Thirdhand Smoke: Harmful residue

We all know the hazards of smoking. The person actually smoking is at risk for
many health problems. Second hand smoke can lead to emphysema and lung cancer.
But have you heard of 3rd hand smoke (THS)??
This is the less visible type which consists of all the particles and chemicals
that land on basically every surface in the smoking area. It can be on the
person’s clothes, in their hair, on the floor, and on the furniture.

There are 11 types of
chemicals that when left on surfaces, are considered carcinogens. They’re is
all bad because these are cancer causing. “Off-gasing” is the terms for when
the chemicals have landed on the surface but then release back into the air as
gas. It seems toxins are released everywhere from cigarettes. These toxins can
then interact with other chemicals in the environment. Toxins then are either
inhaled, ingested (they land on food), or absorbed through the skin. Overtime,
the toxins continue to accumulate and become more and more harmful. Let’s say a
person smokes in their car, obviously these chemicals just keep piling up.

Children are the biggest
victims of THS. Children sit and play on the floor. They put their fingers in
their mouths and touch surfaces.

It is important to be
adamant about not smoking in your home or vehicle to avoid THS. Studies have
shown in a house left unoccupied for 2 months, these chemicals were still
present. Acidic cleaners, especially vinegar, can help with some of the

So what is the best
solution to avoid third hand smoke?? Well, quitting smoking. Nicotine is highly
addictive and studies have shown it is nearly as addictive as heroin.

Smokers enjoy the “kick”
from inhaling nicotine. The head change from nicotine entering the bloodstream,
releases adrenaline and creates a euphoric feeling with dopamine.

Smoking doesn’t just affect
the smoker. The cigarette residue remains on clothing, drapes, furniture, just
to name a few surfaces. Opening the windows or turning on a fan don’t eliminate
the problem. You don’t want to serve a nice dinner on a thirdhand smoke residue
kitchen table. The best solution is to maintain a smoke free lifestyle. Even stepping
outside to smoke is not the right answer. It is polite to share, but not when
it comes to smoking and it’s plethora of harmful side effects.


Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.


About the Author

Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.


Sunglasses: Wear those shades

By everybodysfit

Posted Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:28am EDT

Keywords: Eye Damage, eye protection, eyes, Polarized Sunglasses, sun, sun exposure, sunburnt, sunglasses, sunshine, uva, uvb

We wear sunglasses to keep the bright sunshine out of our eyes. Besides this reason, many wear them as a popular accessary. The truth is that besides what brand or what style, we need to be wearing these shades. Whether the cheapest one-dollar pair or the most expensive brand in the store, sunglasses should be part of your attire.

Our eyes are actually sensitive. Their exposure to the sun’s rays can be damaging. The best eye care is wearing high quality glasses that protect 100% UVA and UVB. Glasses should also fully cover the eye area, with wrap around lenses being the best type. Polarized glasses should be worn when out around water. This will help protect against the glare. The skin around the eyes is especially sensitive and nearly 10% of skin cancer is near the eye area. Sunglasses also protect the skin around the eye. Cataracts and glaucoma can also be the result of long-term eye exposure to sunlight. Sunlight worsens the symptoms of these conditions, which could lead to blindness. UV rays can also speed up the process of developing macular degeneration. This occurs when the retina (specifically the macula) starts to degenerate. Even on cloudy days, sunglasses should be worn. Even when the sun isn’t visible, UV rays aren’t still in full force.

The sun glaring into the eyes can also cause and trigger migraines. Wearing sunglasses helps reduce eye strain and fatigue. You don’t have to squint which means you can see better. Sunglasses should be worn anytime outdoors. This is true around water, snow, and sand. Snow reflects 80% of UV rays. Getting sand in the eyes can cause scratches and permanent damage. Being exposed to wind can also irritate the eyes.

