Excerpt from the Hood Health Handbook Volume I
It can make a grown man cry. The ear drum is a tender organ and is one of the few that is partially exposed to the air. When it gets infected it can reduce most to a whimpering pile of mush. Children are very susceptible to ear infections because their ear canals are still developing and may be very small.
The nose, throat and ear are all connected. Often when in infection starts in one section if it is not dealt with immediately it will spread to another. This is why a throat infection can become a head cold and also how ear problems can signal an upcoming throat problem. Once a cold has develop it can then go into the chest. The main reason that an infection develops is not just because you ‘catch’ a cold. It is because your body’s environment is in such a poor state that it becomes unbalanced. It is similar to the same way that when food spoils that it molds and starts to smells. In the case of the human body if the body becomes too acidic (vs alkaline) then your body will be subject to disease. The breeding ground for an ear infection comes from fluid build up in the ear canals/cavity that causes bacteria to flourish. This can either cause or become the cause of sinus infections.
When infants get an ear infection many people rush to get antibiotics. My doctor actually suggested not rushing to get antibiotics all of the time. Infants are developing. An antibiotic kill good and bad bacteria. The bacteria also builds up immunity against antibiotics. Thus stronger and different types of antibiotics would have to be used. Especially in adults there are alternative methods:
Clear your throat and Blow your nose
The nose, throat and ear are connected. By making sure that the nasal cavity and the throat are not bacteria friendly you are offsetting an ear infection. When your throat starts to get scratchy there are two things you can do that will start to drop the bomb on the infection. First, suck on a 1/2 lemon every 1/2 hour or so. This makes the throat highly alkaline, not a good look for the bacteria. To assist with this gargle with salt water 3 times a day after each meal. This starts to cut through all of that mucus and fluid build up that is happening in the throat and also even upper lungs.
The second thing is to realize that sometimes that if you don’t get an infection in one area quick enough it will just migrate or sometimes you just have to attack from all areas in order for it not to migrate. In order to keep the nasal cavity clear one should indulge in the Indian practice of using a neti pot (mentioned in detail in our article on asthma). It is basically a nasal rinse that clears out all of that stuff that finds itself into the nose during one’s daily travels.
Um…about that Bluetooth
There is a lot of literature how different ‘cell phone radiation’ can cause ‘brain cancer’. Unfortunately people have been applying this to bluetooth technology also. Bluetooths have not been shown to cause brain cancer yet they have been causing a lot of ear infections. This has nothing to do with radiation. It has to do with the construction of the blue tooth which has small crevices. This allows bacteria to flourish. To cut this down make sure that if you are using a bluetooth to clean it periodically with a q-tip and alcohol.
Use a Natural Antibiotic
If you have a grandma you already know a couple of the remedies for an ear infection. Basically you want to kill the bacteria that is in the cavity. The easiest way is to apply a natural antibiotic directly to the infection via some type of oil. The two types of oils that can be used for this are tea tree oil or sweet oil (which you can buy from any corner store with is just olive oil). In order to increase the power of sweet oil you can infuse it with garlic (put some garlic cloves in it and let it sit for a few hours. garlic has incredible anti-fungal and anti-biotic properties. some old timers actually stick cloves of garlic in the outer ear). What you want to do is gently warm this oil and place a few drops in the ear and let it sit. Keep applying it several times a day. This is useful only on the onset of the infection. If it is to the point that you cannot even stand the infection has spread too far into the inner ear. In addition to the two oils you can use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide.
Make sure your immune system is up to par
As mentioned before if your body is highly acidic you will be sickly (in the appendix of the book you can find a list of acidic vs alkaline foods). Your body will just be a cesspool, susceptible to disease, and it will take a longer time to expel any imbalance within the body aka infections. Make sure that you have a vegetable and fruit heavy diet. If you feel something coming on up your intake of vitaimin C and zinc. One thing that has been found amongst people who get recurring ear infections. They often have a diet that is high in processed foods, sugar, and dairy . Cut back on some of those items and see if it helps in preventing the ear infections constantly coming back again and again.