Readers offer suggestions to those suffering from Empty Nose Syndrome
  • Readers offer suggestions to those suffering from Empty Nose Syndrome

Soak Your Feet

Re: “Like Trying to Come up for Air,” July 7 cover story

I am a lifetime holistic chiropodist foot specialist. I’m 75 years old. I am a therapist and a holistic dietician. I have dealt with this condition before and have had great success. I would be more than happy to render my services to these suffering victims. In the meantime, I suggest they soak their feet in hot rock-salt water, and dry their feet really well afterwards. This will help to stimulate circulation and will render a wonderful night’s sleep.

I understand this condition. Your brain is being denied oxygen. That’s where the feeling of drowning comes in.

I am a court-certified holistic cheropodist — the age-old art of the ancient Egyptians. Cheropody is the art of healing holistically through the hands and feet. It is the modern-day mother of reflexology.

  • Nancy Cuskaden
  • via voicemail

Pure, unremitting hell

The Joy of Breathing

Bravo to the Reader for raising awareness that undergoing the procedure of turbinectomy is no assurance that one’s breathing gets easier. On the contrary, the victims of the severely unpleasant aftereffects of the surgery report that it may feel “Like Trying to Come Up for Air.” The heartfelt testimonials of how frustrating it is to live with the absence of nasal sensation makes seem Cyrano De Bergerac like a lucky guy!

Jokes aside, my deep compassion goes to everyone who has any kind of breathing problem. I know how anxious, confused, depressed, helpless, insecure, irritable, tense, tired, scary and miserable it can feel when a primary organ of perception and intuition is blocked. Since birth, I have experienced chronically stuffy nose and sinus blockages, causing throat and ear infections. I’m often forced to breathe only through my mouth (confined for years to bed rest while other kids were playing outside). In communist Czechoslovakia, advanced medical procedures were not available. Luckily I was introduced to a poor man’s natural remedy: the twin-sister sciences of yoga and ayurveda, which I credit with helping me to regain the healthy function of my olfactory organs and a normal lifestyle — but more importantly, to experience the joy of breathing effortlessly!

My transformation inspired me to become a certified yoga therapist trained in various modalities specializing in respiratory issues, and the science of pranayama. To guide my clients into pleasant breathing experiences, managing pain, or facilitating better health and healing has been a rewarding experience. Living in La Jolla where the air is fresh and salty helps.

Here are a few tips (to be practiced with supervision at first), tailored for those who are dealing with ENS syndrome and related symptoms: For anxiety, helplessness and to adjust to this “altered identity” (often experienced due to the absence of nose sensations), direct the focus to other areas in the body, where ebb and flow of inhales and exhales are easily perceived, using a gentle, nonjudgmental touch (belly, ribs, lungs, etc.) For chronic fatigue, memory loss, and insecurity, it’s good to spend time in fresh air, connecting with nature’s healing power. For those who like to exercise, use simple, repetitive movements to increase breathing capacity naturally, provide more oxygen and prana/vital energy to the brain, lungs, organs, and muscles Gradually, confidence and strength will build up.

Chair yoga is a safe option for individuals fearful of fainting. There are an abundance of yogic tools to ease the mind, like mantras, mudras, chanting, and meditation, which can be practiced effectively in bed, while guided deep relaxation can be beneficial to restore the energy caused by sleep deprivation or depression. Also, for ENS patients who suffer from isolation, feelings of suffocation, a lack of motivation to exercise, or even to live, I sincerely hope there will be a compassionate friend, or a kind neighbor around to uplift your spirit when you need it!

But back to the nose, the intuitive insider. A common complaint is the dryness experienced in the nasal cavities and throat. There can be also several secondary contributing factors of a psychological and psychosomatic nature. So, my recommendations may vary from person to person (from nose to nose!), using the personalized approach of viniyoga, based on creatively adapting yogic techniques to the individual needs. In many cases, restorative and fully supported inversions (a true specialty of yoga) are effective for calming the mind. The reverse effect also allows the nose cavity and brain to receive a fresh supply of blood and other bodily fluids. The timing is crucial, as is good hygiene of the place where one is practicing, to prevent infection. Using specific oils, lubricants, or a cool mist humidifier can be helpful to pacify the symptoms, although the root of the problem may persist. With limited remedies on a physical level, one may need to concentrate on soothing the nervous system. By refining the awareness of how it is influenced by our emotional and mental states; one gains clarity with regards to which behavior patterns, dietary habits, or environments have drying and irritating characteristic and are best to be avoided Choose to seek situations which are more relaxing to the whole being.

For a person affected by ENS, perceiving the mystical presence of “void” is an advanced spiritual state. So instead of being troubled by persistent feelings of incompleteness one discovers a new sensation where feeling empty means wholeness as well as holiness! Any takers ?

  • Jaruska Solyova
  • M.A.RYT 500
  • La Jolla

Follow the Money

Your reporters do a great job of following the money. Thirty-five grand from the Qualcomm execs (chump change to them) to the mayor’s reelection campaign (“Balboa Park Plan Revived” has resulted in the zombie-like resuscitation of the Jacobs plan.

We don’t need a multilayered parking garage construction project from hell right behind the Organ Pavilion, not to mention the truly sickening desecration of the Laurel Street bridge. Keep the heavy, noisy construction equipment out of our park!

Same deal with your item about the ten-story building next to the park in Hillcrest (July 7, Neighborhood News, “Hillcrest’s Uptown Planners Wonder WTF”). Follow the money!

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