I’ve just finished reading ‘No More allergies, asthma, or sinus infections‘ by Dr Lon Jones and it’s turned everything I knew about asthma on its head. I’ve already been rethinking everything since stopping the use of the oral steroid preventative inhaler but this book takes it a step further.
NB: Please note, I am not a doctor and am not advising anyone stops using their asthma medication. Asthma can be life threatening. I am just documenting my own asthma symptoms and healing and I no longer experience a daily wheeze and rarely use a blue inhaler either. However I do still have triggers, such as airborne dairy in coffee shops, hay fever etc. but I manage this with infrequent blue inhaler use.
Key things I learnt from this book
I took loads away from reading this and I’m so glad I found it. Thanks so much to whoever recommended it. (sorry I’ve forgotten to make a note).
It was quite pricey to buy at about $18 on Amazon and is only available in America, but it’s well worth a read if you or your family have allergies, recurrent sinus infections or asthma.
- Xylitol spray is incredibly effective at eradicating sinus infections, allergies and asthma, more so than saline nasal washing. Make sure you get one that has xylitol as the first or second ingredient. For effective xylitol treatment you would need to spray 4 times a day. Lon suggests doing this when you wash your hands and getting into a habit of doing it regularly.
- Nasal washing and neti pots, whilst they can work, may also be washing out good bacteria as well as the bad.
- Antihistamines are just another immunosuppressant, aimed at stopping a natural reaction that the body is doing to help it remove something – be that allergen, irritant or bacteria or virus. I really worry about the widespread use of these supposedly innocuous drugs. Long ago I decided that I’d rather have the side effects of my allergies, hay fever etc. on a daily basis that rely on antihistamines daily. I worry that when I really need them, they won’t work, and I’ve already noticed that they become far less effective over time as the body gets familiar with them. If you are taking them daily please have a think and look into this and see if this natural remedy can help support you better.
- Suppression is not good for the body – most of western medicine for sinus infections, colds. flus, asthma and allergies is ‘wrong thinking, as Lon calls it. We need stop ignoring what the body is doing and instead support it, embrace it and work with it.
Why you should read this book
The book is full of case studies and testimonials of different patients that Lon treated for different conditions and gives you a really good insight into how effective xylitol sprays are and also how fast they can work. He looked at many young kids who got recurrent sinus infections resulting in often invasive and ineffective operations to try to correct the problem.
Xylitol worked so well, however Lon was unable to get pharmaceutical companies interested because it’s such a cheap natural ingredient. No surprise there! Big pharma seems hell bent on finding expensive treatments that try to bend the body into stopping its natural reactions to things! Rather than finding out the root cause and working to support the body, most drugs act at blocking a natural reaction. This is not a good idea, as I’ve discovered to my cost with topical steroids. Read Topical Steroid Withdrawal Frequently Asked Questions to find out more.
What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a plant sugar from trees such as the birch tree, and is used to sweeten many foods, with the benefit of having less calories than sugar and less bad effects on the body also. In fact, as I’ve noted above, it has many beneficial effects on the body, including tooth strength and reducing decay.
It has so many benefits, and chewing xylitol gum daily and washing the mouth with xylitol mouth wash can also support healthy teeth and gums. Makes sure the first or second ingredient is xylitol.
Are there any side effects to Xylitol?
I really couldn’t find any. Xylitol doesn’t spike blood sugar or insulin and has a very low glycemic index so is quite safe. However if used in excess it could lead to insulin resistance. Everything in moderation, and if you are just spraying into your nose, or chewing gum the amount in your body is negligible. Large quantifies could also cause bloating, excess gas and loose stools or diarrhoea. This book isn’t suggesting you consume any though so just keep this in mind. Don’t start eating all the xylitol! although using some in baking can be beneficial.
Let’s talk about asthma…
So can we live with allergies, hay fever etc. and not need oral steroid inhalers? Could regular nasal spaying with xylitol be enough to keep us safe?
I’m not sure. I still have my triggers, such as lots of dust, some cat hair and some dogs, also hay fever. However I would still react to these thing even while taking the oral steroid inhalers. Particularly the air borne milk vapour trigger – steroids never were able to stop that happening.
However I am able to manage this by leaving cafes when it happens, avoiding small busy cafes, using my blue inhaler and antihistamines on those odd occasions when my allergies are playing up.
Learning the proper way to effectively breath has also allowed me to take back a huge amount of control. Sometimes I can feel my breathing become laboured when I’m anxious, so learning to stop, relax and breath gently into the base of my stomach and not up high in my chest is really helping. More on this in a future blog.
How do you use a nasal spray?
And I’ve only just bought some xylitol spray so I will let you know if it works after testing for a month.
Nasal breathing is so important, more on that in a future blog. Check out this short video about why xylitol nasal sprays and how to use it, and why it works so well at removing bacteria and allergens from the throat.
Basically, sit in an upright position, give it a spray up your nose and breathe in at the same time. It’s taking me a while to get used to and makes me need to clear my nose after but do this 4 times a day for the best results.
I’d love to get your thoughts!
Has anyone else read this book? Anyone else had success doing this xylitol spray treatment?
This is not an advert, I’m writing this because I found this book useful. I bought the book myself for my own research purposes.