Q. Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with a sinus infection for three weeks now. I’ve been on multiple rounds of antibiotics and nothing seems to work. How can I get rid of this?”– Kylie S., Marquette, MI
A. Dear Kylie, I think diet is incredibly important for improving overall health, including sinus issues. I would start by removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your diet. I think you could benefit from restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
Most sinus infections are viral in origin, so antibiotics are typically not helpful or necessary. Fortunately, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider.
When it comes to your sinuses, I think eucalyptus and myrtle oils are very powerful natural medicines. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat a runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. These are two oils that I strongly value for natural treatment of sinusitis and sinus infections.
Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested using techniques that verify the specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity, and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits. I recommend taking 320 mg of these ingredients up to three times daily.
One of my favorite recommendations for dealing with pathogens of any kind, including bacteria, yeasts, and fungi, is propolis. Bees gather flavonoid and polyphenol-rich material from plants and trees near their hives. Then they modify it with their own enzymes to create this medicinal and protective substance. Propolis contains compounds like polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, flavonoids, and essential oils. Make sure to use propolis that is purified to remove inactive resins and beeswax. I would take 200 mg of propolis once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally