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of recovery time.  In other words, swallowing and breathing cannot occur at the same time. This is
this period, before pulling out the gauze, the doctor said “this will feel like I’m pulling your brains
out through your nose”.  This was the most accurate statement he ever made to me.  Pulling what
seemed like 6 feet of moist, sticky gauze out of my nose was an almost surrealistically painful
sensation.  But I thought, “if my deviated septum is now fixed, at least I can look forward to no
coming back after a few months.  I changed ENT specialists since the first one put me through
tons of pain for no gain.  After a couple of years of treatment with this new doctor, I decided to
take his advice and try another operation.  Among other therapies, I had allergy shots during that
time, even though I only tested positive for minor allergies to a couple of things. My nose was not
“packed” this time, but there was still plenty of pain.  Again my hopes for an infection-free future
were dashed when they started up again after a few months.  So after two operations by two
different ENT specialists, I said “enough is enough”.  For those considering sinus operations to fix
things like a deviated septum, here’s my considered advice: don’t do it.  At least try the nasal
irrigation recommended by Dr. Murray Grossan which is explained below before you do.  One
hears about people who have had 5 or 6 sinus operations, and these either don’t work, or if they
do cause improvement, it doesn’t last very long. Some people have told me that a sinus operation
“fixed” their problems, but I am skeptical.

Tried Various Approaches for Years
Throughout my years with significant sinus problems, I had read a number of books and tried
different products and approaches.  One author I read early-on was not very encouraging.  He
said that certain things aggravated sinus problems, and one should simply stop eating chocolate,
cheese and other dairy products.  Also, he said that in order to be cured there could simply be no
drinking of alcoholic beverages either.  Sorry, he said, but that’s the way it has to be.  For a
person who lived in France and who has come to enjoy the excellent wine and numerous cheese
varieties, this was awful.  What kind of a life would I have without drinking wine and eating
cheese?  At that point I did have to stop drinking, as even one glass of wine could be enough to
trigger an infection almost every time.  After six months of this I got sick of drinking soda and non-
alcoholic beer, which tastes pretty bad.  In fact I was ridiculed in a restaurant in France when I
ordered a Buckler’s , which is Heineken’s nonalcoholic beer.  The French owner asked my why I
would order such a ridiculous beverage with his excellent meal, and I explained I had sinus
problems.  He replied that he bad sinus problems too, and he got headaches every day, but
nothing would stop him from drinking red wine!  I actually admired his attitude, but the headaches
were too painful, and I felt like I was on the search for “Lorenzo’s oil”, like the father in the movie
of the same title that needed a certain rare oil to cure his son.  It was also through this author, an
ENT specialist, that I first heard about nasal irrigation, but the system suggested did not work
well.  He sold a saline solution, but it was too strong and caused a burning sensation in my nose.  
He suggested a sort of long-nosed pot called a Neti pot to use to pour the solution into each
nostril.  This approach did not work nearly as well as the system suggested by Dr. Grossan (see
below), and I was wrongly convinced that nasal irrigation was not effective.  It makes a big
difference how the irrigation is done and with what kind of equipment and saline solution.

Dr. Murray Grossan to the Rescue
I thus started doing more research on other books and approaches, and in the course of this I
came across a book by Dr. Murray Grossan called “The Sinus Cure- 7 Simple Steps”.  In a
nutshell, Dr. Grossan’s system worked.  His book contains many technical explanations about
sinusitis and how to deal with it.  He clearly explains the reasons for the problem and suggests
numerous remedies including diet considerations, home environmental improvements like duct
cleaning and humidity control, and
the most important aspect of the program: pulsating
nasal irrigation with a saline solution.

Use a WaterPik and Adaptor
When I first started following Dr. Grossan’s advice he suggested using a WaterPik machine, and
these have been sold for years as devices to improve gum and dental health.  Dr. Grossan
simply sold an adaptor and a saline solution, although one can use table salt.  Although much
more expensive than salt, I find that this saline solution is convenient, works well, and has no
preservatives.  I usually purchase a dozen containers at a time, and these will last up to a year
with one application per day.  One simply puts a spoonful of saline solution into the WaterPik tank
and then about 16 oz. of warm water to dissolve the powder.  Then the nasal adaptor is put into
one nostril and the machine will gently propel half the liquid through one’s nasal canal, and it will
drain out the other side.  One then puts the adaptor in the other nostril and repeats the
procedure on that side.  This procedure is done while leaning over a sink.  I then normally put
more water into the tank and use the WaterPik on my teeth as it was originally intended, and I’ve
helped my gum and dental health as well.  My dental hygienist has made several comments about
how much better my gums and teeth are when I go in for cleanings. The whole effort only takes
about 5 minutes or so, including wiping everything dry.  I normally do the irrigation once a day
about an hour before bed, but if I happen to wake up with more than the usual congestion in the
morning, I’ll do it then as well.

