The etiology of nasal disease is complex, with important underlying constitutional factors remaining unrecognized or improperly interpreted. Jarvis1 and his coworkers believed that an important constitutional factor in the production of infections and allergic nasal disease is an acid-base imbalance, that these imbalances can be rectified by diet, and that they can be recognized by the color of the nasal septal mucosa.
A recent report2 gave the results of a critical study of the supposed value of the color of the nasal septum as an index of acid-base imbalance resulting from dietary insufficiencies. The following conclusions were drawn: 1. No correlation could be found between the color of the nasal mucosa and acid-base disturbances. 2. Diets high in foods producing alkaline or acid metabolic products failed to influence either the color of the septal mucosa or the symptoms of allergic or infectious nasal disease. Following this report, Jarvis
BERNHEIMER LB. COLOR INDEX OF THE NASAL SEPTUM: A CRITICAL STUDY OF THE VASOMOTOR MECHANISM OF THE NOSE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(1):31–37. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600010038002
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