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Be Well: Sniffing Out the Problem

woman-698971_1920-1A case of the “sniffles” can turn bad pretty quick.  We’ve all experienced that feeling when a stuffy nose becomes fully clogged sinuses; then comes intense pressure in the face and head, inability to clear the nasal passages, post-nasal drip, poor sleep due to all these other symptoms, and the vicious cycle seem to perpetuate itself. A day or two of that might have you in urgent care begging for relief, but before you pick up that prescription for an antibiotic, nasal decongestant, and whatever else you could get a scribe for, check out this post by Dr. Mercola and Rachael Droege about the real root of most cases of sinusitis. Regarding current common treatment methods for sinusitis and the more helpful alternatives, they write,

“…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. In a 1999 study, the researchers discovered that fungal organisms were present in the mucus of 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which meant the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.

Fungus and mold spores are in the air all the time and are commonly inhaled so most people have fungi lodged in the mucus lining of the sinuses. However, only people who are prone to chronic sinusitis will experience an immune response to the fungi that results in the symptoms of sinusitis.

They took the research a bit further and in the next study found that a fungicide was effective in decreasing inflammation and nasal swelling among participants suffering from chronic sinusitis. The researchers are hoping the study will lead to the development of new antifungal medications to treat the condition.

Although antifungals may be more effective than antibiotics–antibiotics make fungal infections worse–there are other steps you can take to lessen your risk of sinus infections by getting at the underlying cause.”

If you find yourself battling chronic sinus issues, consider how an anti-fungal approach might finally address the root of the problem providing lasting relief. The doctors at Lake Pointe can help you find the right protocol to address your symptoms. Schedule a Functional Physical today at 612-922-8100.

Be Well: The Microwave Mindset

herbal-tea-1410565_1920Instant messaging, instant coffee, instant relief, instant gratification. We’re a culture and a generation unfamiliar with the merits of delayed gratification. We want it yesterday before we even know what we want. This approach has unfortunately filtered into nearly every aspect of modern American life de-meriting the value of everything from long-lasting relationships to saving up for big-ticket purchases. To wait is to lose. That such a falsehood should be so prevalent is an injury to our society. Unfortunately impatience with life in general hasn’t been quarantined to express lanes, drive-throughs, and technological advances, but has spread into the broader concepts of health and healing.

We’ve all heard the phrase “worth waiting for” but many are losing familiarity with the value of something gained through a time-consuming endeavor. When one is not required to put in much effort or delay gratification, the end result can seem much cheapened, and quick fixes rarely result in long-term satisfaction. This is especially true when addressing health. If you’ve spent 38 years accumulating toxins and exhausting your adrenal glands while eating food that was, well… less quality than your body deserved, you will have a difficult time reversing the results overnight. Similarly, if you’ve spent the last 10 days burning the candle at both ends, eating on the run, overextending yourself, and skipping self-care, it seems unfair to expect the cold that resulted from such behavior to be gone after your first dose of EmergenC. Especially when managing health, we have to get back to a mindset that values the time and effort that always back sustainable results.

With a shift in our attitude toward our bodies, recovery truly becomes simpler. Rather than searching for the magic pill that will erase all symptoms and return us to our previous lifestyle (which had probably contributed to the onset of said symptoms in the first place), we can honor the body and healing process by allowing the time, effort, and investment necessary to gain true health. When the cold or flu knock you down, instead of chasing a potent prescription to subdue it, offer your body the rest it needs to fight off the infection and the nutrients and support it needs to replenish. When faced with chronic illness, instead of circumventing the problem or seeking an overnight remedy, find a practitioner who will address the whole body to balance your health needs and set you on a road to healing. The road may seem long from where you stand but gaining new heights is better achieved by a steady climb up the mountain than from a high-jump contest.

So if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, remember that your body was designed to take it. Offer yourself the best care you can and honor the healing benefits of time.

For more inspiration on how to change how you think about catching cold check out this post.