What in the world are ‘adenoids’ you say? 


Medically speaking, an ‘adenoid‘ is a lymphoid; having the appearance of a gland.” Adenoids is “lymphatic tissue forming a prominence on the wall of the pharyngeal recess of the nasopharynx  – which is the tonsils.”  (i.e., the upper part of the throat opening into the nasal cavity proper). An individual fold of such nasopharyngeal lymphatic tissue is called an adenoid.

Why am I telling you about ‘adenoids’? When I was a child, I had frequent sore throats. The common thing to do back then if you had frequent sore throats, was to remove the tonsils. Because the ‘adenoids’ are connected to the tonsils, part of the tonsillectomy procedure was to also remove the adenoids. My curiosity today, is why? Aren’t the adenoids there for a purpose? If not, why did God put them there? I maintain that when God created us, he knew what he was doing and that every gland, tissue, part etc. of our body had a purpose. That they all worked in conjunction with each other. 

Parents (back when I was a child) apparently didn’t understand that removing certain body parts e.g. (adenoids) was not always necessary. However, the doctors, then as today, told parents all kinds of stories as to why it was supposedly necessary, and parents not knowing any different put their faith in the doctor and went along with everything the doctor told them to do. Therefore, away went my tonsils and my adenoids.

It wasn’t until I studied to be a detox specialist that I found out that we need all the parts left in our body that we were born with. When one gland, organ, etc. fails or is removed – one or more of the other body parts must jump in to take on the job of the gland, organ, etc. that has been damaged or removed. 

It’s funny that as I have gotten older, my nose seems to run at a steady pace for no reason whatsoever. I figure it is because I have no adenoids. I also assume it might be why I am subject to allergies. Therefore, I decided to find out what the purpose of the adenoid is. Here is what I found. 

illustration of mouth including; hard palate, soft palate, adenoid, uvula, tonsil and tongue

According to and the Cleveland Clinic -“Adenoids are a patch of tissue that is high up in the throat, just behind the nose. They, along with the tonsils, are part of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system clears away infection and keeps body fluids in balance. The adenoids and tonsils work by trapping germs coming in through the mouth and nose.  Adenoid glands are part of the immune system and help protect the body from viruses and bacteria.”

“Adenoids usually start to shrink after about age 5. By the teenage years, they are almost completely gone. By then, the body has other ways to fight germs.”

If there is a problem with the adenoids, it appears to be more apparent when you are a child than when you are a teen or an adult.

The question then?  What is an adenoid issue, the cause and the fix?  The answer is ‘enlarged adenoids.’ These are adenoids that are swollen – usually a common problem in children.   A child’s adenoids can be enlarged, or swollen, for different reasons. It just could be that a child had enlarged adenoids at birth.  Adenoids can also become enlarged when they are trying to fight off an infection. They might stay enlarged even after the infection is gone.

Enlarged adenoids can make it hard to breathe through the nose. The child might end up breathing only through the mouth which can lead to a dry mouth which leads to bad breath, cracked lips and a runny nose, loud breathing, snoring, restless sleep, sleep apnea, and ear infections. Enlarged adenoids can be treated, depending on the cause, with the use of a nasal spray or antibiotics if the doctor thinks it is a bacterial caused infection. Then, of course there is surgical removal of the adenoids.

Today the procedure is, “if a child also has problems with his or her tonsils, he or she will probably have a tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) at the same time that the adenoids are removed.” In my case it was the other way around, my parents were told, ‘it was common procedure to remove the adenoids at the same time as they removed the tonsils,’ whether the adenoids needed to be removed or not. I had no adenoid issues. 

Well folks, I continued throughout my childhood and into my adulthood, to experience all the same issues mentioned in the above paragraph regarding enlarged adenoids, after my adenoids were removed. The removal of my tonsils/adenoids didn’t fix anything; sore throats, dry mouth, runny nose, ear infections, and other of the etceteras are still a part of my life. 

SUMMERY – In my opinion, if the adenoids reduce in size as one gets older, wouldn’t it be better to just treat the symptoms of the issue, as needed? Then the ‘adenoids’ could continue to do what they were meant to do as a gland working with the lymphatic system (mentioned above), and being ‘a part of the immune system to help protect the body from viruses and bacteria.’

Take note – this is for your information only. It is not for me to tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t do in regards to tonsil or adenoid problems.






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