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Tonsils make T-cells...what if your tonsils aren't in great shape?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Just read this new research in Science Daily today: "Tonsils make T-cells, too." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120305173657.htm

If T-cells are like the security force of the immune system, and if the tonsils are a type of "factory" for these cells, then it seems logical that we need to protect the tonsils and keep them in good health.

I have an autoimmune disorder (spondylitis), and right before my immune system broke down 6 years ago, I noticed my tonsils getting icky and swollen. Tonsilloliths (or tonsil stones) and food/bacteria started sticking in my throat constantly when I had never had this before. The cavities in the tonsils enlarged. If I eat any sugar/starch at all, they instantly collect white lumps.

This makes me wonder now if this is connected. More importantly, how do you heal and take care of the tonsils? I'm interested in seeing if I can improve tonsil condition and maybe even its function? Has anyone else approached this through paleo solutions?

Thanks!

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on March 22, 2012
at 09:38 AM

Extremely helpful, and very sensible! My tonsils definitely have enlarged, so something is working very hard against infection (if the theory is right about spondylitis, we have a bacteria that is normal in everyone, but triggers our symptoms). I had a bad flare for the last 2 days, and I'm eliminating all sugar sources (even careful paleo baking projects) and fruit for awhile. Avoiding stress as well. Thanks for outlining a path!

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:21 PM

@ Caleb: yup. Don't worry.

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on March 21, 2012
at 05:17 AM

+1 Tina. Nice!

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on March 21, 2012
at 05:16 AM

Very Nice Jen!!!

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on March 07, 2012
at 06:32 AM

Sigh... I wish I had them still. My parents have them removed because a sibling needed the procedure and why the heck not let's do the other one too.

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on March 07, 2012
at 04:37 AM

so someone with tonsils removes as a kid should be alright?

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on March 07, 2012
at 12:29 AM

what if you don't even HAVE tonsils?

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Tina is correct. One of the coolest things about the lymphatic system is that is has so many 'stations' throughout the body- from bone marrow to lymph nodes to the spleen to the thymus, which is a small lymphatic organ behind the sternum that plays a large role in educating t cells prior to puberty and tends to shrink after that, playing a less major role. However, in adults who have had portions of the lymph tissue removed (the tonsils or spleen, for example) the thymus, along with other lymph nodes, can enlarge and take on some of the workload. So if you have had your tonsils out, you don't really have to worry about reduced immunity (somewhat different story if it's your spleen.)

However, if your tonsils are not functioning properly and becoming bacterial sponges or showing signs of infection and inflammation, that can be a problem. This is why people tend to get their tonsils out, because they get infected repeatedly.

Caring for tonsils will involve the same process as caring for the immune system as a whole and circulating B and T cells in particular.

-avoiding inflammation by avoiding foods which are inflammatory for you.

-avoiding sugar which depresses the immune system.

-sleeping well and enough so that b and t cells can divide and proliferate

-stimulating hgh through IF might help with promoting cell division and apoptysis (cleanup of worn out cells)

-getting your immune system correct nutrients like c, k, d and zinc

-getting plenty of healthy fats to maintain primary defenses such as the skin and mucous membranes, this will lower the infectious load of the lymphatic system as a whole.

-getting enough fluids so lymph flows easily.

-avoiding cortisol and stress as much as possible.

-keeping the mouth and nose cavities clean. Nasal sinus rinses decrease the amount of bacteria in the nasopharynx, if you can tolerate them.

-you could try probiotics. If you are colonized by the good guys, the bad guys have a harder time moving in.

Hope this was helpful!

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on March 21, 2012
at 05:16 AM

Very Nice Jen!!!

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on March 22, 2012
at 09:38 AM

Extremely helpful, and very sensible! My tonsils definitely have enlarged, so something is working very hard against infection (if the theory is right about spondylitis, we have a bacteria that is normal in everyone, but triggers our symptoms). I had a bad flare for the last 2 days, and I'm eliminating all sugar sources (even careful paleo baking projects) and fruit for awhile. Avoiding stress as well. Thanks for outlining a path!

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on March 07, 2012
at 03:59 AM

T cells are produced in the bone marrow along with all the other white blood cells. They are "educated" in the lymph nodes/lymph system, including tonsils and spleen. You don't need either of those to have sufficient and normal immunity; there are regional lymphatic basins everydamnwhere.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on March 07, 2012
at 04:37 AM

so someone with tonsils removes as a kid should be alright?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on March 07, 2012
at 06:32 AM

Sigh... I wish I had them still. My parents have them removed because a sibling needed the procedure and why the heck not let's do the other one too.

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on March 21, 2012
at 05:17 AM

+1 Tina. Nice!

3058079ae822f066c06e55071d74b634

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:21 PM

@ Caleb: yup. Don't worry.

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