Suppression is never the answer
Sinus congestion is a very common problem amongst various age groups. Even very small children can suffer from a continuous nasal discharge which is then treated by using antibiotics and decongestants. Very often this suppressed mucous discharge develops into tonsillitis and chronically swollen lymph glands in the neck. Ear infections can also become more frequent as the child’s immune system becomes weaker due to the suppression on the one side and the over-prescribing of antibiotics on the other side. Few sinus congestions respond permanently in a positive way to antibiotics. It has a tendency to come back again and again. Why?
This is the best question to ask. Why does my body produce so much mucous? Where is it coming from? Some people say it is an allergic reaction to house dust mites, others blame the dog hair on the carpet. Some say it is caused by pollen in the air. Maybe it is caused by stress. Or, “My wife’s perfume sets me off”, says another one. Here and there someone acknowledges that if they drink milk, it causes phlegm at the back of their throat. Another says, “After a weekend of partying with beer and pizza my nose really feels bunged up!”
Most probably the answer lies in a little of all these reasons. It is true that when the immune system is functioning well, the body can deal with most imbalances. For most people, their immune systems are suspect due to poor nutrition, eating foods which have been refined, or by the constant use of drugs to suppress or to dry up the nasal secretions. When the body produces a discharge there is usually some sense in its action. Nasal discharges acts as a fast elimination of toxicity which generally builds up due to poor digestion. How can digestion play a role in a runny nose?