Many people experience the frustration of post-nasal drip. It’s especially annoying when you’re trying to sleep and a steady stream of extremely sticky jelly is oozing from your sinuses into your nose then down your throat choking you and causing repeated, valueless swallow responses.
These days there are medicines that purport to eliminate phlegm. However neither they nor doctors address the real cause of what could become a life-threatening situation if allowed to escalate over time.
In most cases, post-nasal drip accompanies a cold, flu, bronchitis or other respiratory ailment. But for many people post-nasal drip is a fact of life.
Post-nasal drip is a symptom of a much larger issue that most of the time has nothing to do with exotic causes listed in medical text books. Post-nasal drip is not taken seriously by anyone but the person who has it and the pharmaceutical profession that is nurturing a growing income stream that’s becoming a flood.
What causes chronic post-nasal drip?
The most common cause of post-nasal drip is a food or environmental sensitivity. Food sensitivity is the issue we’re going to deal with here. Many people don’t seriously consider that the foods they enjoy or even love to eat can be a threat that can destroy their quality of life. Since it’s not an allergy, there’s no test to detect where the problem comes from and if the issue doesn’t appear to be life threatening, it’s ignored by everyone but the patient who continues to suffer. If you have post nasal drip and it’s a food sensitivity response, the offending food will be among the foods you most enjoy and eat most frequently; particularly the ones you crave and say you can’t live without. When you hear someone say that, you know there’s a serious health issue at the other end of that comment.
Post nasal drip is an early warning sign that the body’s immune system has been compromised.
Foods can be divided as noted in an earlier chapter into mucus forming and mucus free. For people who suffer from chronic post nasal drip, failing to understand the difference between them and their implications as they directly affect the sufferer can mean the difference between a long healthy life and a much shorter one defined by declining quality of life and premature death.
The following foods cause post nasal drip:
All dairy products, eggs, meat, all grains – especially wheat, rice, legumes including peanuts, bananas chocolate processed and junk foods.
While vegetables and fruits are not mucus forming, some of them irritate the mucus membrane and cause post nasal drip:
Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, citrus fruits including but not limited to oranges, tangerines, clementines, grapefruit but excepting lemons and limes.
Consequences of ignoring post nasal drip:
Since I’ve suffered from post nasal drip since at least the age of three, I’m in the best position to provide observations spanning a lifetime. Your experience will be somewhat different but depending on your age you’ll find post nasal drip has had a very negative impact on your life. I’ve numbered the impacts as they developed. All the symptoms are life-long – they don’t go away, they get worse and others develop as shown unless the post nasal drip is conquered by maintaining a fairly strict combination diet of mucus-free and anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables.
Bear in mind all of these problems were caused by and maintained by consuming dairy and flour products as most people do:
- age three - extreme difficulty sleeping due to constant choking;
- tonsils and adenoids removed;
- learn to sleep on stomach with face hanging off the bed so nose can drain into a tissue on the floor;
- age four – tonsils and adenoids removed again;
- age five – tonsils and adenoids burned out with repeated bouts of radium treatment;
- age six constant colds;
- age seven – spinal curvature due to unusual sleeping position;
- age eight – tinnitus starts – head noise that is forever a torment;
- age nine – noticeably underweight – chronic constipation sets in;
- dental problems start;
- age twelve – middle ears flushed – Dr. Fee says I have the middle ear; bone structure of a seventy year old man – hammer, anvil and stirrup covered in calcium deposits;
- age thirteen – croup – one cough away from death before medical; intervention and oxygen tent;
- age thirteen – pneumonia;
- age fourteen – pericarditis – inflamed heart tissue;
- age fifteen – bronchitis;
- age twenty four – stapendectomy on right ear – failed;
- age twenty five – revised stapendectomy – failed – dizziness – and nausea for four years;
- age twenty nine – removal of middle ear architecture – permanent total deafness in right ear;
- age twenty nine – coughing up black blood;
- age thirty – started health restoration research to save my life;
- age thirty eight – something is wrong in my head – have no idea what it is;
- age forty – colds and bronchitis have become so severe even common colds seem life threatening;
- age forty one – arthritis attack requires Prednizone;
- age forty four – whooping cough;
- age fifty two – kidney stones – dietary experiment gone wrong;
- age fifty six – kidney stones back for good apparently;
- age fifty seven – pneumonia;
- age fifty eight – pneumonia – all of my pneumonias occurred in summer
- age sixty – infection in middle ear erodes bony covering over facial nerve causing stroke and migraine symptoms simultaneously;
- age sixty one – right ear cut off to clean out middle ear of infection – infection eroding skull between brain and middle ear – operation was in the knick of time. Penetration would have caused meningitis – a collective term used to describe various types of brain damage that can be fatal and failing that, extremely debilitating.