About 73% of adults wear sunglasses and about 58% of them make their children wear glasses too. It is the cumulative exposure that eventually leads to damage. Some people never leave home without them, while others don’t really mind the sun. Some people just simply forget. We are all at risk to eye damage from the sun, however, those with blue eyes even more so than those with brown eyes. Even the eyes can get sunburnt, which happens when the eyes are bloodshot after the day at the beach or in the snow. Surfer’s eye can happen when out on the water too long and the eyes itch and swell. Depending on where you live can also contribute to extra UV exposure. San Juan, Puerto Rico has the highest number of days with the most sunshine while Honolulu, Miami, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans follow after.

Add a little style to your ambience and wear a pair of sunglasses. You can add some zest to your attire while doing something good for your eyes at the same time. We want to live to see what life has to offer, and our eyes are the windows to that goal.


Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Altitude: Oxygen deprivation

When a person travels to a high altitude, the air pressure is a lot lower (barometric pressure).  This means that there is less oxygen present. High altitude is considered 8,000 feet and above. There is about 25% fewer oxygen molecules in the air at this level. The body has to find ways to compensate for this lack of air. Some people are particularly sensitive to higher elevation and may experience “altitude sickness”. For those who live at a higher altitude, their bodies have adjusted. For others who travel to a place with higher altitude, the body will need to figure out how to adjust.

Symptoms include headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, fatigue, and trouble sleeping. These usually occur within 12 to 24 hours of being at the higher elevation.

There are 3 types of altitude sickness:

  1. Acute mountain sickness (AMS): A person might feel like they have a hangover, are dizzy, feel nauseous, or have a headache.
  2. High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE): The lungs can start to build up with fluid. A person might have trouble walking, their chest could feel tight, and they could have a severe headache.
  3. Edema (HACE): Fluid can start to fill up in the brain. This can be life threatening. A person might feel very confused, not be able to walk, could go into a coma, and have shortness of breath even at rest.

Anyone is at risk for altitude sickness, even an Olympic athlete. Exercising at higher elevation puts a person at increased risk. There are many variables to consider such as how high the elevation is, how quickly the person entered this environment, or even where you sleep. Younger people are more at risk for getting sick.

If any of these symptoms arise, the best immediate solution is to go down to a lower elevation. The best way to prevent altitude sickness is by acclimatization. The body can slowly get used to higher elevations. Many athletes do this if they know they will be competing at a higher elevation. The lungs can build up and learn to take deeper breaths to allow for more red blood cells to supply oxygen. Consuming extra carbohydrates and drinking plenty of water is highly recommended. The body is resilient, but it needs to learn as well. Gradually approach higher elevations and the body will come prepared for you.


Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Asthma: Air supply on restriction

Coughing. Wheezing. Tight chest. Shortness of breath. These are the common symptoms of the air restriction condition called asthma. When the bronchial tubes become inflamed, the airway tightens and can fill with mucus. People experience different symptoms at different times and can go a long period without “attacks”. Some people only have asthma during exercise, others only when they have a cold, and others when their allergies are heightened. Triggers can include dust mites, cigarette smoke, molds, pollen, animal dander, and pollen. Asthma is common in people who have low levels of vitamins C, E, and omega 3 fatty acids. Extreme emotional states can also bring upon asthma.

Asthma attacks vary in severity. During a mild attack, the airway will open up and alleviate normally within a few minutes or up to an hour. A serious attack may require immediate emergency medical attention. An attack becomes especially dangerous when the lips start to turn blue and speech is difficult. Prevention of an attack is key as one starts to learn their body’s warning signs. Early warning signs include feeling short of breath, losing your breath quickly, coughing bouts (usually at night), mood changes, feeling more tired than normal, allergy symptoms such as a runny nose or sneezing, or when a peak flow meter reads low lung function (less than 50%).

Asthma affects up to 12% of children which makes it the leading chronic illness for young people. This number seems to be on the rise (the causes are unknown).

