It is cold season, and that can mean sinus pain and pressure. Sinuses are four sets of hollow, moist air spaces in your cheekbones, your forehead, behind your nasal passages and deep in your brain. When the mucous membranes of our sinuses become infected or irritated the infection is called "sinusitis."
Sinuses infections are common after a bout with a cold and when a person has allergies. It may not sound all that bad, but most people who've experienced sinusitis will tell you that a sinusitis infection is no fun!
A daytime cough that is "dry" and does not improve after 7 days, fever, dental and/or ear pain, tenderness in the face and even nausea, headaches and pain behind the eye can make you feel pretty miserable.
(NOTE: Sinus cavities do not develop in our forehead until we are about 6 or 7 years old. Therefore headaches in early childhood are not usually due to sinus infections.)
You might be taking antibiotics for your sinus infection, but did you know that nearly ALL cases of sinusitis are caused by fungal infection? Body Ecology works when your antibiotics won't!
Common treatments for sinusitis include antibiotics to kill bacteria, decongestants that reduce the swelling of the inflamed mucus membrane, and pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen.
Unfortunately, many people experience sinusitis symptoms on a regular basis, even after taking antibiotics and over-the-counter medicines. In fact, 31 million adults have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis1 that doesn't even respond to conventional treatment!
Chronic Sinusitis and Fungal Infection
Many doctors turn to antibiotics to heal chronic sinusitis, but new studies show that antibiotics are ineffective because a large number of chronic sinus infections are actually caused by fungal infections!2
This became evident as early as 1999 when the Mayo Clinic published a study suggesting that fungal sinusitis was more common than previously thought. In fact, in the nasal washings from the sinuses of patients with chronic sinusitis, 96% of those studied had a fungal overgrowth in their sinus cavities.
The disease is now known as EFRS (eosinophilic fungal rhinosinusitis) or EMRS (eosinophilic mucinous rhinosinusitis).
Interestingly, those control subjects who did not have sinusitis also had an overgrowth of fungus. However, the miserable patients suffering with sinusitis symptoms had a type of white blood cell called an "eosinophile" that was active. The eosinophiles released a product called MBP (Major Basic Protein) into the mucus lining which attacks and kills the fungus but is also extremely irritating to the lining of the sinuses. MBP injures the lining of the sinuses and allows bacteria to proliferate.
The injury to the lining of the sinuses by the fungus led to the now popular belief that treatment of chronic sinusitis should be directed at the fungus rather than the bacteria.
The misuse of antibiotics, a high sugar diet, stress, birth control pills, cortisol and other drugs (including recreational drugs and alcohol) all cause an overgrowth of fungi. Exposure to mold and fungi in the environment, both due to water leaks from roofs and plumbing as well as more efficient homes with less air exchange, are also culprits.
Fungal infections do not respond to antibiotics at all, and antibiotics can actually make fungal infections worse.
Since antibiotics do not work and common treatments only temporarily alleviate symptoms, you need to address the underlying cause of your sinusitis...the fungal infection with the active white blood cells that make the irritating MBP.
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Preventing and Treating Fungal Sinusitis
Body Ecology is a system of health and healing that emphasizes the positive side of healing by introducing beneficial bacteria into your body versus killing bacteria with antibiotics.
While at times we know that antibiotics may be essential for conquering a virulent bacterial infection, we believe in focusing first and foremost onprevention and on building a strong, vital immune system. We do this by establishing a healthy inner ecosystem (made up of the friendly microflora) in your intestines. These help keep you healthy and strong so that you have a much better chance of resisting an infection of any kind.
Body Ecology uses fermented foods and beverages, food combining and other principles to establish and maintain a healthy environment inside your body that fights illness and disease.
Learn more about the 7 Key Principles of the Body Ecology program.
In Short: The Body Ecology program is effective for preventing bacterial, fungal and viral infections and can be your best defense against sinusitis. Diet is key when your sinus infection is fungal based. It must be an antifungal diet and Body Ecology is the most effective antifungal diet yet. If you haven't already, be sure to read the bestselling book, "The Body Ecology Diet."
To treat and prevent sinusitis, use Body Ecology as your foundation for wellness. Also consider these alternatives to conventional treatment:
- Antibiotics wipe out good AND bad bacteria so when you must use one also be sure you are on an antifungal diet. Also replenish the beneficial bacteria in your gut with fermented foods and beverages. Our new Coco-Biotic and our Dong Quai probiotic liquid are delicious and convenient ways to take this essential step every day!
- There are alternatives to antibiotics that are often useful especially if your immune system is alive and well from eating a probiotic diet. Colloidal silver, oil of oregano, and olive leaf extract are just three of many natural remedies that you might try first.
- Steam your face twice a day and put essential oils that are antifungal in the water. The moist heat relieves symptoms and provides needed moisture for your nasal passages. The oils are anti-fungal and antibacterial.
Whether or not you have sinusitis, the Body Ecology program is a way to build immunity, gain energy, lose weight and prevent illness and disease. You'll have a much better chance of escaping the cold and flu season without the usual bouts of illness and establish a foundation for long term health.
1Chronic Sinusitis, National Center For Health Statistics, 2004. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/sinuses.htm
2Tichenor, M.D., W.S., "Fungal Sinusitis." http://www.sinuses.com/fungal.htm
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