A little video will show how to clear your sinuses and solve your sniffles


Going from zero to 60 has never been easier. I'm not referring to hitting the gasoline on your favorite ride. I'm talking about getting up to speed on a topic you previously knew zilch about.

Where else but on the World Wide Web can you type a couple of key words into the search bar of your favorite video site, and in a matter of minutes learn vast amounts of knowledge about something that had been a nonconcept? Better yet, you can watch the movies showing details you never imagined.

The subject this time? Neti pots.

If you know what a neti pot is you can probably stop reading right here. If you don't, you can either keep reading, or jump on the computer and try this yourself. Be prepared to see more about sinus hygiene than you'd probably care to.

My venture into neti pots started when a doctor suggested my wife use one to clear up a stuffy nose. Neither of us had ever before heard the term "neti pot." I had an Aunt Nettie, and she had several pots in her kitchen, but none like this.

This neti pot is a small vessel used to pour a saline mix into your nose to clean your sinuses. They come in various styles, shapes, colors and materials.

Click to YouTube.com, search for "neti pot" and let the fun begin. The images are reminiscent of my junior high days when we'd try to get kids to laugh hard enough to expel milk from their nose. The difference here is not just the type of airborne liquid, but that the neti pot user does it to himself or herself, on purpose.

Imagine taking a miniature teapot, poking the spout into your nostril of choice, tipping your head to one side and pouring. The saltwater flows in one side, works its magic and then either flows, dribbles or drips out the other nostril. It brings to life the "up your nose with a rubber hose" taunt used by wannabe bullies.

Words alone cannot properly convey the "how-to's" for this home remedy. You must see the videos. All 13 of them.

For complete instructions click into "Neti Pot in Action," provided by the medical tips Web site fitsugar.com. The most entertaining clip is "How To Irrigate Your Nasal Passages" by online comedian "drewtoothpaste." It includes a soundtrack with the lyrics: "Pitter, patter, pit. I like to hear the rain come down."

The geeky demonstrator doesn't stop after the salty concoction. He moves on to other beverages, ending with one that has him using R-rated language. You need to see it for yourselves, but don't try it at home.

"Neti Pot Nasal Flow Delux 1" needs just 33 seconds to show how it's done, and the sequel, "Neti Pot Nasal Flow Delux 2" bills itself as "the final chapter in the nasal flow saga."

I'm not sure if the treatment works, as the blue neti pot on our bathroom counter hasn't been used yet. I'll let you know the results the next time the sniffles hit.

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