Archives for July 2010

Blood testing for hidden food allergies


“When you consider the wide range of symptoms that food allergies can cause, it’s not hard to believe that every person you know could have a food allergy.”

– Robert Giller, MD author of Natural Prescriptions

Figure 1: Large, maldigested, allergic food particles bypass the immune barrier through wide gap junctions between cells of the small intestine. These particles enter general circulation.

Figure 2: Allergic food particles (A) cause B-cells to manufacture antibodies (B). The resulting complexes (C) are known to cause a wide range of symptoms, including nasal allergies and chronic sinusitis.

 

Blood sample & process $29 (20 min)
Lab Fee (96 common foods, payable to US Biotek) $159

After your blood sample is taken, processed, and received at the lab, results are back to our office in 10-14 business days. We’ll give you a call to schedule a Review of Findings.

Review of Findings (20 min)$65

Review test results and discuss the 90-day elimination phase.

Note: Though not all sinusitis is caused by hidden (IgG)  food allergies, a 90-day elimination of reactive foods will help to rule them out as a cause. Other general health issues like migraine headaches, digestive and skin problems, and fatigue can be caused by hidden food allergies.

© 2011 Frank Aversano, ND / Nova Sinus Center, LLC  Trademarks

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Neti pot: Why are Sinus Ninja treatments better?

Q: I’ve heard that using a neti pot or rinsing my nose with saline is a good thing for my nose and sinuses. What do the physicians of Nova Sinus Center think about this practice?

A: SNI, or Saline Nasal Irrigation, is a widely used adjunctive and primary care method of treating chronic rhinosinusitis. Whether by low negative pressure (snorting), low positive pressure (squirt or spray bottle), or gravity-assisted pressure (neti pot), the efficacy of rinsing the rhinosinus passages with salt water is controversial. The precise mechanism of SNI action is unknown.

Proposed effects of SNI include removal of allergens and particulates, removal of inflammatory mediators, and improvement of mucociliary function, as demonstrated by increased ciliary beat frequency. If done daily as a part of routine hygiene, favorable reduction of chronic nose and sinus symptoms have been reported.

In early November of 2009, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) reported that 68 people who used nasal saline irrigation for 12 months and then discontinued use for another 12 months had a 62.5% reduction in the rate of sinusitis in the discontinuation phase. Likewise, a group of 24 adults who used daily nasal saline irrigation for 12 months were found to have significantly higher (50%) rates of sinusitis compared to those of non-users. Researchers concluded that while use of a net pot may temporarily reduce symptoms, “daily long-term use [of SNI] may result in an increased frequency of acute [sinusitis] by potentially depleting the nose of its immune blanket of mucus.” They went on to propose that long term nasal irrigation disrupts the natural immune (protective) function of the mucus layer.

We at Nova Sinus Center conclude that while subjective efficacy of the various methods of SNI varies, the long term practice of instilling saline into the rhinosinus passageways is not recommended. In response, we propose a “next generation” alternative to the practice of salt water irrigation. In contrast to removing the rhinosinus mucus blanket, our onsite REST treatment actually restores it with a “fresh” pathogen-and-particulate-reduced layer. To use a metaphor, it’s like getting fresh, clean sheets on your bed. In conclusion, our advisement is this: Monthly REST offers all of the benefits of saline irrigation without destroying the protective mucus layer of the nose and sinuses. When saline nasal irrigation fails, REST offers the “next generation” of natural care for the nose and sinuses.

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© 2010 Frank Aversano, ND / Nova Sinus Center, LLC  Trademarks

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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.

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The Lancet: “Antibiotics are not justified.”

A special report published in our Spring 2008 Nautilus newsletter

This spring, a top British medical journal confirmed observations by physicians and patients worldwide that antibiotics are simply not effective for sinus problems. The March 15 2008 issue of The Lancet published the research of Dr. Jim Young of the Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology which summarized the outcomes of 2,547 patients in nine clinical trials. Amazingly, Dr. Young and his Swiss colleagues discovered that 15 patients with sinusitis-like complaints would have to be given antibiotics before an additional patient was cured.

In an interview with Web-MD, Dr. Young put it this way, “We found that overall, you would need to treat 15 patients … for one patient to benefit.” If Dr. Young is correct, 15 out of 16, or 94%, will not get well with standard treatment. The study was so newsworthy that both CNN and the BBC aired segments breaking the story worldwide. In their report, the BBC quotes study co-author Dr. Ian Williamson who said, “Antibiotics really don’t look as if they work.”

