Do you have sinus problems? Sinus problems that have been with you a long time? I do… A lot of people I know do.
I’ve long believed that my sinus problems are related to a fungal imbalance in my body and the presence of mycotoxins triggering immune responses that wreak havoc from time to time.
If you have heard of Doug Kaufman and Know the Cause you most likely have been made aware of all the connections that our medical conditions and lifestyle may have with yeast and mold and fungus.
Me personally, I have had a lot of anti-biotics prescribed for problems I’ve had ranging from sinus, to acne to colds and pneumonia to name a few.
Doug Kauffman suggests that when the good bacteria is out of balance it allows for fungi to get out of balance and take over and get into your system. Sinuses are one of the places the fungi like to live.
This theory goes beyond just one guy spreading the word about the connection between sinus infections and fungus and mycotoxins. In fact even the Mayo Clinic has a study that supports the position that more often than not, sinus infections involve mold and fungus in our bodies.
So I was trying to dig up some info to support this theory and found a ton of interesting stuff to share with you.
I found a lot of research that is eye opening! I also found a lot of weird traditional medicine stuff that ignores this possibility and even goes so far as to suggest solutions that are known to aggravate fungal infections. Bad advice as the oft prescribed antibiotics may actually help a sinus infection stay with you longer.
A lot of the articles indicate that many, if not most sinus problems involve mold, fungus and mycotoxins.
One study by the Mayo Clinic is often cited that indicates a high percentage of sinus problems involves “allergic fungal sinusitis”.
That sounds like fungus is involved with the sinuses, right?
I’ll drop a few quotes and then the links so you can read up on this yourself. If you are interested in finding out more info about fungus and sinus problems and want solutions other than traditional medicine offer, you’ll be very happy at the possible solutions proposed.
Mayo Clinic – they know about fungus – so should doctors.
Read this and tell me if you still think fungus is not involved in a lot of the sinus problems that people have.
Mayo Clinic researchers have proposed that most chronic sinus infections may be caused by an immune system response to fungi.
Article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings
“Many studies at Mayo Clinic have added evidence to the thinking that chronic rhinosinusitis is caused by an immune reaction to fungi in the nose. Our original study linking chronic rhinosinusitis to fungi in the nose, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings in September 1999, has been reproduced and confirmed by a sinus center in Europe (ENT University Hospital in Graz, Austria). There are currently 16 studies at Mayo Clinic Rochester to further investigate the role of fungi in inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract. - Antibiotics do not help chronic sinusitis in the long run because they target bacteria, which are not usually the cause of chronic sinusitis.”
> Read the Complete Article “Research on Chronic Sinusitus” at MayoClinic.org
“Fungus allergy was thought to be involved in less than ten percent of cases,” says Dr. Sherris. “Our studies indicate that, in fact, fungus is likely the cause of nearly all of these problems. And it is not an allergic reaction, but an immune reaction.”
> Read full article Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusitis
“Allergic Fungal Sinusitis (AFS) is now believed to be an allergic reaction to environmental fungi that is finely dispersed into the air. This condition usually occurs in patients with an immunocompetent host (possessing the ability to mount a normal immune response). Patients diagnosed with AFS have a history of allergic rhinitis, and the onset of AFS development is difficult to determine. Thick fungal debris and mucin (a secretion containing carbohydrate-rich glycoproteins) are developed in the sinus cavities and must be surgically removed so that the inciting allergen is no longer present. Recurrence is not uncommon once the disease is removed. Anti-inflammatory medical therapy and immunotherapy are typically prescribed to prevent AFS recurrence. - A 1999 study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings asserts that allergic fungal sinusitis is present in a significant majority of patients diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis. The study found 96 percent of the study subjects with chronic rhinosinusitis to have a fungus in cultures of their nasal secretions. In sensitive individuals, the presence of fungus results in a disease process in which the body’s immune system sends eosinophils (white blood cells distinguished by their lobulated nuclei and the presence of large granules that attract the reddish-orange eosin stain) to attack fungi, and the eosinophils irritate the membranes in the nose. As long as fungi remain, so will the irritation.”
> Read complete article on Fungal Sinusitis
Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusiti
“It is wise to work “with” your doctor when using alternative therapies. But, there may be a much less invasive and less expensive way to approach your sinus problems. The Mayo Clinic often prescribes “anti-fungal” medications to sinus patients because they’ve found that those who suffer from sinustitis have a fungal overgrowth in their sinus cavities.”
> Read the complete article Sinus is Fungus
Mold and our Respiratory System
“Recall that in 1999, one year before my book came out, The Mayo Clinic published that 96% of all chronic sinusitis was due to fungus. I first made that discovery when I was working in the office of G. Howard Gottschalk, MD in Los Angeles after returning home from Vietnam. I began asking the pharmacist if he would crush up 2 Nystatin anti-fungal pills to a fine pulp and mix them with salt water, thereby creating a nasal spray. For patients with allergies, this seemed to work great, although we were all confused as to why it was working. Surely fungus couldn’t be causing allergies… could it? A mere 28 years later, we had our answer! Just so you understand, there is no hurry to discovery “the cause” of anything in medicine when it is so profitable to hush the symptoms for 4-12 hours daily.”
> Read more about Doug Kauffman’s take on The Human Respiratory System
And last but not least – here is a n article from Dr. Mercola who points out that fungus may be the cause of our sinus problems
“And despite constant treatment with antibiotics, many people’s sinusitis continues to return. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, not only is sinusitis one of the most expensive disorders in the United States, but also its prevalence is on the rise, indicating that the common treatment methods are not getting to the root of the problem. So what is the root of the problem? Researchers have found that most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus.”
Well – that should be enough to open your mind to support the theories that sinus infections are somehow related to fungus. While we don’t have very specific answers – it makes sense that something that is often improved by treatments involving anti-fungals may in some way be related to fungus getting into our bodies.
Even though we know that the solutions are often anti-fungal in nature – there is no one easy button to push to solve problems like sinus and respiratory issues, but it does seem that a long term committment to a change in lifestyle is required.
Careful attention to what you eat and don’t eat is helpful, especially reducing and/or eliminating sugar and grains and carbs, as well as avoiding high risk foods commonly contaminated with fungal mycotoxins.
I hope if nothing else this discussion will open up the dialogue and help people try some anti-fungal foods and herbs as well as vitamins. It can only help!