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An inflammation of the sinus and nasal passages, sinusitis often leads to sinus infections. Contributory factors are nasal irritants such as exhaust fumes, cigarettes, smoky places, dust and pollen; allergies, often to dairy products and wheat, which are mucus-forming; plus a weakened immune system. Too much alcohol, fried food or stress, or lack of sleep and overeating all weaken the immune system. Vitamins A, C and zinc, among other nutrients, help boost immunity. Essential fats are also needed to control inflammation. 

Diet advice

Eat lightly, but do eat – lots of essential foods such as the best organic fruit and vegetables (baby vegetables, just sprouted), plus seeds. You do need protein (from quinoa, seeds, nuts, fish, tofu, quorn and so on) but avoid mucus-forming foods such as milk, eggs and meat.
Also inhale tea tree oil or olbas oil, in the bath or by holding it under your nose (be careful not to irritate the skin too much), to stop your nasal passages from blocking. Tiger balm is good on the chest. Drink homemade ginger and cinnamon tea (five slices of fresh ginger root and one stick of cinnamon in a thermos with 1/2 pint of boiling water) or cat’s claw tea to boost the immune system. 

• 2 x Multivitamin and multimineral

• 2 x Antioxidant complex

• 2 × Vitamin C 1,000mg (3g every four hours only when infected)

• 2 × Vitamin A 7,400mg (2,270mcg) when infected, or a glass of carrot juice 

• 2 × Zinc 15mg
. Echinacea 15 drops in water three times a day



For some sufferers the major problem of insomnia is waking up in the middle of the night; for others it is not getting to sleep in the first place. Both can be the effect on the nervous system of poor nutrition or too much stress and anxiety. Calcium and magnesium have a tranquillising effect, as does vitamin B6. Tryptophan, a constituent of protein, has the strongest tranquillising effect and, if taken in doses of 1,000–3,000mg, it is highly effective for insomnia. It takes about an hour to work and remains effective for up to four hours. While tryptophan is non-addictive and has no known side effects, its regular use in not recommended – it is better to adjust your lifestyle so that no tranquillising agents are needed. 

Diet advice

Follow the diet recommended in this book, avoiding all stimulants. Do not eat sugar or drink tea or coffee in the evening. Also, do not eat late. Eat seeds, nuts, root and green leafy vegetables, which are high in calcium and magnesium. 

• 2 x Multivitamin and multimineral

• Vitamin B6 100mg with zinc l0mg

• Calcium 600mg and magnesium 400mg

• Vitamin C 1,000mg
• 2 × 5-HTP 100mg (only if absolutely necessary)