What does chronic sinusitis, post-nasal drip, auto-immune disease and digestive issues have in common?
The sinuses and the gut differentiate from the same embryonic tissue. As the gut develops, the sinuses migrate and develop into the skull . What that means is there's a very intimate connection between these tissues. When one becomes inflamed (i.e. the gut), the other will become inflamed as well. This is due to the release of cytokines. Cytokines are chemicals, similar to hormones, in that they communicate with the other tissues of the body. If the gut becomes inflamed from exposure to a certain type of food or infection, it signals the brain (as well as the other immune-regulating tissues in the body) to let them know of the potential danger and attack. These tissues will then go into a state of inflammation - gearing up for a battle. (This is what causes the symptoms of sinus inflammation and/or post-nasal drip.)
The problem with medical treatment for sinusitis: Antibiotics. Most doctors will prescribe antibiotics for sinus infections, post-nasal drip, or sometimes just for symptoms of a common cold. THIS IS A HUGE MISTAKE! Antibiotics kill off the normal, healthy gut flora/bacteria that your body depends on for maintaining its immunity. If you kill off that good bacteria with antibiotics, it leads to dysbiosis (abnormal levels of healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the gut), and causes "leaky gut" - an increase in the permeability of the small intestines.
Reducing gut inflammation and rebuilding the healthy gut flora (with probiotics) can eliminate chronic sinusitis, as well as boost your immune system. But in the case of mycobacterial infections in the sinuses, this will also need to be addressed.
Mycobacteria is different from normal bacteria, in that it lacks a cell wall for antibiotics or even your own immune system, to attach to in order to stop the replication. That's why antibiotics won't work, or are only short-lived. This results in chronic sinus infections that continue to worsen as you destroy your gut flora with antibiotics.
To learn more about your gut, visit our website at AbundantLifeHandW.com, and check out digestive disorders under "Conditions we treat". If you get that "gut feeling" that this may be geared towards you, give us a call or shoot us an email.
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