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Effective Natural Remedies for Managing Sinus Polyps

Dietary Changes, Water Fast

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Posted by Dori (Usa) on 11/12/2018

We had lived in Hawaii for one year before my 33yo husband started having asthma symptoms (2010) which started a few months after a sinus infection that wouldn't quite go away. He lost his smell and taste almost immediately but the nasal polyps and aspirin allergy didn't show up till a year later. (Sampter's Triad) He was overly stressed, drinking alcohol and coffee daily, and had a high processed food diet. I had him trying every single remedy/cure that I researched online for about 5 years until he refused to try anything else. Some diets minimized symptoms but nothing cured him.

HOWEVER!! About 3 years after the symptoms started, he again got a cold/flu. He was flat out on the couch for 3 days. He didn't eat one bite of food and only drank the fluids that I gave him which consisted of ACV diluted in warm water, Bone broth that I made, herbal teas (Pau d'arco, echinacea, licorice root etc and water. All of his symptoms completely disappeared after only 3 days of fasting and drinking those liquids.

He got his smell and taste back, the polyps were gone and he could breathe easily through his nose and he had zero reactions to any foods that he ate. (we were too afraid to test his aspirin allergy) This amazingly lasted for the 3 weeks that he abstained from coffee, alcohol and eating relatively healthy. He then decided that he would begin drinking decaf coffee and after several more days he started in on the caffeinated coffee. All of his symptoms returned within the week.

I have a feeling that a liquid fast, or maybe even better, a water fast for 5-7 days would cure this thing. Then of course no coffee, alcohol, sugar, white flours, processed foods, dairy (unless raw/organic), meat (unless grass fed/organic), along with lots of fruits, veggies, water, bone broth, some nuts.... Aflatoxins seems to pervade lots of foods out there. I think that, along with chronic stress is enough to destroy the digestive system which makes you susceptible to food allergies, leaky gut, respiratory issues and a host of other things.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn)

DORI,,,,,,,, think you are right on. We eat what we raise mostly. Some things we can't raise. I just learned that all critters and plants have an energy aurora that can be photographed. Kinda like Thermography used to detect breast cancer.

An organic vegetable has a healthy aurora, but a GMO does not. Soon technology is going to work in our favor. You go to the grocery and a device will tell you if you want to buy that veggie or not.

We won't need a doctor to tell us if we have problems or not. Our aurora will tell us. This phenomenom is not new. After 58 years of marriage me and my Tractor Driver know what each is thinking. It's the Aurora thing. Para folks have a special thing and can read folks bettern most. They don't need a lie detector, and solve many criminal cases. That is the reason a dog will bite you if you give him bad vibes and lick you is you give him good vibes. It's the aurora you give out. Animals still detect it. Humans lost most of it years ago.

It's a wifi thing. We all have it, some just have a better receptor than others. I can size up a person far better than most. I have no clue why. I think this will be a good thing for natural folks. Would like to hear from EC folks about what they think about this phenomenon. Kinda spooky isn't it?


Replied by Blade-runner
(Montreal, QC)

2024, how is your husband now?

Replied by Nadine
(Goshen, New York)

How can I eliminate all sugars from my diet?

Replied by Claire
(United Kingdom, Manchester)

After reading your posts about eliminating sugar for sinus polyps, I decided to try this. I am on day 3. Yesterday for 5 minutes I got my sense of smell back! Today I have tasted my lunch and have had my sense of smell back twice throughout the day. I have had 2 FEES operations and within 6months of each op the polyps have come back, I have tried steroids but they came back. I am allergic to dairy, they also trigger my polyps. You are a genius! You really have changed my life! People who don't have polyps won't understand. Thank you so much! Hopefully in the future having a sense of smell will be a regular thing for me :)

Replied by Ian
(Hengoed, South Wales, Uk)

I have suffered from polyps for about 20years, I had two operations, the first in 1997 and the second in 2000, I suffer with terrible headaches and zero sense of smell, however no affect on my sense of taste, I do have and have always had a very sweet tooth, I'm not over weight and consider myself quite fit for a 45 year old. From about September 2012 I started having flu like symptoms, these symptoms continued until eventually, my nasal passage on the left hand side, became completely blocked and the right hand side, became partially blocked, in the new year 2013 I noticed that I could feel a lump close to my nostril, a couple of days later it had dropped enough that it was almost showing outside of my nostril, enough was enough, so I visited my GP, my GP prescribed 30mg of a steroid called prednisone, to be taken for 10 days and a nasal drop called flixonase, which was to be taken as and when required, the steroid is very fast acting, within 4 hours it had shrunk up inside of my nose and within 12 hours appeared to be gone altogether, within a further 2 days my sense of smell was back and remained for about a month, which is fantastic when you consider I had spent all these years, with either very little or no sense of smell, plus the head aches, you tend too or at least in my case, live with your condition and just get on with it.

After 2 months of ending the steroid I noticed my eye sight appears to be affected, when something is too close to my eyes it is very blurry, I have always had perfect sight, then at the end of May 2013, we came back from a family holiday to Ibiza and I started developing a nasty cough, it is worse at night and morning time, I went to the doctors and as usual in the UK, they prescribed antibiotics, I still have the coughing fits to this day, back to the doctors and they now feel I have got Asthma symptoms, brought on by polyps, personally I think they are talking crap as they do not take polyps seriously enough, personally I think I'm suffering from side affected brought on by the use of a love or hate steroid, I have an appointment with a specialist 30th August 2013 about my polyps and a Astma test on the 2nd September 2013, so we will wait and see, the problem with the NHS in the UK at the moment is, that everything is geared towards cost, the doctors here will just keep shoveling tablets in to you, in other countries this is not the case, where my wife is from for instance, they diagnose the problem 100% first, before prescribing drugs, my wife as just come back from her country Latvia with my boys and while there she asked a doctor there is advice and he said the best treatment is to have them surgically removed with a laser, you have said about sugar being a cause, is very interesting to me and changing your diet by replacing carbohydrates with protein, I would like to give this a go but to be honest I have not got a clue, on how to go about it, could you or someone out there offer advice, on how best to go about this.

Replied by Karen
(Clearwater, Florida, Usa)

You say that you had to revert to carbs because you became so weak.... May I ask what type of carbs? Simple or Complex? Simple Carbs are what are killing America. Do you know that every grain turns into sugar? The rule I give people is avoid anything white; white sugar, white flour, potato, macaroni cheese, fries etc. You can certainly eat COMPLEX carbohydrates and eaten with protein is good. Have an avocado vinagrette instead of a Big Mac meal for example. I buy Ezekial bread - it is made with sprouts of seven grains. The sprout stage of a grain is the most nutritious, therefore this bread is FUEL for the body, unlike the white flour baked goods that go on the arse and hips. Love handles, baloney! Soft flabby bodies (from all the sugar breaking down the minerals in the body) I say. I load the Ezekial toast with REAL butter; either Irish, Danish, Australian or New Zealand (where they still haven't destroyed or watered down the butter with cheap additives) or coconut oil is great too. Second I scrape on a tiny spread of Miso (fermented soy paste that is nutritious) for a little salt flavor, add slices of avocado and pile with 2 inches of Alfalfa sprouts. This is a dieting meal for me. Try it! If you do not know these terms it is time that you researched them and learnt. Food is meant to be UNprocessed, WHOLE and nutritous for our bodies. Eating for our ancestors was not a hedonistic activity, it was an action done to run the body with the purpose of survival. When we get back to basics here in America, the population may heal itself from the diseased condition it has arrived to at present. 13 Nov. 2013

Replied by Caitlin
(Ausin, Tx)

Karen, loved what you said & especially this: When we get back to basics here in America, the population may heal itself from the diseased condition it has arrived to at present.

This week we learned that diabetes is now considered epidemic level around the world, particularly in the United States. Corn syrup, honey, white flour or white crystalline sugar -- it is all the same. As Gloria Swanson's husband William Dufty indicated in his book "Sugar Blues, " sugar (and grains) is as incidious a poisen as heroine & cocaine.... and can be linked to nearly all health problems in our bodies today. Before she moved to another state, a friend once told me she swore off sugar for 1 year at the funeral of her beloved father who died of diabetes complications to his eyes, organs, and limbs. She said, with sugar being the only exclusion from her diet, she lost 30 pounds and she never looked or felt so healthy and beautiful. She said it was like looking in the mirror at another person. Before and after pictures of William Dufty are the same! It is UNBELIEVABLE how sugar DESTROYS our looks, our minds, our bodies! I learned some years ago that most killers in U.S. prisons were/are sugar addicts And, when prisoners volunteered to go on experimental diets that did not include sugar, their rage/desire to kill decreased. Sugar should be labeled a dangerous poisen to all human and animal species on this planet! Dare we go there? We will see....

