Though I have already mentioned this book, The Inflammation Cure by William Joel Meggs, M.D., Ph.D., it bears my recommendation again here. His comment on page 70 urges me to work harder to resolve my sinusitis:
"The whole system is like a giant feedback loop. The nervous system controls inflammation and can even initiate inflammation without activation of the immune system. The immune system, in turn, communicates with the nervous system through its own chemical messengers. With a constant two-way communication between the nervous system and the immune system, inflammation can be escalated unless the endless loop communicating the need for inflammation is broken."
And for Lyon on page 73:
"Three possible causes for the increase in asthma and rhinosinusitis are being investigated: the chemical hypothesis, which holds that air pollution is responsible; the viral hypothesis, which claims that viral infections might be to blame; and the hygiene hypothesis, which proposes that our high standards of cleanliness are doing us in."
The author develops this third hypothesis a few pages later in the book.
I think each of us will find useful information here.--that cholesterol is needed for Vitamin D production (Could lowering cholesterol with statins NOT be a good idea for MSers who have low D levels anyway?); that "inflammation associated with many autoimmune diseases can spill over onto the skin." (Could rashes or skin problems in MSers be a manifestation of their inflammation?) Food for thought. Did you know that the same irritant in poison ivy (which causes the rash) is also found in the skin of the mango and the husk of cashews?!!! I didn't!!!