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  • Paleo Diet and Sinusitis

    I am an ear, nose & throat doctor and I am looking into a possible link between diet and sinus symptoms. If you have suffered from chronic sinus symptoms, please fill out this survey. I plan to use the results to design a study to look for a link. Thank you.

    Paleo Sinusitis Survey

  • #2
    Hi there,

    I am sorry I have not seen this thread earlier.
    I hope you come back here regularly and see my reply.
    Here it goes:

    I was born to a mother who couldn't breastfeed me. I had chronic sinus infections my entire life! As a young child my snot was hanging off my sleeves on both arms, because I often ran out of tissue during school hours.
    As a teenager, the chronic sinus infections continued, often 2x a year and 'sniffles' inbetween. My doctors gave me anti-biotics every year.
    As an adult (age 23) I moved to a new continent (from europe to america) and the sinus infections continued, except now I had no access to anti-biotics.
    I was on ALL anti-histamines, over the counter, prescriptions, nasal sprays, steroids, you name it, I took it, nothing helped.

    Then, 1 day (age 36) I went to a SMART doctor who referred me to a specialist for allergies.
    This guy took blood and said I had 0 anti-bodies to anything. So I started allergy shots for all the things flying around where I lived. It worked but only partially. I still had the sniffles throughout the year (but no actual infection anymore because I was told to flush my sinus regularly). I still sneezed, still didn't feel well enough and had mucous build up in throat and sinus...and was still taking over the counter nasal spray to open my nose. I called them multiple times asking if they forgot to put something int he shots that I'm allergic to.

    I switched to a primal/paleo diet (age 38) and within a week my throat stopped producing mucous, my sinus took a little longer.
    My sinus took about 3 months to clear up. Also my rheumatoid arthritis went away.

    Then, the light bulb moment.
    I overlooked my allergy test papers again and saw that I am HIGH allergic to grass. Hmmm...isn't grass the relative of grains?
    Would me eating grains cause me to have allergic reactions? I ate grains my entire life, as a baby I was given grains (oatmeal, rye cookies).
    Grains also raise omega 6...an inflammatory response fatty acid that triggers a reation to things I'm not supposed to eat...well darn it...BINGO.
    The second light bulb moment was when I read somewhere that we are not adapted to ingesting DEAD bacteria, but only live ones.
    So would pasteurization and especially ultra-heated milk (which has friendly bacteria) cause a reation from my immune system?
    You betcha it did. The dead bacteria in heated milk mimic a virus that your body then tries to rid of with the build up of mucous.
    So mucous from dead milk + grains + high lvls of omega6 = sinus infections, bronchitis (with no fever)

    So here I am, chronic sinus infection sufferer since childhood that could've had an easier life going through school and college if I had only known all this...and that is now completely free of any sinus infections, mucous build up, sniffles, colds, etc...
    I don't even feel the season anymore. I don't dread fall anymore.
    I am off ALL meds, I take nothing for my sinus. My sinus is open and clear and very easy to clean if I ever collect a tiny bugger.
    I just turned 40 years of age and am at the healthiest state of my entire life.

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    • #3
      While my symptoms were nowhere near as dramatic, I did have a chronic low level "stuffed up" feeling in my sinuses that was particularly apparent at night. Dropping all dairy cleared this up beautifully. I would like to second what was said above about raw dairy however. I have added it back to my diet recently with absolutely no sinus problems at all.

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      • #4
        I will ask my hubby to look at your survey. Speaking anecdotally on his behalf, I can say this:

        We went low carb about 18 months ago in an effort for me to lose weight (hubby didn't have much weight to lose) and for us both to be as optimally healthy as possible. About a year ago, our low-carb (like Atkins) evolved to Primal when I discovered the Primal Blueprint.

        Since eliminating most grains (especially wheat) along with processed sugar and dairy (except for occasional cheese and daily cream in coffee), my hubby has drastically reduced his sinus problems.

        Previously, he was constantly snotty & snuffly and took allergy meds pretty much year round. He would often keep me awake at night with snoring because he just couldn't breathe well. He suffered from frequent sinus headaches. Because of his job, he is frequently exposed to cold viruses and he would catch them often. In the old days, his colds would almost always evolve into a sinus infection and he would be on antibiotics and then have stomache troubles because of it.

