Some Tips For My Regular Readers (and patients)

Many of my regular readers (big HUG) are also families that I see in my clinic.

First, thank you for entrusting the care of your children to me. I see this as a great privilege, and a huge responsibility. And as a parent, I know how difficult it can be to put the health of my children in the hands of a stranger, especially for surgery. Again, thank you for your trust.

Second, I regularly make recommendations in my clinics, and on this website, for certain products that I use personally, and that I use for my own children. Usually, I provide a website link for where to purchase those things – usually the same site where I purchase them.

Well, most of you don’t know that this site has an affiliate link to Amazon.com, where I have placed links to some of these products.

Many of the things that I use were not available through Amazon when I started this site 1 ½ years ago. Now they are. I have never mentioned it because I have an aversion to the notion of doctors selling things. What has changed? Well, these are the best prices that I have found for these products, and they are the products that I use myself, and my patients ask where to get them. So I wanted to share. Here they are.

You can find these products on the boogor doctor’s Amazon Store. The newest additions are on a new page on the boogor doctor’s Amazon Store, called “Evidence-Based Cures”.

Evidence-based remedies selected just for you!

Evidence-Based

All of these products have been found to have significant benefits through the best clinical trials available, the “gold-standard” of modern medicine: prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trials. “Evidence-based.” As a PhD scientist before going into medicine, I need to see the data to be convinced.

Things like Nasal Saline Rinses, Manuka honeyProbiotics and Xylitol, all proven to significantly reduce upper respiratory infections (URI’s), sinusitis, otitis media (ear infections) – the things that our children struggle with. The things that my clinical patients struggle with.

It is interesting that these two examples, Probiotics and Xylitol, were brought to my attention, not from the medical literature or expensive ad campaigns from drug companies, but from mothers of patients.

Moms that were frustrated by needing to take their child to 6 different specialists who could not agree on a diagnosis or on a remedy. Moms who figured it out on their own. Amazing. Yet, when I searched Medline on these topics, the research is there. The clinical trials have been done, with astonishing results. In the case of Xylitol, we’ve had the results from clinical trials beginning in the 1970’s!! So why aren’t these remedies recommended by EVERY pediatrician?!?

Don’t get me started.

Well, I just discovered that Amazon has these evidence-based cures for less than I have been paying from some other online sources. So that you can save money too, I have just added them to the boogor doctor’s Amazon Store.

You may not be aware of my Amazon Store. It’s over in the right-hand column on this page, just a small “widget” box. If curious, just click on it and check out the things that I endorse. These are products that we use in our family.

Readers of this site know my aversion to plastics (BPA and other harmful chemicals), and I include some alternatives to using plastic containers for our children’s lunches; and I use various natural products like Xylitol (a naturally-occurring sugar that is antimicrobial; kids LOVE it in candy form like Sparx candies – won’t rot teeth!) and Manuka honey (nature’s strongest antimicrobial). Read this article on the antibiotic properties of honey.

At this time of year, a good Steam Vaporizer humidifier is needed to minimize the risk of nose bleeds. The one we use in our home (we have five (yes, 5) of them!) is the Vick’s Steam Vaporizer. The Nasopure nasal saline rinse system is the best available, and the one that I use.

If interested, this is the best price for Manuka honey that I have found, and this is where I purchase mine from. It is also the best price for Children’s Probiotic Pearls (Integrative Therapeutics), the probiotic preparation that has made such a huge difference in reducing the frequency of colds in my own children (hallelujah!).

So there you have it. Nothing profound. Just the best prices that I have found for the things that I use to help keep me and my own children healthy, and my patients. Some great products!

Transparency: Yes, that boogor doctor’s Amazon Store is an “affiliate link.” That means that anything you buy through that link brings a few pennies (literally, pennies) back to this site. It doesn’t even come close to paying for having the site hosted, and it’s pretty inexpensive hosting – about a hundred dollars per year. So no, I’m not getting wealthy on this Amazon Store affiliate thing. I wish. If you want to avoid any pennies coming back to this site, simply note the products, and log into Amazon from a separate browser page to make your purchases.

I do have one complaint: I have not been able to figure out how to search for other products once I am in the boogor doctor’s Amazon Store. If any of you tech wiz-kids reading this know how to do that within the Amazon Store system, please let me know.

I hope these products help you as much as my family and I have benefited from them.

Please leave a comment / reply and let me know about some of the things that YOU are using to stay healthy, so that I can add them to this Amazon Store!

And thanks for visiting!

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Comments

  1. Hi, I’d like to mention that since I couldn’t find the famous NelMed saline rinse bottle in my country, I use a big syringe (without the needle of course) to rinse my noses out. It’s very effective.

