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****This thread documents one method of how we are cleansing and protecting the sinuses, and thus by extension, the throat and lungs****

Upper respiratory (viral) infections often start by pathogenic organisms spreading from the nasal passageways to the throat, and then from the throat to the lungs.  It makes sense, then, to come up with a "doable" system to both properly cleanse and protect the nasal passageways, so that no pathogenic organisms can migrate through the nasal cavities into the lungs.

Cleansing and "sterilizing" the nasal passageways can be done by using a sinus irrigation system (like a Water Pik with an adapter) or a simple Neti Pot.  They even have sinus irrigation systems, although I personally prefer my Water Pik.  However, there have been complaints that adapters aren't working for some models of the Water Pik.

We like to use one teaspoonful of gentle baby shampoo per two cups of water, as pioneered by Dr. Mas Takiana from Baylor University.  Soap is a surfactant, and will eliminate any biofilm in the sinuses.  This will allow the sea salt to do a better job of sterilizing the sinus cavity. 

We also like to add just a bit of ***water solube*** iodine, such as Iosol.  It is not wise to over-do any form of iodine.  Using a water soluble iodine is not as effective  as using something like Lugol's, but it is far more gentle and safe.  We do use, as Dr. Sara Myhill advises, Lugol's (highly concentrated iodine) in the portion of this protocol where a salt pipe is used.

Use one to two tsp. of sea salt (we use ionized sea salt) per two cups of water.

Our water pik has about a two cup reservoir, so we irrigate with two cups, but the standard recommended amount is just a cup (1/2 tsp baby shampoo, 1/2 - 1 tsp salt).  One can use less sea salt to get the sinuses adjusted to irrigation.  It is uncomfortable and irrigating.

We also warm the water a bit.  Water that is too cold is uncomfortable, and water that is too warm is uncomfortable.  One can experiment a bit to find the ideal temperature that's right for the individual.

See the reply to this thread below to learn how we often do a second flush can be with some properly diluted hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).  Once the sinus cavities are cleaned, alternatively, one can simply use a "snoot" bottle to huff a bit of properly diluted H2O2.  This is ONLY for those of us already very comfortable using H2O2 in the respiratory tract responsibly!

Once the sinus cavity has been properly cleaned, the next step is to use a salt pipe inhaler spiked with a bit of iodine.  Before using the salt pipe, allow the sinuses to calm down a bit after irrigation!

A sea salt pipe ( https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Therapy-Himalayan-Inhaler-Crystal/dp/B006U41QN0/) is fantastic for a wide range of respiratory ailments.  In this case, however, we are going to combine the power of salt ions with concentrated iodine.



Therefore, one will need some form of concentrated iodine.  Dr. Sara Myhill, an amazingly creative medical doctor specializing in things Like CFS/ME, who runs a robust medical practice in the U.K., is the pioneer of this method.  She recommends using 12-14% Lugol's Iodine.  Can other types of iodine be used?  Most certainly.  However, keep in mind that the major benefit of using something like Lugol's is that ****it coats and penetrates*** the airways.  Use it with care, it is powerful stuff.  More is not better!  Also, please make sure that you are not allergic to iodine-rich products.  Simply dab a drop on your arm, and check for a rash.

Before using the salt pipe, drizzle about 4-5 drops of iodine down different areas of the interior sides of the ceramic pipe mouth piece.  The idea is NOT to combine it WITH the salt, but simply to deposit it on the ceramic portion of the pipe.  When you inhale through the salt pipe, the salt ions will pick up some iodine, and one can actually feel it in the nasal passageways.

Once the pipe has been properly prepared, simply "sniff"/inhale 10 to 15 "puffs" through the inhaler.  Make sure to treat each nostril equally.  One can feel the iodine coating the sinus cavities.

