Clearing the Air, One Nose at a Time - Caring for Your Personal Filter By Hana R. Solomon, M.D.
Learn how to care for your personal filter, based on science and common sense. Just Read Clearing the Air, One Nose at a Time
By Hana R. Solomon, M.D. comes in paperback. One of the most overlooked aspects of our health and that of everyone around us involves the nose, and every day this vital part of our existence, if properly cared for, has the power to "change our entire consciouness and mood in a single second." Dr.Hana, as she proudly proclaims, "knows noses" and is on a mission to educate us all "about how, when a nose fails in some fashion, it affects the ears, sinuses, throat, appetite and diposition. A dysfunctional nose can cause headaches, snoring, coughing, and asthma; the list goes on and on."
In the interest of full disclosure, Dr. Hana states in the beginning of her book that "this book is a pplea, a pitch, an argument, even a nag in favor of daily nose washing." Clearing the Air, One Nose at a Time
begins by running through the functions of an organ which not only draws in and filter oxygen for the lungs but plays a key role in the most enjoyable parts of life. Sexuality, the teste of our favorite foods, the storehouse of memories which smelld can invoke in a millisecond and our moods are all regulated by this amazing olfactory sense, we should not neglect our noses. This book is a must read for anyone with nasal woes. Dr. Hana is the 'snotty nose expert'. The nose is our gatekeeper, our personal filter and our great defender!The Nasopure Effect
You might notice that Nasopure strongly encourages new users to carefully read and follow the instructions on nasal washing. This is because they want you to have a satisfying experience. However, there is also a technique to using the Nasopure bottle, a technique backed by scientific principles.
Some wash systems claim to wash out your sinuses, but the Nasopure system washes your nose, and in doing so, encourages your sinuses to drain naturally. This is called the Nasopure Effect. Successfully washing the nose clearing the tiny cilia so they can move effectively again and using a law of physics called Bernoulli's Principle creates the best, the safest and the most complete daily wash possible.
Have you ever noticed how a swiftly moving river draws slower streams into its flow? This is Bernoulli's Principle in action. Bernoulli noticed that as fluid flows more quickly through narrow areas, the pressure within the fluid actually decreases. The faster the flow, the lower the pressure is within that flow. And other connecting areas of fluid are attracted to low-pressure areas. This is why we see small streams pulled into the swiftly moving flow of large rivers.
Imagine your nose, with Nasopure flowing through, is the river you create each time you wash. Your sinuses are stagnant ponds with small outlets allowing them to drain into the nose. When the saline solution flows past these outlets it creates a low-pressure stream that draws out the contents of the sinus cavities; just like a swiftly moving river would drain a small pond. The best part of Nasopure is, YOU control the speed of flow. So, you control the pressure differential. When sinuses and ears are inflamed, you may want to squeeze gently on your Nasopure bottle so you don't irritate tender tissues. Other times, you may want to create a rapidly moving stream of saline that is more aggressive in drawing out the sinuses contents, keeping them open and less likely to become infected. You have control.
For Bernoulli's Principle to work at cleaning out your nose and sinuses, you need to direct the flow of solution across the floor of the nasal cavity so it can flow past the sinus openings, creating the pressure differential that drains the sinus contents. If you shoot your solution up, instead of back, you may be aiming directly at the openings to the sinuses and the ears. This is like diverting your river directly into the pond's outlet, a situation that not only blocks the outward flow, but also can cause transient discomfort as pressure is forced into tiny spaces. This is exactly why they have designed the Nasopure bottle to encourage flow in the most effective direction.
They don't expect everyone to know about Bernoulli and his principle, but they want you to benefit from the science that stands behind the unique design of the Nasopure bottle. So read the instructions, practice your technique, and visualize a swiftly moving river of pure saline flowing past the sinus ponds drawing out their contents and releasing them as the river flows along the floor of the nose. Finally, take a deep breath and enjoy the sensation of a clear nose and open sinuses. So good!
