Can You Stomach It: Tonsil Stone Removal

Tonsil stones, also called “tonsilliths” or “tonsilloliths,” are not a common issue. But for some people, they can be quite uncomfortable. The National Institute of Health (NIH), reports that a tonsollith is not really a stone at all, but living biofilm.

In this post, learn what causes tonsil stones, how they are diagnosed and treated and what you can do to prevent them.

Can You Stomach It?!

An Anatomy of the Human Tonsils

While most people are aware that they have tonsils, the details often get fuzzy from there. Some people even confuse the tonsils with the uvula, the loose skin flap hanging down near the back of the throat.

The tonsils are part of the body’s disease defense system, the lymphatic system. The tonsils’ job is to stop toxins, viral germs, fungi and bacteria before they can travel down the throat and reach the major organs.

Because of this important job, the tonsils include a system of grooves, crypts and crevices designed to trap unwelcome matter so it can be broken down by the white blood cells and flushed after being rendered harmless.

However, in some people, the grooves, crypts and crevices are deeper and more prone to hoarding this matter too far inside the tonsils for them to be flushed out normally with the saliva.

When this occurs, tonsil stones, or tonsil calculi, can form and grow larger. The larger they grow, the more they get stuck inside the tonsils. For this reason, using a  water flosser for tonsil stones can be helpful to reach back into the crypt areas where a toothbrush and floss typically cannot reach.

Common Causes of Tonsil Stones?

The most common causes of tonsil stones are one part biology and one part hygiene.

For example, as referenced in the prior section here, some people just have deeper grooves, crypts and crevices in their tonsils than other people. So these people are automatically more prone to developing tonsil stones, even if their oral hygiene is pristine.

However, the population that develops tonsil stones most frequently is teens, because they often pay less attention to oral hygiene than adults. For a teen who has unusually deep tonsil crypts who neglects oral hygiene, tonsil stones are more likely to form.

Here, it is important to point out, as Live Science notes, that tonsil stones are typically not serious. But they can be uncomfortable, as the next section here will highlight.

Symptoms of Tonsil Stones

When tonsil stones begin to form and grow, they usually make their presence known with a certain set of symptoms. The most common symptoms, as Mayo Clinic details, are as follows:

– Swelling at or near the area of the tonsils.
– Discomfort.
– Redness.
– Tonsil infection.
– Foul breath.
– Chronic sore throat.
– Pain near or inside the ears.
– A feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat.

When these symptoms begin to occur, sometimes it is possible to see the tonsil stones protruding from the crypts inside the tonsils at the back of the mouth. However, it is not always possible to visually identify them. If this is the case, read on for diagnostic information.

Diagnosing and Treating Tonsil Stones

A general practice doctor or dentist can diagnose tonsil stones with an oral examination. In most cases, it is easy to treat tonsil stones by removing them.

This helpful video about tonsil stones gives a visual tutorial for how to remove tonsil stones at home. However, if the stones are deep inside the tonsil crypts, it may be best to have a medical professional do the removal for your own safety.

As well, if you have never removed tonsil stones before, it can be beneficial to have professional guidance the first time it happens.

There are three procedures that can be used to clean out clogged tonsil crypts and remove tonsil stones:

– Laser cryptolysis. This surgical procedure uses laser technology to remove the tonsil crypts themselves, ensuring no further tonsil stones can form.

– Coblation cryptolysis. This surgical procedure uses charged ions to accomplish the same.

– Tonsillectomy. Removing the tonsils altogether is called a “tonsillectomy.”

Preventing Tonsil Stones

The best way to prevent tonsil stones is to follow good oral hygiene and stay attentive to warning signs so you can clean out the tonsil crypts before tonsil stones are permitted to form!

Learn How Experts Decompose A Dead Body

I know that I  can never be able to share all the gross things in this world on my own, so I asked a friend of mine to share something that I am definitely sure you gross fanatics would want to find out.

Don’t worry, it is not just gross, but it is also educational (for your Science project, nothing else, hopefully). So Sit tight and read as my friend shares the process of decomposing a dead body:


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Hello there! I am Matthew, a forensic expert. I have been working with dead bodies and I know a lot of you are curious as to what happen to the human body after death. So, here it is! I will discuss with you the normal process involved in decomposition of a dead body.


