Do you know what tonsil stones are? Many people have “stones” in their tonsil crypts, also called tonsilloliths. They are whitish plugs that can be pretty annoying and can be removed from the tonsils by gently pressing around the stone.
These “stones” are made of bacteria, calcium, and cell debris. They’re formed when trapped debris hardens, or calcifies. This tends to happen most often in people who have chronic inflammation in their tonsils or repeated bouts of tonsillitis. People with post-nasal drip often have them as well, and people who eat a lot of dairy are frequently more susceptible to them.
Before Superman was diagnosed with celiac disease, he was plagued by tonsil stones. He would hack away, trying to clear his throat, but just couldn’t find relief.
It wasn’t until we changed our diet and cut out dairy & grains that Superman’s tonsil stones went away.
Funny thing is, the doctors never made a correlation between his diet and his tonsil stones and subsequent bad breath. They kept giving him more meds to try, and none of them worked.
One of our sons had repeated sore throats, snoring, stuffy noses, etc. for years. Unfortunately, at the time, I knew nothing like I know now when it comes to how diet relates to health. At the advice of our doctor, we had our sons adenoids removed. And guess what? It did nothing. It wasn’t until we cut out dairy for our son that he finally stopped snoring and was able to breathe freely at night. I am so sad that I put my son through an unnecessary surgery just because I wasn’t informed.
If you are plagued by tonsil stones or inflamed tonsils, frequent sore throats, or bad post-nasal drip, start by eliminating dairy from your diet for at least 30 days. See if that helps with the amount of phlegm, post nasal drip, infections, and bad breath. And if you have tonsil stones, see if they disappear! It made a world of difference for Superman and our son!