This is to any and all who are suffering with excess mucus, a terrible taste in the back of the throat (manure or rotten), bad breath, uncomfortable feeling in the throat, hoarseness, wheezing, waking up with "gunk on the back of the throat. It may be tonsil stones. The ENT's may say it is GERD or LPR and you can read as much information on the internet as you want and try as many remedies as you want, but I would encourage everyone to PLEASE, PLEASE start with a water pick and get in to the deep crevices in your tonsil's. It may take a couple days and some bleeding to ensure you have gotten all of the crevices cleaned out. Be careful and use the lowest pressure tip. I tried gargling numerous types of liquids to include; apple cider vinegar, peroxide, salt water, pure lemon juice, anti-bacterial mouthwashes. I gargled up a "few" tonsil stones since my symptoms started about three months ago and thought with all of the vigorous gargling that there was no way I still had tonsil stones but yet I still had many of the symptoms I described above and the rotten taste in my throat was driving me insane. My ENT said I had LPR. I decided to spend the thirty five bucks on a water pick and cannot explain how many more tonsil stones broke loose. I literally hit the "mother load". I could have gargled the rest of my life, I think and not have broken them loose. My tonsils may or may not continue to produce tonsil stones but I can honestly say that I have two days under my belt, symptom free and without tonsil stones. One other note, and it is somewhat disgusting, but I want sufferers to know this. I decided to test the some of the "best practices" to eliminate tonsil stones by placing the disgusting stones themselves in capfuls of Peroxide, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. These liquids did absolutely nothing to break up these stones. I know this will not help everyone but I truly believe this will help many of you. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Good Luck!