It is the process of tissue destruction secondary to bacterial growth. The growth of bacteria usually comes from within the bowel of the dead body. It may come from the environment too, but rarely happens. If the environment is warm and moist, the bacterial growth is rapid, which also means that the decomposition process is faster. The putrefaction process will consume all the tissues of the dead body and only the bones will remain. The tendons and ligaments will also be decayed. So, what will remain is the pile of bones.


This decomposition process usually takes place in a very dry climate such as in the desert and high mountains where the air is dry. The dead body dries out rapidly, which will result to mummy. The dead body will be dry, to the extent that it becomes leathery.

Adipocere formation

This is a result of a chemical process “saponification.” It is caused by a certain reaction between the adipose tissue of the body and a particular group of bacteria. What it does is it converts the body fat into palmitic acids, stearic, and oleic. They are the primary components of adipocere. The end result is a whitish-grey and sometimes brownish, greasy substance. It casts the body in a doll-like way. The dead body looks like a manikin at a glance. I usually describe the dead body as something that is carved from a bar of soap. It usually takes a few months for the body to form an adipocere. This process often occurs in bodies found in damp, warm, and watery areas.

Being in the forensic industry and working with the dead bodies for many years now, I can say that the body does not always decompose in the same way. There are so many factors that can greatly affect the decomposition of the dead body.  Of course, the putrefaction is the typical decomposition process, but a body can be mummified or adipocere depending on the location and circumstances. I know most of you find my job scary and weird, but that’s the truth. I make money from working with the dead body.


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So there, I hope you had fun and you learned something new through this blog entry, and I hoped you stomached it!

Can You Stomach: Being Far Away From the Person You Love

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Right now, I do not want to talk about something gross. I’ll have more of those stuff next time. Sorry to disappoint ya’.

However, what I’m going to share today is still something that is still quite hard to take. Being able to stomach things do not only mean taking in the gross stuff (though mostly it is about those). It is also about having the courage to face something very difficult to face, to overcome something you really do not want to do, but you have to, in the name of life and love.

Being far from a loved one is something that is also difficult to stomach. Not being able to see them everyday, to hug and kiss them, to be there when they need your help, is a difficult thing to take. It is as difficult as any other gross thing out there.

However, more and more people, like me, are able to stomach this scenario, thanks to technology.

If I lived in the years in history where mail took months to reach people across countries and information were only in books and the news was only in newspapers and radios, I would really not have allowed my girlfriend to work so far from me, no matter how financially difficult life would get. I would rather have that than constantly worry about her well-being and the security of our relationship. I have great respect for the people who survived the ways of life in the past. They do not have it as easy as we do now, yet they still managed to progress and bring the world into the state that it is today.

My girlfriend is a flight attendant, and is often out flying from country to country. If it had not been for advanced telecommunication, I would not have had her taken her dream job. It would be too difficult if a day goes by without hearing from her and about her day. Good thing, with the internet, and numerous chat services, I could even see her face while we talk about each other’s day even when we are miles apart.

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Telecommunication has indeed been a great part of society. It has also been a great medium for business, that is why while my girlfriend is travelling around the world, living her dream and earning in the process, I am also living my dream, earning while living in the comforts of my home.

Thanks to technology, as long as you pour passion into it, you can earn through blogging, which is exactly what I do, right now.

I blog not just to share to the world my life and experience and help out the people who are in search for answers to their different problems, but also to earn a living while staying in the comforts of my couch.

I know I would be happier if my girlfriend is always beside me. However, she has her dreams and I have mine, and we all got to do what we have to do for the person we love, even if it is something difficult to stomach.

Grossing out Your Sense of Smell

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I am feeling much gross today, and I will be grossing others too.

This time, I will abuse the sense of smell. Though I cannot make you smell the things I am about to share with you today, I will trust your imagination that it will do the grossing out for me.

Here is my list of the grossest smelling things on this planet. This is not every little smelly thing that the world offers, but these are my top picks.

