The most effective way to stop the immune reaction to mold (fungus) which causes chronic sinusitis is to remove the mold from the nose and environmental air. This protocol is divided into two parts: treatment of the patient and treatment of the environment to remove mold is in order to maintain healthy sinuses.
If you have a mild case of chronic sinusitis, start with the body protocol (steps 1-4 below). If you do not improve, or you have severe chronic sinusitis, see a doctor and use the mold screening kit to test your home, office, and car. If there are high mold counts in your environment start using the environmental protocol (ETP) and consult a professional to find and fix the cause of the mold in your environment. This protocol is effective in controlling the conditions that cause the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. However, if you have a moisture problem in any of your living or working environments you will not see a full recovery until that issue has been resolved. The single most important item for sinus and systemic health is to get the mold counts in the air you breathe down to below 4 colonies per 1 hour mold plate exposure. Some sicker patients need their counts in the 0-2 ranges for health improvements to occur.
There are 3 basic levels of symptom severity: Slight (S), Moderate (M) and Severe (SV). To clear your sinues do the following:
- Clear blockage of your sinuses with Saline Irrigation (S, M, SV)
- Clean sinuses with Micro Balance CitriDrops Nasal Spray (S, M, SV)
- Use a Facial Steamer to clean and soothe sinuses (M, SV)
- Boost immune system with Thymic Formula™ (S, M, SV)
- Further boost immune system with Sinus Defense and BetaMax 500 (S, M, SV)
- Offset malabsorption issues with Vitamin D3 mouth spray (S, M, SV)
- Supplement with a good Probiotic to restore gut flora (M, SV)
- Supplement with Ubinol CoQ10 to fight fatigue (M, SV)
- If suffering from Candidsais (common for CS) follow Candida Diet and have ALCAT test. (M, SV)
- Use Candida Rid (M, SV)
- Severe cases should also consider liver function, detox and oxygen therapy (SV)
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1. Clear Blockage: (S, M, SV)
Saline wash in combination with the antifungal properties of CitriDrops is a gentle and highly effective way to soothe and rinse your sinus passages and remove fungus as well. You are actually washing dust and spores from your nasal passages that would otherwise cause or continue to cause irritation and illness.
For MILD to MODERATE cases use the NasoPure Nasal Wash System. It comes with salt and sodium bicarbonate powder packets. Mix the packets with distilled water and 1 drop of CitriDrops per ounce. Do not use tap water, use distilled water!
The reason you use DISTILLED WATER instead of tap water is due to the levels of chlorine in regular tap water. Chlorine destroys the cilia lining the sinuses and the good bacteria in the nose allowing Candida to over grow and cause more inflammation.
NOTE: If CitriDrops added to your saline irrigation creates a burning or stinging sensation, halve the number of drops. If you still have burning or more nasal congestion after irrigation, discontinue use and irrigate with saline alone, no CitriDrops added. Some people may have citrus sensitivity and cannot use CitriDrops.
For SEVERE cases of sinusitis and allergy, using the Grossan Irrigator System is recommended. These units resemble a water pick used for teeth but are specifically designed for the nose. Remember to only used Distilled water in the cleaning process.
Mix salt and sodium bicarbonate in the distilled water as directed. If infected or if you have sinus polyps, add 20 drops of CitriDrops to full tank of water or 1 drop per ounce of distilled water. If you experience any discomfort or burning, or more nasal congestion after irrigation reduce the number of CitriDrops by half. If you experience any discomfort, discontinue the use of CitriDrops and irrigate with salt and baking soda. Some people may have citrus sensitivity and cannot use CitriDrops.
With either irrigation system, put your head face down into sink, put the nasal tip loosely in one nostril. Point the tip slightly towards the tip of the nose. If you feel pressure in your forehead, ears, or elsewhere, loosen the nasal tip so that the water can come out of the same side that you are irrigating. It is important that you feel no pressure. If you experience pain, discontinue. If your nose is not blocked, the irrigation will come out of the opposite side. Repeat the irrigation on the other side.
