Tonsils are about as useless as an extra pinky toe, right?
It is easy to understand why so many people despise their tonsils. Growing up, so many are afflicted by bout after bout of sore throats with inflamed, red tonsils with little white pieces of…whatever that is (the medical term for those little stones in the craters of the tonsils is actually tonsilloliths). And it’s also just as easy to understand why so many people also think nothing of removing these annoying masses of Lymphoid tissue (tonsils) in the back of the mouth that seemingly serve no purpose whatsoever except to make our lives miserable.
Between the ages of 2 and 15, many of us will have been at the mercy of at least one sore throat per school year—and that’s if we are lucky. But is it actually lucky to only have one sore throat per year? Here’s the surprising news: NO.
Wait… … … WHAT!?
OK, here it goes: TONSILS SERVE A YUGE PURPOSE, and that purpose is neuroimmunilogical. What does that mean? It means that your tonsils act as the toilet for your brain’s shit, in layman’s terms. Medically speaking, when the brain detoxes or has excess or unwanted debris or fluids, heavy metals, parasites, bacteria, viruses, or basically anything that doesn’t help you function with the utmost precision for you, the brain releases these toxins and the only way out is through the tonsils. This explains tonsillitis when we’re ages 15+, for the most part. But what about when we are kids? Well, the brain also releases these excesses when it grows. So, if you suffered a lot of sore throats as a child concurrently with tonsillitis or adenoiditis, be happy—it means that you probably have a higher IQ than those of your peers who rarely or never got sick. As your brain grew, it wrung out fluids (think of when you stretch a wet sweater or towel), and they flowed down to your tonsils, which acted as a little levy for the microbial gunk.
Any of you reading this who have ever suffered from a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), know about the post-nasal drippage. Well, that’s not your typical snots running down the back or your nasal passages like you would have on a cold Winter day; that’s brain fluid. Most people who have had concussions wind up with chronic tonsillitis, usually on the side of the body where the head injury occurred. While this is usually painless, harmless tonsillitis, it can be a nuisance as the tonsils catch that post-nasal drippage and frequently turn it out as a disgusting tonsil stone. Tonsil stones are another topic, but I think it’d be beneficial to counter the false yet popular theory that tonsil stones are food and other debris that get caught during swallowing. Too many people that are suffering from tonsil stones on a weekly or even daily basis seek out doctors who will surgically remove these vital components of the Lymphatic System called tonsils—without even a second thought! Tonsil stones are actually forming from the outside-in, not the other way around. They are cerebral debris that is being trapped and excreted from your body through your wonderful, completely misunderstood tonsils.
If you have tonsils, REJOICE—for it means that you have a healthy, happy brain that can detox whenever it pleases and reach its fullest potential!