The Humming Cure of Allergy and Asthma

Anyone can hum: “oooommm”  or star spangled banner or a popular song. Did you know that you can cure 50% of your ills by humming? Look up humming in the Pri Med index. When you hum you vibrate the head. More important you vibrate mucus that is in your nose, sinuses throat and chest. Got thick postnasal drip? Humming will shake this up, break up the bonds that hold this together, and at the same time vibrate and stimulate cilia of the nose, sinuses and chest. What are cilia? These are tiny microscopic hairs that move in a synchronous manner,  to move bacteria out of your nose and chest. In the nose, they move bacteria out of the nose to the back of your throat. In health, the cilia move bacteria via a mucus layer to the back of the throat, down the throat to the stomach where they are inactivated by the stomach acid. If the mucus is thin, the cilia move better. Cilia of the Chest In the chest the cilia move in the opposite way- they move dust and bacteria out of the bronchial passage up the windpipe to the throat where you can cough it up and out or swallow it. When the cilia of the chest are working, you don’t cough or wheeze. When they fail, bacteria and dust remain in place and coughing takes over. Remember a time when you accidentally inhaled a tinny particle; you kept coughing until it came out. Your cilia couldn’t handle the large piece. Mucus Blanket If the nose or chest is totally dry, then cilia don’t function....

The Snoring Cure to Lose Weight

What is an Ear Nose and throat specialist doing writing about losing weight? The simple fact is that you CAN’T lose weight when you are snoring badly. That is because, without a good night’s sleep, in AM you are tired. Need to get the kids to school, get to work; so you take extra cookies. A snorer might be told to lose weight. With less fatty tissue in the throat, there is less snoring. and better sleep.  But because she is snoring, there is the AM fatigue and the need for energy via cookies.  The fact is, that most snorers can’t lose weight because of the fatigue of a poor night’s sleep. Worse, as the weight increases, the snoring gets worse. Remember how you do exercises to thin the fat from your tummy?  Here are exercises that do the same thing. The fancy name is oropharyngeal exercises, described by Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho, MD, PhD in June 2015 issue of Chest Magazine. And while snoring may seem like more of an annoyance than a health problem, that is simply not true. Snoring has been linked to medical conditions, including heart attack, stroke and glaucoma.   SIT-UPS FOR YOUR THROAT If your bed partner has complained of your snoring or you have unexplained daytime sleepiness, consider trying the following exercises. About half of my patients improve enough after doing these exercises (think of them as “throat sit-ups”) for five minutes three times a day for six weeks to avoid surgery or other inconvenient therapies.  such as wearing a mouth guard or using CPAP. They also awaken feeling more refreshed and reduce their...

Sleepless in DreamLand

What is the one thought or subject you must never think of when you go to sleep? Read on: Most readers here are familiar with my writing on sleep aids including: The ten cent snoring cure – taping up the dependent nasal tip The sit ups for the flabby throat The Hydro Pulse nasal irrigation to clear nasal blockage with the Throat attachment to the Hydro Pulse to shrink swollen tonsils and throat tissue The counted breathing exercises. Count breath in four and out six Suppose you have done these. Your nose is perfectly clear, your throat muscles are strong and free of fat, you can relax by counted breathing. Yet, still not sleeping. Because? All the sleep advisors speak of calming down before sleep, de-stressing. Some do this by A warm bath Watching a dull TV show Relaxing music Water fountain Aroused before Sleep? However there are some patients who are actually aroused before going to sleep. They worry about getting enough sleep. They lay in bed thinking: Will I fall asleep Why aren’t I asleep Should I try yoga for sleep Am I falling asleep? What time is it? How long have I been trying to sleep? Turns out thinking about the act of sleeping is the WORST thing you can possible do! NEVER think about falling asleep, am I falling asleep? Never use the word sleep! Best is counting sheep! Or using counted breathing. Or count your wiggling the toes. Why? Counting is non-judgemental, doesn’t arouse any anxiety. Another aid is breathing in count four and out count six. This is because when the exhalation is...

