News of Deadly Infections Linked to Neti Use
I have received several questions asking my opinion on the news of 2 people succumbing in 2011 to an infection of the brain, originating from Neti use with contaminated water. The deadly infection was due to an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri.
I have been touting the benefits of nasal cleansing for 25 years and am a believer that washing the personal filter, your nose, makes great sense. The problem that has emerged however, is that introducing water into the sinuses can cause problems especially if the water being used is contaminated.
Always using distilled water solves the contamination problem easily but does not address to greater problem of introducing water and more importantly contaminated nasal debris into the sinuses.
I have always been of the common sense opinion that we humans should never flush water into the sinus cavities. The sinuses are closed cavities that produce up to a quart of mucus per day which drains through a single ¼ inch opening into the nasal cavity. The direction of flow, assisted by the cilia which are little sweeper hairs, is outward. If the drainage opening is kept clean and open, the mucous and debris produced in the sinuses can exit and all is well. Common sense dictates that the sinus opening was never meant to allow entry of water or debris into the sinuses.
We should therefore encourage the natural drainage of mucus by flushing along the nasal floor and cleaning the sinus drainage opening. Unlike the Neti, Dr Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System is designed specifically to wash along the nasal floor, when used as directed, and by doing so avoids introducing contaminates from the nasal cavity into the sinuses.
In addition, if the salt solution is hypertonic the infectious particles are destroyed by a process called osmosis. Osmosis is diffusion or movement of fluid through a semipermeable membrane from an area with a low salt concentration to an area with a higher salt concentration. So, when an infectious bacteria or amoeba is exposed to a salty solution it shrinks up and dies.
Our mission at BeWell Health, LLC is to empower people to use fewer drugs and avoid nasal issues, naturally. You can use a garden hose or a turkey baster to wash your nose, to be sure. For your convenience however, I have invented Dr. Hana’s Nasal Wash System as a pure, alternative and simple answer to avoiding the side effects and other costs related to modern medications and surgeries.
Wash along the nasal floor...not into your sinuses, with a hypertonic solution...nothing less will do, and breath easier, naturally!
Be well, Dr. Hana
Author of Clearing the Air, One Nose at a Time: Caring for Your Personal Filter
© August 25, 2012