Ice Cream Chemical Link to Sinus Infections

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Posted by Rod (Philly, Pa) on 03/30/2013
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I just found your page while looking for home cures for sinus infection (which I have right now) and surprise! I did have ice cream just before I came down with this. I wanted to inform you that I do not eat any ice creams that contain any artificial additives. Most of what I buy I get from Wholefoods. I just thought that you might want to add this to your statistics for narrowing down the culprit.

Replied by Ejules
(Woodbridge, Us)

Look into the benefits of using oil of oregano for similar symptoms.

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Posted by Mrgoodfriend (Allen, Tx) on 01/09/2012
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I got a 'regular' cold just before Christmas 2011. I did my sinus flush and all, and I was back in business by Monday evening. Of course there are the lingering affects, but I can deal with the symptoms individually. As long as I can sleep, I can recover. Then comes Jan 4. After a long day, I head home, and stop in at Wendy's to get my favorite chocolate Frosty for the trip home. It was delicious as always. Thursday I started feeling the down hill crash and by 5pm, I was toast. I'm just today beginning to feel better (Monday, Jan 9). Head still has tons of gunk. I'm still sinus flushing. Started researching for sinusplasty or something to get rid of this when I came across this article. I think I will be avoiding Wendys et al for a while.

One thing I do plan on trying: Homemade Ice Cream. I want to see if I have a similar reaction. I don't think I will, and I have an excuse for ice cream!

Replied by A
(Northridge, Ca)

The same thing happened to me I had 2 scoops of 31 flvaors icecream and the next day woke up congested with phlem in my through and other flu symptoms.

Replied by Mommypantz
(Scottdale, Pennsylvania)

I believe my 5 yr old is definitely feeling the correlation right now. He was on day 3 of his zpak for his sinus infection and feeling so much better. On day 4 he ate a child-size chocolate frosty from Wendy's. Today, day 5, he became feverish and his sinuses are hurting him terribly. He is miserable and keeps waking up crying. I am definately going to keep my eye on his reaction to ice cream and the likes from now on. So glad to have found this thread. Thanks.

Replied by Candy
(Houston, Tx)

I am thrilled to find this thread about ice cream!!! I do not know where to post this so I wanted it as close to the top as I could get it... ACNE!!!!!! If anyone here suffers from ACNE look into the ice cream connection!!! Growing up I rarely had a pimple and I mean rarely. I have very fair skin with really no visible pores. It never occurred to me to care until I woke up one day and thought a bug had bitten me in the middle of the night because I had a giant hard knot-like thing on my chin... It took weeks for it to go away. Thus began the nightmare of CYSTIC ACNE!!! It took me years to pinpoint it down to ice cream because it was taking 3 months to even begin to heal from breakouts, I couldnt trace the cause. Nobody ever believes me if I tell them "no thanks it makes my skin break out really bad". Not even my husband. I can have relatively clear skin and if I eat it within a couple of days my face is INFECTED!!!! Like no joke infected!!! Itchy scabby bleeding with pus coming out of huge pimples that are as big around as a quarters. (yeah sorry about the visual). I had some cysts that stayed on my face for years without ever coming up or going down or healing. Sometimes they would literally stick off my face like gigantic lumps... It was absolutely disfiguring!!! now my face is wrinkled and dry and oily at the same time after years of tying to get rid of it. It will probably never be nice per se again but at least it's not like that anymore!!! Funny it wasn't a food allergy just the ice cream.

What in the world could they be feeding us?! Nuclear waste!

This makes me so mad... Those poor employees. All I had was a horrendous case of cystic acne. They got a life sentence.

Replied by Mm
(Spfd, Nj)

Funny, I had the same pus pimples and I too associated them with ice cream but they came out when my period was coming on. I had the scars for years and finally got rid of them with sulfur and vitamin E.

Replied by Susan
(Houston, Texas)

I too have scars from cystic acne. Can you please advise how you eradicated the scars with sulphur and vitamin e, where do you get the sulphur and how to apply. Thanks so much!