Peace out, Caitlin

Replied by Loraine

I have had polyps for 16 years. Now it also causes me severe sinus problems I have got so bad I have become housebound.

Replied by Paul

Hello Brian, Paul from Leeds here. I've suffered with polyps for a few years now and have tried various methods and a couple from here, the Tea Tree Oil didn't seem to work for me, my polyps are quite high up, I'm interested in your reduced sugar method. The 10% carb intake you mention, is that per day or per meal? Btw, well done for sharing your findings, it's such a terrible condition and it's so difficult to try to get good help and information for. Paul

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Posted by Suman (New Delhi, Delhi, India) on 06/26/2012

Dear Brian, I am really grateful to you for writing about your findings here. About two months ago, my nasal polyps (I've had them for about 7 years) were at their worst and I was desperately looking for a cure. My research led me to findings similar to yours, but after reading your post in which you succinctly explain the link between sugar and nasal polyps, I was convinced that this is the way forward.

On 30 April 2012 I went off sugar completely and within 6 weeks, I had stopped mouth-breathing. My sense of smell came back gradually and is only getting better day by day. I can taste my food again! It is a gradual process where some days it may look worse especially in the beginning, but like you have mentioned, one must persevere, because it does work.

The other thing that I did was I applied Tea Tree Oil directly to my polyps with ear-buds for about a week. I believe Tea tree oil is a strong anti-fungal and many people have recommended it here too. My thinking was that if there was any surface fungal growth, that would be taken care of by the Oil.

I have also noted your additional point about reducing carbohydrates too, and I am in agreement and will put it into action.

Thanks Brian. People, this really works!

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Posted by Brian (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia) on 02/04/2012

This totally natural cure has worked for me, twice. I think it will work for others too, maybe not everybody but at least some. It is so simple, costs absolutely nothing, gives you back your health, your vitality and libido, your sense of smell and helps you to control your weight all at the same time. It gives you back your life.

In one sentence, all you have to do is cut out as much sugar from your diet as possible. The more sugar that is cut out, the faster the healing. It is that simple. I cut out the sugar, cured myself but lost a bit more weight than I wanted to. Having declared myself cured, reintroduced sugar to my diet to help put weight back on, which I did, but the polyps came back too. I am currently off the sugar again, polyps have gone again. Twice cured with the same reasoning is enough proof for me that this works.

I did not want to have a medical operation and went looking for a natural cure. I turned Net Detective and researched nearly every website on nasal polyps to gather clues to form a theory. I have absolutely no medical qualifications whatsoever and the theory I am about to outline is just that, my own personal theory. Here we go.

The root cause of nasal polyps is not bacterial, it's fungal. The prime suspect is Candida Albicans, which everyone has to some degree. The good bacteria in your body assist to control bad fungus. Which is why antibiotics don't work because by killing all the bacteria in your body, including the good bacteria, there are none left to control the fungus.

Fungus are extremely clever little critters. They feed on sugar and produce Ethanol as a waste product. The Ethanol confuses the receptors for the Thyroid which tell it to shut down production of Vitamin D. A Vitamin D deficiency weakens the immune system and causes lethargy. Lethargy increases cravings to eat more sugar for an instant energy boost and the condition then compounds as the fungus population grows and prospers.

But wait, there's more. A white blood cell called an Eosinophil goes in to battle the fungus but with a weakened immune system, they fail dismally to win the fight. It seems they act like suicidal cluster bombs - they go to the foe and blow themselves up to take out as many of the foe as they can. When this happens in the nose, they irritate the nose membrane, the cells in the membrane fill with fluid and voila, there they are, a medical case of nasal polyps.

Operations to remove polyps, nasal sprays, potions, lotions and nasal rinses only remove the symptoms temporarily and they are not cures. The cure therefore, is to break the cycle by removing the food supply to the fungus, which is sugar. Ethanol levels thereby diminish, the Thyroid receptors kick start the Thyroid into production of Vitamin D again, which then improves the immune system which then assists the attack of the Eosinophils to win the battle of the nose.

Okay, so that's my theory. I'll admit it may not necessarily be entirely accurate in the finer details but having said that, the one thing I am sure about is that reducing sugar in my diet has eliminated my polyps. I haven't discussed my theory with my doctor, fearful of being either laughed out of his office for being ridiculous, or being thrown out for being too close to the truth and cutting out a source of his wages, and the wages of his expensive Ear Nose Throat Specialist mate who gave me useless antibiotics.

It is impossible to remove all sugar as nearly all foods have it to some extent. Just try to reduce it as much as possible so at least there is no excess for the fungus to frenzily feed on. An obvious deletion from the diet is white sugar added to coffee and on cereal - don't add sugar to anything, totally delete that option including any and all sugar substitutes. Also cut out completely ice cream, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, lollies, honey and fizzy drinks. Even fruit - I have exchanged apples and bananas for raw tomatoes. On packaged foods and drinks, I won't buy anything with more than 10% sugar content. There is usually a per 100g contents list on the package, just look at the sugar level and if it's more than 10g per 100g, don't eat it. The preference though is for levels below the 5% mark because the more sugar that gets deleted, the faster the healing.

From going no sugar, the time taken to full recovery for me on both occasions has been about 4 weeks, with every passing day getting better and better. As an added bonus, you can save a fortune on tissue paper let alone the costs of sprays, potions, lotions and the big one, the operation.

I lost weight dramatically the first time but not this second time. At a guess my metabolism has adjusted to derive more nutrients from real foods rather than depend on sugar. My diet now is fresh meat (never packaged), poultry, fish, bacon and eggs, vegetables (including fried potato chips), milk, bread, nuts (especially almonds), pizza, strawberries and cream. Even beer is okay. It's a bit like a caveman diet, but with benefits.

To conclude this post, as a suggestion, if anyone is willing to take my "no sugar" theory up, from the day of their decision, to start a daily diary and keep a record of least their weight and a degree of difficulty from 1 to 10 to breathe through the nose during the day and also the night before (1 would be very easily the nose, 10 would be mouth only). Count tissues used if you can, that would be a fun number. Some feedback would be nice as this is the first time I have shared this idea on the internet. Good luck.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2063 posts

For many of us (I being one), elimination or avoidance isn't enough as the disease process and aging can be debilitating. In the severe category one would need to eliminate and avoid sugars (as much as possible) and become proactive in treatment applications.

For the burning of sugars, take ---B Complex Vit, Minerals such as Vanadium and Chromium in particular, herbs like Cinnamon, Gymnema, Mulberry. ACV is also proved sugar burner. With this combo, positive results would have to be present. Oh, also Alpha Lipoic Acid is good glucose burner.

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa - Usa)

Hi Brian, Interesting post. I enjoyed reading it. One thing though - I have always been told that eating potatoes, pizza (dough and suace) and drinking beer was about the same thing as eating table sugar. The body metabolizes starches like sugar.

I don't see where you really cut out sugar much if you were eating those things. Maybe eating better over all caused you to lose weight. Perhaps being thinner put less stress on your body, allowing your immune system to work better to get rid of the polyps?

Just a thought.


Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)

Hi Carly, Thank you for your nice comments and also your thoughts. To address the grocery items raised, an average size 200g potato has 3g of sugar (1.5%) and the packaged chips I buy from the freezer section at my supermarket (to heat up in the oven) has less than 1g of sugar per 100g on the label so I will assume even fried chips from a Fish & Chip shop or even McDonalds would be about the same. The pizza I buy which is also from the same supermarket freezer has 4.7g sugar per 100g (or 4.7%, which is under my 5% limit). I have found it impossible to find a sugar content for beer but will run with the thought that although sugar is introduced for fermentation, it gets converted to alcohol, so there is no sugar.

Starches and fats I don't care about (except Trans fats that I really do prefer to avoid). I have targeted sugar as the only food source that feeds the fungus that cause the polyps. The first time I went "no sugar" I was 56kg at the start (and had been diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency by my doctor, which was the only problem he could find that I had, so that became part of the jigsaw puzzle that I put together) so I was already thin anyway but had a bad case of polyps. I scarily bottomed out at 52kg before I reintroduced sugar to regain weight and am currently 55kg and the polyps are gone again. A net sum of 1kg loss in weight hasn't destressed my body and eliminated the polyps, it can only be the sugar.

