Like many of you, I have suffered from tonsillitis since I was a child. The pain in the throat was unbearable, I could not swallow nor talk. I had headaches and 40 degrees fevers. I was regularly on antibiotics or penicillin injections, I would miss school for days, and as I became an adult, I would miss work. There was a doctor that did suggest having my tonsils removed, my mum did not allow it, and I'm glad she didn't. But what are the causes of tonsillitis in adults?
Many of us adults, and also kids, have our tonsils removed in the hope it will relieve us from recurrent throat pains and inflammation. But recently, I learned more about what is behind this "universal problem" and what can help solve it.
Why removing the tonsils is not really the answer?
A study by Melbourne, Copenhagen and Yale Universities and other associates, reveals that "of almost 1.2 million children, of whom 17.460 had adenoidectomy, 11.830 tonsillectomies, and 31.377 adenotonsillectomy, surgeries were associated with increased long-term risks of respiratory, infectious, and allergic diseases."
But what is behind a sore throat?
Let's first understand the inflammation. Inflammation is acidosis, an excess of acidity of body fluids (low pH) due to the accumulation of acids or loss of bicarbonates, leading to an immune response.
Tonsils are lymph nodes, and they act as septic tanks for the lymphatic system. Their function is to filtrate, neutralise or destroy toxins, parasites, microorganisms, acids, chemicals, proteins that are foreign to the body or not used, like fragments, wood, glass, etc.
The lymphatic system is co-related with the immune system. They work together to offer protection to the cells and organs, which are made from cells but also to remove waste from them.
Tonsils are a vital element, thus the importance of keeping them healthy. When inflamed, they are in fact protecting the body, from invasion, for example, when they produce mucus in the face of high amounts of acidity. But they can only do so much.
What causes tonsillitis?
A mixture of our highly acidic diets, that includes high protein diets (especially from animal sources), starchy foods, alcohol, processed foods, oils, etc. And the environment around us, pollution, pharmaceutical drugs, household cleaning products, beauty products, etc.
What can we do?
Start by removing acid sources from your diets. Eat alkaline foods like fruits and vegetables. Drink pure, clean water, and avoid ingesting, breathing, or touching toxic products.
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