(Note: we DO NOT recommend the use of a Nettie Pot for chronic sinus sufferers, because it is not thorough enough for our protocol and can cause the irrigation to go into the middle ear via the Eustachian tube in the back of the nose. Deaths have occurred with Nettie Pot users not using distilled water.)
2. Clean Sinuses: (S, M, SV)
CitriDrops Nasal Spray uses a blend of all natural citrus seed extracts that is highly potent against fungus and contains no Zinc. Because the antifungal agent is applied directly to the inflamed sinus tissue, it is effective in most cases.
Directions: Use 2-3 sprays in each nostril 3-4 times a day. DISCONTINUE USE IF IRRITATION OCCURS. Advice for using nasal spray: Use left hand to GENTLY spray right nostril and right hand to spray left nostril. This will direct the spray away from the sensitive tissue between the nostrils eliminating the possibility of irritation and bleeding from tissue irritation. Use the spray after your irrigation so that the spray is not washed out of the sinus.
3. Use a Facial Steamer to clean and soothe sinuses (M, SV)
Fill Vick's Personal Steam Inhaler with distilled water - Do NOT use tap water and add EXACTLY three (3) drops of CitriDrops - more is NOT better. Breathe in through nose and out through the mouth. Do this twice daily for 10 minutes each time. This can be done when infected or if you sense you are getting sick.
If burning occurs, discontinue use.
Continue for 3 days past "well" to avoid relapse.
NOTE: Due to its antimicrobial and antifungal qualities CitriDrops also serves to disinfect your steamer!
4. Boost immune system with Thymic Formula™ (S, M, SV)
Take 1-2 Thymic Formula vitamins twice a day after a full meal. The maximum dose is 6 tabs twice a day. This maximum dosage should only be used in severe cases with a gradual increase to 6 tabs. Once symptoms are improved, return to 1-2 tabs 2X day.
What is the Thymus Gland?
The Thymus Gland determines the health of the immune system by releasing hormones that regulate immune function. These thymic hormones help immune cells to mature, "programming" them to recognize tissues as either "self" or "invader". Recognizing the enemy (invader) is the first step in the immune response. The thymus gland is large in infants and children and grows smaller with age. The thymus seeds the body with immature T-cells, the white blood cells responsible for "cell-mediated immunity". This gland secretes special chemicals called cytokines (i.e..- interferon, interleukins) that influence the specialization and migration of T-lymphocytes throughout the body.
Thymic Formula resupplies us with thymus, which begins to dry up between puberty and age 20 for everyone. By the time we turn 50, the thymus gland no longer produces thymus, yet it is central in controlling the whole immune system's function. As with many supplements, there is no current hard scientific data proving that supplementing the thymus gland provides any overall benefit, I have seen patients improve and believe this is worthwhile. Many doctors prescribe the use of Thymus supplements for a variety of reasons.
5. FURTHER Boost Immune System: (M, SV)
If you have moderate or severe Chronic Sinusitis it is entirely likely that you are genetically predispositioned to be hyper-sensitive to mold and fungus. Since mold and fungus are just about everywhere your body is in a constant struggle to combat the exposure. You should do everything possible to boost your immune system, which helps your body fight on and helps you to feel better.
In 2012 Sinus Defense was released to the public. This is a homeopathic colostrum (what helps us build immunity to antigens) that Dr. Dennis has worked to develop for the last 20 years. Patients have been amazed at how much better they felt and how much faster they got better! Recently, Dr. Dennis has found that patients get better MUCH, MUCH FASTER when taking BetaMax 500, a beta-1, 3-D glucan which super charges your immune system. BetaMax 500 activates the system and Sinus Defense gives it the correct signals on which pathogens to attack. Patients are reporting amazing results!
Sinus Defense: For adults: 2-3 sprays under tongue 2-3 times daily. If symptoms increase use 9 sprays 3 times per day until symptoms resolve, then return to 2-3 sprays 3 times per day.
Children under 12: Consult a Health Care Professional.
*Do not take within 15 minutes of consuming food, beverage, or brushing teeth.
