I can see curiosity got the better of you…and I’m very glad. Despite the obviously uncomfortable topic, this is a really important question that I need to answer for you.
In fact, your health depends on this.
Poor gut health reflects into every organ of the body and is responsible for a whole list of disease states.
Your gut bacteria and the integrity of your gut lining strongly affect your health.
I graduated as a pharmacist almost 30 years ago. I have seen a lot of changes in the pharmacy industry in that time. Indeed many have been exciting. There have been many advances with a multitude of new pharmaceuticals coming to market, helping to restore health to those in need.
I have also seen a great number of drugs withdrawn from the market due to their horrible side effects. Drugs that were prescribed by doctors who trusted the drug companies that convinced them of their safety.
Doctors are busy. They lack the time to look deeper into chronic disease states. Now, more than ever, doctors are having to treat complex symptoms in an average consult time of less than 10 minutes.
When I was growing up in the seventies, getting your tonsils removed was definitely the trend among children with sore throats. There wasn’t much thought it seemed about how important tonsils were for our health – rather, it was more the excitement of having ice-cream after the surgery!
Luckily as time moved on, the medical profession has since ‘woken-up’ to the importance of leaving our poor tonsils alone. Getting your tonsils removed (tonsillectomy) is now only performed when patients have frequent and recurrent tonsillitis (usually 5-7 infections a year over the last 2-5 years), which requires repeated courses of antibiotics (if shown to bacterial based- primarily Streptococcus pyogenes) and regular time off from school or work, or if the tonsils are enlarged and block the airways.