Tonsil Interference Fields by Dr. Sarah Carnes

At SHI, we often use the term “interference field” when assessing and treating the body. Interference fields are one of the most important things that we deal with and one of the reasons that we have success with some patients whose cases that didn’t shift until they came to us.

Interference “field” can be a confusing term, as it’s a direct translation from the word used by the German physicians (Dr. Huneke) who discovered the concept, and it might be better to think of the term as interference “site,” or a site in the body where there is a problem that interferes with the functioning of the whole system.

Interference fields are based on the fact that the body is an interconnected unit, and what affects one part of it will affect another. It’s connected structurally through the fascial system  (it wraps around every muscle, every organ, every individual cell of the body, and provides a medium for communication, like when you’re wearing a sweater, or a body suit like someone on a road bike, and someone pulls on the edge of it, you don’t just feel it where they’re pulling, you feel it everywhere that the garment is on you, because it’s all one piece of cloth).


A knot of scar tissue is like balling up a piece of that clothing where you feel the tension everywhere else – and based on where the scar or knot is, you might feel it more strongly in some places than others. There are a variety of ways to address these knots – a few that we like are neural therapy (procaine injections directly into the scar, which physically break it up, as well as have other regulating effects), rolfing, and castor oil packs.

All parts of the body are also connected through the electrical system. Every cell has an electrical charge much like a battery: part of the cell (the inside) is negative and part (the outside) is positive, and the body uses a lot of energy to maintain this gradient at very specific levels, because if the difference is different than what it should be, the cell doesn’t work properly – it’s sick, which means the organ it belongs to is sick, which means the whole system is sick because everything is interconnected and interdependent on the healthy functioning of every other part.

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(Inventor and visionary Buckminster Fuller displaying a model similar to the human body – the whole holds together because every part has appropriate tension and integrity – nothing too much or too little. Change even one string of this model and the whole ball is changed.)

The combined electrical systems of all the trillions of individual cells in a single human body combine to form a single bigger electrical system in the pattern of “human” – where different organs and tissues have different charges and patterns based on their functions, and all are woven naturally together into a complete and functional whole. When one of those pieces is electrically off that’s another form of interference field that affects the whole body.

The electricity of cells can be thrown off if the body doesn’t have enough nutrients (due to poor diet or poor absorption), if it’s dehydrated, if it’s stressed out, etc., including if there’s a chronic infection, as in the tonsils, sinuses, and appendix, which are prone to chronic infection. While it’s controversial to take them out, there’s a reason that it was once popular to do so, as sometimes taking out the tonsils, or otherwise addressing them, appears to completely remove severe chronic disease and functional problems. There may be a smaller interference field or issue due to the surgery, but the larger field of the chronically inflamed organ, is no longer present.

Tonsils (because this post is supposed to be about tonsils!), Dr. Klinghardt says, are the “toilet of the brain.” Any metabolic waste thrown off from the brain, head, sinuses, and teeth has to go through the tonsils to be eliminated, so they’re an area that has to deal with a lot and in some people, have been overloaded so much, for so long, that they are more a source of inflammation and interference than they are of help.

While it can be difficult to predict where in the body an interference field will cause its strongest effects – often affected are areas that have some predisposition to weakness (constitutional, hereditary, psychoemotional, karmic, history of trauma, etc.) – there are some observable patterns. When the tonsils are an interference field, the organ most commonly affected is the brain (brain fog, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, dizziness, depression, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and even thinning hair and balding can be a result). This is considered to be because of  proximity to an important set of structures in the nervous system: the superior cervical ganglia, which control the blood flow into and out of the brain,  basically limiting or improving its function based on their own health. If the tonsils have a chronic infection, the ganglia are affected too, and the brain suffers. Even if the tonsils have been removed, scars from the removal surgery or residual tonsillar tissue left behind (a common thing) can cause an interference field and may need to be treated.

Like with everything else, our treatments are individualized for the patient: their individual history, symptoms, and what their underlying problems are. Sometimes the tonsils aren’t the real problem, but are being affected by some other organ, like the kidneys, so it isn’t always right to treat the tonsils themselves. We determine what the root of the problem is with ART and other analysis techniques, find the order of priority, and treat only then, often with neural therapy, herbal and other natural tonsil sprays or topicals, immune modulatory supplements, surgery to remove the tonsils, or visits to Germany for regenerative cryotherapy which is a means of stimulating the tonsils to heal themselves.