BetaMax 500: Take 1-2 capsules on an empty stomach with water (do not eat for 30 minutes) or as directed by your physician
6. Vitamin D3 Mouth Spray (S, M, SV)
In chronic sinusitis patients who have gut inflammation due to an IgG allergy to Candida, the gut inflammation causes decreased absorption of Vitamin D. This oral sublingual spray is absorbed better by these patients.
Vitamin D3 Mouth Spray is great for those allergic to Gluten or gladin and suffering from Candida. The cell wall of Candida has the same amino acid sequence as gluten, so when you eat gluten in grains, it activates an immune reaction to Candida in the gut which causes gut inflammation and food allergies which cause more gut inflammation so that the absorption of Vitamin D is markedly decreased, which leads to decreased bone mass. So Vitamin D supplementation is very important at about 5000 units per day. READ MORE ABOUT VITAMIN D
Spray under tongue and hold for 20 seconds, repeat up to twice a day. Low Vitamin D3 levels decrease the immune response and leads to low bone density.
Supplement with a good Probiotic to restore gut flora (M, SV)
It is recommended to take a Probiotic with 10 billion live cultures that is also gluten and dairy free since many sinusitis sufferers have this food sensitivity. The gut represents 70% of the immune system and sinusitis sufferers need the extra support since they are reacting more to common allergens. I recommend Ortho Biotic Probiotic Capsules - take 2 capsules 2X day for moderate to severe gut or sinus issues and 1 capsule 2X day for maintenance.
**NOTE If for some reason Ortho Biotic does not agree with you Logos Essential Flora Probiotic is a good substitute.
8. Supplement with Ubinol CoQ10 to fight fatigue (M, SV)
Because chronic sinusitis sufferers have an immune system that is often working overtime many experience fatigue. Ubinol CoQ10 neutralizes free radicals and helps produce ATP. Ubinol is the active form of the molecule so it requires much less to be effective. CoQ10 on its own is difficult to absorb, the Ubinol form presents it in an already processed form.
Take 1 capsule 2X a day.
9. Eat Right! (M, SV)
It is not uncommon for Chronic Sinusitis sufferers to also have candidiasis, an overgrowth of yeast in the gut. Again, when you are sensitive to mold your body basically OVER reacts and the normal flora of your system is out of balance. Inflammation occurs which causes cells to enlarge and move further apart, which allows larger food particles to move through the gut and as a result causes even MORE inflammation!
The idea is remove the foods that Candida thrives on from your diet in order to restore balance and health-- the Candida Diet. Some foods do more damage than others so you should take the ALCAT Food Intolerance Test Dr. Dennis has his patients undergo, this is a panel specially setup for Dr. Dennis by ALCAT. It tests for foods that are not already excluded by the Candida Diet, which gives you a greater depth of food choices without doing multiple ALCAT tests. You should follow the Candida Diet and take into consideration what other foods NOT to eat that have identified by the ALCAT test.
10. Use Candida Rid (M, SV)
Candida is extremely common among chronic sinusitis sufferers. Candida Rid by Logos is an effective product to support gut health. It is also recommended to follow the Candida Diet which reduces/removes yeast and sugar from your diet.
11. Severe cases should also consider liver function, detox and oxygen therapy (SV)
People with severe chronic sinusitis almost certainly have some level of mold mycotoxins in their system. Oxygen therapy serves to open capillaries that are closed off and inflamed due to the immune system’s response to mycotoxins. Detox your liver using UltraClear Renew. The liver is responsible for removing toxins from the system, among other vital functions like synthesizing glutathione, has more than likely been overloaded and is not functioning properly.
Briefly, glutathione is a natural part of your body’s chemistry that affects the entire immune system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system and lungs. Glutathione is not obtained via food but synthesized within the body. To restore balance glutathione supplements and antioxidants, such as LipoCeutical Glutathione, should be used for 2 - 12 months once exposure to mold is eliminated.
LipoCeutical - 1 tsp 2X a day. Take until well.
UltraClear RENEW - 1 scoop 2X a day.
Oxygen Therapy - Have Oxygen treatment for 1 hr. 2x day by face mask from an MD environmental medicine specialist. This is normally for a period of 18 days. You will need a physician to write a prescription for oxygen treatment. Go to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) web site. Look at the top left and type in your state to find someone near you who can help.