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Neti Pot Users Beware - 08/28/2012

In case you do not know what a neti pot is, it is used to clear sinuses, using only water. It is a yoga technique which is becoming more popular with the general population. Many people use neti pots to relieve the symptoms of colds, allergies, sinus infections and other congestive conditions. Overall, it seems to be pretty effective for most people, and, in most instances, a pretty safe technique. After all, it just uses water and salt. No problem, right? Well, in 999,999 times out of 1,000,000 there is no problem. However, recently at least two people in Louisiana have died of an unusual infection after using neti pots. Here's what a neti pot looks like, by the way. In the two cases in Louisiana, there was Naegleria fowleri, a tiny ameba that can travel from the nose to the brain and cause fatal infections, in the tap water. No one knows how it got there, especially as the water supply was cleared of containing the organism. The ameba...

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