to control their longer-term effects on our bodies are more serious.
Some long-term symptoms reported after exposure to high levels of CS:
* Chronic bronchitis
* Asthma symptoms
* Skin lesions, rashes
* Increased chemical sensitivity
* Recurring lung infections
* Walking pneumonia
* Lowered immunity
* Irregular menstruation
* Extremely heavy or absent menstruation
If you are exposed to chemical weapons, there are a few things you can do to minimize the effects.
* Continue these recommendations for 2 weeks to a month post exposure
* Get as much sleep as possible
* Eat kelp, magnesium, lots of dark leafy greens, beets, whole grains
* Drink lots of pure water
* Stay away from alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, fried food
* Listen, support, love.
* Ask for help, process, debrief, have patient with yourself and others
SUPPORT YOUR LIVER!
The liver is the body’s primary defense against a toxic environment. It is the first step in keeping toxins from building up in your body (and facilitating sickness), and removing them.
* Nettle infusion – Add 2 cups boiling water to 2 tablespoons dried or fresh nettles.
This is one of the best things you can do to help your body. Ideally, let it steep overnight to extract all of the minerals from the plant. Drink a few cups per day. Nettle can also be added to soups and steps or eaten fresh in the early spring, and tastes a bit like spinach. Will vastly improve your body’s ability to detox.
* Milk thistle Seed – Decoction or capsules. Add 2 cups cold water to a teaspoon of seeds, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 5 minutes. For capsules, take 3 a day, 1⁄2 hour before meals. Or, grind seed and sprinkle over food. Milk Thistle protects the liver from absorbing toxins, detoxes if you have been exposed to nastiness, and most importantly, actively rebuilds liver tissue. Some folks have reported serious reaction from drinking alcohol while taking Milk Thistle. If you drink often or have a negative reaction try…
* Dandelion Root – Decoction, tincture or capsules. Add 2 cups cold water to 2 teaspoons dried or fresh root, bring to a boil then simmer covered for 5 minutes. For capsules, take 3 per day, 1⁄2 hour before meals. Dandelion is a gentle liver stimulant that keeps the juices flowing and seeds up the liver’s detox process.
* Anything bitter! (e.g. grapefruit juice, burdock root, bitter greens, etc.). The “bitter principle” states that the taste of all things bitter will stimulate the production and release of bile from your liver, thus flushing toxins. If you have gallstones, check with an herbalist or naturopath before eating lots of bitters. If you’re trying bitter herbs or food, don’t disguise the taste – if you do the ‘bitter principle” action won’t work as well. Other bitter herbs: dandelion root, burdock root, yellow dock root, Oregon grape root, and goldenseal root.
ADRENAL AND NERVOUS SYSTEM SUPPORT
Our adrenal glands (which make adrenalin) get severely taxed during actions. . . the rush of adrenalin form elation, anger or fear repeated over and over, can shock our nervous and lymphatic systems and throw our bodies off (sometimes permanently).
* Licorice Root – Tincture or decoction. CONTRAINDICATION: not for pregnant women
* Cleavers – Tincture or infusion. Supports the entire lymphatic system and aids in detox.
* Oats – A bowl of old-fashioned (not instant) oatmeal every morning is a great way to tone and strengthen your nervous system and deal with stress and anxiety. If you don’t like oatmeal, make sure take either tea, tincture or capsules of the “milky” part of the oat.
If you have chronic lung problems or asthma, considering investing in a gas mask or sitting this demo out. The only recorded deaths from chemical weapons have come from respiratory complications. For everyone else, toning your lungs will make a huge difference in your recovery and ability to ward off lung infections (a common occurrence, especially after tear gas), and more chronic lung problems.
* Mullein or Coltsfoot – infusion is best, capsules or tincture is good. Tones, mild expectorant (cleaning!), strengthens tissue.
* Marshmallow Root – decoction. Demulcent, soothes and protects tissue. Chewing the root is an interesting experience – most folks find it pleasant.
* Stop smoking
IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT
We hammer our immune systems on a regular basis. . . not getting enough sleep, bad food, too much coffee, stress, chemical weapons, and on and on the list goes. The best choice for bodies would be to not engage in those behaviors. This will help prevent the weakness that allows viral and bacterial invasions, and reduce your chances of encountering a reaction to the chemicals that your body can’t handle.
* Echinacea, Angustifolia or Purpurea. Continue until all symptoms are gone. If you don’t start feeling better after 2 weeks see an herbalist, naturopath, Chinese medicine doctor, allopathic doctor, etc.
* Garlic and Ginger – Eat, drink, lots and lots!
* Miso – Keeps carcinogens from building up in your body, supports your immune system, an amazing all-round system tonic.
FOR STRESS, ANXIETY, EMOTIONAL TRAUMA
* Take care of yourself!
* TALK about your experiences
* Try Skullcap – Tincture. Helps the body to “shift gears”. Seems especially effective with caregivers – folks who give a lot of themselves
* Skullcap/Lavender Tincture – For acute panic or anxiety attacks. Skullcap mellows you out. If you are prone to lethargy, use with thought
* Milky Oat Tincture – for stress
* Flower Essences – Do some research and find the right blend for you, or talk to a practitioner. Try the PTSD blend by FES (from California) – developed specifically for treating trauma in Rwandan refugees.
* Bach Flower Rescue Remedy – For acute Fear, Trauma, Overwhelm
* Borage: in western European folk traditions, the presence of Borage bring courage.
Another option is to do a full body cleanse. Bepure is the best full body cleanse on the market today. Http://a1.awesomesupplements.com
If you have any persistent or unusual reactions to chemical weapons, please seek professional medical advice.