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Do you have a chronic sinus infection and every antibiotic you have tried hasn’t worked? Or maybe it did work for a short time only to return weeks after you finished your antibiotics? Maybe you had even put your hopes in a sinus surgery, or two, or four, and you still can’t get rid of your infection (I am raising my hand here). Bacteria are very sneaky and they will do whatever they can to stay alive. Did you know they create something called bio films? Bio films are essentially a protective film around the bacteria which makes it more difficult for them to be killed by the antibiotic. Now the bacteria are safe inside their little protective shield. Because of this increased tolerance to antibiotics, bacterial biofilms end up becoming chronic infections. This is where the baby shampoo comes in. Studies from the University of Pennsylvania found irrigating with 1% baby shampoo in saline rinses helps dissolve the biofilms.
Unfortunately, if you have the stubborn bacteria called Pseudomonas (this is what I struggled with) life is a different story. Both staphylococcus and Pseudomonas are notorious for forming biofilms and in the study the shampoo had no effect on PREFORMED biofilms. However, it was very effective in regards to inhibition of Pseudomonas biofilm formation. When I get sick this bacteria is lying in wait because it colonizes in my sinuses. They are ready for any opportunity to rear its ugly head, which is why it’s even more important that I am vigilant in the way I eat and proactively keep my body healthy. Pseudomonas is also the common bacteria amongst people with cystic fibrosis, as well as the bacteria found in most people with chronic sinus infections. For people with pseudomonas, the combination of lactoferrin and xylitol has been shown to break through biofilms. As I mention throughout my blog, xylitol is a safe sugar alcohol that has anti-fungal properties as well as helps our bodies defend against bacterial pathogens. Xlear sinus nasal spray is now on the market as well as Nutribiotic nasal spray and I have personally used it on and off for years. Lactoferrin is a strong anti-bacterial and can also destroy biofilms. I have not tried the lactoferrin and xylitol combination but intend to find out what my Ear, Nose and Throat Dr. thinks about that.
I am not suggesting everyone with a sinus infection run out and purchase baby shampoo, but knowledge is key. If I was armed with this information ten years ago when I was first told my culture proved “pseudomonas”, I would have given this method a try. Especially in the hopes that the biofilms hadn’t yet had a chance to form. A necessary step is to get a culture and find out what bacteria you are dealing with so you can know your plan of attack. Don’t make the same mistake I made which was letting doctors “guess” at what type of infection I had. By doing so I needlessly took antibiotics that I shouldn’t have, which only makes the bacteria more resilient, while making my body’s defenses weaker. Not to mention the fact that antibiotics not only cause, but fuel fungal infections which are inevitable when your only course of treatment are antibiotics. In 1999 the Mayo Clinic released a study that indicated nearly ALL sinus infections are fungal in nature. With that being said, a course of anti-fungals and an anti-fungal diet seem to be the smarter route before reaching for those antibiotics! See my recipe section for anti-fungal recipes. Some wonderful supplements to to heal your gut, which believe it or not helps heal your sinuses include colostrum (sovereign laboratories is the brand I use), bone broth, and natural anti-fungals like oil of oregano, caprylic acid, garlic etc. If you would like to see a list of what supplements I take click here.
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Disclaimer- I am not a physician, I cannot help individuals with personal meal plans or advice, I can only write about my experience. Please consult your physician when starting any new diet or supplement.
See links below to learn more about baby shampoo and biofilms.
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor, I can not recommend any supplement or treatment plan, I can only share what works for me. Also, I was not compensated in any way for this post. My opinions are all my own. Check with your doctor before starting any new diet or supplement. I was not compensated for this post, but there are affiliate links in which I get a percentage on sales. Opinions are all my own, and I would never recommend any supplement or brand I didn’t personally love and benefit from.