Biofilms: A “sticky” situation for your nose.

A special report published in our Winter 2008-09 Nautilus newsletter

We’ve all experienced it. You get a new shirt, blouse, or pair of pants home only to find an unsightly inspection label stuck on it. You peel it off, in all its “inspected by #18” glory and notice it takes hundreds of tiny micro-fibers of your new favorite statement of couture along with it.

Now, just imagine how difficult (if not impossible) it would be to clean the fibers off of that label. This is exactly how symptom-causing microbes embed themselves within the mucus layer of the membranes of your nose and sinuses. The cell with the black speckles in the inset picture represents a “biofilm cell.” Biofilms are “sticky” cell colonies that bond to the mucus layer inside your nose and sinuses. Biofilm cells are protected from immune system attack (yellow antibodies) and are highly resistant to antibiotics (green x’s). What’s more, as phagocytes futilely secrete cell-eating enzymes (red granules), they damage the surrounding healthy tissue. This leads to further inflammation and irritation in your nose and sinuses. It’s a “sticky” situation that leads to chronic sinus trouble, and a worsening of allergies, colds, and flu’s.

Winter: ‘Tis the Season for colds & flu’s

Most of us have heard that the majority of colds and flu’s are caused by viruses. We’ve also heard that antibiotics are not effective against these pesky germs. When a cold or flu hits, we just want it to “go away” as soon as possible. Biofilms are a major cause of cold & flu “super-infection” which can add weeks to an illness. This winter, you can shorten the length of your cold or flu by defeating both viruses and super-infectious biofilms.

The REST: Gently “peel away” Biofilms

The REST, or Respiratory Suite Treatment, combines the gentle power of nebulization (fine mist inhalation) with all-natural antimicrobial swab placement to defeat biofilm adhesion (stickiness). The aroma is deeply calming and refreshing, as the nasal and sinus passages are allowed to drain. Unlike washes and neti pots which can push allergens, pathogens, molds, and pollens deeper into the spirals of the nasal passages, the REST reduces biofilm adhesion and allows for a deeper and more complete drainage than is possible with nasal washes.

I’d like to schedule a Sinus Ninja treatment.

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  1. I have had the Nasal condition for 2/3 years including continuing nasal pheudomonas and it is only now my new Doctor is suspisious I may have this Biofilm problem. I am looking for a treatment following several FESS operations. He seems to be helping me however if you can offer advice or advise i can pass to my specialist I would welcome it

    Regards

    Jack

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  2. I live in Washington, DC. I would love to try the REST treatment or something like it. I have had chronic sinusitis for the last 24 years (first diagnosed when I was 11), have had two ethmoidectomies and a maxillary polypectomy and still suffer from chronic sinusitis which leaves me on long courses of the broadest-spectrum antibiotics several times every year. I have tried multiple methods and devices for sinus irrigation and I find that some of these seem to actually hasten the onset of infection symptoms- possibly due to the hypothesis mentioned here regarding ‘pushing’ the material/microbes ‘further up the spiral.’ Most recently the internet is full of information about ‘bio-films,’ and I have found recommendations for adding Manuka honey and baby shampoo to one’s sinus irrigation solution to deter the bacteria’s ‘matting’ activities. The REST treatment sounds like a better alternative. Is there some way I could simulate its effects here in Washington, DC?

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  3. aren quay says:

    I have had sinusitis for 12 years. After 6 CT scans, dozens of rounds of various antibiotics, I’ve learned a few things. Nasal steroid inhalers cause immune deficiency, which in turns increases the chances of the bateria to grow and spread their reign. After each period of using them, I’ve had immune testing done, and my titers are off and my white blood cell count up. So dispite the lowered inflammation which steroids help with, the chances of bateria thriving goes up.

    Obviously, like all of you life time sufferers, I’ve been to dozens of doctors and tried everything. Recently, after a 5 month sinus flare up, and three rounds of 3 types of antibiotics, I was about to give up. I had allergy testing done, and nothing significant showed up on the panel tests, or on the skin scratch tests, yet I was becoming more aware that food—various types—would cause my stuffiness to suddenly worsen or cause sudden lethargy.

    I have been eating only brown and white rice now for 4 days, and though the jury is still out, I’ve found all my symptom have disappeared. Of course this is not scientific, but an article in the New Yorker last year about fasting, said that for some reason, all the participants in the fasting test (not done for this reason) miraculously lost all symptoms of their various ailments.

    I’m so desperate, I’ll try the manuka honey and the baby shampoo cure, which are “alternative cures” sanctioned by the American Medical Association and tested by them, but would also suggest anyone with incurable sinusitis to go on a classic elimination diet. Many foods which are classified as “allergens” since they do not produce histamines, still may cause reactions in the body. For instance, some asians lack the enzyme to digest alcohol and become “sick” from drinking, developing headaches, red skin, and sinus swelling. Though this is not something an allergist would pick up with testing, it still is something which is a causative agent in sinus disease.

    Anyway, something to try. It’s not a weight loss diet—-you can eat as much as you want. But stick to rice and plain chicken.

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  4. Hi,

    I find this site very informative. Really appreciate the good work you are doing.

    I have a question in preparing nasal rinse solution. While honey and baby shampoo are effective in fighting biofilm, is it okay to use them both in your nasal rinse?

    I was planning to put the following – non-iodized salt, honey, Johnson’s baby shampoo. Is it the right way? Please advice.

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