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David Franklin Wilson
(503) 227-3666
911 Nw 18th Ave
Portland, OR
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(503) 494-5355
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Ted Allen Cook
(503) 494-5674
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Sean Oleary McMenomey
(503) 494-5674
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Mark Andrew Richardson
(503) 494-5674
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Henry Alexander Milczuk
(503) 494-5350
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Richard Sterling Hodgson
(503) 525-3645
1849 Nw Kearney St
Portland, OR
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Bryce Earl Potter
(503) 224-1371
1849 Nw Kearney St
Portland, OR
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Otolaryngology, Maxillofacial Surgery

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(503) 494-5674
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Unstuffing Sinusitis

IThe most common chronic respiratory condition needn’t leave you reaching for tissues
and popping antibiotics. With a few simple lifestyle changes and some smart supplementation,
you can naturally conquer sinusitis once and for all.

By Claire Sykes

March 2007

You have been devouring vitamin C and echinacea, guzzling gallons of water and sleeping every chance you get. Despite this diligence, your cold’s still not better. But wait…what if it’s not a cold after all? A sinus infection—or sinusitis—might be the most likely suspect.

Often mistaken for a cold or allergies, sinusitis is an inflammation of one or more of the sinuses—those four pairs of air-filled cavities behind and around the nose and eyes that help protect the lungs by filtering and humidifying the air we breathe. Due to its ambiguous symptoms, sneaky sinusitis can invade right under your nose. “Many people who have chronic sinusitis don’t know it,” says Robert Ivker, DO, of Littleton, Colorado, author of Sinus Survival: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Allergies, Colds and Sinusitis (Tarcher/Putnam).

So how do you know if what you’ve got is sinusitis and not something else? “If there’s gradual improvement with a cold and then it starts to get much worse, or if you have what seems like ‘the cold that just won’t quit’ after two to three weeks, you probably have sinusitis,” says Ivker. Afflicting 15% of the population, sinusitis is the most common chronic respiratory condition in the United States according to the most recent National Health Interview Survey. Once diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, most people are told by conventional MDs to “just live with it”; these individuals wind up taking round after round of antibiotics and even resort to surgery, frequently with only temporary relief. Wendy Cook was one of those people.

Maintaining a Healthy
Home Environment

All your anti-sinusitis efforts can go for naught if you don’t keep your indoor atmosphere as clean as possible. Ivker says, “A healthy home can provide an oasis in which to breath life-enhancing air.”

One threat comes from mold, a problem that has increased as homes become more airtight to save on energy costs, so check for plumbing leaks. And while keeping a lid on heating bills is important, so is bringing in fresh air through adequate ventilation. Air conditioning can help; make sure the ductwork is cleaned regularly. Extend that effort to your carpets, which can harbor allergens by the ton, by using a vacuum cleaner equipped with either a water-capture system or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. HEPAs—which can snag pollen, bacteria, dust and more—are also available as freestanding air filtration systems, as are negative-ion generators (look for a well-designed unit that won’t put out excessive ions). Finally, don’t shun the simple houseplant; many species will absorb indoor pollutants while providing extra oxygen.

For 20 years, until May 2006, Cook suffered...

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