Hi Lady G.
If you are prone to getting tonsillitis and sore throats like I did as a child; one might think that the tonsils serves no purpose other than to make you sick or cause you pain. However, tonsils are secondary lymph nodes or glands that help the body to capture and get rid of toxins. Your tonsils and adenoids are located strategically near the entrance of the breathing passages where they catch incoming infections. It is thought that they become infected through “sampling” bacteria and viruses and then in turn help to create antibodies against those germs and assist in building up the body’s immune system to resist and fight off future infections.
If you are a baby boomer then chances are you know many people that had their tonsils removed as children and got to eat plenty of ice cream. In the 60’s to 80’s most doctors viewed tonsils as just two masses of tissue that caused havoc and gave children numerous fevers and sore throats. While numerous tonsillectomies are still being done today, many doctors will remove them only when absolutely necessary. These doctors are the ones that now believe that removing your tonsils eliminates part of the body’s ability to support and rebuild its immune system. The tonsils are said to be the “meeting hall” were the soldiers of the immune system go to get the armor (T-cells and B-cells) to fight the latest attack on the body by bacteria and viruses. Hope this helps!