The Air You Breathe, and its side effects on the system | Whistler Air Quality

August 19, 2017

The Air You Breathe, and its side effects on the system | Whistler Air Quality

 Whistler Air Quality

 The air quality in Whistler and the Air You Breathe, And Its Side Effects has been the peak of conversation this August 2017.  I have lived in Whistler for 22 years and I have seen the Whistler Air Quality fall short of its happy medium twice now since July 2015, due to forest fires.  I came to Whistler to enjoy the clean, crisp air of the mountains as so do many people who visit Whistler on their dream vacation.  This August, the first 11 days striked a pose of smokey skies and thick air making it hard to breathe and many people will never forget this experience. The 12th day after the smoke was the awakening of the bright blue sky and air quality back to safe levels.


The Air You Breathe And Its Side Effects

  Do you ever take for granted the fresh air you breathe each day? Do you live in a clean air environment or do you live in a city with smouldering pollution in the sky?  How does low-quality air affect human life on planet EARTH? The air you breathe, and its side effects have an immense connection to your health state, mental state and your physical well-being.  The environmental effects are actually imprinted into your blood.


Effects On Your Blood

  During the first 11 days of the smoky skies in Whistler, I viewed some very important information during the Live Blood and Dry Blood Analysis I performed on my patients.  All of my patients had some unique features in their blood.  Their blood showed spiky edges and collapsed sides in a lot of their red blood cells.  It was truly amazing to see how the effects of the smoke and poor air quality in Whistler had affected my patients right to the shape of their red blood cells!!!!  I am a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and I also analyse Live Blood And Dry Blood. To Book a session link here: BLOOD ANALYSIS: DRY BLOOD ANALYSIS AND LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS 

 Poor Air Quality Has Detrimental Effects On Your Health

 For me, it was quite the site to see how my clients blood was imprinting this information.  The dry blood in my patients also showed inflammation in their lungs, organ systems, skin and lymphatic systems.  Our blood imprints every experience we encounter in our lives.  Poor air quality oxidizes our blood and can have detrimental effects on our health with short or long-term exposure like a cardiac arrest, not just the common symptoms of headaches, a tight chest, hard to take a breath or stomach upset.  On the first day of the smokey skies on August 1st, 2017, a neighbour up the street from me, at age 40, died of a cardiac arrest.  He had no known health issues prior to his heart attack.  The skies were really smokey that day and the air was extremely thick. Necessary precautions can be made when the air quality changes, especially in Whistler, where the air can become trapped due to the surrounding mountains, the higher altitude and the valley floor. 


 What can we do to protect ourselves from poor air quality in Whistler?

  One of the most important things to do when the air quality is poor outside is to stay indoors as much as you can and avoid over-exercising or breathing harder during this time.  If you have an air conditioner unit putting it on recycle air mode is best.  An air purifier can also help to take out the dust in your home and help with the small particles collecting inside of your home. An aromatic nebulizer can also help by creating negative ions in the air, thus helping you breathe better.  Adding pure essential oils such as lemon, myrtle and eucalyptus can also help to clear up your lungs and help you to breathe more easily. Keeping windows shut is also necessary to keep out as many small particles in your home.  Keeping babies and small children indoors are important at this time as they breathe much more deeply than adults and small particles can enter much more easily into their lungs compared to adults.  The elderly, asthmatics and cardiovascular persons are at most risk from being exposed to smoke and poor air quality, as well.


How can we get our blood healthy again after being exposed to small particles from the smoke and fires?  


One of the most important things to help heal our blood after being exposed to small particles and smoke is to oxygenate our blood.  How can we do this? Following these steps can help.


1) Drinking more water and adding 5-8 drops of chlorophyll to your water a few times of day is a good start to getting your blood healthier.  The green chlorophyll in plants is similar to your haemoglobin (red blood cells) in your blood. 

2) If you combine spinach and lemon juice with chlorophyll into your daily routine this will also increase your body's response to building healthy red blood cells.

3) Eating more fresh fruits and berries that are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients will also help to combat the oxidization from the smoke and poor air quality.

4) Drinking teas such as Green Tea, Nettles, Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Burdock Root, and Milk Thistle will also help to clean your blood 

5) Increasing Vitamins in your diet such as a good B Complex, Folate or Folic Acid, Co-Enzyme Q-10, Vti C, Vit E, Zinc, Selenium, Vit D3 and Vit K2 (mk-7).

6) Natural Stress adaptogens such as Maca, Ashwagandha, Moringa and Green Tea.

7) Detoxifying heavy metals from the smoke with the following herbs; Chlorella, Colloidal Silver, Kombucha, Bentonite Clay (internal use). 

8) Prebiotic foods such as fermented veggies; pickled beets, pickles, pickled peppers... 

Miso soup, Sauerkraut, Kefir and Kimchi. Eat a small amount of one or two of these foods 15 minutes before a meal.  It will help to increase your good gut bacteria so you absorb all the healthy nutrients from your food and ease the stress on your small intestine...

9) A good night's sleep is always best for red blood cell repair.

10) Avoid ozone or an oxygen bar at this time.  It will pull the small particles in the air from the smoke deeper into your lungs and create more stress on your body and your blood.

11) Book an acupuncture session or massage session to help increase circulation and detoxify your lymphatic system and help to move out stagnated blood.


  Dr Michelle Kaminski has been practising Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 18 years in Whistler, B.C. and the Sea to Sky area.  She has been invited to speak at Nesters Wellness Talks in Whistler B.C. to speak about Traditional Chinese Medicine and Blood Analysis | Live Blood & Dry Blood.  Stay in touch and subscribe to our blogs and newsletters by visiting:

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If you are interested in finding out more about the rating of the air quality in Whistler check out the following website:

BC Air Quality Health Index - British Columbia

Air Quality-Interior Health Authority


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