Snoring? Just say “OOOMMM”

You probably already know that I recommend “ooommm” for speeding the nasal cilia. Read on to see why it also helps snoring. This is important because the latest research shows that even minor snoring can result in reflux, hypertension, stroke, and even much worse – an unhappy partner However, simple solutions work. Not only for my patients, but in a recent publications of the respected magazine Chest* the authors report good results using the identical exercises I use to make the throat muscles strong and stop the noise. I have described these in my blog – www.grossaninstitute.com- and in my article Tried Everything for Snoring published in Bottom Line Health on March 2011. However, in addition to these exercises, patients have an additional advantage in stopping snoring by adding pulsatile Nasal and Throat irrigation from the Hydro Pulse™ Throat exercises: It takes time to build and strengthen muscles by exercise and the throat is no exception. Do each exercise for three minutes. Hold the tongue on the hard palate – the roof of the mouth. Say the vowel sounds A, E, I, O, U. Push the tongue hard and make the sounds loud. Move the tongue around as you do these. The sounds should be loud. Place the tongue in front of the roof of the mouth. Then slide it all the way to the back of the roof of the mouth while pronouncing the vowels. Pronounce the vowels rapidly. Press the tongue forcefully against the hard palate. Press frequently. Press the tip of the tongue into just behind the lower incisor teeth while pushing the back of the...

Sinus Headaches

Do you have Sinus Headaches? Many patients are bothered by pain above the nose and between the eyes, where the sinuses are located. If there is a severe nasal inflammation, this may respond to papaya enzyme tablets (don’t get the ones from the health food store, they’re usually useless; details here), one four times a day, dissolved in the mouth between the cheek and gums. This is especially useful if the pain follows flying or scuba diving. Non-steroidal medications such as Aleve may be helpful. This is especially useful if the pain follows flying or scuba diving. If infected, this requires an antibiotic and a decongestant such as Sudafed.Ê Avoid chilling and drink lots of hot tea till the urine turns light. Green tea with or without caffeine is best. If there is drainage, Pulsatile Nasal Irrigation is an excellent way to remove pus and stimulate natural nasal function. Real sinus pain is actually rare, even when the patient is blowing yellow mucous out the nose. In many cases the “sinus headache” is really “referred” pain from the neck. Feel the back of your neck. Does the pain travel to the front of your forehead? This is because of the hookup of the nerves; painful stimuli radiates to the front area above the eyes. For neck treatment see Cervical Pain. Pain Pain in the sinus comes from pressure on the membranes. Often the most severe pain comes when a vacuum is formed. For example, flying at high altitude your nose may clog because of the dryness in the cabin and your failure to drink adequate fluids, such as hot...

Post nasal drip

Post nasal drip is an unscientific term that refers to the sensation of thick phlegm in the throat, which can become infected. It is annoying because normally the throat is moistened by the nasal secretions and throat mucous glands. This is part of the mucous – nasal cilia system that defends us from disease. When the amount of liquid secreted by the nose and sinus is reduced, and the cilia of the nose and sinus slow down, the fluid thickens and you become aware of its presence. Since the thick phlegm is unpleasant and often infected because it is “just laying there” and not moving, our bodies naturally try to get rid of it, to the annoyance of our partners. Whether caused by pollution, chemical exposure, or severe infection, the treatment requires that the cilia mucous system be brought back to normal. Moisturizer spray is good, but avoid moisturizing sprays with additives or preservaties such as benzalkonium (which can actually be the root of your problems). I like preparations which you make yourself, so they’re economical, and which come with a refillable spray bottle. This allows you to moisturize and clean your nose frequently, right away when you are exposed to diesel bus fumes, smoke, or dust. If the stuff is expensive, or isn’t in a bottle convenient for carrying with you, you are less likely to use it right when you are dry or exposed to irritants. Look for a nasal/sinus moisturizer that contains no irritating additives, including Benzalkonium, and which comes in a convenient spray bottle for cleaning out your nose on the go. A good sinus...