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| Immune System
A healthy immune system is key to minimising allergies, avoiding vaccinations and handling the possible demise of antibiotics. Peggy O'Mara (posted 25 March 2015, accessed 13 January 2016) says:
people mistakenly believe that germs cause colds and other infectious
illnesses. The state of our immune system, however, is what really determines
whether or not we get sick. The specific bacteria or virus is not nearly as important
as the medium in which it is allowed to flourish.'
She goes on to give various preventive measures, particularly for care of children.
Here are my tips to boost your immune system:-
- Love. "I am convinced that unconditional love is the
most powerful known stimulant of the immune system. If I told patients to raise
their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T cells, no one would know
how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same
changes happen automatically. The truth is: love heals." (Bernie Siegel, MD) [Also see: Self-Love; Love & Health; Culture of Love; Love - You can Save the World with Love; Choose to Love.]
- Light. Physical and spiritual light are both so vital to health. See Vitamin D and Solar Culture.
- Vaginal Birth.
Avoid caesarean sections. Vaginal birth is the optimal way to seed the
baby with its mother's bacteria and complete the baby's immune system.
Vaginal home birth is the ideal. See here and here.
- Breastfeeding, especially extended, confers better infant health and a lifelong enhanced immunity. See here and here.
- Good sanitation = clean drinking water + good sewage disposal. Preferably filtered water.
- Good (but not excessive) hygiene. See here.
- Exercise. Helps avoid obesity; important because obesity weakens the ability of the immune system to respond to infection (see here).
- Eat healthy. Enjoy a diverse diet - see here. Minimise added sugar/fructose - see here. Healthy
diet - even more than exercise - helps avoid obesity; this is important
because obesity weakens the ability of the immune system to respond to
infection (see here).
- Fasting. Learn more here. "Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within" (Paracelsus).
- Minimise or Avoid Alcohol. ‘Drinking copious amounts of alcohol in one
session scuppers the immune system by knocking out proteins essential for
fighting off bacteria and viruses.’ (BBC, posted 18 September 2009,
accessed 18 April 2020)
- Avoid antibiotics
the primary weapon against common infections. Infection most of the
time is a sign of an effective immune system, that the body is
responding appropriately and ridding itself of virus and bacteria
debris - see here! Try and avoid antibiotics
altogether if possible. Rather use the likes of vitamin C (interesting
article here!) and other immune boosting supplements (e.g. Echinaforce) and foods. An alternative to antibiotics is raw honey. Also consider chillies, onions and garlic.
- Vitamin N,
where N stands for Nature. This is about getting closer to nature, in
early childhood and throughout life. For example, children regularly in
contact with farm animals have less allergies (Allergy UK, posted November 2013, accessed 27 August 2014; also see here and here). Read Let your kids eat dirt, it's good for them. Avoid Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)!
- Sunshine synthesises vitamin D, which in turn helps the immune system. See here, here, here and here. Sunshine also gets you into nature!
- Sleep well. "Make
sure that you have a good night sleep because it’s during your sleep that your
immune system builds up but don’t sleep with alcohol or sleeping pills in your
system" (Deepak Chopra, posted 5 February 2014, accessed 27 August 2014).
- Room Temperature.
The immune system is weaker in cooler temperatures. For example, the
common cold replicates better in a cold nose. Recommended indoor
temperatures are around 18-21 °C, although I understand the Inuits are comfortable around 15.5-18 °C (but they are physiologically evolved for the cold with short limbs, very efficient metabolisms, extra body fat). (References: BBC; WHO 1985 PDF Health Impact of Low Indoor Temperatures; spitbull post 12 December 2012 2.35pm; all accessed 15 January 2015.)
- Stress Management.
Modern life tends to be so frantic. Chronic stress weakens the immune system. We are
then vulnerable to the pathogens and viruses that we are continually exposed to and ordinarily
fight off. Onset of disease is more likely. Reducing
excessive stress guards against this weakened immunity. Things like simplifying your life, relaxation and meditation help with stress
management. Also see: here; Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (pp.172-175).
- Oxygen Therapy.
This uses ozone or diluted food-grade hydrogen peroxide to allow
aerobic body cells to thrive and to kill off anaerobic diseased cells.
