Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 10, 2006


Day three of my microwave embargo and although my nose is a lot less plugged than usual, I’m not sure what had the greatest effect? The embargo, acupuncture or the new herb? I’ve decided to tackle my allergies with Doctor Google. Here is the history:

  • Allergies started around 1990/1991.
  • Allergies are the same all year round.
  • Tried numerous sprays and treatments with no effect.
  • Took allergy shots for two years with mild success.
  • Cigarettes and carbonated drinks have the greatest effect on the “stuffiness” but no one has ever been able to tell me why.
  • Took supplement called “Sinna” by A. Vogel with mild success.
  • Acupuncture has had the greatest, quickest effect.

So here’s what I find:

What is a Sinus Infection? Sinus infections (also known as sinusitis) usually follow a viral infection. Adults and children alike usually experience at least two or three viral infections a year. Often viral colds or upper respiratory infections are followed by a common cold and will usually clear up on their own. After a week of having cold symptoms a viral infection can turn into a bacterial infection. When the mucus from your nasal discharge changes from clear to yellow or green , it usually indicates a bacterial infection has developed.

What does a Sinus Infection do to your nose? Sinus infections cause swelling of the lining of the sinuses and thickening of the mucus. The swelling of the sinus tissue and thickening of the mucous causes congestion. The infection slows down the normal sinus drainage.

  • Chronic (continuous infections)
  • Congestion/nosebleeds
  • Mild to moderate headaches
  • Chronic sore throat and cough
  • Chronic post nasal drip
  • Bad breath/taste
  • Constant fatigue/discomfort

A bacterial infection? No one has ever mentioned this to me before. Although I appear to have Chronic Sinusitis, I don’t have nosebleeds or headaches. The mystery to me has always been why cigarette smoke and carbonated drinks have the greatest effect because I don’t touch either of them.

Doctor Google looks up the ingredients for cigarette smoke and carbonated drinks and there is a link:

  •  
    • Carbon dioxide (Used in carbonated beverages, fruit, meat, wine)
    • Corn syrup (Used in carbonated beverages, baked goods, jam/jellies.)

The Top-10 MYCO-Toxic Foods By David A. Holland, M.D.

 (Mycotoxin: A toxin produced by a fungus under special conditions of moisture and temperature.)

 Corn

Corn is “universally contaminated” with fumonisin and other fungal toxins such as aflatoxin, zearalenone and ochratoxin (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Mycotoxins: Risks in Plant, Animal and Human Systems. Task Force Report No. 139. Ames, IA. Jan 2003). Fumonisin and aflatoxin are known for their cancer-causing effects, while zearalenone and ochratoxin cause estrogenic and kidney-related problems, respectively. Just as corn is universally contaminated with mycotoxins, our food supply seems to be universally contaminated with corn–it’s everywhere! A typical chicken nugget at a fast food restaurant consists of a nugget of corn-fed chicken that is covered by a corn-based batter that is sweetened with corn syrup! 

And then I find this: 

Sinusitis can be caused by both bacteria and fungus. A bacterial infection usually occurs after a cold or virus when the congestion in the nose stops drainage from the sinuses. This fluid buildup in the sinuses breeds bacteria and may cause sinusitis. However, it has recently been proven that sinusitis can also be an immune response to a fungus. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recently published a study which found that over 90% of sinus infections are fungal rather than bacterial. Thus, antibiotics (which are the most commonly prescribed treatment) are completely ineffective (not to mention damaging to the immune system) over 90% of the time.

The Mayo Clinic suggests that Doctors are wrong about sinusitis about 90% of the time? I think I need to do more research…

 

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