By Amanda Froelich,
For decades, Western physicians have operated on the notion that if a symptom appears, it either needs to be burnt off, surgically cut out, or treated with drugs. But now, we’re learning that this is a counter-intuitive approach.
Rather than treat the symptom, the underlying cause(s) of the physical manifestation needs to be addressed. To do this, the patient needs to be treated in a holistic manner. What does “holistic” mean? Simply, that the entire patient — and their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual requirements — need to be taken into account.
When healers believe they can correct an imbalance through force, it will never fully resolve. A new study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery affirms this. In recent decades, a startling amount of children have gone to the hospital with inflamed tonsils. Doctors wrongly believed that the lymphatic tissue structures were unnecessary, so cut them out. The idea was that by removing the tonsils and adenoids, the persistent throat pain and ear infections that accompany the affliction would disappear. But this is not the case.
We now know that the tonsils and adenoids serve as a first-line immune response to pathogens entering via the respiratory tract. And removing them, according to Dr. Sean Byars at the University of Melbourne and colleagues, may actually increase a child’s risk of developing illness later on in life.
For the study, Byars and colleagues examined medical records from approximately 1.2 million Danish individuals whose health had been recorded from birth to age 10 and, in some cases, age 30. The team compared subjects who had their tonsils or adenoids removed before age 9 to controls. What they discovered is staggering.
Those who underwent tonsillectomy were three times more likely to develop either allergic or infectious upper respiratory tract diseases in the following years, such as asthma, influenza, and pneumonia (among more). Those who underwent an adenoidectomy had a two-fold higher rate of the diseases, as well as chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD).
In at least one way, the surgery has proven to be ironic. Doctors remove the swollen tissue to alleviate breathing issues. But by attempting to fix only the symptom, their actions exacerbate respiratory conditions. As IFLScience reports,
“The analysis indicated that many of the troublesome symptoms of tonsillitis and adenoiditis that removal surgeries aim to ameliorate – breathing problems and chronic ear or sinus inflammation – often return soon after the operation, meaning that any possible short-term benefits are paltry when stacked against the long-term risks.”
In light of these findings, Dr. Bryars and his team warn against the procedure when alternative treatments are available.
“Given that tonsils and adenoids are part of the lymphatic system and play a key role both in the normal development of the immune system and in pathogen screening during childhood and early-life,3 it is not surprising that their removal may impair pathogen detection and increase risk of later respiratory and infectious diseases,” they said.
“The growing body of research on developmental origins of disease has convincingly demonstrated that even small perturbations to fetal and childhood growth and development can have lifelong consequences for general health.”
The Lymphatic System
Inflamed tonsils are a clear sign that the digestive tract and lymphatic system are compromised. Rather than cut out the defenders of the body, special emphasis needs to be placed on detoxification, moving the lymphatic system (the sewer system of the body) and moving the physical vessel toward an alkaline state.
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