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)

Hi Timh, All I can say is the headline that Earth Clinic allocated is a bit misleading. It should have read "Eliminate sugar to eliminate nasal polyps". I am in no way claiming that "no sugar" fixes everything. I had no other medical conditions except for nasal polyps and a Vitamin D deficiency (and a sore foot which I cured myself but that's another story) and the avoidance of sugar all on its own cured my polyps and restored my well being. I did not take any other pills, herbs or supplements along the way. Except I did take apple cider vinegar for about 2 weeks for first time when I went "no sugar" so yeah, maybe that's why I lost too much weight then. But the second time I went no sugar I didn't have any ACV at all (the taste is terrible and I had totally gone off it) and I still cured my polyps but didn't lose any weight. Crikey, Timh, the penny just dropped, sounds like we just discovered the best ever easiest natural way to lose weight (no sugar ACV). Thanks for that.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2063 posts

Brian, some supplement co's make ACV tablets but not many distributers it seems. Swanson has regular and double strength ACV tabs. So don't give up altogether and try and find some ACV tabs down under.

Also worth noting, studies show sugars like high fructose corn syrup not only make triglycerides to be stored as stubborn fat, but also suppress immune function substantially.

As for natural sweeteners ---honey, blackstrap molasses, and stevia are favorites.

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, S.a., Australia)

Hey Timh, Thank you for the info about ACV tablets, I didn't know they existed. I do now believe that ACV does help a person to lose weight when on a sugar reduced diet, as you alluded to in your previous post, but that is not my intent. I am 5'7" and only weigh 55kg and would rather be putting weight on, not off. My only intent was to get rid of Nasal Polyps and I have done that no other medications, potions, lotions nor the dreaded operation, just reduced the sugar and it was a done deed 4 weeks later.

Your comment about "sugar suppresses immune function substantially" supports my theory about feeding the fungus that causes that (via the Thyroid causing Hypothyroidism, which is an underactive Thyroid function, which is whereby the immune function is reduced and also a Vitamin D deficiency both of which I was diagnosed to have had, by my doctor). Thank you for that. Anyone else reading this thinking where is the Thyroid anyway, picture it as a very small double handed grip around your upper wind pipe.

As for natural sweeteners and considering that fungus don't care what type of sugar they are being fed or where it comes from, the weight of an average teaspoonful of table sugar is about 4g, 1 tspn each of honey is 5.7g of sugar in 7g (81% sugar) and molasses is 3.7g of sugar in 6. 7g (55%) both of which are more or less the same as a tspn of table sugar and therefore no reduced sugar benefit whatsoever. Both of those products are definitely over my preferred limit of 5% and absolute limit of 10% sugar content. Artificial sweeteners I avoid like arsenic. Just Google "stevia good or bad" and your head will spin where to look first. If it was good, why is bad even an option. Cheers.

Replied by Anjomac
(Woodstock, On)

Brian, Thanks for the info on eliminating sugar for nasal polyps. I had come across this the last time I had bad polyps and had completely forgotten when I got this round. This got me looking into it again. In addition to reducing sugar and starving the candida, it seems that you need to increase the Probiotics (lactobacillus acidophilus?) in your system as well. Maybe that's the beer in your diet doing its work. I'd be interested to hear about your foot cure as well. Thanks

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

Hi Anjomac. I do think nurturing the good bacteria in the gut is important. I believe they control the fungus in their vicinity, so there are no cavalry left to charge to the nose after the Eosinophils have won their battle and the irritations to the nasal lining stop. Before I formed my theory and after the last round of useless antibiotics that the specialist prescribed, I did have a lot of Organic Yoghurt (12% sugar) that contained acidophilus, bifidus and casei cultures, to help repopulate the bacteria in the gut. I have sworn off Antibiotics ever again, that is definitely a bad move, except of course if they are needed to save my life. Beer is best in moderation (Aussies love a good BBQ - just don't eat the pavlova :) and can only say an occasional social beer doesn't impede the cure and I doubt if it has any bacterial benefit. Reduce sugar to 5% of product though and the curing starts at the exact same moment. Let me know how you go. Give me a month or so too and I will make a post about curing my sore foot, suffice to say the cure will contain the word "barefoot" a lot. Good luck.

Replied by Belinda
(Cape Town, South Africa)

I've suffered with polyps for nearly 20 years now and have had two operations neitehr of which has been all that successful. Yes, I can breathe, but I cannot smell or taste anything without taking oral steroids. My doctor will no longer prescribe them due to the long term side effects, and I am desperate. I also had a aprtial thyroidectomy four years ago and although I take medication, I am permanently tired and am becoming depressed as a result. I am excited to read this post which theorises on the linking between the two. I shall begin my sugar elimination regime NOW!!! And hope for some relief.

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

Hi Belinda. Sounds like you have done it tough for 20 years but welcome to my theory about the cause of nasal polyps and the 4 week cure. Forget the oral steroids, I tried them too, also expensive steroid nasal sprays. The trick is to reduce the sugar to the barest minimum because it is impossible to eliminate sugar completely from the diet. Here are two more tips I haven't mentioned before:

1) Besides the sugar content displayed on packaged foods, if you google or search 'nutrition data' you will find a site (no affiliations, not even a member) with all the sugar content of natural foods. Don't eat any fruit or natural food with more than 5% sugar content of total weight and the curing occurs.

2) The condition worsens initially and you may think this is a wasted effort, but please persevere. As the nasal polyps shrink and the passages to the sinuses reopen, there is a lot of trapped gunk up there that finally comes out. Take this as a positive sign of healing in action, it will soon pass.

In about 4 weeks time, it would be great to hear about your progress.


Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

But wait, there's one more tip.

3) Vitamin D may well be a critical factor. Good sources are eggs and fish which are definitely on the menu, or there are supplements, but the best source is sunlight, which is free. Vitamin D deficiency can be determined with a simple blood test but regardless of that result, try to get 5 to 10 minutes of direct sunlight on as much of your body as you can without sunscreen lotion (and without offending the neighbours :) about twice a week. (My theory includes Vitamin D boosting the immune system to provide the knock out blow to the fungi.)

Replied by Kathryn
(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

To Brian from Adelaide, Australia... You mentioned that the thyroid produces Vitamin D... The human body produces Vitamin D through skin exposure to UVB rays from the sun... The liver and kidneys are involved with the conversion... the thyroid isn't involved with the conversion process within the body.

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

Hi Kathryn. It was unintentional if I implied that vitamin D is produced by the thyroid. My intent was to say that the thyroid controls the production of vitamin D and I did omit the explanation for that in my original post for the sake of some brevity.

You are quite right. When the skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation it converts a cholesterol derivative in the skin into calciferol, or vitamin D3. The calciferol travels in the blood to the liver where it undergoes a first conversion and then on to the kidneys for a second conversion into calcitriol. Calcitriol is the biologically active form of Vitamin D. However, the link with the thyroid is that the conversion in the kidneys is promoted by a hormone released by the thyroid.

My theory is, when the thyroid receptors are confused by ethanol into thinking there is enough vitamin D in the body, then the thyroid shuts down the release of the hormone which is needed by the kidneys to enable the second stage conversion, which then results in a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is crucial to the proper functioning of the immune system. My theory included affecting the ability of the Eosinophils to battle the fungi residing in the nose - in a weakened state, they accidentally irritate the nasal lining instead, which then causes the polyps to form which then causes the breathing difficulties.

I theorised that the weakest link in this eternal loop of misery was to reduce the ethanol produced by the fungi by reducing sugar in the diet. This would not only starve the fungi but also un-confuse the thyroid, get vitamin D production going again to boost the immune system and thereby give more grunt to the Eosinophils to do their job properly and provide the knock-out blow to them.

I'll now take this opportunity to make an important alteration to my theory and therefore the diet strategy, that being in every post I have made so far:


About 5 weeks ago I had nasal polyps reform with a vengeance, worse than ever before. I was eating low sugar foods but they were high in total carbohydrates. Remembering what Carly from Seattle said, I took her clue and went to the next level and limited the foods in my diet to Total Carbohydrates of 10% of Volume. The body does need carbohydrates for energy, I'm not saying go to zero level, just back them off. I can only guess that being deprived of simple sugars, my body got more efficient at metabolising the sugars in the more complex carbohydrates, the starches.

So out went the pizza, potatoes, oven baked chips and crumbed fish. The fungal die off stage was the worst ever this time - sniffling, snortling and nose blowing 24/7 for about 2 weeks. I persevered through it all, staying with the revised theory and then suddenly in the space of 48 hours, almost miraculously, I went from full blown symptoms to absolutely no symptoms at all.

The result the third time is the same as my first two efforts with simple sugars, cured again. The polyps have either gone or shrunk away and I am breathing free and easy again. Life is so much better without them and I'm not about to invite them back soon - I'll stay with the 10% carbs plan instead.