        Since making the dietary changes I outlined above, his sinus issues have improved tremendously! He's off his allergy meds except when grass pollen is really high. He's not snuffly and stuffed up all the time. He doesn't snore much any more, and his sinus headaches are far less frequent. He got a cold about a month ago, and it ran its course and disappeared without becoming a sinus infection.

        This is huge for him and has really improved his quality of life.

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        • #5
          dairy clogs up my sinuses. Not so much raw or fermented dairy, but if I take in enough over a short period of time that'll clog up my head too.
          Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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          • #6
            Thanks everyone for replying. Data looks good so far. I could use more replies if you haven't done the survey yet.

            Thanks.

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            • #7
              How timely! My husband, who eats a Primal diet along with me, just commented the other day that, for years, he used to get a sinus infection every time he got a cold and he recently realized that he never gets them anymore and hasn't had one in years (he rarely gets colds, either).
              http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                when i go primal i don't snore, when i am gaining with a gallon of milk a day, i snore.

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                • #9
                  Prior to starting eating this way I could not remember the last time I could breathe freely through my nostrils. It had been years and years. Eliminating grains did the trick for me. I can now breathe without restriction. The only problem I had was when I ate corn. My sinuses slammed shut. COULD NOT BREATHE nasally and the pressure was incredible.
                  No more grains or corn for me. I like breathing too much.
                  Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                  • #10
                    Me too - a chronic sniffler-sneezer, drippy, stopped up, post-nasal drip, had to switch from side to side when sleeping because one side would stop up, woke up like that and with crusty bits in the nose to boot, mouth breather, red itchy eyes, etc. I just believed I had chronic allergies, hay fever or whatever. Since going Primal in January, all that is now in the past. Just like that. It's getting embarrassing talking to folks about all the things Primal fixed for me. It sounds so preposterous. But it's real. I'll look at the survey.

                    Edited to say that I still do dairy and it's okay for me.
                    Positively Radical Pigeonholes are for Pigeons!

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                    • #11
                      This is very interesting. I have only been eating Primal for about 6 or 7 weeks. Recently I went to an Asian Buffet with my Wife and although I tried to eat only what I should, I really have no idea what ingredients were in what I ended up eating. By the time I finished and walked to the parking lot my nose was completely clogged shut and I knew immediately that it was from something I ate.

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                      • #12
                        I left you a nice comment in my survey. I figured I would post it in the thread to bump this one up for a while longer.


                        I have been suffering from rather severe sinus issues for about 5 years now. Mostly, these issues have manifested in the overproduction of phelm and bad post-nasal drip. On average, I would spit 7-8 teaspoons of phelm each day. Partially, these symptoms of a wheat allergy (diagnosed about 6 months ago), but even after I stopped eating all wheat and grain products my sinus issues persisted, though they were not as severe. I would spit approximately 4-5 teaspoons of phelm each day. Approximately 4 months ago I began eating according to the Paleo Diet/Primal Blueprint, but did not notice a change in my symptoms. In the last month I have looked deeply into what the Paleo Diet/Primal Blueprint has to say about maintaining a 1:1 omega 6 to omega 3 ratio and the inflammatory issues that may arise from consuming more omega 6 than omega 3 fatty acid. In the last month, I have strictly monitoring my consumption of omega 6 and omega 3 ratio, and roughly maintained a 2:1 ratio. After approximately a week of making this change, I found my symptoms improved drastically, though they have not disappeared completely. However, currently I only find myself spitting 1-2 teaspoons of phelm maybe 2-3 days a week. I currently consume 2-3 quarts of milk on a daily basis, but have not noticed any association between my consumption of dairy and my sinus issues.

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                        • #13
                          Happy New Year.

                          Thank you so much everyone. I could still use more responses.

                          Paleo Sinusitis Survey

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                          • #14
                            I have had sinusitis for as long as I can remember. I have tried everything with no relief. I've been eating primal for about a year now and my sinusitis has actually gotten significantly worse this past year to the point where I'm sick almost every couple weeks. I have been reading some articles lately relating sinusitis/allergies to candida, so my next approach is to try and get rid of the candida and see if they improve. Does anyone know if there's any truth to that?

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                            • #15
                              @elektro I don't think that candida would cause all your sinusitis, but one year ago, before starting to eat paleo, I wouldn't have given much credence to claims that sinusitis improved with diet. That being said, the paleo diet should decrease candida as it is low in sugars.

                              Thank you so much everyone. I could still use more responses.

                              http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FGJWTBX
                              Last edited by docdmartin; 01-14-2012, 12:02 PM. Reason: bad link

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