In my mid thirties I learned of the mucus free diet and followed it as best I could but was never able to stay on it. For a long time I didn’t realize why the diet worked initially but eventually I would abandon it. I wasn’t able to understand it why I was abandoning what I knew was a life saving diet and why it wasn’t working as I knew it should. Something was wrong. It took another 35 years or so to figure it out. I didn’t learn of the surprising inflammatory effects of tomatoes, oranges, potatoes, eggplants and peppers until I was sixty one.
That was stunning because all my earlier dietary healing had incorporated citrus fruits, peppers and tomatoes.
Getting those out of my diet has helped a lot but not completely since the kidney stones complicate the diet by preventing me from consuming enough green leafy vegetables. Greens cause the formation of kidney stones. So does stress. So I jump back and forth to find a happy medium.
Peppers are gastronomic landmines.
Many people enjoy the flavour of peppers and the hot ones are enjoyed for their heat as well. The problem is that the fiery heat of peppers do cause chemical burns in the body that are every bit as damaging as if they were caused by an open flame. As such, they cause irritation that leads to inflammation. Chronic inflammations become infected eventually. Some people develop tolerance to the heat but most gastronomic systems find it intolerable regardless of whether the consumer enjoys eating it. Damage escalates if exposure is repeated at short intervals. If peppers are a dietary staple, the mucus production response can be fairly prodigious.
When you burn yourself in a fire or on a stove, you jerk away from the source of heat. It’s a violent reaction. When hot pepper is consumed, our body tissues do the same thing – except there’s nowhere to go. So the mucosal lining secrets mucus to provide a protective layer between itself and the offending source of heat and irritation.
If the mucosal lining is exposed to peppers often enough, the mucosal lining acts to protect itself by secreting vast volumes of mucus continuously. The presence of cold air is also perceived as pain and generates the same response, that’s why our noses run in winter.
When excess mucus is produced, it has to go somewhere. As you can imagine, being a liquid, it follows paths of least resistance. Once your nose is plugged, the body looks for another way to kick the mucus out. There is no efficient way of expelling excess mucus. We didn’t evolve to have excess mucus. Excess mucus is a direct result of adding dairy and flour products to the human diet.
The mucosal linings in the nose and sinuses discharge their mucus from our nostrils down the back of our throats (naso and octopharynx). We can blow our noses but eventually the sinuses fill up and stay filled up. Since mucus is material that is meant to be expelled from the body it’s an intentionally expendable body fluid that has no life sustaining abilities. Essentially, the impacted sinuses become infected by decomposing mucus. Bacteria in the sinuses perform the same job as other bacteria in the colon do with fecal matter – they consume it and generate poisonous wastes themselves which add to the problem.
Geographically, the sinus cavities in your face become garbage dumps full of toxic waste. This waste is not inert. It’s also poison and causes stress that affects the entire facial area. As the resident dead mucus in your face decomposes it acidifies and most of it is carried away by your blood stream. However the acidification helps acidify your blood and thus other tissues right down to the sub-cellular level. Your infected sinuses act to accelerate the facial aging process. That’s why anti-aging creams are so ineffective. They have no direct with the cause of the problem and if they did, they would be part of the problem.
If the abuse is sustained, the sinuses are periodically overwhelmed and we are easy targets for cold and flu germs. No surprise – our sinuses are acidic luxury environments replete with food for invading germs and they move right in and make themselves at home with little opposition. It should be no surprise that if our sinuses are clean and slightly alkaline as they evolved to be, you can understand that it’s almost impossible to catch a cold.
Mucus clogging our throats is a different story. It can accumulate to the point of choking us, particularly while we’re sleeping. When this happens the mucus can ooze into the bottom end of the Eustachian tube that drains our middle ears. Middle ears are lined with skin and generate tiny amounts of lubricating oily sweat and other chemicals. When the Eustachian tube becomes blocked, the middle ear starts to fill with its oily emissions. Eventually the middle ear becomes blocked and hearing diminishes. Balance is affected too.
Doctors commonly operate and install tubes to allow the pus to drain through the ear drum. That is the same as bolting you asshole to your forehead so you can expel noxious thoughts like this one directly.
Chronically blocked sinuses and middle ears collectively and individually can diminish and impede clarity of thought, concentration, decision making, comprehension, balance, coordination, motor skills for life. The burden is ebbs and flows according to how much blockage is present at a given time. Some days you fee terrible; other days you feel pretty good but that feeling good is only compared to how you felt the day before – you’re experiencing a temporary diminishing of mucus levels. You’re not feeling healthy, you’re feeling relief.