Replied by Marie
(Middle Tn, Tn)

I also do not drink milk or eat ice cream anymore. I used to LIVE on it, and I had around the clock sinus infections. I have had two sinus surgeries that didn't seem to help. But recently we started a very WHOLE FOODS diet, we are hardly eating anything that isn't completely fresh. We were drinking raw milk until we couldn't drive to get it anymore and it didn't seem to cause any problems for us. I haven't had any sinus infections.

Then recently I made potato soup with the main ingredient being heavy cream. I had it 3 times in two days because it was so good! It didn't have too many artificials in it, I checked. I have a RAGING sinus infection, and both my kids are sick, and it happened the day after eating this cream based soup. I just looked up a similar heavy cream and here are contents: Heavy Cream, Contains Less than 1% of Each of the Following: Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80 and Carrageenan.

I eat Carageenan in my almond milk so I know that isn't the culprit. I really believe it is the actual CREAM itself not the artificial flavors. Now organic yoghurt does not give me this problem, so I'm wondering it is something with the hormones they give cows? Or maybe its the way that cream is produced. I don't know. I just know that the cream seems to have promoted this infection in all of us.

I could feel the sinus infection coming on, why oh why didnt' I start the ACV protocol right away? I know that would have helped keep it from developing. Oh well. I'm sipping ACV now.

Replied by Cindy
(Rapid City, Sd)

It's interesting to find this. I noticed several years ago that if I had a MacDonalds milkshake on my way home (a 45 min. trip) I would cough and have to clear my throat constantly. I concluded (after a couple of instances of this) that I must be alergic to something in their milkshakes. I didn't get the flu or anything, but I stopped drinking the milkshakes all the same. It was just too unpleasant, and I feel sure it was the shakes causing my problems.

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Posted by Icecreamless Gurl (Queens, New York ) on 09/29/2011
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Your amazing. I have been looking this up for years! I am so glad I am not the only one who gets this. About 95% of the time after I eat ice cream I come down with flu-like symptoms, first it starts off as a light sore throat, then a feverish headache, then nausea, upset stomach etc etc. I never got a runny nose. I was convinced that the doctors that removed my tonsils nearly 14 years ago messed up in some way that spoiled my fun of eating ice cream whenever I feel like it, but I have never heard of anyone having that problem after getting their tonsils out. Should definitely look into this more!!!!! I am beyond interested in what's causing this.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

After my son had a soft cream ice cream from a well known multi national, his nose was blocked all night. He had "NEON green" discharge from his nose the next day. I googled "neon green discharge to see what was going on, and was amazed at how many people had flu like systems and neon coloured discharge after eating ice cream.

What on earth are they putting in the ice cream?

Replied by Chantal
(Kingston, New York, Usa)

Some children are unknowingly allergic to milk products, and eating them at night affects them. My friend's 5 and 3 year olds still wet the bed most nights, until her chiropractor told her to cut out the dairy products after supper. They used to have milk at supper and yogurt afterwards, now the don't, and no more bedwetting. The chiro knew the dairy was causing it. And it's not uncommon for milk products to cause sinus and cold problems, so I bet trying to minimize these products for your child might help. It's not necessarily the ice cream's fault, but an allergy.

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa - Usa)

If my husband eats ice cream before bed I can be sure he will snore for at least half the night.

I finally got him to realize this, and things are much quieter now. If he wants to eat dairy now, he eats it much earlier in the day.

In my opinion dairy products are generally not tolerated well be a lot of people who do not realize it is the dairy causing thier issues. It may be an allergy, or lactose intolerance, but the results are really icky. :-p

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Hi Debbie, Because we don't have truth in labeling in Australia we won't ever know the full list of ingredients. It can be fun for your son to help you make ice cream. The cheap ice cream makers can work quite well providing you remember to have the bucket pre frozen. This way you can use the milk and sweetener that suits you. You can even add a little colour with a teaspoon of beetroot juice. I have not done it but I can't see why you could not add a teaspoon of wheatgrass/barley powder to get a tinge of colour. All the best.

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Posted by Stefhen (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/20/2011
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Im very happy to find this article. I thought I was imagining things. 3 days ago on sunday I had a vanilla shake at in n out burgers in LA and immediately, while I was drinking it even, I started to have flu symptoms. Now its almost full blown: runny nose, cough, etc. I very rarely eat fast food, once a month usually. And I only eat in n out. But this time I went 2x in the last two weeks. This had never happened before, so I thought I was hallucinating or something. Thats when I turned to the internet for answers. I'm a pretty healthy person, been living in japan for the last decade, but came to america a year ago on a promotion tour for my book black passenger yellow cabs. Living in japan, one cant help but eat healthily, so my body is just not accustomed to artificial flavoring. thanks to you guys, the mystery is solved.