Replied by Robbie
(London, England)

You are my new God!!! Ten years of these tyrannical polyps, and this sugar free idea is working wonders. It's day five of my new diet, and my snoring has completely stopped. My voice isn't nasal anymore, food tastes better, and I can breathe through my nose for the first time since my op, (five years ago) and every day it's getting better and better. Got the shock of my life when I smelt my shower gel this morning, forgot how amazing the sense of smell is! Literally feel like a superhero walking around. Thank you so much for sharing your findings, you have literally changed my life! - one happy dude!!! :-)

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

Hi Robbie. That is great news! Cured in 5-days is a truly amazing feat and I too had very early success with just cutting out simple sugars. But I am fearful your polyps will reform as mine did (the fungi that are the root cause are very resilient). Perchance they do, please remember to limit all Carbohydrates to 10% of product consumed and then just persevere for renewed success.

The most successful anti fungal/anti polyp diet should consist of nothing but lean meat, eggs, nuts and low carb vegetables (luckily I love steak or lamb chops & 3 veg, beef & veg stews, mince meat recipes, almonds, strawberries & cream and for breakfast, bacon & eggs alternated with avocado & yoghurt). No other fruit except tomatoes. No cheese. Also limit caffeine which prompts the liver to dump large doses of sugar into the blood stream. I will admit I do eat wholemeal bread at 37% carbs as toast under the bacon & eggs and also for a work lunch sandwich but I offset the bread with low carb fillings so the total carbs in the meal itself is under 10%.

I don't believe this is a lifelong sentence and at a guess may need between 4-6 months before safely reintroducing sugary products again but by then, the yearn for sugar (read poison) has hopefully diminished anyway.

Thank you for the Yea!

Replied by Jannette
(Ridgewood, Nj)

Last year I was gluten/dairy free for 5 months and while my congestion was less I still never got my sense of smell back. So gradually I reintroduced gluten and my symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, etc. ) returned.

I decided to try again with gluten/dairy free and this time I also eliminated sugar. It's been 4 weeks and again symptoms are better but still no sense of smell.

Are everyone else's polyps in their nose? Mine are not, they are higher up in my sinuses. (I have always been able to breathe through my nose) I wonder if nasal polyp location makes a difference?

Also, if you have eaten anything with sugar do the polyps immediately return, or can you "cheat" on occasion and still be okay?

I plan to continue this diet through the summer and hope for the best. Would love to hear more feedback from those of you who have been successful with eliminating sugar.

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

Jannette, the lower the polyps hang the longer the cure time, is all. Lower polyps would mean a greater level of infection. So to have high polyps but with symptoms means you are doing most things right but not quite there. Gluten and high carbs are married (any type of flour product delivers both). Forget the gluten, just read the carbs level on the package and stay under 10% of product. Which means bread won't qualify but you can cheat on that one if you offset with low carb toppings (bacon & eggs on toast, for example). Dairy products, milk and cream seem fine, just go easy on cheese and only eat unflavoured yoghurt. All of these can be found under 10% carbs.

Apart from cheating by offset, I would urge no other cheating until you are nose breathing 100% of the time, especially sleep time. Cheating just throws the yeast infection a sugar coated life jacket to hang on longer. Then when feeling confident, gradually reintroduce slightly higher carbs and some cheat times, but be prepared to back off immediately if any symptoms recur and try again later. Good luck and would love to hear that you can smell the roses again before the Summer is over.

Replied by Jannette
(Ridgewood, Nj)

Thanks Brian for your input/insight. I have eliminated all carbs, dairy, and sugar (I think). My diet mainly consists of eggs, leafy greens, protein, beans and some vegetables and brown rice. I only drink green/herbal teas and water.

I will stay the course and hope to get my sense of smell back soon-I will let you know when it does!

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

Hi Janette. Thanks for listing your main diet items so I can help you. It's actually a good diet for a polyps cure and explains why you have "higher up" polyps but the one item stopping your final cure is the brown rice it's about 23% carbs of product which translated, means every 4th spoonful is akin to a spoonful of pure sugar. Please, read the carbs level on the label. Also, I really do encourage reintroducing dairy. The yeast infection lowers Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is necessary to not only improve the immune system to finally eliminate the yeast and therefore the polyps but is also vital for calcium absorption. Calcium is needed for healthy bones and dairy products are a great source of calcium. Please, do not put yourself at risk of developing osteoporosis too.

Replied by Doeboymcjc

Hello, I have had polyps for 5 years a one operation. I am on day 3 of the no sugar diet. I will keep you posted with my results.

NO smell and still blocked up all the time atm. I am also trying tea tree oil (please still my posts above referring to tea tree oil). Peace.

Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

Hi Doeboymcjc. I've never bothered with potions and lotions. I truly believe the cause is a yeast infection and the only way to eradicate the yeast is to stop feeding them sugar, which means reducing carbohydrates in your diet. I now call it my 10% Plan. I am also starting to think that us polyp sufferers have a direct metabolic link to our Paleo ancestry and that we are not meant to consume carbohydrates. I am so convinced that my theory works that if you, or anyone else for that matter, would like my help to achieve the 10% Plan that you "brianb2@" (email me) "chariot(dot)net(dot)au" with reference to Earth Clinic in the subject line to avoid unread deletion. My advice is absolutely free and it takes about one month to achieve a truly remarkable and virtually miraculous cure. I do stress however, that one must be prepared to reduce consuming sugar so as not to waste my time. Cheers : )

Replied by Doeboymcjc

Hi, just an update from my last post, Sunday 19th August 2012: on 23rd August I stopped using the TTO as it made my nose completely blocked and would run for about 2 hours after use. I am not going to do this again, EVER. Sorry to those who swear by it. For me it is a waste of time as it feels like i'm going backwards.

I am still on my no sugar diet but have reintroduced carbs as I realised that I was becoming so weak that I could not think properly. I am on my forth week of the no sugar diet and still no results. I DID however get my smell back for about 2 hours in the evening on Saturday 1st September and it was sensational! But it went as soon as it came, pretty much. I am using my Micromist still three times daily. No sugar is a killer as I crave sweet things but I guess it's healthier and good for my teeth. So when my dentist asks me how I got such amazing teeth my answer will be "polyps" ;)

If this diet does not work after 1 month then i'm going to try something called 'Sinus Wars 13'. It's supposed to be a cure at about £70 a bottle. It's not a natural cure like the no sugar diet, but i'm desperate. I hate this condition.

I will keep y'all posted. Thanks.


Replied by Brian
(Adelaide, Sth Aus, Australia)

This week I saw my doctor on a matter apart from polyps but while I was there, I did ask for a nose examination. Without any declaration all he said was "How did you do that?" So me, the patient, then told the doctor how I cured my polyps.

The cure is free. It doesn't come in a bottle there are no magic potions, lotions or sprays and operations are a useless waste of time and money. All you need to do is swap the energy source you get from carbs and go high on protein at the same time. My absolute recommended low carb limit is 10% of product and there are no limits on protein bacon and eggs, all meat products, beef, lamb, poultry and fish- the diet of our paleo ancestors. Generally, serve with above ground and not below ground veggies (potatatoes & parsnip are the worst) but also avoiding corn, nuts and fruit.

To appease the sweet tooth, surprisingly, strawberries and cream are okay. It's the sweet tooth that gets one into this mess so it's denying the sweet tooth that is the only way out. From experience, the yearn for sugar does subside in due course. And also, if one is a Vegan, sorry to have to say it but you may never find a cure.

What I said to the doctor is this. Low carb, high protein. The problem is a yeast infection of the nose. The yeast feed on sugar in the diet and produce ethanol (read alcohol, which causes brain-fog) as well as compromising the thyroid which compromises Vit D levels and in turn compromises the immune system which is supposed to control the alien yeast infection. The immune system desperately needs help and the only way to do that is to reduce carbs in the diet, reduce the ethanol, unconfuse the the thyroid, boost the Vit D, boost the immune system response and win the battle. All for free just by changing the carbs intake to less than 10% of product and go high on protein to maintain energy and weight levels. And it takes about a month to get there if you don't cheat. Cheers :)

Replied by Doeboymcjc
(London, UK)

Hi, just an update. I am on week 5 of my no sugar diet and still no changes. I cannot smell and my nose is still blocked up therefore I still have orange mucous.

After reading the posts on this forum I understand the problems that arise with yeast and carbs but with my job (winter sports salesperson and photographer) and my love of sports it will be almost impossible to eliminate sugar, carbs and yeast from my diet. Sugar is enough! I am going to buy a product called ______. This is supposed to irradicate all polyps and the reviews look great from people who have tried it.

