Statistics/Studies/Outcomes

The Prevalence of Respiratory Disease is enormous across the U.S. and Worldwide:

*Chronic sinusitis is the world’s most common respiratory

condition. There are over 40 million sinus sufferers who have at

least one sinus infection per year in the US, according to the

National Academy on an Aging Society.

  • *Sinusitis has ranked among the most common chronic conditions for the past 30 years in U.S. and worldwide
    • 12 Million Office visits/year
    • $10 billion spent annually
  • Allergies are the 4th most common chronic condition in US with 27 million
  • 30 Million courses of antibiotics

 

  • 300,000+ sinus surgeries performed every year in the U.S. (includes those who had surgery for the 2nd time, or more).

*American Academy of Otolaryngology)

  • 73 million days of work or school are missed per year due to sinus-related illness (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology)
  • Chronic sinusitis, lasting more than eight to 12 weeks, can significantly affect worker productivity and school performance on an individual level.” (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology).
  • A Mayo Clinic study demonstrated that 93% of all chronic sinusitis was caused by mold or was fungal related. Allergic Fungal Sinusitis: Ponikau JV, Sherris DA, Kern EB, et al: The diagnosis & incidence of allergic fungal sinusitis. Mayo Clinic Proc 1999; 74: 877-884
  • A high percentage of people with HIV or other immune deficiencies, asthma (70%), allergies (50%), or cystic fibrosis also suffer from sinusitis.

Allergies

The 4th most common chronic condition in US with 27 million per year.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases list asthma and allergies, as causes of frequent episodes of chronic sinusitis.

Asthma

*70% of patients with moderate to severe asthma have chronic sinusitis. Adinoff, A: Difficult asthma? Look for sinusitis. National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Medical/Scientific Update,1987;   6 (2)

* 90% of children (50% of adults) with asthma have allergies-to pollen, food, mold or another ingested or inhaled substance

*50% of pts with chronic sinusitis have allergies

*All three are INFLAMMATORY conditions-mediators: Histamine, Leukotrienes, T-cells, IgE, Mast cells, Viruses, Bacteria, etc.

 

The Listing of top symptom reasons for Doctor’s Office visits:

Visit Reason                              Million Office Visits per Year
**1). Cough                                           28.4 (3.7M upper respiratory)
**2). Throat                                   23
*3). Itchy, Scratchy Skin Rash           13.8
*4). Seeing Double                              13.56
*5). Stomach Problems                      13.46
6). Knee Problems                             12.53
7). Back Problems                              12.46
**8). Sinus Infections                             12
**9). Pain in the Ear                               11.29
*10). Hypertension                                10.4
*11). Depression                                   10.04

*Represents a possible benefit from Respiratory Healing/Sinus Survival Program.
**Represents direct benefit from the Respiratory Healing/Sinus Survival Program

Studies/Outcomes

Ivker, RS, Silvers, WS, Anderson, RA. Clinical observations and seven and one-half-year follow-up of patients using an integrative holistic approach for treating chronic sinusitis. Altern Ther Health Med. 2009;15(1):36-43.

Noteworthy Features:

 

1.The only long-term study of a non-surgical treatment for chronic sinusitis.
2.The only long-term study for treating fungal sinusitis.

Antibiotics and Topical Nasal Steroid for Treatment of Acute Maxillary Sinusitis

A Randomized Controlled Trial

Conclusion: Neither an antibiotic nor a topical steroid alone or in combination was effective as a treatment for acute sinusitis in the primary care setting.

Ian G. Williamson, MD; Kate Rumsby, BA; Sarah Benge, PhD; Michael Moore, FRCGP; Peter W. Smith, PhD; Martine    Cross, BA; Paul Little, MD JAMA. 2007;298(21):2487-2496.
In vitro activity of an aqueous allicin extract and a novel allicin topical gel formulation against Lancefield  group B streptococci

Conclusion:
Allicin shows a potent activity against vaginal microbiota, here against GBS and against Candida albicans. Allicin has been shown to penetrate rapidly through membranes and has a broad mode of action; a rapid reaction with thiol-containing proteins and enzymes.500 mg/L allicin creams and liquids have been successfully used to treat chronic MRSA wounds.

Ronald R. Cutler1*, Michel Odent2, Hussein Hajj-Ahmad1, Sunil Maharjan1, Norman J. Bennett3, Peter D. Josling3, Vanessa Ball4, Paulette Hatton4 and Martino DaAntonia4

 

Preventing the Common Cold With a Garlic Supplement:
A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Survey

Peter Josling, B.Sc.
Garlic Centre
Battle, East Sussex
United Kingdom

Many consumers take garlic supplements as a preventive and report an absence of colds or symptoms associated with viral replication. A “cure” for the common cold would substantially reduce the number of work days lost each year as a result of the classic symptoms of infection-tiredness, headaches, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, and impaired concentration.

Negative-ion generator = air cleaner

Warner JA et al: Double-blind trial of ionizers in children with asthma sensitive to house dust mite. Thorax 1993; 48: 330-33
Information on preservatives in nasal sprays Dr. Ivker: “As a doctor of holistic medicine and physician healer, I subscribe to the teaching of Hippocrates: “Do no harm.” My treatment programs are both safe and effective. I have for many years been concerned about the preservatives used in both our food and health products. In recent years, there have been numerous studies demonstrating the harmful side effects of the most popular nasal preservative, Benzalkonium Chloride, as well as some others. This chemical is also an active microbial agent (prevents the growth of bacteria), which has contributed to its wide popularity. Countries in Europe, such as Germany, have banned the use of this preservative. The studies suggest that the preservative promotes ciliostasis (paralyzes the cilia) and thereby reduces mucociliary transport. This process ultimately weakens the mucous membrane lining the nose which in turn can create greater susceptibility to infection. Other effects of this and other similar preservatives include dryness, irritation, and inflammation of the nasal cavities. My advice to all of my patients is to utilize an all-natural (without chemical preservatives) nasal spray as well as a natural rinse when irrigating your sinuses”.

Links for your review on this topic:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10629450?dopt=Abstract
www.volker-noelle.com/hq/side-effects.shtml
www.buygreenstandards.com/toxicant_list.htm