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Posted by Jerome (Berlin, Ny) on 12/27/2010
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I am rarely one to come down with a cold. And once a cold gets me I can't remember too many times it lasting for more than one are two days. My girlfriend and I are really conscious about the food we buy and avoid fake food as much as possible. We like organic and real ingredients. But I admit I can slip from time to time. For instance working with my friend before Christmas. The 22nd and 23rd of December I ate at McDonald's with him. Then Christmas eve I did it... Ate some Eddy's Ice cream. What ensued were symptoms so much like described in your article. Its scary. 'Cept the order may not be exact. Christmas day I got the stuffy nose and feeling awful after taking a afternoon nap. That night runny nose and I started taking notice - I may have a cold. I went to sleep that night and mucus dripping into my throat gave me a painfully sore throat. We practice Netty pot nasal washes - my girlfriend more than I. So I cleansed my nose. And went back to sleep to wake with symptoms worsening. By the second night, Dec 26, I am flu like. With constant blowing of much mucus, even though I am cleaning my nose with a Netty pot.

Replied by Cameron
(Brooklyn, Ny)

I came online to find a natural remedy for a sinus infection that I woke up with this morning (drinking apple cider vinegar as I type, thank you). Last night I ate a pint of ice cream (Ronnybrook Toasted Hazelnut Crunch), so I was very surprised to see a correlation between the two posted on your site. Pretty amazed actually. I wanted to list the ingredients of the ice cream that I ate because, from what I can tell, there are no chemicals in it. It's from a local dairy farm here in NY, and although it's not certified organic, it's produced without hormones or antibiotics and is supposedly all natural. Maybe there's a connection beyond the chemical additives, a correlation to dairy, sugar, and sinus infections, or something else. I'm certainly not discounting the ill effects of chemical additives. I just thought my experience could be of use in better understanding this connection between ice cream and sinus infections.

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Posted by Betsymoody (Louisville, Ky) on 10/09/2010
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I read some report done on the link between artificial flavors in Dairy Queen and Baskin Robins icecream and sinus infections. It must have been fate that I saw it because right now I am battling a severe sinus infection and I have been eating Dairy Queen blizzards like every day for the past two months. 3 weeks ago I had "flu like symptoms" like the article I read stated. I ran a fever of 101. 8-102. 0 and had a sore throat. Now, for the past two weeks, along with the sore throat, I have had this severe sinus infection. I have NEVER had one this bad before! I really wish someone would contact me via facebook reguarding this matter. On facebook do a search for Betsy Moody-Ervin. Thank you

Replied by Davy
(Portland, Or)

We eat ice cream like once a year well we went over to Cold Stone for ice cream cones. Well when we arrived I drank my usual apple cider vinegar before bed. But my husband did not he woke up the next day with fever and chill he felt sick. NO more chemical laden fake ice cream for us!

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Posted by Seth Taylor (Philomath, Oregon, Usa) on 05/22/2010
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For the last couple of years, I have taken ACV religiously, after reading here on EC how well it worked at preventing and even curing sinus infections. I had been sinus infection free after taking ACV regularly. I was thinking my sinus problems were over ... then this week, to my surprise, I got a horrible, painful sinus infection. Then I recalled eating some ice cream a few days earlier ... now, I've eaten ice cream occasionally off and on over the last couple of years too, but have only had the major brands that don't contain corn syrup (usually the sucralose sweetened variety) with no major effects. This time however, I mistakenly had one with corn syrup. It burned my throat, but I didn't think much of it ... only when I was finishing off the box did I read the ingredients and saw corn syrup was listed. I took extra ACV, but to no avail ... after 4 horrid near sleepless nights, painful, bleeding sinuses, etc, (felt like I was dinner, and my body didn't care ... immune system on strike?) and loath to seek antibiotics, I went looking for information. I knew about ACV, but what else was I missing? After reading Ted's remedies, I thought that perhaps my pH had dropped, since I had not been eating as well as of late due to just moving (the day I started eating the ice cream) ... so, I took about 1 tsp of baking soda sweetened with 2 tsp xylitol in a cup of water. WOW! With in 1/2 hour, my sinus pain was going away! Then my mucus color lightened ... after getting a few more hours of much needed sleep, I am feeling almost normal. I still cough and have some stuffiness, pressure, and drainage, but the pain and bleeding are gone. THANK YOU EC and TED! (I like the fizzy ACV and baking soda: 1/2 C water, 1 tbsp ACV 1/4 tsp baking soda 4 drops of liquid stevia extract.)

