This is a guest article by Mannie Barling and Ashley Brooks – Simon

When we talk to people in the Gulf, they ask, “What can I do to avoid the dangers of acid rain?” There is no one thing nor is there one simple answer. But, there are precautions you can take and here are some:

Buy an inexpensive Daily Planner and use it to log statistical data about your food consumption, symptoms (if any) and other information below.

Assume your drinking water source has or can be compromised or contaminated. Have your drinking waters tested for chemicals and pH levels at regular intervals, no matter the source. If you find dangerous levels of chemicals or an acidic level in the water’s pH, research the chemicals on the Internet and seek advice.

Start each day by looking at yourself carefully in the mirror. A good examination of your body can lead to early detection. Start at the top of your head and work your way down. Check the color of your skin, nails and eyes. Any rashes or changes of the skin. Check the white of your eyes – be sure to check for yellow or unusual changes. Check for added puffiness, darkness around the eyes. Check for any ankle swelling. Any rectal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, unusual cough, nasal drainage. Any headaches. Record your overall feeling and look. Any changes such as yellow color in your eyes or constant rashes, then you need to see your doctor immediately. Don’t wait.

Pick up pH paper from your doctor, clinic or local drugstore. You can check your own pH daily (in your urine) to make certain you are maintaining a normal pH. The litmus paper is not expensive and will come with directions.

Check your blood pressure twice a day, once before breakfast and then again between 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. Log the statistics in your Daily Planner for your doctor. A sharp increase in blood pressure may be a warning of chronic silent inflammation or the consumption of dangerous chemicals that spike your blood pressure and heart rate.

Avoid all foods with chemicals such as corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, Maltodextrin and other excitotoxins. If you are in an environment where there is acid rain or exposure to chemicals, it is dangerous to ingest chemicals in your food that only pollute your body more. These chemicals don’t mix and only cause chemical changes creating new untested and likely dangerous chemical compounds.

Local foods can contain or be cooked in acidic tap water, including breads, boiled seafood and soft drinks. If in doubt, look at labels and ask questions about the food before you eat it.

If you drink bottled water, research the brand and make certain that the bottle water is not merely “tap water.” Tap water sold as expensive bottle water may contain the same chemicals contained in acid rain as well as residues of prescription drugs and pesticide runoff from farms, streams and lakes after acid rain.

Well water is known to have an increase of arsenic caused by acid rain. If you drink from a well, chemicals such as arsenic, chromium and aluminum should be checked on a regular basis as well as it’s pH level.

Test the pH of the soil around your home, especially if you have your own “victory garden.” Acid rain affects the pH balance of soils and can result in smaller compromised plants and crops with a lower yield of vegetables or fruit. The soil may also contain chromium, arsenic and aluminum which is typical of acid rain.

Know where your meat from livestock comes from. Factory farms provide unfiltered tap water to their cattle, pigs and chickens increasing the animals chemical content (and throw in some synthetic hormones and pesticide-soaked GMO corn) which is then passed on to the general public through the sale of beef, pork and poultry in markets.

Create your own personal vitamin, mineral and enzyme combination and take them every day. Vitamins and enzymes counteract many of the inflammatory effects of acid rain and other chemicals in marginal tap water. It is also essential to prevent certain illnesses and to boost the immune system.

Take advantage of every free physical examination, blood tests and screening. If possible, ask your doctor if he or she could include in your blood test, a test for arsenic, chromium, aluminum and any other chemical suggested by ecological groups, as well as a liver and kidney panels. You doctors will understand what you are asking for. Volunteer for surveys of your symptoms and provide that information to volunteer groups to assist in pursuing assistance from the government and BP.

To some, this may seem like too much to do. But when the “chips” are on the table, this information may be the difference between good and bad health; good and bad medical treatment; and the amount of assistance or damages paid by the government or BP. One of our favorite expressions is “Anything you prepare for in advance doesn’t happen to you.”

As everyone has already learned, neither the government nor BP is going to give anything voluntarily. Both will come to the table only after kicking and screaming all the way. Please remember that good information trumps media ads every time. Collect your information and disseminate it to anyone and everyone that will listen. Sooner or later, you will be heard.

These same principles apply for anyone who lives in any “danger zone” created by any natural disaster including forest, house, gas or a chemical fires and or explosions.


Emanuel Barling, Jr., Esq. and Ashley F. Brooks, R.N. authors of Arthritis, Inflammation, Gout, Crohn’s, IBD and IBS – How to Eliminate Pain and Extend your Life and Mannie’s Diet and Enzyme Formula – A Change of Lifestyle Diet Designed for Everyone available at, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and other booksellers around the world. The authors’ latest book, It’s Not Your Fault! Weight Gain, Obesity and Food Addiction will be available for the 2010 holidays.

Please join us on BTR on Saturday at 10am, Mannie and Ashley will be on our panel. Link is here – Simon

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