If 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 getting 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. So why is this cycle escalating? Why aren’t you winning the war when you frequently win the battles? Because 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?
Glad you asked. 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 feeding grounds of the ones that you have killed, leaving you with a fauna of germs that you cannot kill. This is really a recipe for how to take a bad neighborhood and make it worse by killing off only the weakest of criminals.
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 produces 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 insolated from your immune system and from the drugs that you would take to reach them by distribution through your micro-capillary bed.
And so you see, that to approach the problem of sinusitis with merely an antibiotic to kill the bacteria would be only half the solution. You need an anti-fungal as well to attenuate the population of molds (fungi) that inhabit your sinuses and insulate the bacteria from the reach of your immune system.
And 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 antibiotic will kill only a portion of the fauna leaving the survivors to take-over the nutritional sinus tissue that the killed bacteria 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.
Ah, so you ask, “where can I find such an active agent that kills fungus and all types of bacteria?”
Glad you asked. As it turns out, a pure aqueous colloid of silver is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. 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 and the difference it not that large. Better still, when this pure aqueous colloid of silver is of sufficient potency ( greater than 35ppm) 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. I suggest using about 100 parts per million (ppm) of the peppermint oil and roughly 0.2% tween-20.
Clinical studies have shown this enhanced colloid of silver to terminate 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 and so it doesn’t have to be taken systemically. This is huge reduction in the amount that you need to use/ingest and allows for an insignificant bodily reaction to this therapy. You won’t have a powerful antimicrobial coursing through-out your entire body killing beneficial and malicious bacteria in your entire body. You apply it ONLY where the infection is occurring. In your nose.
Of course, since you have a sinus infection, the mucosal flow is pretty large. This will flush the antimicrobial from the area in less than 10 minutes. 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 your sinuses while inhaling every 20 to 30 minutes. This re-application on a regular basis is absolutely paramount to the success of the therapy.
So you see, 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, you will attenuate the fungus and the bacteria while not shifting the fauna and flora. You will bring the balance of infective agents in your sinuses with the immune system’s ability to control them back to a point of stasis. This is indeed the point of treating sinusitis in a holistic manner.
There are products available on the web that can facilitate this therapy. However, one can simply buy a saline mist at any drug-store, clean out the bottle and with a sufficiently good colloid, make this for themself.
When used in this manner, the amount of silver that you ingest is roughly the same as what you would receive from eating, breathing and drinking water in a day. In fact, it would take about 10,000 bottles of this to turn you blue. You would have to drink them in a very short period of time as well. So, argyria is truely an non-issue. In 10 years of laboratory study on bacteria, fungus, virus, mice, rats, and people, I have yet to see any adverse effect.
If you are one who appreciates the benefit of using a neti pot, you will understand that it reaches the most remote caverns of your sinuses on the first day. Now if one were to use an enhanced silver colloid (with tween-20 and peppermint oil added) they could apply that natural antibacterial and antifungal power directly to the sinus mucosa. You can fill your sinuses with this Super Neti Juice and then close off your nose with your fingers. Sitting this way for 10 or more minutes will kill more bacteria and fungus than a week of antibiotics.
The next time that you have sinus problems, why not take a natural, balanced approach to returning your sinuses to a condition of balance. Don’t reach for the antibiotics, reach for some herbs and some enhanced silver colloid.
I'm an herbalist who enjoys solving difficult yet common problems by applying NorthAmerican Herbology in innovative ways.