The tonsils and adenoids are part of the immune system called the lymphatic system. Tonsils are the two round lumps in the back of your throat. Adenoids (AKA pharyngeal tonsils) are high in the throat behind the nose and at the roof of the mouth. They form a protective ring around the back of the mouth and nasal cavity and they fight infections and viruses, and help protect us from disease. This is our body’s natural immune vaccination system.
Proteins, called antibodies, produced by the immune cells in the tonsils, help kill viruses, germs, and other pathogens as well as help to prevent throat and lung infections.
Many people have had their tonsils removed. This surgery is usually done due to recurring tonsillitis, or sleep apnea. Here’s the thing, why not identify and treat the underlying cause of the issue vs. eliminate a significant portion of our immune system?
- What’s causing the tonsillitis? Tonsillitis is most often caused by common viruses, but bacterial infections can also be the cause.
Why not treat with homeopathy? For example, Belladonna 30C is a Homeopathic remedy used for fast relief of acute fever, pain, headaches, sore throat, swollen tonsils, dry cough. Also, gargling with salt water aids in cutting down on bacteria in our mouth and soothes inflammation.
- Why are children/ adults having sleep apnea?
In adults, the most common cause is associated with excess weight, to include the soft tissue of the mouth and throat.
In children, sleep apnea often include enlarged tonsils or adenoids and dental conditions such as a large overbite, but can also include childhood obesity.
Studies like this, show the removal of adenoids or tonsils in childhood is associated with significantly increased risk of later respiratory, allergic, and infectious diseases.
Tonsillectomy was found to be associated with an almost tripled relative risk (the risk for those who had the operation compared to those who didn’t) for diseases of the upper respiratory tract. These included asthma, influenza, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or COPD, the umbrella term for diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Our tonsils represent an immune mechanism that protect us from invasive organism. They protect us from viruses and bacteria that enter through our mouth, nose, eyes and ears because all of these connect to our throat. The antigens enter the body and our body creates antibodies against them.
…. Hence, our body’s natural immune vaccination system.
Much like pharmaceuticals, we are overly prescribed surgeries, like tonsillectomies. These do not treat and cure the underlying cause, and more often than not, have egregious side affects.