Sinusitis Article 15 in the Series on TruLight Radio XM called “The Doctor Says – The Bible Says” by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD.
It is important for you to first read through the chapter “Long Term Effects of Fear, Anxiety and Stress on the Body” on page 180, because it contains essential background knowledge that you need to be able to understand the physical and spiritual dynamics behind sinusitis.
Fear and the resultant insecurities cause an excessive release of histamine in the body resulting in inflamation and swelling.
I explained in the chapter on stress that when a person’s though life is dominated by fear and anxiety, a whole sequence of hormonal and chemical reactions are set into motion through the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the area in the brain that is the connection between the mind and the body – it translates everything that is going on in a person’s thought life into a physical reaction. One of the effects of stage 2 and 3 of stress is activation of mast cells. Mast cells are part of the immune system that were designed to help you kill and fight off infections. When the mast cells are activated, they release chemicals that cause inflammation, for example histamine, prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Histamine increases the diameter of the blood vessels (vasodilation) as well as increasing their permeability. This allows the water (plasma) in blood to leak into the surrounding body tissues, which results in swelling and redness.
When you have an over production of histamine in your body, whether it involves your skin, nose, eyes or intestines, you have swelling. When you have swelling you have pressure on your nerves and surrounding body structures and you have discomfort, irritation and/or pain. The spiritual root behind this is fear, anxiety and stress over some issue in your life.
In sinusitis, the membranes lining your nasal sinuses become inflamed due to an over secretion of histamine. Your nasal sinuses are located in the upper part of your cheeks, on either side of your nose (maxillary sinuses), at the top of your nose between your eyes (ethmoid sinuses) and in the middle of your forehead (frontal sinuses). The inflammation in sinusitis causes the tissues to become swollen and can block the tubes that drain the mucous out of the sinuses. As a result there is a build up in mucous of your sinuses. This congestion causes a heavy uncomfortable or dull aching feeling in the upper part of your cheeks (i.e. next to your nose), between your eyes and your forehead. This pain is worsened by bending over or tapping on these areas. When the mucous builds up and cannot be drained properly, it is susceptible to bacterial infection. When infection sets in abscesses can form. If the drainage tubes are not blocked, you’ll have a runny nose due to the inflammation caused by the histamine. If the fluid from your runny nose is clear – it is either just inflammation or a viral infection (e.g. flu). If the fluid is yellow-green, this indicates bacterial infection. Sinusitis can occur in one of two ways:
1. Infection of the sinuses causing inflammation (and subsequent production of histamine) or…
2. First inflammation (initially no bacterial infection) which causes swelling of tissues (due to production of histamine) that then blocks drainage of mucous, which then becomes infected. Whether it was the infection or the inflammation that came first is irrelevant, in both cases there is an over production of histamine and the spiritual root is the same – a damaged immune system due to fear, anxiety and stress in your thought life. Fear and the resultant insecurity produce an excessive release of histamine in the body.
In the treatment of allergies, skin rashes and sinusitis, doctors will prescribe antihistamines. Anti-congestant drugs are often prescribed for sinusitis. My strong advice to you would be to avoid antihistamines and anti-congestants as much as possible because they are addictive. Once you start using them, you end up using them all the time. These drugs contain Paracetemol which is a strong painkiller, so when you take the drug it does give you relief from the pain of the congestion. However there are other ingredients in the drug that damage the cilia that line your sinus cavities. Cilia are finger-like structures that help keep the mucous flowing and help with the drainage of mucous. So when these cilia are damaged, drainage of mucous is not good and you are predisposed to more sinus infections and more sinusitis… so you take the drug again… the cilia are damaged further… more sinus infections…do you see the pattern? Drugs are not the answer because they do not deal with the underlying issue causing sinusitis. Deal with the root and you’ll be free of the problem permanently.
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