Now, I read about the artificial flavors added to some ice creams, and I don't eat any that have these listed ... there may have been something not listed in the one I ate. However, as mentioned on EC about the history of this sinus problem and ice cream, it started in the late 1990s or so. This is when I stopped eating ANY corn, as it started to make me ill. At the time, I chalked it up to food sensitivities ... well, guess what? Something changed in corn during the 1990s. GMO. Today, about 60% of all corn is genetically modified with Bt protein, a naturally occurring pesticide. I don't know how much is in the seed, or how much makes it into the resulting corn syrup, but it could be that there is enough that some people are affected. So, the causative ingredient may very well be listed ... we just don't see if for what it is. (Or, I'm just sensitive to corn.)

Bottom line, keep the body's pH up and stay away from things we find cause harm. Then the body can do its job and be well.

Seth Taylor

EC: Great theory, thanks Seth!

Replied by Tom
(Regina, Sk)


Great post, but there's additional crucial information to add to your list of weeded out food 'flavors'. It's the sweetener you use, sucralose!

Here is the basic horror story about it:

"Splenda/sucralose is simply chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. Common chlorocarbons include carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethelene and methylene chloride, all deadly. Chlorine is nature's Doberman attack dog, a highly excitable, ferocious atomic element employed as a biocide in bleach, disinfectants, insecticide, WWI poison gas and hydrochloric acid.

"Sucralose is a molecule of sugar chemically manipulated to surrender three hydroxyl groups (hydrogen oxygen) and replace them with three chlorine atoms. Natural sugar is a hydrocarbon built around 12 carbon atoms. When turned into Splenda it becomes a chlorocarbon, in the family of Chlorodane, Lindane and DDT.

"It is logical to ask why table salt, which also contains chlorine, is safe while Splenda/sucralose is toxic? Because salt isn't a chlorocarbon. When molecular chemistry binds sodium to chlorine to make salt carbon isn't included. Sucralose and salt are as different as oil and water.

Dr. Bowen continues: "Just like aspartame, which achieved marketplace approval by the Food and Drug Administration when animal studies clearly demonstrated its toxicity, sucralose also failed in clinical trials with animals. Aspartame created brain tumors in rats. Sucralose has been found to shrink thymus glands (the biological seat of immunity) and produce liver inflammation in rats and mice.

For more information on aspartame and Splenda click on the Aspartame Information List on Dr. Bowen can be seen in the movie "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World." For the movie call 1-818-349-8822 or email [email protected] See how aspartame was approved by clicking on and visit for more information on the movie

Replied by Jsp241980
(Philadelphia, Pa, Us)

I have had this problem for a while. Not only ice-cream, but anything that is sweet. If I have cookies, candy/chocolate & etc. & that was the last thing I ate before going to bed, I develop sinus the next day. I have gotten into a habbit of eating something spicy (eg. Hot chips) & goto bed if I do so. It doesn't happen to anyone I know, therefore I guess its very limited to few of us.

Replied by Lynne
(Portland, Or)
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Is this an allergy to artificial flavoring, artificial vanilla, or corn syrup? I read this information a couple of weeks ago and the ACV has been very helpful. I thought that perhaps my sinus flare up, which coincided with my period (sorry men), were somehow related but, could just be that I eat worse during this time. Anyway, I have put the ice cream to the test... One scoop of DQ cone with vanilla softserve ice cream caused my normal sinuses to violently react about 6 hours later. I had a completely stuffy nose but lots of mucous when I blow my nose, sinus pressure, and asthma. The same thing happened when I ate a Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich, and also when I have had a McDonald's Sundae. All symptoms came raging back 6 hours to 12 hours later. It would be nice to know the specific ingredient to avoid.