Why Nasal Washing
Saline nasal washings have been used for centuries to maintain clear nasal passages. The process can be referred to as rinsing, irrigation, douching or lavage, but they like to call it what it is: nasal washing. Nasopure is today's ideal nasal wash. Dr. Hana, a board certified pediatrician with over 2.5 decades of experience in helping both children and adult patients with nasal, sinus and ear problems caused by colds, allergies, infections and exposure to pollution. She has seen first hand how the regular use of a saline nasal wash can soothe, moisturize, and help keep the nose, sinuses and ears clear, clean and healthy. Allergists, family doctors, otolaryngologists, pediatricians and scientists have found this procedure safe and effective. Evidence shows when done correctly, nasal washing can remove irritants, particles and debris keeping the passages clear while moisturizing and soothing irritated membranes. They truly believe anyone can benefit from washing their nose every day. Dr. Hana is on a mission to inform, educate and enlighten people all over the world on the benefits of nasal washing. The ultimate goal is to reduce medication use, and avoid the cost and side effects of these drugs. As a company, their goal is you help you feel better and breathe easier, naturally.
Benefits of nasal washing:
- Daily practice improves both nasal and sinus health.
- Clears out sticky, thick mucus and helps reduce nasal congestion by thinning secretions.
- Allows the sinus cavities to drain freely so allergens, irritants, bacteria, viruses and contaminants can be eliminated.
- Helps prevent upper respiratory infections like the common cold.
- Reduces dependency on medications such as antibiotics, antihistamines, nasal steroids, decongestants and asthma medications.
- Relieves nasal dryness.
- Improves sense of smell.
- Improves sense of taste.
- Helps to treat sinusitis and rhinitis.
- Reduces allergic rhinitis.
- Reduces coughing and other symptoms of post-nasal drip.
- May reduce snoring.
- May reduce nose bleeds.
- Clears airways affected by nose woes associated with pregnancy and maturity.
- Helps alleviate breathing difficulties caused by medical conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis and many others.
- Cleanses the nasal tissues stressed by radiation therapy to the head and sinus area.
- Deeper, more relaxed breathing.
Anyone can benefit, especially...
- Children two and above
- Anyone with a cold or flu
- Allergy and sinus sufferers
- Asthma sufferers
- Firefighters, construction workers, farmers, military, anyone exposed to environmental pollution and irritants
- Women with pregnancy rhinitis
- Athletes, performers and singers
- Patients - use prior to treatments with nasal steroids for better absorption
- People with altered nasal anatomy from birth or trauma or surgery
History of Nasal Washing
Nasal washing or nasal irrigation is an ancient Ayurvedic technique known as Jala neti, which literally means "nasal cleansing" in Sanskrit (a classical language of South Asia). With origins based in the yoga tradition, nasal washing has been used throughout India and South East Asia. Although not commonly practiced by Western cultures, these Eastern cultures have performed Jala neti as routinely as brushing one's teeth for centuries.
Traditionally a neti pot, an Alladin's lamp or tea pot shaped vessel, has been used to flow salt water into one nostril, through the sinus cavities and out the other nostril. In addition to using the neti pot, ancient yogis experienced success by snorting salt water in a rhythmic fashion as part of their daily rituals.
In the West, doctors have known the benefits of nasal washing for over a century. Alfred Laskiewicz departmental Head of Pozna Otolaryngology Department (1932-1939) described conservative treatments of nasal irrigation from general hygiene to treatment of Scleraderma. The Proetz procedure has been used by ear, nose and throat surgeons for years to clean out the sinuses.
Various salt rinse combinations have been studied, including isotonic, hypertonic, with and without buffering, and even with additives such as colloidal silver, antibiotics and herbs. Scientific data has continually supported the overall effectiveness of nasal washing. Hypertonic buffered saline solution has been shown to be most effective in treatment of congestion, removal of infectious and allergenic particles, but isotonic buffered works well for overall daily washing.
Nasal lavage has varied from gravity flow vessels, pressure bottles, powered machines, misters, IV bags, sprays, squirts, flushers, bulbs, syringes, squeeze bottles, turkey basters, and other devices have all been tried as well.