Sanford Guide 2007: “Antibiotics usually not effective.”

Dr. Jim Young and his colleagues at the Basel Institute aren’t saying anything that doctors haven’t known for years. In fact, the “bible” for antimicrobial therapy, The Sanford Guide 37ed published in late 2006 states for chronic sinusitis, “antibiotics usually not effective.” To put this in perspective, imagine a hammer with a stamp that reads, “Not effective for nails.” Would you buy that hammer? Unfortunately, millions of us with sinus trouble do.

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© 2010 Frank Aversano, ND / Nova Sinus Center, LLC  Trademarks

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Seattle Opera should know about the Sinus Ninja treatments

“The REST is extraordinary. My sinus problem has been immediately addressed. I could feel muscles relaxing in my face, back of my head, behind my ear, and in my head, arms and hands … I think it would be great if Seattle Opera knew about this treatment … Fabulous!”

– CD, Seattle, WA

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MORE SUCCESS STORIES:  ACUTE SINUSITIS · CHRONIC SINUSITIS · COLDS AND FLU’S · LOSS OF SMELL · NASAL ALLERGIES · BLOCKED TEAR DUCT · PLUGGED EAR · SCHOOL TEACHERS · SNORING · SPORTS PERFORMANCE · SINGERS AND SPEAKERS

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Anosmia – Loss of smell helped by Sinus Ninja treatments

“My anosmia [loss of smell] is cured thanks to the REST treatments! Smells are almost overpowering now. Thanks for all your help.”

– CR, Seattle, WA

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Note from Dr. Frank Aversano: Often, the olfactory plate (smell zone in the upper nasal passages) is obstructed by several years of mucous crusting. CR is one of many who have at least some resolution of non-neurologic loss of smell after a series of Sinus Ninja treatments.

MORE SUCCESS STORIES:  ACUTE SINUSITIS · CHRONIC SINUSITIS · COLDS AND FLU’S · LOSS OF SMELL · NASAL ALLERGIES · BLOCKED TEAR DUCT · PLUGGED EAR · SCHOOL TEACHERS · SNORING · SPORTS PERFORMANCE · SINGERS AND SPEAKERS

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Athletic performance improved after Sinus Ninja treatments

“I noticed I was breathing much easier in martial arts.”

– SH, Sammamish, WA

Learn more about an alternative treatment for sinusitis

MORE SUCCESS STORIES:  ACUTE SINUSITIS · CHRONIC SINUSITIS · COLDS AND FLU’S · LOSS OF SMELL · NASAL ALLERGIES · BLOCKED TEAR DUCT · PLUGGED EAR · SCHOOL TEACHERS · SNORING · SPORTS PERFORMANCE · SINGERS AND SPEAKERS

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My nose and sinuses feel “beautiful” after a Sinus Ninja treatment

“My nose and sinuses feel beautiful.”

– GR, Bellevue, WA

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MORE SUCCESS STORIES:  ACUTE SINUSITIS · CHRONIC SINUSITIS · COLDS AND FLU’S · LOSS OF SMELL · NASAL ALLERGIES · BLOCKED TEAR DUCT · PLUGGED EAR · SCHOOL TEACHERS · SNORING · SPORTS PERFORMANCE · SINGERS AND SPEAKERS

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Singing is much better after Sinus Ninja treatment

“My singing is much better and my nose doesn’t hurt anymore! I can hit the high notes with ease and clarity like never before.”

– BP, Seattle, WA

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MORE SUCCESS STORIES:  ACUTE SINUSITIS · CHRONIC SINUSITIS · COLDS AND FLU’S · LOSS OF SMELL · NASAL ALLERGIES · BLOCKED TEAR DUCT · PLUGGED EAR · SCHOOL TEACHERS · SNORING · SPORTS PERFORMANCE · SINGERS AND SPEAKERS

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Cycling more efficient and symptom free after Sinus Ninja treatments

“As an avid cyclist, I’m always looking for ways to improve my performance. REST treatments do that for me by opening up my breathing and reducing my sinus symptoms. It’s like the ‘glue’ in my lungs has been cleared away.”

– KU, Seattle, WA

Learn more about an alternative treatment for sinusitis

MORE SUCCESS STORIES:  ACUTE SINUSITIS · CHRONIC SINUSITIS · COLDS AND FLU’S · LOSS OF SMELL · NASAL ALLERGIES · BLOCKED TEAR DUCT · PLUGGED EAR · SCHOOL TEACHERS · SNORING · SPORTS PERFORMANCE · SINGERS AND SPEAKERS

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