Ep. 094 – Wear Protective Masks Around Chemicals and Allergens

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 96 of the Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Every Monday we produce a 30-minute episode. Tuesday through Sunday we produce episodes with five-minute tips. Every episode of the Train Your Brain Podcast features a tip, so you can receive pointers 365 days a year that will help enhance the performance of your brain!

In Episode 094, Dr. Trayford shares a brain training tip that will truly help you protect your greatest resource: your brain. Be very careful when you are working to use a respirator to protect yourself from fumes and allergens. These things can be toxic for you.

If you have any concerns regarding the information and applications discussed in this podcast, please consult your physician and a doctor who is experienced in functional neurology. Michael Trayford DC, DACNB is available for consultation by calling (828) 708-5274. Thanks for listening.

Do you like to do projects around the house?

Jason: Just this last weekend I hung up a lot of closet shelves.

It’s good for the mind and the body to figure things out and sense of accomplishment. How about other things like working outside with paint, chemicals or grass?

Jason: No… We do have lawns that we mow. I think we’ve finally cut the grass for the season.

I tell you when I’m edge trimming I do wear special goggles.
There are certain parts of the country that are more prone than others. Here in the mountains of North Carolina we basically live in a temperate rainforest so allergens are present all year round. I succumb to these allergies this time of year.

This tip is really important, wearing the mask when you’re mowing the law during peak pollen season. Or things like arts and crafts where you might be working with toxic paints, glues or fumes that can have profound off-gassing that can impact your health.

Your body mounts immune responses to these types of things. By and large when you’re getting the fumes from chemical sources they can have a massive impact on brain function. There are people that experiment with inhaling fumes because it gets them high. So obviously it impacts brain function to the degree that people want to use these things recreationally.

Unfortunately we also know that inhaling these toxic fumes can damage the brain, cause long term consequences and even lead to death. Even if a person doesn’t die it can lead to massive impairment issues in the brain.

So even beyond the addiction issues. If people are exposed to them as part of their occupation and they are careless about wearing the proper protection, it’s akin to people that are biking and don’t wear their helmet.

If you’re using these substances, you need some type of mask or multi-purpose respirator with carbon inserts or the correct inserts for the substance you’re dealing with. There are applications for a lot of different substances, including biological, and chemical like mercury vapor or chlorine.

You need to know what you’re dealing with and take the appropriate measures to filter them out. Many of these substances can cause irreparable damage to the nervous system. For mowing the lawn the little fiber mask can help keep the pollen out.

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