The exact cause of asthma is unknown. The exact cure for asthma is also unknown. Learning what triggers an attack can be a learning process for someone. However, asthma should not deter someone from being physically active. Exercise indoors if air quality is poor. Always bring your inhaler. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Uncontrolled crying can impede breathing. Be sure to stop activity when you feel short of breath abnormally (not just from increasing your heart rate). Ask your doctor to help test you to discover what sets off your airways obstruction. When it comes to your health, inhale positivity and exhale negativity. Don’t let any obstruction get in the way of your progress.


Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Corona Virus–empower yourself with knowledge and stop feeling helpless. You’re not.

If you watch the news, you know that fears about the Corona virus are the top news story every night. How much of the information is actually useful though?  Do you have a mask yet? Are you freaking out because there’s no hand sanitizer to be found? Grocery stores and even large chain home improvement stores are selling out of both. Even Aloe Vera is difficult to find as panic gripped people try to make their own sanitizer.

The government uses these virus fear tactics to control populations. People trust that the government will protect them. People willingly give up their rights and freedom for
security and “protection”. Fear is paralyzing and proven to lower IQ to almost childlike status. That’s how they control you.  Most of those who die from these global virus events are people who are already immune system compromised with physical, chemical, or emotional stress before they are infected.

So wouldn’t logical thinking tell you to improve your own immune system to protect yourself?

A few years ago in 2015, the global fear was the mosquito spreading Zika virus to vulnerable pregnant women. Zika infection during pregnancy could result in a brain condition called microcephaly to the child.  Before that it was Ebola and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Are you aware that SARS first appeared in 2003 and is caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV)? (Resources) And yet, everyone reading this survived—or your parents did.

People recover. Humans have
survived plagues and viruses since the beginning of time. A virus is a virus. Your
body is equipped.

Understanding how a virus
replicates once inside your body is far more beneficial than buying a mask and
hand sanitizer to fight it. And hand sanitizer is so over rated. It contains
cancer-causing ingredients.  It actually
dries out your hands and destroys the natural Creator given protective flora
and oil glands on the largest organ of the body—your skin. This leads to
secondary infections. Studies have shown that hand sanitizer takes 4 minutes of
vigorous scrubbing to actually kill germs on your hands. (Resources below)
Meanwhile you are stripping your skin of the very bacterial defenders you need
to survive. Healthy skin is your first line of defense. Keep in mind, your body
knows perfectly and exactly how to prevent viruses from entering your body. Your
skin is comprised of millions of protective bacterial species. Unless you scrub
them off! Bacillus subtilis, for just one example, fights off other harmful
bacteria and was used to make the antibiotic ointment Bacitracin.

Sadly, most medical
intervention is counter intuitive. Take the idea of fogging the air with
alcohol and sanitizers.  This actually
weakens the immune system response and predisposes people to further infection.
Think of hospitals—the pillars of sterilized sanitized institutions. There are
hand sanitizers outside every room. Yet, 1.7 million Americans develop
hospital-acquired infections each year and 99,000 of them die.  (Resources)
Infections like MRSA and C-diff are frequently acquired after a hospital
or nursing home stay. These secondary infections can be deadly or difficult to
treat at best. If you can’t kill germs in a hospital setting without causing secondary
infections—maybe the germs aren’t the problem.

Still, the fear mongering
media doctors tell us of makeshift hospital like quarantine centers where one
person can infect large groups of people and actually spread the disease.  Fear and panic weaken the immune system faster
than the medications they give you to suppress the symptoms.  And they’re not going to serve you natural
antivirals like garlic and blueberries. Or healing immune system boosters like
Kombucha, Kefir, or raw fermented veggies. Since part of your immune system is
located in your gut—it makes sense to improve your immune system by improving
your microbial diversity.  The more
variety of beneficial bacteria, the healthier the immune system.

