Another Way To Fight Off A Sinus Infection
Prescription: Megadoses of Vitamin C, good food, plenty of rest.
I’ve been fighting off a sinus infection for about a week now. The pain is gone. The colorful snot is mostly gone, too. And I am much relieved that I didn’t have to see a doctor to get well this time. My goal for about a year now has been to stop the annual cycle of getting sick, going to the doctor for meds, including antibiotics, and then making myself weaker for all of it.
The meds are not that great for my kidneys and liver. They clean the blood, and they have to process meds out. The antibiotics actually shut down the immune system. I’d prefer not to hinder my immune system, and I’d rather boost it. Remember, the doctor’s job is not to heal you, but to help you heal.
So I’ve become careful about what I eat. I’m eating less than usual because digestion requires energy, and that energy could be spent on healing. Most animals stop eating or eat little when they become sick. I’ve found that fasting can help to speed the healing process. And I’ve also found that whole food, or even minimally processed food aids in the healing process.
Vitamin C was the greatest tool in my latest illness. I had tried it before but found that I had to wait a long time to get better, got impatient, and then went to see a doctor for meds. This time was different. I was megadosing the C before, but with only 2 grams of vitamin C. This time, I used 3 grams of C each day for a week and healing came much faster. One gram each for the morning, noon and night.
It’s worth noting here that many animals are capable of vitamin C biosynthesis. That is, most animals can make their own vitamin C, humans cannot. Humans once had a gene for vitamin C, but that gene was broken long ago. So we must get our vitamin C from the food we eat. For this test, I got mine from Emergen-C.
Oh, yes. I drank liters of water every day. I still do. Water mediates every metabolic process in the body. Our enzymes split water with other molecules. Our enzymes work in water. They live in water. So I drink 3–4 liters of water every day, without fail, rain or shine, sick or fine.
There was one point in my healing process when the pain was unbearable. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, so I tend to use pain relievers as a last resort. But a few days ago, it was just too much to bear. So one night, just to be able to sleep, I took 400mg of ibuprofen and one tiny Sudafed. The next day, I found that I had broken much of the illness and then my body and vitamin C could really get to work.
I can attest to you now, that this has been my most successful test yet. I feel better than before and not as tired as I would have felt taking the meds from a doctor. Doctors are great and they have their place, but I want to get to know my body. For me, learning how to heal myself is what I do to know my body and to avoid the doctors.
But there is something else afoot. I’m a dad. I’m a worker. I have a day job and my employer expects me to get the work done. I’m so busy that I really don’t have time to be sick. I get two weeks of paid vacation and 5 days for personal time a year. That’s time to be sick.
Happily, I am now set up to work from home. And work from home I did. That made it easy for me to take care of myself and keep working. The work-life has been improving with the ability to work from home. Of course, it came at a cost. I had to get another desk, fit it up with monitors, and my employer did the rest. Now I can just plug my laptop into the docking station and I am set for work when it snows and when I’m sick. And I have a long strong hope that I can make work from home the rule rather than the exception.
Our culture expects us to work and keep working. That’s why we see all the meds at the front of the supermarket, the pharmacy and convenience stores. Location says priorities, right? Just as we enter the store we see cough medicine, flu medicine, pain relieves and on and on. All of that is to keep us working, and it’s not to keep us living. Living seems to be something reserved for other people who are better qualified. Those people *own* the businesses we work for.
Half the battle of living is getting good food. But the debauchery in our food markets is unbelievable. The food we see in the market is made for shelf life, not human life. This Scientific American article, Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes!, proves the point with the following passage:
Food writer Mark Bittman has argued that because food is defined as “a substance that provides nutrition and promotes growth” and poison is a substance “that promotes illness,” then “much of what is produced by industrial agriculture is, quite literally, not food but poison.” While that may be an extreme statement, our food system is arguably at risk for several reasons, including the increasing use of herbicides and pesticides; the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs); and climate change.
So we must start by eating less. Really. I’ve lost 10 pounds just by eating less. Just by noticing that I’m not hungry, why eat? I’ve also cut out a lot of carbs just to stay awake. I’ve noticed how sleepy I feel with just a serving of chips, baked pita bread, or some other comfort food. That’s my body trying to keep the sugar converted from the comfort food from flooding my bloodstream.
We can also avoid food that comes in a package. All that packaged food requires advertising. Ever notice all the processed food advertising on TV? When I’m watching TV, I run a subroutine in my brain that says, “If I see it advertised on TV, I don’t need it.” I run it with extra emphasis on food when it’s advertised. Doritos, cupcakes, and fast food are blotted out before they can even get to my subconscious. I just assume that I don’t need them. And I don’t seek them out.
Food that comes in a peel, like bananas, avocados, tomatoes, potatoes, etc, that’s what we should be seeking. That’s a nice package. We must become willing to prepare our food ourselves. Having a partner who has the time to prepare food is a way to make our food lives better. I support my partner by working, she prepares the food for the family. I’m not a very good cook, but if the roles were reversed, I’d be hip-deep into food preparation.
Fighting off colds and other seasonal illnesses are par for the course. We’re all bound to get sick now and again. But getting sick doesn’t mean we need to run to the pharmacy. Let your food be the pharmacy. When we’re sick, our body is saying it’s time to slow down, it’s time for a break. Time to rest. Time to sleep and gather up the energy we need to live again.