|“The right raw materials can double or triple the protective power of the Immune system.” —- Joel FuhrmanHello Members,There is a growing body of research in the news supporting the importance of the Immune system as one of the keys to good health.Do you know people who:
- Catch colds & viruses often?
- Are regularly unwell?
- Have allergies?
- Are run down & fatigued much of the time?
Did you ever notice how some people catch everything and others are never sick and always full of energy? Some Researchers attribute this to people having Immune systems of different strength.
According to various News Reports, Many Researchers now believe:
Our Immune system is how we fight off infections, germs and even cancer. Sometimes the Immune system does not work properly, as with immunodeficiency disorders. People with these disorders may be extremely susceptible to infection and even cancer.
Diagnosis is vital as impaired immune response can pose serious threats to health. With the increasing resistance of pathogens to current antibiotics and anti-fungal medications, the impact of a weak Immune system has taken on added significance. Likewise, the daily immune challenges in the face of a more environmentally toxic world have intensified the need for maintaining optimal immune function.
The Immune system is highly complex and important to our well-being. A strong and balanced Immune system is required for health maintenance. Using natural agents, it is possible to help restore an immune system imbalance or weakness.
The Immune system is composed of many interdependent cell types that collectively protect the body from bacterial, parasitic, fungal and viral infections, as well as from growth of tumor cells. Many of these cell types have specialized functions. The cells of the Immune system can engulf bacteria, kill parasites or tumor cells, or kill virus-infected cells. These cells often depend on the T-helper subset for activation signals.
Causes & Development
Researchers believe Immune responses can be depressed by various external influences including:
- Emotional stress
- Inadequate sleep
- Athletic over-training
- Environmental & occupational chemical exposure
- UV and other types of radiation
- Common viral or bacterial infections
- Certain drug therapies
- Blood transfusions
Researchers also believe Dietary habits have an impact on immune response, including:
- Excessive fat, alcohol or refined sugar consumption
- Inadequate protein, calorie, vitamin, mineral or water intake
In addition, the biological state of ageing counteracts immune function, particularly after age 40. Immune deficiencies are also attributed to acquired infections or diseases that target the Immune system such as HIV and Borreliosis (Lyme disease).
Research has reported Chronic and acute mobilization of immune defenses, induced by a variety of diseases & conditions, places undo stress on the Immune system, weakening its capacity to deal effectively with infectious organisms and other immunological requirements elsewhere in the body. Such conditions may include, but are not limited to:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Autoimmune disorders in general
- Primary chronic polyarthritis
- Chronic candidiasis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Food & other allergies
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Chemical sensitivities
Possible signs, symptoms & indicators of a Weakened Immune System:
Symptoms – General
- Coated tongue. White tongues can be found in people with weakened immune systems
- Regular/frequent infections
- Recent or chronic productive coughs
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster). Shingles is also more common in people with weakened immune systems from HIV infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatment, transplant operations and stress
- Yeast/Candida infections. Candidiasis is reported to be more common and severe in individuals with weakened immune systems. Many conditions that result in a weakened Immune system may cause Candida proliferation.
- Low T-Helper (CD4) and Killer (CD8) Cell level
- Rheumatoid Arthritis. People with rheumatoid arthritis (who for a long time were thought to have overactive Immune systems, instead may have exhausted Immune systems). A study at the Mayo Clinic has shown for the first time that patients with rheumatoid arthritis have prematurely aged Immune systems. Patients 20 to 30 years old had a collection of T-cells that looked like they belonged to 50 to 60 year olds.
- Boils, Abscesses. Carbuncles
- Cysts in breasts
- Tumours, Malignant, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Research indicates Risk factors for Weakened Immune System may include:
- Cigarette smoke damage. Smoking can lead to a weakened Immune system, making colds, flus, and many other ordinary illnesses worse than otherwise
- Allergy to foods. Food allergies may divert some of the Immune system’s resources away from preventing and dealing with illness. Thus, continuous consumption of food which is causing symptoms may weaken your Immune system.
- Chemotherapy side-effects
- Mercury toxicity. In vitro studies suggest that even low, environmentally relevant exposure levels of mercury, which are not toxic, may still contribute to immune dysfunction by interfering with proper lymphocyte functioning
- The effects of over-training. High performance athletes may have chronically lowered Immune systems.
- Low Adrenal function/Adrenal insufficiency
- Previous/recent transplant surgery
- Zinc requirement. Zinc deficiency may weaken the Immune system
- Iron requirement
- Vitamin B12 requirement. Impaired white blood cells response can be a sign of B12 deficiency
- Cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis can cause Immune system dysfunction leading to infection
- Borreliosis (Lyme disease). Chronic Lyme victims’ Immune systems are thought to be ‘overwhelmed’ (turned off) by the disease. This indicates the actual disease is one of immunosuppression, or is an Acquired deficiency, similar to AIDS – allowing additional opportunistic infections that the Lyme victims cannot control.
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Victory for Wellness,