Those foul smelling, small, white-ish, chunks that you can sometimes feel at the back of your throat are called Tonsilloliths or Tonsil Stones.
tonsil stones are stinky little globs of mucus, dead cells, debris and bacteria that form in the tonsil crypts which are simply small pockets or divots that appear in everyone’s tonsils. When the trapped dead cells, mucus, and debris harden or calcify, they form white/yellow ball in the tonsil pockets.
The strong unpleasant odor is caused by a build-up of sulfur-producing bacteria that feeds on the tonsil stones collected in the crypts of the tonsils and is a combination of hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, and other stinky substances that form in it.
tonsils play a role in the immune system and are meant to function like nets, trapping incoming bacteria and virus particles that are passing through your throat.
I get these when I’m sick.
More Ways Gluten and Wheat Can Hurt You - Beyond Celiac
Celiac disease is hardly the beginning and end of this story. Dermatitis herpetiformis is a rash that results when gluten induces an autoimmune response in the skin rather than the gut, and there is evidence that gluten can provoke a similar autoimmune response in the brain as well.
Gluten sensitivity or intolerance …. might be mediated by the innate, rather than the adaptive, immune system, meaning that T and B cells are not involved.
Gluten “intolerance” is simply when people report that the feel a lot better when they stop eating gluten. It reportedly affects about 10% of the population, but that’s only the 10% we currently estimate, and the effects could be more far reaching than we currently understand - the skin problems and brain issues are likely only the beginning. We’re not used to eating wheat or gluten and my guess is that future research likely uncovers more issues.
When you drink wine, you might be drinking some snakes
At a wine seminar back in NC, I met a vineyard owner who is quite proud that his vineyard still hand-picks it’s grapes. Aside from being able to only the pick the best and ripe grapes, he cited one of the hidden benefits to this process is that most larger companies that use machines for harvest actually end up with a lot of snakes in the mix. As a wine lover (and extreme snake-fearer) this left me jaw-dropped for months.