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Sunday, June 22, 2014

End Swim Congestion

"If you ship does not come in, swim out to meet it." - Jonathan Winters, Actor and Comedian

If you are at all serious about doing well as a triathlete, you have to practice swimming, running and biking under race type conditions.

That means swimming in open water in a lake, ocean or the case here in the Midwest, one of the Great Lakes.

I swim as part of a training group every Monday night at an inland lake in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. I've heard several athletes complain about being congested after the swim. I also had a slight case of my sinuses being blocked.

I did not think much about it until I did the Age Group National Sprint Championship in Milwaukee last August. The swim course was in Lake Michigan in the harbor here in Milwaukee.  I did the practice swim on Friday afternoon and the sprint race on Sunday morning.

By Sunday evening,  my sinuses were so stuffed up it was uncomfortable. It was a little tough to breath and I had a bad sinus headache. I asked my coach what to do about it and she recommended this product; Sovereign Silver.    Sovereign Silver Immune Support is made by Natural Immunogenics. It a solution of Silver Hydrosol. It comes in a mister bottle. It contains charged silver particles.

To use it, I spray a bit in each nostril before and after I swim.  I no longer get any congestion from swimming. I am still swimming in inland lakes. I also did the Chicago Triathlon last August with no problem. I would not swim without it in open water.

It is available on Amazon. A 2.7 ounce bottle retails for $13.00.
I've seen discussion on Amazon about using this for skin conditions and cuts as well.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team and was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 150 members in 29 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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