Brian - thanks for the help with your posts. I have now lost about a stone with the no sugar diet ;)

I will keep you posted with any results with ____. Its not a natural cure but I'm fed up.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi Doeboymcjc, I know both my husband and my oldest daughter found it is the elimination of both sugar AND dairy which gave them the results they wanted. They both know to stay away from dairy especially and when they give in to it, the results are immediate! Mucus, olfactory issues, swelling of the throat, itching ears and more. Enough to make them ask themselves, Is it worth it?! Sometimes they do it anyway... I always wonder why?! Lisa

Replied by Brian
(Sth Aus, Australia)

My original theory on a yeast infection being the true cause of nasal polyps included the extension that it also caused corruption of the Immune System. It could also be that the reactions to dairy that Lisa described “Mucus, olfactory issues, swelling of the throat, itching ears and more” are also caused by a corrupted Immune System, which identifies the proteins in dairy as an invasion, releases antibodies in response, which in turn release histamines which then cause the bad reaction.

I will further theorise that it should then follow that the ability to consume dairy products without any ill effects would confirm a healthy Immune System. Conversely, a bad reaction would therefore confirm a corrupted Immune System which in turn, must then confirm a yeast infection as the cause of the corruption.

Yeast infection can only be eliminated by diet, by removing their carbohydrate food source being sugar and starch. Low Carb diets abound and can be quite confusing. I ignore them all and apply a 10% Carbs Content Rule to stand alone and products in combination meals. There are only three simple qualifications to apply:

  • Convert the Total Carbohydrates total on packaged products to a percentage by weight or volume. Avoid any over 10% unless to be combined with a lower offset.
  • Determine carbs content in fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds by researching ‘nutrition data'. The site I use, typing “raw” after a product limits the result.
  • To maintain energy levels, consume protein in moderation and healthful fats without restriction but totally avoid all products containing trans fats.

High carb diets are also implicated in probably all of the major ailments that befall the world today, even including cancer. The only happy people are surgeons and owners of white collar drug companies and their shareholders.

Life is all about choices. People can also legally choose to either smoke or not and one is a healthier option than the other. In a perfect world, everybody would live their life without medical expenses. I have been polyp free and medication free for a long time now and instead of thinking Low Carb as being a restrictive diet, I think of it as a lifestyle choice. It isn't a diet anymore, it's simply a better way of life and easily the best choice.


Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hello Brian from Australia,

Concerning loss of sense of smell. I did enjoy your post and your fine analytical style.

If you google "google scholar" and then "reasons for loss of sense of smell" you'll find a number of scientifically inclined papers which discuss a primary reason for loss of smell as

......Infection. And next,

......Lesions from some trauma to the nose/head.

For infections, I use colloidal silver to knock out viruses and for the lesions the use of serrapeptase, the enzyme which seems to have the ability to dissolve tissue structure. For instance, "serrapeptase scare tissue."

Other possible causes but of the articles that come up under the search I mentioned, those two seemed to be the most common.

On the "yeast infection" theory, very close to being "right on" but also might be viral. So if this were me, I'd at least try colloidal silver. I use CS as an irrigation; if it stings, I know an infection is present. I have to repeat many times to completely knock out the infection.

"Cheer" back at you.

Replied by Brian
(Sth Aus, Australia)

Hi Dave. Your intent was excellent and I thank you for that, but I think you responded to a misleading heading not of my choosing that appeared in Real-Time Posts. Please understand my sense of smell is totally functional and it was all due to the Elimination of Sugar that did in fact restore it. Also, as well as nasal polyps, every other health issue I acquired from a high carb diet has been eliminated since adopting a 10% Low Carb Lifestyle. I don't take chemical treatments of any sort, which empowers my body chemistry to do its natural job, which further eliminates the need for treatments. It's simple but it works. Cheers.

Replied by Tanveer
(Sydney, Austtralia)

Hi Brian, I must admit I was a bit sceptical about sugar being the driving force behind my nasal flares, but your logic made sense and as I had tried everything else I decided to give your suggestions a go and wow, I can't believe how wrong I was, I am on my second month of low sugar diet and never in my life do I remember waking up in the middle of night and breathing through my nose, I used to have constant tension in my nasal passage due to inflammation, I have slight dust-mite allergy but the sugar in my diet was fuelling the allergy ten folds, I was bed ridden at least few times a month due to constant runny and itchy nose This was really ruining my career and life so much so that I had discussed with my family to go under knife,

One thing I would like to point out is that I have not completely eliminated all sugar from my diet, I still have my fruits but have eliminated all sugar that I used to add to my tea coffee (at least 4 cups a day), no fizzy drinks for me, no sweets but due to me being gym junkie I need to have protein shakes that do have sugar in them but that does not seem to have created any problems, may be because I burn more than I consume.

What is amazing is that even lowering my sugar intake has given me my life back, I can only see it getting better if I eliminate more sugar.

Other benefits I found by lowering my sugar intake were, my teeth seem to be glossy and whiter, As mentioned earlier that I am a gym junkie, I found that my sweat does not smell at all, I had read somewhere that the body odour is caused by bacteria feeding off sweat and it's their faeces that give out the foul smell, I guess their digestive system does not cope with sugar very well either ;-) (This would be something for people who are fed up with finding a chemical free cure for body odour),

I also find my energy and attention levels are stable (I feel I am able to focus better now, may be because my body does not go through sugar spikes anymore which allows me to stay focused longer).

I hope people find this helpful as I had,

Thanks again, Tanveer

Replied by Brian

Congratulations, Tanveer. I know going Low Carbs is not an easy decision to make, but as well as beating the polyps, please also take comfort in the many other health benefits you now possess. Such as, vastly reduced risks of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and possibly even cancer, to name a few. The longer sugar is reduced the easier it gets to resist it and then find ways to reduce it even more. I agree the more you exercise the higher your sugar tolerance will be, which is why you are getting away with the fruit and protein shakes. If you ever stop exercising though, please ensure you make the necessary adjustments. I hadn't thought of the body odour benefit before, suffice to say, all I do to avoid scented aluminium based expensive commercial deodorants, is make a cheap chemical free mix of 2 level teaspoons of bicarbonate soda per 100ml of aloe vera juice in a spray bottle. It doesn't stop sweating, which is a natural body function that shouldn't be stopped anyway, but it sure does stop odour. Cheers.

EC: Hi Brian!

Yesterday we posted on Earth Clinic's Facebook account about your wonderful thread. Here it is if you haven't seen it yet!

Replied by Phil
(Sydney, AU)

40 years of chronic sinusitis (the last 25 with polyps), 4 surgeries, so many unsuccessful diets I can't begin to list them all. Encouraging signs after 48 hours of Low Carbs. Fingers crossed.

Replied by Pnokeo

Hello Brian,

I just stubble on the Earth Clinic site and read your threads. I was very excited about the recommendation you provided because I am a polyp and asthma suffer. I'm looking for some permanent relief. One year ago I started the process of cleaning up my diet and eliminated table sugar, along with most dairy products. I had stop eating red meat more than 14 years ago. My diet consist mostly of fruits, nutra-bullet smoothies, turkey and fish.

In addition, I lost my sense of smell and taste about 11 years now.

About two weeks ago when I found the Earth Clinic site, I tried one of the recommendations, the tea tree oil. As a result, I am able to sleep well, stop snoring and breathe through my nose for the first time by not using oral steroids. Also, after three days of using the tea tree oil, diluted with water, I sniffed inward and felt something roll to the back of my throat..I think it was a polyp??during my physical last year my doctor had said I had a large polyp higher up in my sinus??Unfortunately, I'm still not able to smell or taste.

What else can you recommend that would help me regain my smell and taste?

I await your reply. Many Thanks, Troy

Replied by Myway

Troy, do your research on Nigella Sativa (Black Seed Oil). I take a teaspoon once in am and once at night to help reduce inflammation for asthma. I just about have this asthma licked (former Advair user). I don't have polyps but the black seed oil may have a stabilizing effect on your body chemistry hence, improve taste and smell. Perhaps do some reading my Michael Smith, MD on this topic. Just google his name. All the best.

MyWay, :D

Replied by Derrick

I blend a lot of fruit. So did you really eliminate all sweet fruit in your diet? I also heard gluten/dairy causes polyps insome people. I wonder if that's because most dairy comes from cows with bovine growth hormones (causing lactose intolerance?) Unless the wheat is organic, it is GMO wheat. I wonder if that's the reason people get gluten allergies...

Replied by Brian
(Sth Aus)

Hi Derrick. Yes, I eliminated all sweet fruits, especially bananas, pears and apples. Even today I only consumed fruits with less than 10% carbs by content. That's regardless my nasal polyps disappearing several years ago and have never returned since. The replacement fruits I found have far better nutrition values and offer a greater and healthier variety to choose from.