The best salt pipes come with Himalayan crystal sea salt.  Any high quality salt can be used, including adding a bit of once to thrice times roasted bamboo salt.  However, if experiment with other amazing salts, please keep in mind that some will act as throat and lung irritants.  Bamboo salt WILL, due to the sulfur content.  When I for one use a bit of bamboo salt in the pipe, I'm careful not to breath too much into the lungs.  I just "huff it" into the nasal passageways, and then exhale it out from whence it came.  Most people should probably just stick with the basic salt, but I did want to mention that there are alternatives.

This can be repeated  throughout the day to help protect the sinuses, throat, and lungs from pathogenic infectious organisms.

It is easy!  ...one just needs to carefully listen to the body's response.  Too much is never a good thing, but your sinuses will start to "complain" if one becomes a bit overzealous.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT IODINE USE:    Use iodine only as directed by Dr. Sarah Myhill's protocol/instructions (give here).  You do NOT want to use iodine in a nebulizer, or do anything to get ***too much*** iodine into the lungs.  At higher concentrations, it first becomes an irritant, and then it becomes dangerous.  Used as directed, it is very safe and effective.  Also, be certain that you are not allergic to iodine before using it (the simple skin test)!

NOTES:

At the first sign of anything happening in your throat, take a 10% betadine solution, dilute it in water by adding 1 part of betadine to 20 parts of distilled water (or colloidal silver).  Gargle often.

It is wise to keep the ears clean as well.  Right before treating, mix a solution of 50/50 3% hydrogen peroxide to colloidal silver (or distilled water).  Lay on one side and fill the ear canal with the solution.  Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  Then, do the second ear.  The more it boils and bubbles, the more it is needed.

A perfectly "clean" ear will not react at all.  Doing this daily will eventually leave a nice antimicrobial coating of silver oxide (which releases silver ions) on the surface of the ear canals.
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For those who are already comfortable and familiar with using hydrogen peroxide, one may come to the conclusion that it might be a GREAT idea to follow up with using H2O2 inter-nasally, AFTER completely cleansing the sinuses.

Some people simply use a snoot or spritzer bottle and "huff" H2O2... anywhere from 0.1% concentration all the way up to a full 3% dilution.  However, keep in mind that H2O2 is not acidic, is not a solvent, and is not a surfacant.  It won't penetrate anything very well, and it won't rinse very well.

Some people are more sensitive to hydrogen peroxide used in the sinuses than others.  It is wise to start off with a highly diluted H2O2, especially if your sinuses are already irritated.

Therefore, after completely irrigating the sinus cavities... give the sinuses a few minutes to adjust after irrigation... It may be wise to irrigate the sinus cavities-- or at least do the spray routine-- with hydrogen peroxide.

As most know, hydrogen peroxide is a respiratory irritant.  However, even though it may be uncomfortable (depending upon the concentration), it really is a mild irritant when used responsibly.  Please use it responsibly.

Irrigating with one cup of diluted H2O2 to finish the protocol is a great idea.

There are many benefits of using H2O2 that Have nothing to do with its disinfecting power.  It is a direct and even a systemic catalyst for the immune system.  It wakes it up, and can even "force" the body to restore full cellular respiration, which drastically can improve the body's glutathione response to "insult and injury".

FINALLY, those that are really deep into natural living and natural health may even do a third probiotic rinse.  If so, this should be done about 30 minutes after any final irrigation.  Don't do it when there is still active H2O2 in the sinuses, it would be counter -productive.

Lastly, don't over do it.  Irrigate your sinuses after an exposure risk, or once toward the end of the day.  You don't want to over do it, and dry out the sinuses too much.  Damaged tissue is always results in an increased risk of being susceptible to infection!
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Astragalus is a good herb for cleansing and protecting the nasal cavities and passages
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Hi Tosin:

That's interesting, I did not know that Astragalus could be used for chronic sinus issues.

I looked it up, and it seems that the benefit is due its immune system modulating effects.

Astragulus is not something I really have in my regular "arsenal", but since it also has major cardiovascular benefits, I might check it out further.

Thanks for posting! :)

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You are welcome Jason.....

Happy to help

Yes Astragalus helps with overall respiratory health

Likewise you can look up Mullein Leaf as well, good for asthma, colds and chronic coughs

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