Tonsil health can be an important factor in treating neurological diseases.
All waste that leaves the brain has to pass through the tonsils, which is why they are sometimes referred to as “the toilet of the brain.” If the tonsils are compromised for any reason, they can act like a dam on the lymphatic system, preventing the glymphatic system of the brain from being able to drain into the peripheral lymph. This can cause a toxic build-up in the brain, and resulting neurological diseases.
The tonsils are a group of lymphatic tissues in the throat called Waldeyer’s ring, composing of not only the palatine tonsils that can be easily seen in the back of the throat, but also the pharyngeal tonsils (adenoids), lingual tonsils, and tubal tonsils. The main role of the tonsils is to act as the first line of defense for pathogens during the first few years of life when the immune system is developing. Later in life, the tonsils can become chronically infected, especially if the person has immune suppression from Lyme disease. Lymph from the teeth also drain into the tonsils, and dental infections can also compromise the health of the tonsils.
The tonsils may or may not be red or inflamed upon visual inspection.
They can become so infected that they are no longer able to mount an immune response, meaning that they can appear to be normal, but in actuality are highly infected. The tonsils are often the source of pathogens that cause PANDAS/PANS, an infection-induced autoimmune condition that disrupts normal neurologic function. The tonsils are also in close proximity to, and can infect he vagus nerve as well, causing dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. There are a few different treatment options for addressing the tonsils.
Neural therapy can be used to aid in drainage of the tonsils and also to treat the scar tissue in those who have their tonsils removed. Ozone can also be injected as an antimicrobial treatment. Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) injections into the tonsils are a newer treatment that can be used to aid in regeneration.
Some have had success using FSM to help the tonsils regenerate. This involves using a microcurrent machine at specific frequencies for the tonsils. The current delivers frequencies that signal healing.
This is a procedure where the tonsils are numbed, and then frozen with liquid nitrogen. It works in the same way that freezing a wart does. The acute trauma from freezing causes an immune response, which helps the immune system fight the infections in the tonsils. Currently this treatment is only available in Germany. It is fairly inexpensive at around a few hundred euros per treatment, but it may take multiple treatments over time.
While surgical removal of any body part is generally not recommended, in many cases the tonsils are so compromised that regeneration is not possible. In these cases, getting a tonsillectomy can lead to great improvements in neurological health. Typically, only the palatine tonsils and adenoids are removed. There can be a worsening of symptoms initially as the brain starts to detoxify, but overall improvements are noticed 4-6 months after the procedure.
By Bryant Rubright