Over the past decade, there has been a slow-growing explosion of interest in nasal cleansing. This has been powered by the overall surge in prevention, alternatives and an overall integrative approach to health. Well-known doctors such as Dr. Murray Grossan, Dr Andrew Wiel, and more recently, Dr. Oz have promoted the practice of nasal washing. Although antihistamines, decongestants, steroids, antibiotics are commonly prescribed, doctors have added the adjunct treatment of nasal irrigation for allergy suffers, post operative sinus surgery patients and for patients with chronic sinusitis. Only recently has proactive nasal washing been recommended as a preventative approach.
Today, there are many products created to make nasal washing quicker, easier, more effective and less messy. They all work to some degree, each with their pros and cons, but this is where Nasopure excels. It is the best designed nasal washing system offered the modern alternative to a neti pot.
How Nasopure Works
The Nasopure Nasal Wash Bottle is designed to wash the nose efficiently and comfortably the modern neti. The unique, angled neck allows a neutral head and neck position to achieve the perfect wash. No more bending or twisting the neck. The squeezable, plastic bottle provides precise control of the solution from a light rinse to a steady flush. The applicator tip allows for a tight seal with the nostril for control of pressure and flow. It washes the nasal membranes, while drawing out the sinus contents as the solution exits the opposite nostril. The bottle comes in 4 oz. and 8 oz. sizes and has a closable tip making nasal washing convenient for shower, over the sink use, and travel. And it's perfect for children too.
The Nasopure Wash Salt Mixture is pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate comes in Swish Stick packets so the solution is always the perfect mix you add water to achieve the salinity you prefer. It can be used as an isotonic or hypertonic buffered solution. See their Solution Guide for more information about their saline mixture.
All-natural Nasopure is safe for anyone with "nose woes". Dr. Hana has taught children as young as two and three to use Nasopure, but they recommend a child's doctor be consulted and approve prior to use. Patients who use Nasopure on a daily basis tell them that it not only offers relief, but it refreshes, too. For them, it's as automatic as brushing their teeth and as refreshing as an ocean swim. Many users report fewer symptoms, fewer infections, reduced need for medications and they notice that they generally breathe easier.
Why not give Nasopure a try? Whether you are bothered by congestion, irritants, or just want to maintain a healthy nose and sinuses, Nasopure will help you wash your nose clean, the natural way.
Children and Ears
Americans spend billions of dollars each year treating ear problems in children; much of it on doctor visits, drugs and surgery. Ear infections are the number one reason children visit a doctor's office, and the number of children coming in with ear infections has risen over the past decade. There are several reasons for this including bottle-feeding, increased allergies, greater pollution, more children in daycare, and exposure to cigarette smoke. Interestingly, boys develop infections in the ears more often than girls do, and it is not clear why.
Children in general seem to experience far more ear infections then adults, and this is because their Eustachian tubes are immature. Infants and children have a more horizontal Eustachian tube without gravity to assist in drainage. It is also much shorter and collapses more easily compared to an adult tube; the opening in the throat is more rounded, making it easier for secretions to find their way up into the middle ear. Additionally, babies tend not to swallow when they are asleep (they drool), and less swallowing means less ventilation of the middle ear. All of these differences result in a buildup of negative pressure which causes pain and this leads to restless nights.
Anyone who has had difficulty clearing their ears after flying in an airplane, or anyone who has had the congestion of a cold that "clogged" their ears knows how Eustachian tube dysfunction feels. Children with chronic nasal congestion can feel this way all the time. These children think the world always sounds muffled and it is no surprise that they cannot speak clearly. The most common causes of Eustachian tube dysfunction are allergies and respiratory infections. Traditionally doctors have given antihistamines to dry up secretions and decongestants to clear the passages. However, the side effects of these two medications can be problematic, especially in children.
Molly was brought into her clinic by her mother because the kindergarten teacher was concerned that she was not paying attention in class. A quick screen in the office indicated a "conductive hearing loss". Mom wanted to avoid medications if possible, so she agreed to try nasal rinsing. Soon Molly was "washing" like a pro, and two weeks later the repeat hearing test was normal. A simple and safe approach resolved her problem.
Hearing is one of the most important windows to a child's world. Through good hearing, a child learns language skills and an appreciation for the world around him or her. If you are concerned about your child's ability to hear well, speak to your physician. If the problem is chronic congestion or infections, ask about nasal rinsing. It could change your child's life.