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hi Yousef,
      Yes, a large syringe can work well, but please be careful that you don’t bump the nasal septum with the end of it. The hard plastic can cause an injury and serious nose-bleed. You might also try ordering one of the wonderful nasal rinse systems from Nasopure.com, although the shipping might be prohibitive.
      Thanks for visiting, and thank you for sharing!
      RF (boogs)

  2. In reference to your question/comment, “I If any of you tech wiz-kids reading this know how to do that within the Amazon Store system, please let me know.”

    If you hover and click at the top left “powered by Amazon.com” graphic, it brings you to the main Amazon web site, in my case, opened in a new tab.

    We have been using the Xclear spray for a little over 6 weeks. We had one bad cold that was borderline sinusitis, but cleared without the usual antibiotics. I think that we are in the process of one more much milder cold that is causing some post-nasal drip, but nothing too disruptive. I’ll give this a few more months before declaring a success, but I am pleased so far.

    Anything safe that helps one little kid that has been fairly sick with asthma and sinusitis his entire life.

    thanks, Carol

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hey Carol!
      Thanks for the tip (for Amazon)!!
      Thanks also for visiting, and for sharing.
      Xylitol is one of two inexpensive and effective (proven through well-conducted clinical trials) products that can help reduce URI’s, recurrent ear infections, sinus infections, rhinitis. The other one is a great probiotic preparation, like the “Probiotic Pearls” from Integrative Therapeutics – check out the boogor doctor Amazon Store for those. That combination – Xylitol and daily probiotic – can reduce those illnesses by 30-50% or more. Wow. They have made a huge difference for my own kids!
      Thanks for visiting, and for sharing, and please stop again and let us know how it is going!
      RF (boogs)

  3. Thanks Dr. Faust, the information and feedback that you provide is extremely useful.
    How lucky we are that you are out there responding to our questions.

    I’ll see if I can get those probiotics in Canada. Meantime, my ENT is talking sinus surgery. (He does not favour the balloon method of surgery) The little one still takes many meds to control his asthma. His CT sinus scan was normal, and his adenoids have already been removed. Son won’t do the nose washes. Mom does not want more surgery.
    It is tricky for me, going against the advice of probably the best pediatric ENT available here.

    Carol, just blathering a bit.

  4. Hi, Dr. Faust! I read Carol’s reply above about “son won’t do the nose washes” and had some ideas that might help. In order to get my son to do them, I learned how to do them first (no one told me I’d have to do daily sinus rinses as a mom, ha!). THEN I challenged him to do them , saying “I bet I can squirt the water out my nose further than you can !”. He’s quite the competitive kid, so he took the bait. Of course, I acted like HIS was niagara falls! He ate it up, and 6 months later, he does them daily in the shower without a fuss- and I don’t have to do them anymore (no nose issues on MY end, ha!)
    Anyways, I recommend finding what motivates your child- heck, bribe him/her if you must (i.e. staying up later, sugar free gum, a nickel for every day/whatever). I think these are extremely helpful and I’m waiting to get through the entire school year before I post again regarding these rinses.
    Just my two cents worth.
    Oh- Dr. Hana at Nasopure(R) is a huge help and has some good videos on her site, FYI.
    good luck–

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Angela!!
      Thanks so much for sharing that. I have tried “exploiting” my son’s competitive streak to get him to blow his nose, but I LOVE using that to promote nasal rinses. Brilliant! And yes, Dr. Hana’s site is an AWESOME resource, and I strongly endorse her as a physician, and her products. The Nasopure system is what I use personally, for my own children, and recommend for my patients.
      Thanks again for visiting, and for sharing. It’s comments like yours that help our little community of “boogorheads”!!
      boogs

  5. Carol here. Hmm, my son is tough nut to crack. I am now trying a pulsating machine. He actually did it quite easily by himself one day but that was it. Yes, constantly bargaining, begging and bribing. Of course, my husband and I both take turns with the rinses. I know it is that pressure that one feels for a second at the top of the nose until the water crosses to the other side, that he cannot stand.

    All ideas welcome.

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Carol,
      I feel your pain. For some kids, they just never participate, and for the ages around 3 – they want to establish control of their world – they may refuse just because they can. For some kids, it requires two adults, and a wrestling match, each and every time. One of the ways that you may inspire your son is to have him watch the 3-year-old girl doing nasal rinses on Nasopure.com – THAT is inspiring. She makes it look easy. Me? I HATE doing them, but if I don’t, I can be guaranteed a sinusitis soon, so I do them every day to keep the doctor away (don’t you just hate doctors? I do).
      Thanks for sharing,
      boogs

  6. Hi, Carol! I hear you! When my kid was a little over 1, he threw a tantrum every night for 11 MONTHS over us brushing his teeth. I was drenched with sweat (trying to wrestle him down and do this) afterwards. I refused to quit trying!
    Hang in there !