You are on the right track with the gluten connection, which I hereby formally add to the opening theory, as being the absolute starting point for developing polyps. Dairy intolerance and food allergies are more likely a side effect from the damage caused by gluten. Only buy meat from a reputable butcher who procures product from pasture raised sources. Avoid wheat, barley, rye and all cereal, flour, pastry and pasta products therefrom, whether or not they are organic or GMO. They are all above the 10% carbs limit protocol anyway.

Replied by Marie
(Randolph, Ma)

I am fighting nasal polyps anti biotic & predisone I am going to try your method. Sounds very good. I am trying to stay away from surgery but this can drive you crazy was always healthy & the last 8 months miserable glad I found your article.

Replied by Brian
(Sth Aus)

Marie, both antibiotics and prednisone have no effect on polyps and can actually worsen the condition and cause even more ill health, then surgery is offered for, at best, temporary relief for a few months. The invitation in my post dated 08/25/2012 still stands, it just needs a little deciphering.

Replied by William
(Scottsdale Az)

Sugar fits the proper definition of a schedule one drug. Think about it. Does great harm, extremely addictive (if you don't think so just try eliminating it completely from your diet if that is even possible?), has no medicinal value (please do not include baby laxatives or getting baby to drink more water because that is a certain method of addicting babies and children and yes even if used sparingly and better methods should be employed). Does that about cover it?

Replied by Meredith

Hi Brian, I have had nasal polyps for 12 years have had surgery 2 times and refuse to have it again. My polyps come back so quickly. I've done allergy shots, accupunture, nasal rinses, gone gluten free (don't think I stuck with it long enough), tea tree oil etc. I have a sweet tooth and candy is my weakness. Over this past year my nose has gotten so bad that I am miserable. My doctors keep telling me I have 3 options- 1-do nothing 2-steriods and antibiotics or 3- surgery. In the past I have continued to choose option #2. But like you have said it does not cure them. So once I finish the course of steriods I am back to being completely stuffed up. So here I am and I am ready to stop and to cut sugar out of my diet. I want to feel better! I am so thankful that you have shared your experiences and will keep you posted on my progress.

Replied by Dennis
(Greenwich, London, Uk)

Can you please tell me what AVC stands for? Thanks!

EC: AVC = Apple Vinegar Cider

Replied by Debbie

I've suffered with this for soooo long. The word suffer actually does not describe how awful it's been. I have the worst sweet tooth so it's going to be super difficult but it actually makes 100% sense. I've tested positive for mould allergy which I believe is all linked.

I am unable to breathe at all through my nose, I have visible polyps in each nostril and awful pressure in my sinuses, my ears are always blocked and I have had no sense of smell or taste for more years than I care to remember. It's truly miserable and embarrassing!

I'm doing this TODAY!

Replied by Brian
(Sth Aus)

Pnokeo from Bahamas, sorry for the late response but polyps and asthma do often occur together. I believe the cause for both are yeast infections. However, your "large polyp higher up" may not be a polyp and instead be a prolapse in your nasal cavity. A prolapse will also cause breathing and smell issues. Refer to your doctor for that possibility.

William from AZ, you are spot on, sugar is an addictive drug.

Meredith from MA, there is a 4th option, which is cut out sugar. But the medical cartel will not tell you to do that or how to do that.

Debbie from Dorset, it is probably easier for a smoker to quit smoking than for a sweet toothed person to quit sugar. You need to possess a massive amount of perseverance. Starting from breakfast, monitor your food items to be under 10% carbs per volume per each and go further into the day as you progress. For breakfast, I choose from example items such as avocado with flaxseed oil, soft boiled eggs - salted, spinach leaves and oven baked bacon. When you can string one month together, the polyps will disappear. After that happens, keep it going for another month and then monitor your food items to be under 10% carbs for any one meal. You can eat meat and potatoes again one day and in the interim, to appease the sweet tooth, strawberries and cream do qualify. All the best.

PS My email address posted 08/25/2012 has been cancelled.

Replied by Barbara Allatt

Hi, one of the posts talked about a remedy they are trying but did not leave the name of it. I have had 2 x Fess surgery and am slowly getting rid of sugar. My polyps are huge again on right side of nose with thick toffee like encrusted mucus. I'm currently on Colloidal silver sprays day 2. Also drinking 2 x 10ml daily although the Consultant has given me prednisone steroids as they do help with swelling. Just want something to naturally shrink them and get my life back. Thank you

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Barbara Allat,

It may be helpful to alternate days of colloidal silver(CS) nasal application with days of Xlear Nasal Spray(XNS) at maximum dose on label. This can increase the antimicrobial activity and both have antibiofilm activities which can be helpful in long standing infections.,aps,257&sr=8-2

So one day of CS treatment followed by one day of XNS treatment at max dose and continued in that fashion to better fight the infection('s). The oral CS can remain at everyday as you are already doing. How many ppm is your CS?

The XNS contains Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) along with Xylitol. Both Xylitol and GSE have antibiofilm effects as does CS and the GSE is a potent antimicrobial as is CS.

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Silver Nanoparticles have also shown anti inflammatory effects in animal models of chronic sinusitis :

And GSE also has also shown anti inflammatory properties :, agent with anti-inflammatory property.


Eliminate Yeast From Diet

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Posted by Greg (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 02/01/2010

Hello other nasal polyp sufferers,

I had nasal polyps for 21 years and have done years of reseach on their causes, and have had just about every medication available,they are all temporary.I had write in as I know how they can affect your life.The real cause of nasal polyps in my case was a yeast allergy. If you change your diet to vegetables, some fruits, and fish and meat you will eradicate your polyps.You must do this for at least three months maybe longer, to eradicate the bad yeast infection in your digestive system, with vitamins and minerals,good luck, greg from aus

Replied by K.k
(Sydney, Aus)

Strangely enough, eventhough the cause of my polyps were dust mite allergy, with an ongoing 'clean' diet i found that it was effective at reducing my polyps. i dont think the positive results in my case was from cutting out yeast though.

Essiac Tea

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Posted by Brenda (San Antonio, Texas) on 06/24/2010

got a good story about polyps: seen them go away in 2 wks using these four herbs in liquid or caps: they are sheep sorrel, burdock, turkey rhubarb and slippery elm. you can find many products with this combination. good luck, brenda

EC: Brenda is referring to the herbs commonly known as Essiac Tea.

Essiac Tea
Posted by Celteyes (Pearland, Texas, USA) on 10/21/2009

I used essiac tea when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I took 2 ounces in 2 ounces of water, 3 to 4 times daily. I was told by my naturopath that all herb is not created equal. I remember when I first went to a health food store and bought it. It didn't smell like anything and I didn't know it was suppose to. It was kind of white like oatmeal. I bought another one and it smelled quite differently. It is a little bit of a pain to make the tea but the great results are worth it. I am told that a cancer patient should never use the capsules or concentrated tea but only the one you have to brew yourself.

I started giving this tea to my children also and my teenage son had problems with sinus polyps from severe allergies I guess. One day after about a month of drinking the tea only twice a day, he sneezed out...I know this will gross some of you out...but he sneezed out 3 polyps. One was the size of a dime..yuck! This tea has been a Godsend for my family.

Replied by K
(Nsw, Aus)

Really!? that is so great! i really want to try out this method too. i came across different forms of essiac; teas, tinctures, capsules. which is the best type in your opinion? it sounds so unlikely that it would be effective, because its only light dosages of essiac, but what do you know, it appears that it really works! i also researched that polyps cannot be sneezed out as they are stuck literally to your skin as membrane...hmm...can you give me more detail as to how your son cured his polyps? thanks!

Replied by Celteyes
(Pearland, Texas)

Hi K,

All I can tell you is I brewed the tea with the four separate herbs. It is because I'm a former breast cancer patient and my naturopath says never take the pills, concentrate, or tincture if you have cancer. You have to brew the real herb. So I brew it as per my instructions if you scroll down a little I posted the instructions for someone a few days ago. gave it to my son 2 times daily just because he is asthmatic and always congested. Never dreamed he would sneeze out his polyps! I guess it makes sense if a polyp is a benign tumor and the tea stops the blood supply to a tumor I've been told. My supplier gets the herbs only from farmers that grow it organically. Take care.

Replied by Vanda
(Maidstone, Enland)

Hi I was very interested in your thread. Our 12 year old son suffers from nasal polyps and I would love to find something to get rid of them. I would like to try the 4 herb essiac tea, but am a bit confused - are these 4 different types of tea, and, if so, what teas are they? Also, can you tell me how to obtain them. Many thanks.

Replied by Amy
(Pueblo, Co)

I know this is an older forum but I just came across it. I was hoping to get more details on where to get the best herbs for the ESSIAC TEA as well as more detailed instructions on how to use it. Thanks!

