The Natural and Sustainable Way to Sinus Health

If one suffers from chronic sinusitis and has been through multiple courses of antibiotics, then one knows the ills of the antibiotic approach. The antibiotics leave the user with intestinal problems and often yeast infections. If lucky, the antibiotics will get rid of the sinus infection for 6 months or so. The next time it comes back, the user will have to try a different antibiotic that will cost more and make them feel worse. So why is this cycle escalating? Why aren’t users winning the war when they frequently win the battles? Because the antibiotic solution does more harm than good. It shifts the fauna and flora of bacteria in the sinuses to the ones that are difficult to kill with antibiotics and leaves users with a more formidable foe after each round.¹ Even worse, antibiotics won’t kill the fungus; they are left to expand and grow. Additionally, the antibiotics are taken systemically, which means that they are coursing through the entire body when they only need them in the sinuses. This distorts all of the fauna in the body and can lead to a yeast infection. So what’s a sinus sufferer to do?

The Problem

The problem is twofold. First, sinus sufferers are fighting what is a symbiotic relationship of fungus and bacteria with an active agent that kills only the bacteria. Second, the active agent that is being used to kill the bacteria kills only some of the bacteria. The microbes that are not susceptible to the chosen antibiotic will take over the feeding grounds of the ones that were killed, leaving the user with a fauna of germs that cannot be killed with antibiotics. This is really a recipe for how to take a bad neighborhood and make it worse by killing off only the weakest of criminals.

The Symbiotic Relationship

Let’s explore the first point. The sinuses are host to many fungi. They thrive on the muco-polysaccharides (mucus) that line the sinus passage and produce exotoxins that irritate the sinus membranes. The immune system does its best to kill these invaders, but this is a constant battle, for every breath that the user will take will contain molds, bacteria, and viruses. What makes this problem worse is the fact that the fungus acts as a layer of insulation on which the bacteria can live and thrive.2 The bacteria can digest the conversion of the muco-polysaccharides by the fungus and live on top of them. In this manner, they are insulated from the immune system and from the drugs that would like to reach them since the drugs are distributed via the microcapillary bed.

 Thus, to approach the problem of sinusitis with merely a systemic antibiotic to kill the bacteria would be only half the solution. An antifungal is needed as well to attenuate the population of molds (fungi) that inhabit the sinuses and insulate the bacteria from the reach of the immune system and the antibiotics.4 Moreover, taking these drugs orally delivers a huge body burden and in most cases, very little actually reaches the pathogens. Users need to apply the antimicrobial directly to the infection.

The Active Agent

For the second part, it is very important to choose an antimicrobial that will kill ALL the bacteria. Antibiotics work in three discrete manners and can kill three different groups of bacteria. Each type of antibiotic will kill only a portion of the fauna. This leaves the survivors to take over the nutritious sinus tissue that was made available when the “easy” bacteria was killed. What users want is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that kills all types of bacteria as evenly as possible so that the easy ones aren’t the only ones killed. Users also need an antimicrobial that will kill fungus.

The Solution

But “where can I find such an active agent that kills fungus and all types of bacteria?”

As it turns out, a pure aqueous colloid of silver is both antifungal and antibacterial. Yes, it is more effective against the bacteria than it is against the fungus. It takes longer to kill the fungus.  Yes, it kills some bacteria better than others, but it does kill them all very well. Better still, when this pure aqueous colloid of silver is of sufficient potency (greater than 35 ppm) and is mixed with a surfactant to enhance penetration into cells (such as Tween-20), it is phenomenally effective, showing kill ratios of greater than 1 million in less than 20 minutes.3

Clinical studies have shown that this enhanced colloid of silver is able to terminate simple sinus infections in a week or less, and this is far better than sinus surgery or antibiotics. What’s more, it can be sprayed directly into the sinuses, so it doesn’t have to be taken systemically. This is a huge reduction in the amount that is needed to use/ingest. Users won’t have a powerful antimicrobial coursing throughout the entire body killing beneficial bacteria in the entire body.  It is ONLY applied where the infection is occurring: in the nose.

 Of course, since there is a sinus infection, the mucosal flow is pretty large. This will flush the antimicrobial from the area in less than 10 minutes.5 It is absolutely paramount to the success of this therapy that the environment be replenished with the antimicrobial agent every 20 to 30 minutes. This can easily be accomplished by spraying the active agent into the sinuses while inhaling every 20 to 30 minutes. This reapplication on a regular basis is absolutely paramount to the success of the therapy. Not only does the mucus carry away the antimicrobial, but the bacteria and fungus can double in numbers every 20 minutes. In order to get ahead of their reproduction rate, one needs to repeatedly spray and kill them. Repeated application at 20 to 30 minute intervals is the key to making this work.

The balanced holistic approach to sinusitis rests with using the right active agent in the right concentration in the right place and with the right protocol. If this is done, users will attenuate the fungus and the bacteria without shifting the fauna and flora. Users will reestablish the healthy balance of power in the nose. This solution to sinusitis is superior to the antibiotic approach as it doesn’t create a fauna and flora that is immune to the treatment, and it doesn’t disturb any other part of the body.

If one appreciates the benefit of using a neti pot, then one will understand that it reaches the most remote caverns of the sinuses on the first day. Most neti pot protocols, however, suggest using saline. Bacteria and fungus love saline, so the only benefit that users would get from that protocol is that some will be washed away. Very few are washed away though as they are protected and held secure by a slime layer.6 Users instead can fill their sinuses with a powerful natural antimicrobial (an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver such as Super Neti Juice™) and then close off the nose with their fingers. Sitting this way for 10 or more minutes will kill more bacteria and fungus than a week of antibiotics. It will kill FAR more bacteria than a user could possibly flush away with saline. The enhanced aqueous colloid of silver will sting a bit when flushed into the sinuses. As it is held there, it will reach osmotic equilibrium, and the discomfort will subside. The colloid takes time to kill. It is not a “contact” antiseptic. Leave it there for 10 minutes, and let it do its work. Doing this in the morning and the evening produces extraordinary benefits in relieving difficult sinus infections. Remember to very thoroughly rinse the neti pot with distilled water before putting the colloid in it. Salt residue from the saline will ruin the colloid.

 



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