Dr Oz did a segment on Choking Emergencies and discussed the Heimlich Maneuver as well as cures for Bronchitis (such as South African Geranium). Doctor Oz said that we take 20,000 breaths every single day and the air passes through your trachea. But if your trachea is obstructed, it could be deadly. So, how can you prevent the Killer Clog in your throat?
Dr Oz: Food Went Down the Wrong Tube
Dr Oz showed a tongue and how the trachea is right behind it. The Trachea is about the length of a dollar bill and narrows toward the bottom, which is where food can get stuck. There is also tissue in the back that warns you when you eat food. Your esophagus is the swallowing tube bu,t if you eat too fast, your food can go down the wrong tube. The Epiglottis should close off when you eat but, if it does not close correctly and food slips in there, you have to get rid of the obstruction in order to make sure that your throat does not close off.
Dr Oz: Heimlich Maneuver Vest
Dr Oz said that there are 2 ways to damage the trachea, and one of them is through choking. When someone is choking, you should look for the Universal Sign of Choking which is where they grab their throat with both hands and look in panic. Then you should do the Heimlich Maneuver. Dr Oz had a really cool Heimlich Maneuver Vest to teach us how to help someone who is choking.
Dr Oz: How to do the Heimlich Maneuver:
1. Make a fist with one hand
2. Reach around the victim with both arms
3. Grab your fist with your opposite hand and place it right above the person’s navel
4. Do five abdominal thrusts
If you start choking and nobody else is around, you can do the Heimlich Maneuver to yourself by pushing your body into a chair, table, or another hard object to get the same result.
Dr Oz: Viral Bronchitis vs Bacterial Bronchitis
Dr Oz said that, as you inhale, you can pull in viral particles that go into your lungs. The virus goes into your cilia and you get inflamed. Another side effect is that your trachea can get closed off and you can have a lot of phlegm. If you have Bacterial Bronchitis, then you must see a doctor and get antibiotics. If you have Viral Bronchitis, here are some other things that can help.
Dr Oz: Bronchitis & South African Geranium
If you have Viral Bronchitis then try the following remedies:
- An expectorant
- A humidifier
- South African Geranium, which helps to dissolve the mucus and is only around $7, so you should always keep it on hand