If the media docs really
wanted to scare you awake—maybe they’d tell you that you have a much better
chance of dying from risk factors that have little to nothing to do with
viruses and everything to do with factors that are completely under your own

The number of deaths by risk
factor in 2017 had 10.44 million people dying of high blood pressure and 6.53
million dying of high blood sugar. And despite all the research, all the money,
all the technological and medical advances—the number one and number two causes
of death have remained the same for decades: cardiovascular disease (17.79
million deaths in 2017) and cancer (9.56 million deaths in 2017). (Resources)  But keep taking those pills they give you
because your lifestyle has nothing to do with your dis-ease.

You can protect yourself from viruses by avoiding crowded public places like fitness gyms, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mass transit, sporting events, cruise ships, and daycare.  If you or your kids are sick, stay home! Avoid public quarantine.

If you have to use a public
restroom—wash your hands and then use a paper towel, a tissue, your elbow, or
foot to open the door. Teach your children to do the same! Kids love to touch
everything and then touch their face. Consider shopping online and pick up at
the grocery store.  At least for the near
future, be vigilant. But always wash your hands. And always be vigilant.

Your throat has a
sophisticated intelligence system located in the small pores lining the back of
it, that act like a switchboard to detect foreign invaders and neutralize them.
The tonsils and adenoids are lymph tissue that hold these invaders so they
can’t get into your lungs. Unless you’ve had them removed. Coughing clears the
lymph. Giving drugs like Tylenol for fever, or cough medicine to suppress symptoms
only drives the virus deeper!  Viruses
like to hide in the lower part of the lungs where they can remain undetected
and multiply. The Wim Hof Method teaches deep breathing. (Resource) Very few
people know the simple yet profound power of deep breathing.

Despite what the media
doctors and social media tell us—Vitamin C is being used very effectively to
treat the coronavirus in Wuhan China. There are other crucial nutrients like
zinc and selenium listed in the articles below. (See resources

Vitamin A and D3 work at the
cellular level to prevent the virus particles from entering the cell. The
particles must gain entrance to the DNA in your cells in order to multiply. The
longer they remain locked outside the cell—the easier time your immune system
has to recognize them and destroy them. (See Passover Protocol below)

Some other helpful things you
can do right now to boost your immunity:

  • Decrease stress—meditate, pray, listen to music, deep
    breathe, turn off the TV and quit yelling at the nightly news (wait, that’s
    just me)
  • Get plenty of rest. Turn off the TV; leave your phone
    outside the room.  Optimal 7-8 hours. Complete
    Darkness. Sleep is when your body digests food and performs repairs.
  • Eat clean—natural, local, organic and include warm
    bone broths, garlic, onions, kombucha, kefir, and raw fermented veggies. Eat
    within an 8-hour period every day. Try to fast for 12-16 hours before you break
    your fast. If your body has too much food to digest (no midnight snacks)—it
    can’t work on the immune system repairs and rebuilding. Rest and Digest.  Your gut—like your skin, has billions of
    protective and beneficial bacteria. Feed them.
  • Activated Charcoal or Bentonite Clay to draw out
  • Deep breathing—Wim Hof method
  • Far Infrared Sauna—sweat out those toxins!  Far infrared is safe for heart patients but
    check with your doctor just to be sure. (Resources)
  • Take a walk outside in fresh air and get some daily
    sunshine. If you can’t walk then sit outside in the sun and do some deep
    breathing. Spending time in nature is healing.

Please keep in mind (once again) that you were born with innate, Creator given protective mechanisms to ensure your survival. You were not born deficient in drugs to combat viruses. Educate and empower yourself with knowledge of how your body works.  Fear is paralyzing and incapacitating and leads to feelings of helplessness. But you are not helpless!

Focus on the things you can
control. You choose what public events you attend. You choose what you eat and
drink. You choose to feed the good bacteria that keep you alive every single
day. You choose to strengthen your immune system proactively and get plenty of
rest.  You choose to keep your family
safe. You choose not to be a victim.

“You had the power all along”
(Glinda, The Good Witch—The Wizard of Oz))