Adenoids and tonsils are lymph tissues that normally enlarge as a child ages, peaking in size during elementary school years and beginning to shrink just before puberty. The adenoids are situated in the upper throat, in the back part of the nose, right next to the Eustachian tube opening. The tonsils are lower in the throat. These tissues will remain enlarged if constantly irritated, aggravated and stimulated by recurrent infections or allergies. These chronically enlarged tissues prevent the Eustachian tube's normal drainage, which can contribute to recurrent ear infections.
Ear infections are the most infection children experience but not all infections require antibiotics. For years, doctors would automatically prescribe antibiotics when any fluid was found in the middle ear, especially in children. If the fluid persisted, they would recommend surgical placement of drainage ports, PE tubes, in the eardrum - a manmade exit for the fluid. These tubes do not correct the original problem, but they do allow the fluid to drain out the ear canal if the Eustachian tube is blocked. More recently, the Academy of Pediatrics acknowledged that routine antibiotics and PE tubes may not be the best approach and has now released new recommendations. A watch and wait approach to most ear infections is the newest guideline, but as in the past, it is up to each physician to decide on the necessity of using antibiotics.
These recommendations will hopefully contribute to a decrease in the overuse of antibiotics and a reduction in bacterial resistance. Using fewer medications will reduce the development of adverse drug reactions as well. Sometimes these medications are warranted, but I recommend a first line treatment that is much safer and often more effective in addressing the core issue as compared to medication: Nasal washing with hypertonic buffered salt water.
From the Expert.
Antibiotic overuse is a particular concern. Many children with nasal disease seem to become "antibiotic-dependent" that is, their symptoms seem to be relieved while taking antibiotics, but then relapse shortly after the treatment course ends. A new antibiotic is then started, and the cycle then repeats itself over and over, sometimes for many months.
Michael Cooperstock, MD, MPH
Pediatric Infectious Disease
University of Missouri, Columbia, Medical Center
FAQ's regarding ear infections
What exactly is an ear infection in and what causes them?
Ear infections are a accumulation of mucus and bacteria within the Eustachian tube. Infections ALWAYS begin in the nose. The nasal membranes swell, excessive mucus is produced, thicken mucus in the drainage pipes (the nose, the sinus, the ears) fail to drain well. In children these tubes are smaller and the Eustachian tube is more horizontal, hence, the excessive mucus/bacteria fail to drain. The infection results.
Can we prevent ear infections?
Yes, we can reduce and prevent ear infections by keeping the nose clean, breast feed, stay away from large groups (day care), avoid exposure to smoke (this paralyzes the nose hair, the cilia) and keep your fingers crossed.
How Can Infections Be Treated?
A natural approach to ear infections begins and ends with lots of liquids. Lots of fluids, lots of exposure to moisture (baths, etc) and cleaning the nasal passages. In fact a new study suggests CHILDREN WHO WASH THE NOSE DO NOT DEVELOP EAR INFECTIONS! I have personally witnessed this over 25 years of medical practice and many of my colleagues agree. The Academy of Pediatrics strongly supports NOT treating with antibiotics unless the child is very ill, feverish, or very young. Finally, more professionals are seeing the light that antibiotics are not the only answer. In fact overuse of antibiotics results in bacteria to develop resistance, among other issues.
Is there special season for ear infections?
Cold season and allergy season is ear infection season. Whenever the nose is troubled, the ears are at risk.
What can we do to reduce the risk of ear infections?
- Breastfeed instead of bottle-feed.
- Avoid exposing your child to cigarette smoke.
- Prevent allergies, adjust living environment for fewer allergens.
- Provide healthy unprocessed foods for fewer allergies.
- Avoid daycare if your child is younger than 2 years old.
- Keep the nose clean.
- Avoid medications that dry and thicken the mucus, such as antihistamines.
- Maintain hydration, avoiding sugary juices (teach your children to drink water).
- Treat GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux) if it is present.
- Apply warmed moist compresses to the outer ear for 20 minutes every few hours.
- Work with your child's medical provider so that your collaborative efforts will bring about the most effective and least invasive solutions
- If your child is getting worse, see your medical provider!