  1. Feces. There is no explaining needed on why this might just be the smelliest thing on the planet. May it be animal dung or human feces, you can be sure that nobody ever thinks this thing to smell sweet and heavenly. Imagine what people working septic tanks have to go through?
  2. Stale fish. Forgotten fish is the worst. After a few days, this thing exudes a smell that is so foul; it will send your dinner back up your throat and out your mouth.
  3. Burnt flesh. Burnt pork? Yum. Burnt bread, surprisingly, still smells great. But burnt human flesh? Very offensive to one’s nose. While you should be thankful you are not the one burnt, it still is undeniable how nose stifling burnt flesh can be. You can also add the visual impact this has, watching skin burn away to see flesh is also not a very pretty sight.
  4. Bad Mouth. This is one of the biggest problem that some people face, and I am not talking about the person with the bad breathe. People who have to encounter a person with foul mouth odor also have struggles of their own. Not only is it difficult to inform the person about his hygiene problems, you have to endure the foul smell until that person finally discovers that toothbrush and mouth wash has already been invented.
  5. Compost pit. Of course this pile of garbage will be as stale as it gets. After all, it is a pile of garbage. One bag of garbage alone already has a foul smell that could make you clip your nose. How much nose damage do you think a compost pit would do?
  6. Stagnant waters. Especially in the sewer lines, stuck water that has been contaminated with all foreign entities possible, will surely make you gag and cry. Imagine hundreds of bacteria and dirt have a congregation in the sewers. The putrid level will surely be off the charts. Nobody would ever want their sewage lines to leak and cause so much pain in the nose and heart.
  7. Unclean dog. People should realize that having a dog takes effort. I just hate owners who do not take good care of their pets. They should have not had a pet if they were just going to let it get dirty and sick. The worst part is when you have to deal with their foul odor because it has been years since their masters have given them a good bath, or if they have indeed been given baths, they took to long to dry up so the “wet dog” odor starts creeping in.

There is no moral lesson to the post. It’s just my way of saying that there are a lot of foul things this world offers. Most of them are natural, some are man-made. Maybe people should start working on things that could still be fixed so that people in their circles will not have to deal with such foul smells. This includes those with bad breath and those pet owners who does not seem to care.

Gross Things you did not know are in Your Food

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While we go about our daily lives, sleeping, working, and of course, eating, we are blinded by the many possible gross things that people we interact with are doing to us.

This is especially true for the food we eat from the shops and stores. We so blindly trust them that they are serving us clean, fresh, and healthy food that we forget to think about the numerous possibilities that could be going on behind that kitchen door of the restaurant.

Here is a list of gross food items that either are really gross in itself, or have yucky ingredients that we did not know were there. The best part? We love to eat them!


No. I’m not talking about yeast which is a fungi that they use to make dough, nor am I talking about cheese and other dairy products that are actually produced through letting milk “rot” for days, I am talking about, HUMAN HAIR. Do you care to know just how dirty human hair is?

Some bread have human hair and feathers in them so that they could achieve a certain texture. The next time you plan to eat that yummy bread, think about the possibility that it has human hair. I’m pretty sure you can use this as motivation to cut on carbs brought by too much bread intake.


Not to sound vegan to you, but, I am just letting you know that some meats are injected with a bacteria that is actually deadly. It is called the MRSA and it is a flesh eating bacteria that actually kills thousands of people in a year. Of course, they are placed in minimal amounts in meat and producers must have a very good reason for it, but, if you just contemplate on that thought, does it not want you to go vegan right this very moment?


Salads with clear or white dressing? How did they get that color for the dressing? Well, they place a paint chemical to achieve it. Yes, what you paint your walls with, is in that fresh salad you’re eating. Now, what was that about being vegan?


Yes, our parents keep on warning us about these candies. But they only do so because they know that sugar can cause us bad teeth and expensive visits to the dentist. However, have you ever wondered what makes candies so bright in color? Well, its thanks to the abdomen of lady bugs. Yes, crushed lady bug abdomens give some candies that red color. It is also sometimes in yogurts too.


This might be the grossest among the items in this list. Just imagine this, the next time you drink that yummy raspberry juice, think about what that ingredient called ‘natural flavoring’ actually is. No, it’s not raspberry but rather, Beaver Anal gland juice. I won’t even expound on how gross that is.

Were you grossed out? Then this blog was a success. Happy eating, everyone!