Treating Sinusitis Naturally and Effectively By Steven R. Frank I

f you suffer from chronic sinusitis and have been through multiple courses of antibiotics then you know the ills of the antibiotic approach. The antibiotics leave you with intestinal problems and often yeast infections, while they only get rid of the sinus infection for 6 months or so. The next time it comes back, you have to try a different antibiotic and this one will cost more and make you feel worse. Why is this cycle escalating?

Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good

Unfortunately, the antibiotic solution does more harm than good. It shifts the fauna and flora of bacteria in your sinuses to the ones that are not so easily killed by the antibiotics, and leaves you with a more formidable foe after each round. Additionally, the antibiotics are taken systemically, which means that they are coursing through your entire body when you only need them in your sinuses. This distorts all of the fauna in your body and can lead to a yeast infection. What’s a sinus sufferer to do?

The problem is two-fold. First, you 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 you are using to kill the bacteria kills only some of the bacteria. The ones that are not susceptible to your chosen antibiotic will take over the feed- ing grounds of the ones that you have killed, leaving you with a fauna of germs that you cannot kill.

Let’s explore the first point. Your sinuses are host to many fungi. They thrive on the muco-polysaccharides (mucus) that line your sinus passage and produce exotoxins that irritate the sinus membranes. Your immune system does its best to kill these invaders but this is a constant battle, for every breath that you take will contain molds. What makes this problem worse is the fact that the fungus acts as a platform of insulation on which the bacteria can live and thrive. 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 your im-

mune system and from the drugs that you would take to reach them by distribution through your micro-capillary bed.

So, you see, approaching the problem of sinusitis with merely an antibiotic to kill the bacteria would be only half the solu- tion. You need an anti-fungal as well to at- tenuate the population of molds (fungi) that inhabit your sinuses. For it is these molds that insulate the bacteria, keeping them out of reach of your immune system.

Choose an Anti-Microbial That Kills All of the Bacteria

Now for the second part. It is very

important to choose an anti-microbial that will kill ALL the bacteria. Antibiotics work in three discrete manners and can kill three different groups of bacteria. Each type of an- tibiotic will kill only a portion of the fauna leaving the survivors to take over the nutri- tional sinus tissue that the bacteria which you killed have abandoned. What you want is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that kills all types of bacteria as evenly as possible so that you don’t just kill the easy ones. 17

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