The Easiest Way to Start
In the past couple of years Dr. Grossan has come up with his own machine for nasal irrigation.  It
is called the Hydro Pulse® Nasal Irrigation System.  For about $89 plus shipping one receives the
Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus Irrigator®, 2 Original Sinus Irrigator Tips ®, 2 Original Throat Irrigator
Tips®, Breathe-ease® XL Nasal Moisturizer (this is the saline solution), and excerpts from,"The
Sinus Cure" by Dr. Grossan.

This is the easiest way to start, as you have everything needed.  If the system works well and you
want to continue to do nasal irrigation on a daily basis, I would suggest purchase of a pack of one
dozen saline solution boxes, as the price is lower per box and there is only one shipping charge
to pay.  Of course one could still purchase a WaterPik at a retail store and buy the Dr. Grossan’s
adaptor and saline solution to work with it.  For information about how to purchase these items
follow the links at the end of this article..  

Other Medications
For many people the nasal irrigation system will be enough to control your sinus problems.  
Those of us with particularly significant sinusitis may need to supplement this with medications,
and I use Flonase before going to bed each night as well.  If I feel like I’m on the verge of a sinus
infection I might take some zyrtec (an antihistimine) or if an infection seems imminent, I have my
silver bullet, which is prednisone.  I don’t use much of the latter, however, as there can be side
affects with this steroid.  My doctor usually prescribes 10 pills of 20 mg each, and these last for
about a year.  I never take a whole pill and usually take 5 mg or 10 mg maximum at a time for a
day or two.  I’m told this is a reasonable amount and nothing to worry about.  Speaking of bad
side effects, prior to discovering Dr. Grossan’s system, sometimes desperate for relief, I used an
over-the-counter spray called afrin.  The warnings on the label say to use this product for only 4
days or less.  This medication can damage the cilia in one’s sinuses and cause permanent
damage if used too much.  As frequent users know, there is also an effect called rebound
congestion, so after using it you might end up just as congested as when you started.  Thus,
people are tempted to continue using it, and it is said to become addictive.  Dr. Grossan simply
recommends that you throw your afrin into the garbage and stay away from it.  I have not used it
for years now and am glad to be rid of it.  

I haven’t eliminated sinus infections entirely, and I might come down with perhaps one per year.  I’
m more susceptible when very tired, or after long flights, as we often go back and forth to Europe
for our tour business.  When flying anywhere I make sure to take some kind of decongestant,
normally the Flonase.  I can enjoy wine, cheese, chocolate, and I really don’t need to avoid any
particular foods.  Dr. Grossan’s system has worked for me, and I certainly don’t miss the deep,
painful sinus infection headaches that used to be all too familiar.  Dr. Grossan has lots of other
advice in his book as well, and I definitely recommend that anyone with sinusitis read it.  

Best of luck to all sinusitis sufferers. I hope this information will help improve your lives as much
as it has helped me.  Please don’t hesitate to forward this article to friends and family who suffer
from sinusitis.  

For a link to see or purchase the products mentioned in this article, follow this link:  
sinusitis cure products

The Hydro Pulse Nasal Irrigation System is the first product shown, HP100

The saline solution is product BR200.  One can purchase one, two or 12 containers at a time.  To
do the latter click on “add to cart” then “select an option”.  You have to click on “add to cart”
before specifying the quantity, which is a little confusing.

Also, a new web site has launched for people with sinusitis and sinus infection problems called
Post Nasal Drip.  Please feel free to check it out, especially the extensive article index- Post Nasal
Drip Articles.
Sinusitis- How I Beat It- You Can Too
by Walt Ballenberger  Sinusitis Cure Products

After two painful sinus operations, I was still
coming down with infections.  I had to find some
real remedy to my sinusitis problem, as I was
tired of taking antibiotics and especially
tired of the dull, deep headaches every time I
had an attack.

Sinus Operations- Try to Avoid
The operations were no fun.  After the first one
my nose was “packed”.  This means that in
order to stop the bleeding, the ENT
specialist/surgeon put a large amount of gauze
in my nose, which means that one can only
breathe through the mouth for the week or so