Replied by Cheryl
(Kennedyville, Maryland)

I'm not finding your recipe for this essiac tea. Could you post it again?

EC: You'll find the recipe on this page:

Exposure to Toxins Link

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Posted by yearningtobreathefree (Tennessee, USA) on 07/06/2024

Nasal polyps suddenly appear due to exposure to toxins

I had extremely bad nasal polyps for 15 years, right after heavy exposure to dental mercury.

I got rid of them (using iodine in saline rinse, plus boosting thyroid function). For 7 years since I've breathed easily and perfectly through my nose.

About 10 weeks ago a neighboring farmer sprayed his crop field a quarter mile from us, with 2-4d and glyphosate. It drifted downhill to us, we breathed it all night. It made us both sick. My polyps came back within 24 hours! We met another family who were sickened by the same farmer's spraying. The (pregnant) wife cannot breathe through her nose now!

The remedies I used before are not working for me this time.

If you want to be healthy, support organic farmers.

Fiber Supplement, Probiotics, Enzymes

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Posted by Don (Toronto, Canada) on 06/24/2012

Finally, I am finding relief from nasal polyps! Hello all. Like many of the rest of you on here, I have been suffering from this condition for over 30 years - 1 surgery 10 years ago which got me a year of relief, many courses of steroids and antibiotics (weeks of relief), but the polyps always grew back and I had tried every suggested natural relief on all of these web sites - nasal washes, sprays, anti-fungal treatments (which probably does work if the polyps were caused by a fungus - mine apparently weren't), hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and countless others - painful in the application and consistantly without long term success.

Since my theory in the cause of my nasal polyps has been that they were caused by food (I had them year round and in all locations where I travel so any dust, exposure to bedbugs or pets never seemed to be making it any worse) - I figured it was probably food. Recently, I changed my diet to cut out coffee, sugar, salts, wheat, alcohol (like the rest who have stated on here, alcohol is an instant trigger). I had run out of foods to eat... But, it did appear to not be getting any worse. I was due for another surgery and I really wanted a natural cure, but still wanted to eat what I wanted and to be able to breathe through my nose (something I haven't been able to do for years! ).

1 month ago I tried a 'gentle, all-natural fiber supplement with probiotics and enzymes' - as it says on the label. Reasonably priced at under $10 per bottle for 150 capsules taking 6 per day. And OMG, joy of all time joy - my polyps are shrinking and I am able to blow my nose and even breathe out of both nostrils!!! To all of you who have given up on ever finding a long term solution, please try this out (not sure if similar items will work as well, since I had success with this one I have not tried anything else).

I had longed to find something that will work for so many years now and this is shrinking the polyps. I am back to eating almost normally - I still stay away from alcohol. The polyps are not gone but they no longer protrude down my nostrils. No surgery for me now. I will update here again with progress. I pray for all of your speedy recoveries from this relentless suffering. Best wishes.

Replied by Don_in_toronto
(Toronto, Ontaria, Canada)

Quick update - now 2 months after my post and happy to report that the nasal polyps have completely shrunk. Eating all foods and staying on 3 capsules a day of [the fiber, probiotic, enzyme supplement]. Quality of life is back. Please give it a try. Best wishes all.

Replied by Don_in_toronto
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Another update after using [the fiber, probiotic, enzyme supplement] for 6 months now. Polyps completely shrunk and sense of smell has returned for 1st time in decades. Still eating every food that I want. Best wishes all who have long suffered with these polyps.

Replied by Karen
(Freeport, Fl)

Well, this sounds great, could you say what you are taking? Please, what is the name of the supplement and what are the ingredients, their strengths, and how much of each is in a pill? Perhaps I can match it here in the U. S. Wonder why the fiber part is necessary, or if it's just the probiotics and enzymes that are doing the trick? Thx, glad you're having so much relief!

Replied by Don_in_toronto
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Hello Karen, the capsules are amazing and available online in the US. You should be able to find them for under $10/per bottle. Unfortunately, Earth Clinic will remove their name. You can email me at buddy. Bloomers(at) to get the name. I am free of nasal polyps with full breathing is restored. These things can shrink! 2 weeks and you will see results. In a couple of months they will be gone. Nothing painful up the nose and I eat all foods. I hope ever sufferer will give this a try. Regards, Don.

Replied by Avinder

Is anyone able to figure out the name of the probiotic supplement written in the 2012 post, please? Many thanks.

Replied by Anon

I'm wondering if Don in Toronto (2012) is referring to this: Futurebiotics Colon Green Fiber Supplement (150 vegetarian capsules). It says on the bottle:

  • ALL NATURAL: A gentle, All-Natural Fiber Supplement with Probiotics and Enzymes

Here is the Amazon link:


Replied by Iowama


Regarding the discussion of nasal polyps; I also developed those for a short while. In my own case, the polyps were food related. I had developed them 3 years ago after returning from a trip to Asia and was scheduled for their removal until I read about the possible after-effects of that removal surgery here.

My reading caused me to realize that I had changed my breakfast diet while at the hotel, to include raisins and other dried fruits. I also ate a few raisins for a quick snack during the day. As it turned out, I recovered my hearing quickly and fully when I gave up the dried fruit. Perhaps there was some fungal connection, I can't answer to that. I gave the dried fruit theory a quick test recently, by snacking on raisins for a few days and I could "hear" the muffled sound of my polyps returning again.

Best wishes to you for discovering your own answers.

Replied by Anthony T.
(Rotterdam, Thenetherlands)

I would like to thank Don in Toronto for his advice regarding the probiotic supplement, the description of which I googled. It is indeed Colon Green, which I have now been taking since March of this year. My nasal polyps seem to have shrunk to some degree, but I have much if not most of my smell back, which was nill. Even strong smells went unnoticed, and now I can enjoy food and drink again! Many thanks Don!

(Edinburgh, UK)

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Fish Oil Capsules, Diet

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Posted by Isabel (Sydney, Nsw, Australia) on 08/22/2011

I have found instant relief for nasal polyps ( and inflammation of sinuses ) in the form of taking 2 fish oil capsules. I was listening to a documentry on the radio about the importance of OMEGA 3 and realised that I hadn't taken one for a while. I popped 2 and I the reaction was astoundingly fast. I felt less itchy and less blocked up in my nose. The reason the polyps had reappeard was because I had drunk some cows milk the day before. The best treatment is diet. Cutting out refined sugar has done me wonders. Cut out sugar ( this means honey and syrups and everything sweet except some fruit and stevia), as well as to cut out wheat and dairy and it could help you too. BTW they are not Polyps as such, they are actually swelling of the membrane. So when people say they have have "Blown a polyp out in to a tissue" I kind of wonder. I have had 2 operations to remove them and both times they have grown back. But the diet and suppliments have helped amazingly. The swelling is inflammation and omega 3 has a calming effect on the bodies inflammitory response. This is why I guess it works. I believe SUGAR is the culprit for much of the western worlds ailments.

Thanks for the opportunity in the form of this amazing website.

Fungal Sinus Ball Remedies

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Posted by jay (los angeles) on 08/16/2022

i had fungal ball taking up 8%of sinus. I was going to have the surgery but kept putting it off. During this time when I would swim in the pool at the gym I would go under the water put my head back and let the pool water fill my sinus. I did this for a while and what was left of the fungal ball flew into the back of my throat and I spit it out. It was about the size of half a golf ball

Replied by Joy
(Lady Lake, FL)

Hi Jay,

I too have a fungal ball(s) for 11 years now. Constant mucus down my throat, especially after eating and when I lie down. I've tried EVERYTHING except the swimming pool. I'm going to have a pool membership at the end of August and I will try your method...Do you remember approx. how many pool swims it took before it came out? Did you put your head completely underwater?..How did you keep from drowning yourself?..I can't wait to try it, but I want to get it right. Thanks, Joy in Florida.

Ginger Tea

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Posted by Farukh (Chicago, Illinois) on 01/30/2013

I have had polyps for years, however they have been agitated recently because of the cold or some other factor I am unaware of. Two months I had intermittent infection because the polyps caused a post nasal drip. I went to three different doctors and finally got the steroid nasal spray. The spray was good for a week. However, my post nasal drip became worse. Tried vitamins, anti histamine etc.. I came across a home remedy website and tried ginger tea. I also tried breathing more with my nose. My polyps are there but have shrunk. I drink at least 2 cups a day with deep breaths from my nose. This technique didn't cure my polyps but made it more tolerable.

Helminthic Therapy

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Posted by Tim (Brisbane, Queensland Australia) on 11/24/2011

Helminthic Therapy

Recurring nasal polyps are very debilitating. I have reversed them without surgery, I can smell so well now that shampoo can give me a headache.. I can smell soap.. I can properly taste food.. And I feel generally great. This was my method.

