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Jonnie Irwin tries 'salt therapy' to 'hit my chest infection from all sides'

The former A Place In The Sun presenter is trying salt therapy as one of many alternative treatments to help ease his symptoms.

Jonnie Irwin at the TRIC Awards in June 2023. (Zak/Landmark Media/Alamy)
Jonnie Irwin is trying salt therapy to help fight off a chest infection. (Alamy)

Jonnie Irwin has revealed he is using salt therapy as one of many alternative treatments to fight off his chest infection.

The former A Place In The Sun presenter – who announced in November 2022 he has terminal lung cancer – shared a picture of himself relaxing in the Salt Room at a health and wellness clinic in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Irwin wrote: "Hitting my chest infection from all sides; antibiotics (I tried to ride it out but was getting worse) 2 hours this morning in my @o2worx hyperbaric chamber and now down at @sereniti_health breathing deeply in the Salt Room.

"So relaxing and got this place to myself! All wrapped up and relaxed. I feel I’ve got some great and knowledgeable people around me atm. #saltylips #alternativetherapies #healthspa #healthandwellness"

Salt Therapy is a natural treatment for respiratory, sinus, allergy and skin conditions which aims to reduce inflammation and congestion through the absorption of the minerals from Himalayan salt.

The TV presenter, who is due to turn 50 in November, recently revealed he has had a pop-up oxygen chamber installed in his home.

Research is still ongoing as to whether oxygen therapy can slow tumour growth and boost the effectiveness of cancer treatment.

And he has previously spoken about adopting a special diet in a bid to "starve" his tumours and slow their growth, as advised by cancer survivor Jane Mclelland, author of a book called How To Starve Cancer.

Irwin has been keeping active, in spite of his chest infection, cycling his three sons to swimming in their trailer.

The Escape To The Country star and wife Jess are parents to four-and-a-half-year-old son Rex and three-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac.

Irwin was given six months by doctors to live back in 2020 and kept his cancer diagnosis a secret from TV producers because he feared losing his job.

Jonnie Irwin at the TRIC Awards in London.
Jonnie Irwin has a chest infection. (Getty Images)

He recently shared he had pushed through his chest infection to enjoy an outing to pick pumpkins with his family.

He continues to update fans and videos with photos of himself making the most of time with his family.

He and wife Jess recently celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary with a date night. And Irwin enjoyed a special dinosaur sleepover with his sons.

Over the summer they enjoyed a family day out to a wildlife park in Yorkshire, a staycation at the beach in Northumberland, and a relaxing stay at a four star hotel in Worcestershire.

The TV presenter is currently undergoing palliative care for his incurable cancer which has spread to his brain.

Irwin has previously said doctors did not expect him to see 2023.

Jonnie Irwin on A Place In The Sun before his illness. (Channel 4)
Jonnie Irwin kept his cancer diagnosis a secret at first from his bosses at A Place In The Sun. (Channel 4)

Recently, Irwin revealed his cancer is "on the move".

Irwin kept his diagnosis a secret for two years, and when he told producers of the Channel 4 holiday property show he had terminal cancer, he was dropped because he was told they were unable to insure him to work.

He said he felt "thrown on the scrap heap".

Chemotherapy and cancer drugs have helped extend the initial prognosis and the TV presenter is determined to make the most of any time he has left with his family.

Escape To The Country stars Nicki Chapman, Jonnie Irwin, Jules Hudson and Sonali Shah enjoyed the TRIC Awards as a 'family'. (Getty Images)
Escape To The Country stars Nicki Chapman, Jonnie Irwin, Jules Hudson and Sonali Shah enjoyed the TRIC Awards as a 'family'. (Getty Images)

Irwin attended the TRIC Awards in June and said: "I wanted to show that because you have cancer it doesn't mean you are a different person.

“You can still work. Look at me now. I don't think the doctors were expecting me to make 2023 but here I am and I'm available at work."

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