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Woman Dies From Improper Use of Sinus Treatment

Woman Dies From Improper Use of Sinus Treatment
December 12
18:45 2018

To no surprise, over 30 million Americans suffer from some form of sinus trouble, known as sinusitis.

Most people pay little attention to their sinuses until they start having problems. So, what are the sinuses and what do they do?

The sinus is composed of a series of connected hollow cavities in the front of the skull and face:

  • Maxillary sinus – the largest of the sinus cavities is located in the cheekbones on each side of the nose.
  • Frontal sinus – located in the front of the forehead, just above the eyes and in some people can actually be larger than the maxillary sinus.* See note
  • Ethmoid sinus – lie below the frontal and between the eyes. Small in size.
  • Sphenoid sinus – located in the bones of the nose, also small in size.

NOTE – years ago, my wife had a problem with a wisdom tooth that was still in the upper jaw. An orthopedic dentist took a panoramic x-ray of her jaws and face and then told her that she had the largest frontal sinus cavities he had ever seen. They expanded far beyond the normal range of the sinus cavities, as he outlined them with a Sharpie on the x-ray. He told her that he didn’t mean it offensively, but that she really was an airhead due to the size of her sinus, which has always been a problem for her.

What do the sinuses do? According to Web MD:

“They’re lined with soft, pink tissue called mucosa. Normally, the sinuses are empty except for a thin layer of mucus.”

“The inside of the nose has ridges called turbinates. Normally these structures help humidify and filter air. A thin wall, called the septum, divides the nose. Most of the sinuses drain into the nose through a small channel or drainage pathway that doctors call the ‘middle meatus’.”

“Why do we have sinuses? Experts don’t know. One theory is that they help humidify the air we breathe in. Another is that they enhance our voices.”

When the sinuses seem to get infected or full of mucous, it can cause sinusitis which can be painful and almost debilitating if bad enough. Consequently, many people turn to things like a Neti Pot to help flush the sinuses of the mucous and allergens. To be honest, both my wife and I use a Neti Pot on occasion due to sinus issues.

There are warnings that some with using a Neti Pot, one of which is NOT to use tap water or even water from a filter like that in many refrigerators or water pitchers. It is recommended to use distilled water. Why?

The reason for NOT using tap water is evident from what happened to a 68-year-old woman from Seattle who didn’t use distilled water as directed.

She went into the hospital for surgery for what was believed to be a tumor in her brain. According to lead surgeon, Charles Cobb:

“When I operated on this lady, a section of her brain about the size of a golf ball was bloody mush. There were these amoeba all over the place just eating brain cells. We didn’t have any clue what was going on, but when we got the actual tissue we could see it was the amoeba.”

Because she used regular tap water, the woman ended up contracting a rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba that proved to be fatal. Even though the incidents of this amoeba infection are rare, the chances of getting it greatly increase when someone uses tap water instead of distilled water.

If you or anyone you know uses a Neti Pot or similar sinus irrigation device, make sure you or they use distilled water. In many locations, a gallon of distilled water costs around dollar a dollar that could save you from a similar fate.

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  1. Babe
    Babe December 13, 19:50

    could this happen using a Cpap machine? water is humidified thru tubing for 7-8 hours a night.

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