I am a 30 yo Australian male. I have lifelong asthma/allergies and ibs/polyps for almost 10 years. I have dustmite, shellfish, milk, dog allergies. I believe this life/medication has also led to some poor mental/energy levels.

I have been a lifelong user of ventolin/steroids, and have tried butekyo method, linklater/yoga breathing, dustmite desensitisation, giving up milk, giving up meat, staying indoors, travelling, airpurifiers, vitamin d (only 1000mg/day).

I had 7 bursts of prednisone last year.. And a bunch of other stuff along with surgery to remove polyps from all my antrums. However, the polyps quickly came back.. And nothing stopped them. I was soon twice daily rinsing with 2xNasonex up each nostril twice a day. Didn't work. I was then going against regulations (but on doctors orders) by squirting pure budesinode respules into my cavity's to hold them at bay.. Didn't work. It seemed only 25mg prednisone would hold them at bay, and only temporarily. I decided my life was doomed to misery.. misery I won't go into in case you are eating food.

When I heard about helminthic therapy I thought 'what bollicks! ' but I researched it for 7 months before believing there was a chance it may help (despite there being no published case of the therapy helping polyps).

In early June, I applied 35 hookworm to my body.

Within two months, my smell had come back a little. My surgeon had done an MRI scan and expected me to present in misery.. But I was fine. I cancelled myself from surgery (which is -free- in my country). But my symptoms returned, so I panicked and booked in the surgeon again. But soon I could smell even better than before!

After that first two months I even reduced my medication down to one spray of budemax in each nostril twice a day, along with a rinse. (Many days I've have only done the medication/rinse once, or not at all.. due to travel).

My smell started to go again, so I gave up milk since I have a slight allergy to it (this made my eyes really white). My smell came back very strong.. I can smell the aussie spring right outside my window. I can feel my nasal rinsing making it's way deep into my sinuses. I am about to cancel my final appointment with my surgeon.

IBS no longer causes discomfort. My asmtha/allergies are reduced, I've cut my seretide dose in half, I don't feel hyper-responsive to the elements anymore.

The hookwork haven't technically cured me, the disease is still there. But I think they've altered my immune system so I'm less hyper-responsive and therefore I'm less inflammatory. Thefore, they allow my medications to work much better, and allows my stomach to dissolve important nutrients better in the absence of ibs symptoms. I can also exercise more effectively (or at all).

Also, in my laymen understanding, nasal polps have an enzyme called chitinase present, which is something our body only uses to destroy helminths/hookworm which are made of chitin. But because we don't have hookworm anymore, our body seeks chitin protein elsewhere.. Such as dustmites, fungi, shellfish etc etc. My theory is: your immune system attacks the helminths, the helminths release an enzyme to reduce the presence of chitinase, or otherwise calm the immune system, therefore reducing the ability for nasal polyps to form (see this link for further info:

Anyway, I've sent in a further 45 hookworm which will mature in another month or so. I plan to eventually have about 100 depending upon advice.

I think the real test will be how I feel, say, 4 months after my final dose. I'm confident I'll only get better and in which case I'll go public with a video or some such thing.

Going to get back to smelling the roses.


(p.s. I've been spreading this message in some nasal polyp forums.. Such as on the open yahoo forum for helminthic therapy, if you'd like to google for that)

Replied by Paul
(Leeds, Uk)

Hello Tim, Your post is fascinating, I suffer with polyps AND ibs and have tried various methods to cure both, could you update us with more info as to whether your hookworm treatment has continued to work, many thanks, Paul, Leeds, England

Replied by Brian
(Sth Aus, Australia)


With every due respect to Tim's conviction and noting there is no follow up post for over 2 years, it was a dangerous can of worms anyway. About 740 million people in the world are infected with hookworm and not by choice, which is viewed as a disease and not a treatment, mostly through Asia, Africa and South America. Hookworm infections have virtually been eliminated in Australia, Europe and North America. I doubt that it follows that not one of those 740 million people don?t have nasal polyps too. Hookworms have a mouthful of teeth, which is scary enough, and mature into adults in the small intestine where they ingest blood, rupture the red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body and degrade haemoglobin. Diarrhoea, abdominal pain, intestinal cramps, loss of appetite, vomiting and anaemia are symptoms. Possibly it was a loss of appetite and a reduced food intake that gave Tim the results he claimed. As an off topic, cane toads were introduced into Qld sugar cane fields to control a beetle problem. The cane toads are now the bigger problem, impossible to eradicate and infest most of the northern half of Australia, and are killing off the smaller natural inhabitants ? there is a lesson in that. Cheers.

Replied by Will
(Puerto Rico)

I've been on this "treatment" for a month now and all I can say is that for me is working. I have been sufering from polyps for over 20 years....or at least I think this is a great remedy....will keep you posted.

Replied by Will
(Puerto Rico)

It's been great. I'm now been almost a year on this "change" (reduced dramatically the sugar consumption, "white" product (bread, rice, potatoe) and maintain a low carb and I'm very gratefull to have found this blog. I've been suffering from polyps for over 20 years, three sugeries and I was about to have one more because I had a sinus passage blocked completely with polyps and now I can breath like never before...Feeling great. IT hasn't been easy but very rewarding. I was very skeptical at first but given that I have tried just about anything out there I figured what do I have to loose to try one more method....thank you, thank youuuuuuuuu.

Replied by Brian
(Sth Aus)

Hi Will. Well done to decrease your sugar consumption and go low carb, which is what caused your polyps to go away, and probably every other health issue you had, just by doing that. Infecting oneself with hookworms is totally unnecessary.

Homeopathic Remedies

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Posted by Hughel (Rochester, Ny) on 08/03/2009

Nasal Polyps: This treatment is very effective but not a cure. Pulsatilla 30, 5 pills twice a day under the tongue, for 10 days. Wait one week. Then take Sanguinaria 30, 5 pills twice a day under the tongue for 10 days. Wait 20 days for results.

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Posted by Anil Kumar Sehgal (Bareilly, Up, India) on 05/13/2009

I am suffering from bilateral Nasal Polypus for last 14-15 years. I am taking Homeopathic treatment from a doctor locally. Once it happened that one of the doctors prescribed Lycopodium and as a result the ring worms errupted throughout the body with red rings and itching. By the regular treatment the ringworms have been cured. The nasal polypus generally inflates when i get directly in touch with air i.e. fan, cooler or while travelling. It also occurs when I go open headed during night specially when it is somewhat cool and there is some moisture i.e. fog/dew. The present doctor prescribed 'Silicea 200 / 1M along with some other medicines. It get cured for 3-4 months. It again occurs when there is weather change or get in touch with air. Added to it as an other effect I have got lichen (Exema) got eriupted on left leg just near the ankle.

Replied by Alex
(Los Angeles, Ca)

Is anyone aware of the possiblity that Samter's Triad could be the culprit? The symptoms include nasal polyps and asthma, caused by an allergy to salicilates that are in aspirin and many fruits and vegitables.


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Posted by Elissa (Uk) on 04/23/2015

I I could not breathe through my nose or smell for many years! The suffering was unbelievable. I would never wish it on anyone. My nasal polyps were cured in a few short months by taking Combination Q tissue salts initially by New Era tablets for "Catarrh & sinus disorders". For some strange reason I have never got a straight answer as to why New Era are no longer in business! I searched for many months until I found a small outlet that makes the same tablets. Combination Q consists of four active constituents in equal proportions: ferrous phosphate 6x; kali mur 6x; kali sulph 6x; nat mur 6x. Try homeopathic outlets, they should understand all this! I suffered from years of major nasal polyp growth in both nostrils. My GP sent me down the only route they know: pharmaceutical drugs & surgery! I had several surgeries virtually every year or 2 years until a friend told me what his Dad took for exactly the same thing which cured him. Since my cure I can breathe through my nose and my sense kf smell is fantastic too! No thanks to regular drug pushers ie today's GPs! When I told my old GP about this cure he had no idea of alternative cures! It seems the conventional medical establishment motto is "a patient cured is a customer lost"! It's not in their business interest to cure you! Whenever I feel the polyps growing again I simply take more tablets for a few days until it goes again! Once every few months I may flush both nostrils with pure warm water with a small amount of salt. I Boil water then let it cool. I add about half or 1 teaspoon salt and it works well for me. For the nasal flush I use a dedicated "Sinus Rinse" plastic bottle. It took me many years of suffering to figure out what worked for me. I thought I'd share my experiences with all those suffering. We should seriously be asking why aren't our general practitioners telling us this!?

Replied by Blade-runner
(Edinburgh, UK)

Hi Elissa, 9 years down the line, how are you? Polyps still at bay?

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