Replied by Lisa
(Lafayette, La)

Avoid dairy. Dairy causes thick mucus to form in the body.

Replied by Reina
(New York, Ny)

Stop eating dairy, a mucusless diet is the only way to rid yourself of sinus and many other issues..... Hope this helps

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Posted by Lucysnowe (San Diego, Ca) on 05/13/2010
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sinus infection/ice cream connection

I found this site looking for natural sinus infection cures. Something definitely rings true with the ice cream connection. My family went to Baskin-Robbins for their .31 cent scoop night. We never go there, for lots of reasons but, decided it would be a rare treat. This was April 28th. I of course didn't make the connection when I got really sick after. Sinus infection and bronchitis (likely caused by sinusitis)that was treated with antibiotics. The bronchitis seems to have gone, but sinuses not even touched by the drugs. I just tried the ACV treatment and an hour later...WOW! I want to cry. It's been bad these past few years...if this works as good as it seems to, I feel hope! I am breathing through my nose. It's almost shocking how much oxygen I feel like I'm finally getting. It's interesting that the rest of the family didn't get sick like me, but they were super tired for days after. Interesting stuff!

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Posted by Fountainflower (Chicago, Il, 60302) on 03/26/2010
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This is feedback for the page regarding Ice Cream and flu.

I found this website when looking for a natural cure for sinus infections. I'm going to try to ACV and will post results.

However, we noticed that IMMEDIATELY after I had eaten a heavily flavoured ice cream from the store, I became suddenly ragingly ill. I developed an overnight sinus infection and seem to have the flu as well. I have eaten this brand of ice cream before, as they advertise 1/2 the fat and 1/2 the sugar in this type and it seemed safe in the past to have a little every once in a while. I can be lactose intolerant to a small degree, so ice cream is a rare treat. This time, it was on a giveaway type of sale that seemed odd to us, they were giving away 2 large containers if you bought one. I tried a mint chocolate chip where they make the ice cream green, I've never eaten that kind before, I bought it for someone else to enjoy and just sampled it for fun. I felt bad within 2 hours of eating it. I already have a serious illness to deal with, and now I am so sick I can hardly move, I'm wheezing, fever, sinuses are so infected, and my ears are totally blocked. I already had pain in my skull previously so not sure if that is a symptom also. Just wanted to add to this page, I'm a little concerned that children are eating this stuff and getting so sick, that's very alarming, where's Michael Moore on this one :).

Replied by Momsvoice
(Monmouth, Nj)

I am allergic to Sulfates and Sulfites. I am guaranteed a migraine and/or sinus infection after eating either or. I just learned at the source below that the crystalization process for icecream includes Calcium Sulfate. It depends how bad with how much is ingested. I had Chicken Marsala, that had intense wine flavor, and coconut ice cream. I have had a rough time with a sinus, upper respiratory, and eyes tearing for 3 days now. Im starting to understand how many foods I need to avoid.

Citrate and phosphate ions decrease tendency for fat coalescence (Sodium citrate, Disodium Phosphate). They prevent churning in soft ice cream for example, producing a wetter product. These salts decrease the degree of protein aggregation. Calcium and magnesium ions have the opposite effect, promote partial coalescence. Calcium sulfate, for example, results in a drier ice cream. Calcium and Magnesium increase the degree of protein aggregation.
Salts may also influence electrostatic interactions. Fat globules carry a small net negative charge, these ions could increase or decrease that charge as they were attracted to or repelled from surface.

Replied by 1980z28
(Allen, Tx)
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There is definitely something to this! I haven't had a sinus infection in years, since I started eating nothing but organic foods. I ordered a small milkshake from the golden arches for my daughter. When she was done, I had the last 1/8th of it. She didn't get sick, but less than 24 hours later, I had a massive sinus infection. No more milkshakes!!

