Appropriately Treating Sinusitis
with an Antibiotic Alternative
By Steven R. Frank
In order to understand the
problem of chronic sinusitis, a little background is necessary. Sinuses filter
the air we breathe and they are our first line of defense to trap airborne
pathogens like viruses, bacteria and fungus. There are always fungus, bacteria
and viruses in the sinuses and always will be. An “infection” occurs when the
number of these pathogens gets so high that the immune system cannot keep them
This point varies from
individual to individual, and it is at this point when the number of microbes
has grown to a level where the symptoms produced from the exotoxins they create
and tissue damage they produce are problematic. The result is tissue
inflammation, general malaise, toothaches and headaches associated with
pressure and drainage problems.
The reason antibiotics are a very
poor solution is quite simple. Fungus can grow on the surface of the sinus
mucosa with relative impunity. Antibiotics do not kill fungus. Bacteria grow on
the surface of the fungus and are thereby protected from the reaches of the
body’s immune system.
Treating this condition with
systemic (orally administered) antibiotics produces high levels of antibiotics
throughout the patient, from the head to the toes, with resultant problems in
digestion and subsequent yeast infections. The antibiotics don’t however, reach
the bacteria that are isolated by the fungal layer in the sinus passageways and
will not harm the fungus at all. This is an ineffective means for treating a
What is needed in this situation
is the direct application of an active agent that is both anti-fungal,
anti-viral and anti-bacterial. This agent must be applied directly to the
pathogenic over-growth, and this indicates application on the air-side of the
sinuses. This can be accomplished simply by spraying the active agent
intra-nasally while inhaling so the antimicrobial fluid follows the same path
the invading pathogens follow. It will land on top of the colonies and kill
Another approach is to use an
antimicrobial agent in a neti pot. A neti pot is simply a small container with a nozzle that
fits in the nostril. The pot is filled with fluid and poured through one
nostril where it circulates through the sinuses and out the other nostril.
The entire sinus cavity can
be coated or soaked with antimicrobial fluid. This tremendously attenuates
(reduces) the population of growing microbes in the sinuses without circulating
the active agent throughout the bloodstream and the entire body.
With the nasal spray
technique, it’s very important to realize that bacteria and fungus can double
in numbers every 20 minutes. Since the reach of the spray is rather limited,
it’s important to kill as many pathogens as possible. This means re-spraying
every 20 minutes so the attenuation rate exceeds the rate of replication. The
other issue is that the body’s natural defense to excessive pathogens in the
nasal area is to increase mucos-al flow.
Normal mucosal flow is on the
order of 1 liter per day. This will carry anything that’s been sprayed or has
landed on the nasal mucosa out of the region in a very short time. In order for
a nasally-administered antimicrobial agent to be maximally effective, it must
be re-administered every 20 to 30 minutes.
provide a thorough soaking, since the fluid can be trapped in the sinuses by
the user for 5 to 10 minutes at a time, and this procedure need only be
performed a few times per day in order to see dramatic results.
Simply flushing the sinuses
with saline using a neti pot only removes the rather
loosely-held planktonic bacteria and fungus and does absolutely nothing to kill
the growing population. Trapping and holding a powerful anti-microbial in the
sinuses for 10 to 15 minutes twice per day is quite simply the most effective
means of bringing this type of infection under control.
The antimicrobial agent that
seems to support this killing of virus, fungus and bacteria is an enhanced
silver-colloid solution. The amount required to accomplish this treatment is
generally 10,000 times less than the amount required to produce signs of argyria. Additionally, most of the liquid is not ingested
when a neti pot is used, it is released out the other
nostril after a 5 to 10 minute containment. There are a number of purvey-ors of
weak silver-colloid solutions on the web. Some are available in nasal spray
Clinical and laboratory studies
have demonstrated a mixture with polysorbate 20 aids
in the penetration of the bacterial cell walls and that 30 to 40ppm
concentration is necessary and sufficient. Other studies have indicated that
colloids which have been compounded to reach high concentrations perform more
poorly even though they expose the patient to a higher dose. A couple of good all-around products for
this course of treatment are Super Neti Juice and
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Steven Frank is a natural
products designer and herbalist with Nature’s Rite, LLC. Visit: www.MyNaturesRite.com.
He has been researching improvements in natural healthcare for more than a
decade and has numerous patents in areas of antisepsis and herbal products. He
can be reached at email@example.com