Tinnitus, head noise is generally thought to be caused by damage to the auditory nerve or at least pressure on it. Once it starts, it almost never ceases. Volume can increase or decrease but can increase to sound like a steam locomotive coming at you in a tunnel. If you’re too young to have heard a steam locomotive, if you get tinnitus you’ll eventually find out first hand in your own head what it sounds like. If you are an iPod addict or a musician, your chances are excellent.
Since the noise never stops and is worst at night when you’re trying to sleep, it can combine with post nasal drip to make trying to sleep a dreaded endeavour that’s close to hellish. You can imagine what this does for your mood the next morning. You have to make a conscious effort to be civil to those who count. Everyone else is fair game.
What can you do about it?
The first thing to do is eliminate all the foods from your diet that cause mucal linings to generate mucus. Mucus forming foods in other words.
That is far easier said than done. All of these foods are addictive and most people think they’ll starve to death if they don’t eat them every day. Nothing could be further from the truth but the chemical dependence is deeply rooted in the subconscious and the subconscious does not connect cause and effect like the conscious brain does. When we try to avoid these addictive foods (like chocolate and colas) our conscious brains are easily defeated by the subconscious. That tells you right there which of your brains is driving your actions. You are not the person you think you are. It takes real will power to retrain how your brain reacts to food and assert control.
For immediate nightly relief:
The first thing to do is use your neti pot or syringe loaded with hot water and a bit of sea salt and irrigate your sinuses. If you let some drain down your throat from your nose; that will rinse your nasopharynx – the area behind your soft palette - where the blockage is most irritating and inaccessible. We talked about this in Chapter 019 so if you haven’t learned that, go back and read it now.
The next thing you can do for immediate relief is to drink lemon or lime and water – especially right before you go to bed and before you brush your teeth.
A teaspoon in a glass of water works for me. Depending on the severity of your post nasal drip, you may need more or less lemon or lime.
When you drink lemon or lime, they strip the mucus out of your throat. Lemons and limes have astringent properties that allow them to cut grease and mucus efficiently and effectively. They are powerful healing tools.
They are just as powerful at dissolving your teeth. That’s why after consuming lemons and limes you should brush your teeth.
If you generate vast amounts of mucus, it may take a while before you experience relief.
The only real way to get a handle on mucus production is to learn to fast.
Fasting is the single most powerful healing tool on planet earth and the proper process and correct uses are almost entirely unknown to the medical community.
A fast is the human equivalent to performing an oil change on your car. If you never change the oil, your engine fills with sludge and dies. If you never fast, you’ll fill with sludge too and die years or decades before your natural expiry date. I’ll explain fasting in a future chapter.
No matter how successful you are in the short term at controlling your mucus flow, the reality is that your body has suffered a permanent immunological injury.
To give you an analogy; if you walk through a field of tall grass from one side to the other then look back, you’ll see your trail. The trail from a distance just looks like a minor disturbance. Up close, looking at individual blades of grass and wildflowers, you’ll see some are merely displaced, some are bent and the ones you stepped on are broken in the direction of your travel. Even if you try to prop them up, they’ll eventually fall over and die.
The next day, you take the same route through the meadow. Looking back your path is more distinct. If you travel this route frequently enough, you eventually wear a permanent trail through the meadow and bare patches begin to be exposed. If you travel the path several times a day, eventually the trail will be bare from end to end. The soil may be worn away exposing rocks.
It took millions of years for the soil to cover those rocks so it will take a similar amount of time to recover them. Certainly not in your lifetime.
When you damage cellular tissues, you create damage in the same way. And just like in the field, continued abuse only makes it worse. If you stop walking on the path, the trail will eventually fill in and the path will disappear. The exposed rocks however, will remain.
The importance of this is that once you have your mucus situation under control, you can’t assume that you are now healed and can go back to abusing yourself with the foods that caused the injury. If you do, you’ll soon find your mucus problem will come back faster and worse than before. The tracks you made are still there.
In addition, other organs that silently deteriorated at the same time your mucus was getting out of hand will now become festering problems that will also accelerate. Instead of the single problem you thought you had, now you have multiple problems and you know from reading this, how hopeless seeing a doctor about your self inflicted injuries will be. He may patch you up but it will merely be temporary.
When your body starts to break down, it is never one single thing that is the matter. The thing that is most obvious is always the tip of a very large and ugly iceberg that is an indicator that you are not managing your health.
Plan to get a handle on your health and don’t let go. If you do, your post nasal drip will start again. That will be the signal to get back to work and off the foods you injure yourself with.
 Tonsils and adenoids are part of the front line of your immune system. If they are removed before your immune system is fully formed, your ability to metabolize mucus and fight off respiratory diseases is impaired. Tonsils and adenoids most commonly become infected and inflamed by eating a mucus forming diet.
 An operation to replace the hammer, anvil and stirrup with a silver wire since these tiny bones cannot be cleaned while in the head and once removed cannot be reinstalled.
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