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Honesdale, PA–Dr. Carrie Demers of the Himalayan Institute to Address Consumer Questions on Naegleria Fowleri Dangers; Publishes Guide on Safe Nasal Cleansing Procedures

The Himalayan Institute, pioneer of the original Neti PotTM in the U.S. and leading holistic health, non-profit organization, is responding to the recent Naegleria fowleri infections, originating from the contaminated residential water supply in Louisiana. Dr. Carrie Demers, a board certified medical physician and director of the Himalayan Institute Total Health Center, has published “The Himalayan Institute Neti PotTM Safety Guide,” complete with doctor-recommended procedures for safe The Neti PotTM use. Additionally, now through January 15, Dr. Demers will address individuals’ questions submitted to The Himalayan Institute’s “Ask the Doctor” webpage.

“The tragic Naegleria fowleri infections in Louisiana are the unfortunate result of contaminated water supplies” Dr. Demers states. “In light of these contamination events we recommend using sterile water, such as boiled or distilled water, for nasal cleansing. In addition, we recommend cleaning and air-drying neti pots after each use. We aim to reinforce this stance with the publishing of “The Himalayan Institute Neti PotTM Safety Guide” and our “Ask the Doctor” webpage. If you are unsure of safe nasal cleansing procedures, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of these resources.”

Neti pots are a time-honored, doctor recommended, clinically tested method of nasal cleansing with proven health benefits. They are designed to naturally cleanse, refresh, and protect the nasal passages, one of the body’s first lines of defense against illness. Neti pots have been safely used by thousands of Americans for decades and millions of people worldwide for more than 2000 years.

“If you are irrigating, flushing, or rinsing your nasal passages with a neti pot, always use sterilized water, and always clean with soap and water after each use,” Dr. Demers explains. “Without proper sterilization, water from any source can potentially contain contaminants, such as bacteria and microorganisms that may lead to an infection if introduced to the nasal cavity. Naegleria fowleri cannot survive in temperatures above 116°F (or 47°C). Thus, boiling water eliminates the risks associated with this microorganism.”

According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Naegleria fowleri infections are very rare. In the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, 32 infections were reported in the U.S. Of those cases, 30 people were infected by contaminated recreational water and two people were infected by water from a geothermal (naturally hot) drinking water supply.” (source:



About Carrie Demers, M.D.:
Board-certified in internal medicine, Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health. Dr. Demers received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and has served as the Medical Director of the Himalayan Institute Total Health Center for the last 15 years. Widely recognized for her expertise, Dr. Demers has been interviewed by numerous magazines, and newspapers and lectures nationally on holistic health and ayurveda. She is a frequent contributor to Yoga International magazine.

About The Himalayan Institute:
A leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, the Himalayan Institute is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian programs. The Institute and its varied activities and programs exemplify the spiritual heritage of mankind that unites East and West, spirituality and science, and ancient wisdom and modern technology.