P.S. I love you guys at Earth Clinic! The ACV with water has almost kicked it.
Thank you so much

Replied by Nancy
(Mesa, Az)

So my son in law loves Yogutland and loves to take me there when I go visit them. Will this on the same category of a Burger King? :(

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Posted by Selena (Chula, Ga, Usa) on 03/22/2010
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I have been a fan of this site for a while and last night was the first time I have seen this info on the connection between certain ice cream and sinus infections. Yesterday (Sunday) my 15 year old son started getting a sinus headache. He has been having some allergy issues for the last week or so because of all the heavy pollen. By evening time last night he was in a lot of pain with severe sinus pressure in his head and chest and throat pain from a frequent dry nonproductive cough. He was also having chills and running fever by late last night. I came here to look first (as I always do) for a home remedy for sinus infections. After reading this I immediately went to ask him if he had eaten any type of ice cream or milk shakes in the past few days. He said that Friday after school he had a milk shake from Wendy's. Hmmm. Interesting (48 hours later he has a sinus infection). Thanks for the info. Great Job again Earth Clinic.

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Posted by Lynn (St. Petersburg, Florida) on 01/10/2010

Having just finished an antibiotic for sinus infection, I was prompted to comment. I think I have had an infection for a long time, and it raises it's ugly head when I eat ice cream, milk, cheese or food with dairy in it. When I get these responses, usually within two hours, I get a feverish face, pain in the sinuses, post nasal drip and an overall ill feeling. The doctor called it an allergy, but I think many of us, like me, have a low-grade infection all the time, but don't notice it much until we eat dairy. I know that there are antibiotics given to cows that are a product of the genetically modified group of antibiotics. When we drink cows milk we are consuming these genetically modified products. These have been shown to cause allergic reactions in many people. I haven't found a satisfactory substitute for milk and I've tried most products. Using half/half Horizons Organic Milk in my morning coffee (and no milk for the rest of the day) still has some reaction but again, I have an underlying infection. I am taking grapefruit seed extract tabs for it since the antibiotic didn't work well. Willard Water (diluted) also helps in a spray bottle to dissolve the mucus. But our sinuses are complicated, and it takes awhile I think to clear all the infection out once we do have one. So, my point is that many of us are over-reactive due to the underlying infection and the GMO is not helping, for sure. I wish they would ban GMO's. Also, the cheaper ice creams have derivatives of seaweed in them, the guar gum, the carageenan and some others for thickeners and I never can eat that stuff. Plus stuff no one heard of. Just my few cents worth of opinion here.

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Posted by Angie (Hambleton, Wv) on 12/30/2009
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I have been a fan of this site for a long time, but this is the first time I have looked up "sinus infection". I will have to concur on the ice cream connection. I got a cold 6 days ago and it was beginning to subside UNTIL I had a Dairy Queen Mocha Moolata on day 5. I now have took a turn for the worse and have a sinus infection.

Replied by Janet
(Louisville, Co, Usa)

Despite what the American Dairy Council says, milk products absolutely cause the production of mucus and should be avoided if you have a cold, sinus infection asthma etc. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, cow's milk is the number one-cause of food allergies in children. In addition, milk allergies can develop in adults. In a study conducted at the New York University School of Medicine, people with asthma experienced a decrease in lung function after drinking whole milk.

To many people with lactose intolerance, a couple of glasses of milk will wreak havoc on their digestive systems. Milk may alter the effects of some drugs by interfering with their absorption and elimination. Milk decreases the absorption of iron into the body.

Think Soy milk and calcium supplements!

Replied by Marcus
(Chanler, Az)

I agree with most that you said about dairy, but definitely not about soy milk and calcium suppliments. I have read that gluten sensitivity is #1 and casein (another milk protein other than whey) is molecularly similar to gluten, and may have a cross-reactive response in some individuals due to its similar structure. Soy has many problems even if not organic/non-GM. Most people do not need additional calcium, but they are lacking other minerals that help with its absorbtion. Soft tissue calcification may be exacerbated with excessive supplementation of calcium for someone who is prone to it.

Replied by Vee
(Ft. Hood, Tx)

I was babysitting my niece and had a craving for some strawberry ice cream. We went to the store and bought some generic ice cream with the Neopolitan flavor. About 4 hours later I am having trouble with my sinuses & throat and keep clearing them. I am getting the feeling like I am coming down with a sinus infection. Is this connected to the discussions regarding this topic? I'm not sure, but this is very weird. I'm going to do a sinus rinse to see if this clears up. Thanks for the help Earthclinic!

