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Tonsils - Dr. Stoll

Posted by Tony on January 31, 1999 at 18:53:32:

Dr. Stoll,

I was reading through the thread about tonsils down the board, and it just made me think of a question that I had always wondered about.

My mother, who was healthy all of her life, developed acute leukemia and died within 9 months at age 24. My father always contended that she became ill after and due to the removal of her tonsils a few months earlier. Because of this, he was always adamant when I was growing up that I never get my tonsils removed. Luckily I never really had the need to anyway.

I've never given any credence to my father's theory, but after reading your posts about the lymph tissue and the tonsils, I was wondering if it is possible in any way that somehow removing someone's tonsils could trigger Leukemia.

What do you think?

Thanks,

Tony


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Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 01, 1999 at 12:59:37:

In Reply to: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll posted by Tony on January 31, 1999 at 18:53:32:

Dear Tony,

Removing healthy tonsils just because they were "large" used to be a very common procedure. NOW, of course, we know better.

Removing enlarged tonsils took away exactly the protection the tonsils had enlarged to cope with. Under THOSE circumstances removing this large amount of immunological tissue would not do your mother any good in her battle to avoid the cancer.

We allopaths even used to irradiate the thymus to make it smaller. NOW, we know that it is the main governor of the immune system and should NEVER be irradiated.

Removing the appendix (just because we happened to be in the abdomen for some other reason) is now known to be a BAD idea----even though some surgeons still do it.

Hippocrates said "FIRST, do no harm!" What ever happened to that?

Walt



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Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll

Posted by Bryan on February 01, 1999 at 16:17:07:

In Reply to: Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll posted by Walt Stoll on February 01, 1999 at 12:59:37:

Although time constraints do not allow me to be on the board much, what is the problem with removeing the appendix?


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Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 02, 1999 at 12:59:15:

In Reply to: Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll posted by Bryan on February 01, 1999 at 16:17:07:

Good question, Bryan.

If you have it so must many others.

The appendix is the immunological "guardian" of the iliocecal valve. Everything that CAN be absorbed is supposed to BE absorbed from the small intestine. NOTHING is supposed to be absorbed from the "sewer" of the body (the colon)--except some vitamin K produced by bacterial action in the colon.

IF the iliocecal valve leaks back--even the slghtest amount--that stuff will immediately be absorbed into the blood. This is an intolerable toxic burden on the body and the appendix is one factor that is right there on the spot to do what it can.

If we remove a healthy appendix----just because we have no idea what it is supposed to do...............

A diseased appendix (appendicitis) has to be removed or it is likely to burst & kill the person. It is just too bad that that person will have to do without this wonderful organ for the rest of their life. The same thing is true of a gangrenous limb: If it is not removed, it will kill the person. Unfortunately, that means that that person will have to live the rest of their lives without THAT wonderful extremity.

NO ONE would consider removing a healthy limb just because it MIGHT become gangrenous some time in the future but that is exactly what we do to the appendix (STILL).

I hope this is answering your question?

Walt



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Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll

Posted by Bryan on February 10, 1999 at 21:21:30:

In Reply to: Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll posted by Walt Stoll on February 02, 1999 at 12:59:15:

Thank you Dr. Stoll! I was once told that the small intestine absorbs aprox 85% and the large intestine is supposed to absorb the rest of it (15%). Did I hear wrong? Also I "heard" that you can have stoll left in your colon for many years basically rotting in your colon is this true? Also can you believe that this is the first chance I got to come back on the board?

Thank you Bryan


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Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 11, 1999 at 11:19:29:

In Reply to: Re: Tonsils - Dr. Stoll posted by Bryan on February 10, 1999 at 21:21:30:

Welcome back, Bryan!

The colon is the body's sewer. I think your %'s are off. If I had to do a % thing, I would put is something like 99 1/2% and 1/2%. The whole purpose of the iliocecal valve is to prevent any absorbtion of the contents of the sewer back into our system. When people have leakage of that valve they typically develop "fecal breath".

My conventional medical training tells me that the "stored fecal material in the colon cannot happen". HOWEVER, even while I was still practicing strictly conventional medicine, I had a patient who came to me (having already been to Mayo and every "diagnostician" in our county) complaining of chronic abdominal pain that had started with a barium enema more than 10 years prior to my seeing her.

Since I didn't know what else to do I did a complete intestinal x-ray series which necessitated really harsh laxatives before & after each study (something most other docs do not do even though we are taught to do so in our medical training). She passed a 6 inch spicule of a chalky substance which turned out to be solidified barium from her initial study that had started the pain. From that point she had no more symptoms.

SO, it is obvious that my training was wrong. People CAN hold material in the colon for at least 10 years. Go figure.

Thanks for the question!

Walt




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