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Got A Runny Nose?

All your life you have been told not to pick your nose. This action is strictly taboo in polite society; it is the way flu is transmitted. No doubt you got your hands slapped when you did this as a child; I know I did. But now, putting your finger in your nose is the right thing to do! Plus, it is cheaper than going to a nose specialist! Is your nose dry? Your finger can tell you. If your nose is dry and you have symptoms, consider a moisturizer gel or an enhanced nasal saline spray that doesn’t contain benzalkonium preservative. A dry nose is always bad. With dryness the nasal cilia are unable to propel bacteria out of the nose, so bacteria just sit there and multiply. Do you need more tissues? Is your nose too moist? Is this the pollen season that you are allergic to? Check the pollen calendar for your area. If it is pollen, try to avoid these by using air conditioning instead of open windows. When you do use air conditioning it is very important not to get chilled.

Is it like a common cold? Then you want to drink HUGE amounts of tea, lemon and honey- enough to turn your urine light. Is it from a chronic nasal condition that has lasted months? Is there localized pain in the sinus area? That may be a sign of chronic sinusitis. Do you get this every time you eat certain foods that may disagree with you? Consider a food allergy. Is your nose ropy and gloppy and colored? Probably a sign of slow nasal cilia that allows bacteria to multiply and cause infection. Drink green or black tea- eight glasses a day. Use pulsatile irrigation to remove bacteria and restore good cilia function. Make sure the pulse rate is your own personal best pulse rate. At the right pulse rate you cilia will beat better and your face will feel ALIVE. When you use pulsation here, add two teaspoons of Xylitol (a sugar sold in health stores) to the 500 cc of saline.

This one percent Xylitol saline solution makes it hard for the bacteria to stick in the nose, and bacteria can’t digest xylitol. With a steady pulse rate, more chance of getting your slow cilia back to a synchronous movement. The pulse action helps thin thick heavy mucus that impedes cilia movement. The pulse action acts like a massage and brings fresh circulation to the nasal membranes and massages away stale material. Fresh circulation brings the good enzymes and white cells that fight infection. Because the irrigation is at a steady flow, you get a suction effect called Bernoulli’s principle that removes diseased material form the sinus cavities. If your finger shows colored thick mucus, and you have failed antibiotic therapy, possibly you have biofilm. This is where the bacteria have formed special colonies that resist antibiotic therapy. If you hum, that can activate your cilia. But what is the correct frequency? Actually, your finger in your nose when you hum tells you when the vibration is causing the nasal tissue to “vibrate” too. Similar to when the opera singer hits a certain note that causes the glass to vibrate. Usually the lower pitch is best, but you need to try various pitches to find the best one for your nasal tissue. What is the correct frequency of the pulsatile irrigation that you use to irrigate the nose and sinuses? Best is when the nose feels fresh and clear; then you know your pulsatile frequency was good for your nose and sinuses. Note that one of the common ways of getting nasal or flu infections is putting your finger in your nose. If you must do so, be sure the finger is as sterile as you can make it.

This Blog has a long history, dating from November 2005, when it appeared on the RTPI’s ‘Planning Matters’ website. Since April 2010 it has been given its own spot here, and I have continued to post articles at reasonably frequent intervals, although their appearance is naturally affected by the demands of my professional work. I should point out that material published in this blog represented the law as it stood at the time when that material was first published. However, the law may have changed since the blog post was published, and so readers should not necessarily take blog posts published some time ago as being applicable now. The same applies to my replies to comments that have appeared over the years. Time does not usually allow me to go back and update earlier material, although I have occasionally done so where I thought it might be helpful. THIS APPLIES WITH EQUAL FORCE TO ANY REPLIES THAT I MAY POST IN RESPONSE TO COMMENTS.

SUCH REPLIES MUST NOT BE TAKEN TO REPRESENT LEGAL ADVICE AND MUST NOT BE RELIED UPON AS SUCH. I am a Solicitor (admitted in 1977) who has specialised in planning law for nearly 40 years. I am a member of the Law Society’s Planning Panel and a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute. It’s all been a lot of fun, so much so that I somehow forgot to retire – although nowadays I usually pass on new instructions to my very able and energetic colleagues in KEYSTONE LAW’s planning law team. Planning law seems to get ever more complicated, but I am not complaining – it all makes work for the working man to do! [Martin’s professional planning law practice is conducted under the auspices of KEYSTONE LAW. Personal and professional referrals will be welcome, although as explained above Martin cannot guarantee t undertake the work himself, due to his other commitments.


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