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Posted by Wanda (Florissant, Mo) on 12/24/2009
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I am so happy to have reached this site. I am a longtime sinus sufferer and because I suffer so often and it has caused me to be so sleepy that its disrupting my life. I sleep too much. So I decided to check the web for anykind of relief. I stumbled upon this site and immediately realized one of the culprits. The other day, I had an icecream cone from Baskin Robbins. No sinus trouble that day before the icecream cone. Literally the next day my nose was so stopped up I couldnt breathe out of no where I had sinus trouble stopped up nose and acheness. I drank apple cider vinegar and used steam, almost immediately or within hours everything subsided. So while I was surfing the web today I was eating a bowl of icecream when I came upon this site. I am definately going to see if my symptons come back tomorrow night. and will be glad to tell you. - but thank you for this information. If I find the icecream is linked to my symptoms I am going to cut it completely from my diet. unless it is organic if such a thing. thanks again. your information is valuable for those of us suffering constantly.

Replied by Phil
(Dearing, Ga)

This is interesting that so many people are reporting sinus issues,that are associated with ice cream. My father insist on eating ice cream anytime he has a flare up of hay fever, sinuses or the common cold. He says it really helps him and makes him feel better.

So, I DO NOT say all these people are wrong, But I only report what my father has told me.

I had told him one night, that I had read that ice cream makes these condition worse ( I can not remember what he had that night ) But he said OH NO! Ice cream has always helped ease his symptoms.

I guess one thing in the NATURAL REMEDY world is that we can agree that everybody is different, MEDICAL DOCTORS on the other hand say NON-SENSE every human body is the same.

Just a SIDE NOTE... My grand father lived to be 80 something years old and he ate baking soda by the palmful...Yea, I know the box says always mix with water, but he just poured in his palm and then into his mouth. It wasn't until he was put in a nursing home and had NO ACCESS to baking soda, one year later he was sick and died.

My wife's grandfather, I have been told TOOK A DAILY DOSE of EPSON SALT, and Lived to be I believe 93 years old, He was 90 something anyway. Again, because of a FALL, in the nursing home he went and soon passed away.

I just though that was interesting and I would report it.

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Posted by Tiffany747 (Simi Valley, Ca) on 10/29/2009
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i had a cold for about a week and felt like i was beating it up until about two days ago my sinuses felt all swollen. i thought it was maybe because of the super windy day we just had. until i stumbled across this theory...i bought dreyers icecream 3 days ago and have been eating it everday. i started to feel run down again, and the sinuses bugging me again (pressure, itchy, tingling) flushed my nose with salt water this morn and noticed it was almost neon yellow! sorry..kinda gross i know...but that struck me as odd so on-line i go to do some research and well how bizzare! i'm chucking that dreyers and never buying it again! if we buy icecream its usually haggen daas or ben jerry's and never had a problem. guess ill keep flushing with salt water and drinking apple cider vinegar. ok...strong reminder of all the chemis and crap in convience food and why i should avoid at all costs.

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Posted by Heather (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) on 10/05/2009
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ICE CREAM and Flu and Sinus Symptoms

I cannot believe this. My 5 yr old daughter had a LARGE pink ice cream treat during a long car ride home. Well, a few hours later, at about 3:00am, she was throwing up all pink from the ice cream. She was fevered and ended up throwing up once more that night. Her fever remained for more than a day. Now, she has been fighting this lingering bullcrap sinus/upper respiratory thing that just doesn't want to go away. She is now on antibiotics (of course-what else is new?) and she still has the sinus problems. I came onto the web to search for natural remedies for her and I stumbled upon this UNBELIEVABLE info on your site regarding ice cream and flu symptoms. I would NEVER, EVER have thought it would cause flu symptoms- I always knew it causes mucous- but had no clue about the fever, etc. Unbelievable to me. This site is amazing and I thank you soooo much for bringing this ice cream problem to my attention. Unreal.

Replied by Dora
(Simi Valley, Ca)

Hi Heather, Thanks to this wonderful site, I found another. Go to, and you'll get a lot of info on what causes various diseases, including respiratory ones. Between earthclinic and know the cause, I have solved a lot of my family issues. Still working on them.

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