    Also, may I ask- are you being really careful and perhaps, consistent, with the temperature of the rinses? When I did them, I found them most comfortable when the water was just a “wee bit” warmer than lukewarm. I’m wondering it that would help..
    Good luck, don’t give up!
    angela

    ps. note to Dr Faust regarding liking MD’s : I once told our ENT, “we like you, you’re a great doctor but hope to NEVER SEE you again!” :)

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Angela,

      Thanks so much for jumping in with your experiences! Much appreciated. I also appreciate the sentiment – docs are okay, but I don’t want to be a patient. It won’t break my heart if I never see my docs again! The only other thing for me to add is this: if the effort is such a “wrestling match,” it may not be worth the trauma. That was the case for one of my own kids. As an alternative, I have been using regular nasal saline SPRAY (containing Xylitol for the reduction in otitis and reduction in URI’s) several times per day. This can provide improved nasal hygiene and SOME of the benefits of nasal rinses, but without the fight.

      On the other hand, if my child were experiencing asthma exacerbations, or hospitalizations for sinusitis, I would do the nasal rinses no matter what.

      Carl, you might check our Dr. Hana Solomon’s Nasopure site for more recommendations, or contact her with questions. She is a great resource, and has great suggestions for dealing with children!

      Thank you both for visiting and sharing!
      RF

  7. Carol again, Well, I am happy to report some progress has been made with the machine. Last evening, DS had water coming out of the opposite nostril. Lots of merriment after that.

    In return, I have to play video games with him!! A medium price to pay. (wish it was read to him instead.)

    Still going for exploratory surgery at the end of the month, but I am starting to think that perhaps his adenoids have grown back.

    thanks for the input, Carol

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Ah yes … bribery, the foundation of successful parenting! My usual fall-back for one good reason: it works.
      BTW, adenoids CAN grow back. In my review of patient charts from children whose adenoids had re-grown, the majority of them had reflux. I suppose that makes sense: chronic inflammation of the little bit of remaining adenoid tissue results in re-growth.
      Best success, Carol, and please do keep us updated.
      RF

  8. And…ta dah. My son rinsing his sinuses, with much success. Talk about boogor.

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Carol,

      Thanks for sharing that!!! Congratulations for getting your son to rinse that yuk out of there!

      RF

  9. Ronda Snyder says:

    Your website is just wonderful!! We need more doctors like you!

    My son, who is 18 months old, is just now coming down with a sinus infection, but he’s had a cold for almost a week. The problem with the sinus rinse is that my son is significantly stronger than most kids who are quite a bit older than he is, and holding him down to do anything at all is pretty much out of the question, without hurting him (I’m not exaggerating, he hasn’t had a doctor who hasn’t been completely beside themselves over how strong this kid is). And I have a pretty good idea how he’s going to react to the sinus rinse procedure…it will not be pretty. Any suggestions?

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hi Ronda,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments!

      You are correct in expecting some push-back from an 18-month-old on nasal rinses. When our own little boogorheads were younger (now 8, 6, and 4), we used two things that helped: first, a nasal SPRAY (not nearly as effective as a rinse, but you take what you can get) that contains Xylitol (here is a link to my article on how Xylitol helps reduce bacteria).

      This is the product that we use (and that I routinely carry in my pocket to keep my nose moist and eliminate my own sinusitis): http://goo.gl/ijmkq

      We also used this nasal aspirator to keep their noses clear – this thing is MUCH safer than using a suction bulb: http://goo.gl/n5iQt

      Best success with you son’s rhinitis and congestion! Thanks for visiting, and for sharing. And please keep us updated :))
      RF

  10. What probably helped us to get our son to rinse his sinuses, was all of us participating together.

    First just try to get your child to touch his nose with whatever apparatus you use. Then maybe 2 weeks later or when he is willing, have him try to put the rinse in his nose. Make sure the water is warmish/tepid. Step by step. A little bribe helps sometimes. One day he will surprise you and do it.

    There is hope. My son is EXTREMELY resistant to any kind of medical intervention. We have to put him under to have dental work, hold him down for check ups, but he does do the rinses now as required. At some point the grey matter connects and they realize it is helping them.

    Good Luck, Carol

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hi Carol!
      Yes, a star!
      And yes, the stepwise approach, little by little is the only way to succeed.
      Nice job.
      And good luck avoiding more surgery :))
      Thanks for sharing.
      RF

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