The Effect of Forest Fires on our Health



By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.;

Everyday we are inundated with toxic chemicals sprayed in the sky, on the ground and out of smoke stacks. Of growing concern is forest fire smoke inhalation and the effect it has on our health. How often do forest fires occur? What causes them? How dangerous are they to our respiratory system? What can be done to prevent their damage to our health?

According to Natural Resources Canada, during one typical year there are over 9,000 forest fires in Canada alone, burning an average of 2.5 million hectares or 25,000 square kilometres.

In Canada, two-thirds of all forest fires are caused by people, while lightning causes the remaining third.

Although most forest fire smoke can not be seen from the ground, it is there. In fact, scientists have begun to research and test the air above us. They are measuring particular components such as ozone, nitrogen oxide (from auto and industrial emissions) and soot particles from forest fires burning thousands of miles away. It has been found that forest fire smoke may boost levels of ozone, a compound linked to respiratory diseases such as asthma and can even damage agricultural crops. The smoke rises from the fire in a plume consisting of liquids, gases, and particles of different sizes. The small particles in smoke, and ozone produced by the reaction of sunlight with gases in the plume, can easily pass through our noses into our lungs and cause health problems specifically in children, the elderly, and people with heart or lung conditions.

Although we might not be able to solve the issue of forest fires on our own, we can take steps to protect our health and the health of our loves ones. Listed below are a few of these natural remedies:

Natural Remedies

Bentonite Clay – Increases T-cell count and fixes free oxygen in the blood stream. It also Assists in the removal of toxic substances in the digestive system, both chemical and pathological.

Silica – Helps the body eject inhaled particles.

Water - Assists in flushing out toxins from the body.

Flower Essence:

Eucalyptus – Helps to oxygenate the system and improve the lungs

Gem Essence:

Agate – Aids in re-oxygenating the lungs, red corpuscles, skin tissue and the ductless glands.


These are definitely effective remedies for smoke inhalation. However, probably the best thing we can do for our health is to be aware of what is going on around us, but to not be stressed or become paranoid about the negative situations we cannot control. A happy life full of love and positive energy is by far, our best defence.

Your question: Does it surprise you that 2/3 of all forest fires in Canada are caused by people? (post your comments below)

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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

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