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For the blissfully uninitiated, this device resembles a small teapot that you fill with warm water and a packet of saline/sodium bicarb crystals. Then, you place the spout of the Neti Pot into one of your nostrils with your head tipped forward, letting the solution run up your nose and (hopefully) out of the other nostril. Once you have succeeded without choking/aspirating/dying, you blow the heck out of your nose and expel the snot demons. I know- it sounds awful, but it is so completely effective at clearing your sinuses!
For some reason, after I cleared my head, I decided that using tap water might not be a great idea. Why this occurred to me after I lavaged my brain with 8 ounces of it is beyond me. A bit of Googling led me to this news article. I'll spare you the reading- tap water has been linked to two deaths in 2011 (both in LOUISIANA!!), due to encephalitis caused by amoebas that were found in tap water. Great. Because I needed one more thing to worry about, right? Dear God, please don't let my tombstone read:
RIP- Killed By Brain-eating Amoebas Because Sudafed Wasn't Safe For The Babies!