This is such an interesting topic as so many people have these removed during childhood. Seems to be a belief by the medical or doctors that ‘they don’t do anything’ or ‘removing them will stop you getting tonsillitis”. Each person is born with three pairs of tonsils in their throats. These are a set of lymphoid organs facing into the aerodigestive tract (the mixed airway/gastrointestinal tract that includes the oral cavity, pharynx, paranasal sinuses, sinonasal tract, larynx, pyriform sinus, pharynx, and upper oesophagus. Segen’s Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc.) already interesting information and to me sounds pretty important for sinus and gut health. This aerodigestive tract is also known as Waldeyer’s tonsillar ring (a ringed arrangement of lymphoid organs in the pharynx. Waldeyer’s ring surrounds the naso- and oropharynx, with some of its tonsillar tissue located above and some below the soft palate (and to the back of the mouth cavity). Waldeyer’s tonsillar ring consists of the adenoid tonsil, two tubal tonsils, two palatine tonsils, and the lingual tonsils. Now after reading this information I am sure you will understand why these organs play an important role in the immune system. The palatine tonsils and the adenoid tonsil are organs consisting of lymphoepithelial tissue located near the oropharynx and nasopharynx (parts of the throat). The function of these tonsils have been misunderstood by most medical professionals. Generally they are referred to as the “first line of defense” against inflammation, suggesting they serve to “fight” potentially pathogenic infections that enter the body through the mouth, nose and eyes. Dr Bruce Lipton wrote that a “fact lost on most professionals is that the tonsils are actually immunological “learning centers.” Tonsils sample all incoming chemistry, including “germs,” and use this information to develop the specificity of the immune response. In other words, the tonsils are the site of a “natural” vaccination processes. This is why children instinctively put every thing they can into their mouths, for this is the mechanism by which tonsils “learn” to recognise environmental pathogens. Consequently, Nature designed the immune system to utilise an oral vaccination process.The tonsils are immunocompetent organs which serve as the immune system’s first line of defense against ingested or inhaled foreign pathogens, and as such frequently engorge with blood to assist in immune responses to common illnesses such as the common cold. The tonsils have on their surface specialised antigen capture cells called M Cells, that allow for the uptake of antigens produced by pathogens. These M cells then alert the underlying B cells and T cells in the tonsil that a pathogen is present and an immune response is stimulated. How incredible is the human body, and so little is understood. There is more – B cells are activated and proliferate in areas called germinal centers in the tonsil. These germinal centres are places where B memory cells are created and secretory antibody Immunoglobulin A (IgA). This is an antibody that plays a crucial role in the immune function of the mucous membranes. How many people do you know that have sinus, mucous issues, post nasal drip etc. So many clients that come to see me explain that this is the first problem experienced before the colon, leaky gut, sinusitis etc became so bad. Yes they had their tonsils out when a kid. The amount of IgA produced in association with mucosal membranes is greater than all other types of antibody combined. In absolute terms, between three and five grams are secreted into the intestinal lumen each day. This represents up to 15% of total immunoglobulins produced throughout the body. A 2012 study provided evidence that the tonsils also produce T cells themselves, in a manner similar to the way the thymus does. Tonsils are sounding more and more important to the health of the whole body aren’t they. As mentioned the tonsils are the site of a natural vaccination process, helping the body to overcome the bombardment of toxins, bacteria etc. Our tonsils play a role in protecting us from infection. Because of their location, tonsils are exposed to bacteria and viruses that we may breathe in. The tonsils are able to tell if we’ve breathed something that could make us sick. If a danger is detected, tonsils can help the immune system create antibodies to fight the danger. However, this also puts the tonsils at a greater risk of getting infected. When your tonsils are working to fight off bacteria or viruses, they may get red, swollen, and painful. It is thought that as we get older, our tonsils are less necessary in helping our immune systems. The conventional injection of vaccines below the skin bypasses the body’s normal immune pathways and as a result, confuses the body’s natural immune mechanisms. It is important to note that I am not against immunisation. However, I believe all vaccines should be orally introduced so as to most effectively engage the tonsil’s learning function. Therefore the tonsils should only be removed in a life or death situation. Now you can think twice before just allowing you or your children to have tonsils removed.