Our bodies are 62-71% oxygen, 89% by weight. Oxygen produces 90% of
body's biological energy. This simple, low-cost therapy
could transform health care says Madison Cavanaugh in The One Minute Cure, available here as a PDF.
Healthy air and oxygenating breathing practices will also help.
Breastmilk and especially colostrum have high levels of hydrogen
peroxide to boost baby immunity!
- Deep Breathing. 'Those that engage in deep breathing tend
to have longer telomeres than shallow breathers and longer telomeres support
cell health and immunity strength. Inhale deeply through your nose into your
stomach, hold for a few seconds and breathe out slowly. Practice this often and
especially anytime you feel stress and anxiety rising. When you're stressed you
naturally go into a shallow breathing state which increases stress hormone and
blood pressure which compromise immunity.' (Mike Mahler, 16 March 2020
- Safety and Insecurity Issues in Your Life and Environment.
These disrupt your immune system (cited by Caroline Myss in her audio
taped talk 'The Creation of Health'). So, do your best to create a safe
and secure life.
- Hierarchies in Society.
Whether this is the British class system or the Indian caste system or
whatever, this needs to be minimised. Being at the bottom of the social
heap means we are chronically stressed. It alters the immune system,
compromising physical and mental health (BBC, posted and accessed 25 November 2016). We need equality and unity. [Also see 'Underclass & Criminality'.]
- Close Relationships Quality.
Research shows that the quality of your close relationships (family,
intimate partner) is hugely influential for immune system function
(and physical and mental health). See here, here.
- Dry Body Brushing.
A natural bristle brush is used to lightly brush the dry body.
This strengthens the immune system, aiding the proper functioning of
the lymph system by clearing it of congestion and cellulite. Improved
lymph flow means increased immunity, better health, fewer
headaches/colds/flu/etc. Also, excess water is flushed from the
tissues, reducing puffiness and bloating. See how here.
- Masturbation. Masturbation improves immune functioning by increasing cortisol levels,
which can regulate immune functioning in small doses (Spring Chenoa Cooper &
Anthony Santella, The
Independent, posted and accessed 15 May 2015).
- Altruism. Doing good boosts the immune system and the nervous system. So do random acts of kindness,
volunteer, serve, sign petitions. By the way, altruism is not a form of
selfishness, it's just how we social humans evolved. See here. It's Win-Win. The good guys finish healthier!
- Ancient Community Practices. Jacob Devaney writes that the combination of dance, music and socialising during days of stressful rescue work strengthened his immune system, whilst almost all his colleagues succumbed to sickness (Uplift, posted 3 December 2015, accessed 16 December 2015).
is another ancient community practice that bonds us, reduces stress,
promotes happiness, and boosts the immune system. For example, see here.
'Not only are dogs natural protectors of their home and pack, research now
indicates that dogs can protect your children’s immune systems and help prevent
allergies and conditions like eczema. One study by the University of Cincinnati showed that children who grew up with dogs and whose
parents had some history of eczema developed the condition at a rate of as low
as 9%, while households without dogs showed rates as high as 57%. On the other
hand, having a cat in the house actually increased the chance of children
developing eczema to as high as 54%. Surprisingly, children who tested allergic
to dogs as babies actually benefited the most from having dogs in the house
when they were infants. Nearly two thirds of them who grew up without a dog
developed eczema and other allergic reactions later in life. Only 14% who grew
up with dogs did.' (Jon
Bastian, dated 2017, accessed 22 March 2017)
Immune System Explained
Your body has various systems like the nervous system (communicates
data), respiratory system (allows breathing) and the excretory
system (eliminates waste).
The immune system combats harmful substances (pathogens) in or on the
body. Pathogens may be viruses, bacteria, pollens, toxic chemicals.
Antigens are the part of pathogens which provoke an immune response.
- Your body is actually more virus and bacteria than your own
cells! In other words, many of these substances are beneficial, indeed
essential to life and health as with the microbiome (see here, here, here).
- Pathogens may only become detrimental, express themselves and proliferate
when the body is under stress.
The immune system uses two primary strategies to neutralise pathogens:-
Plants, fungi, insects and primitive multicellular organisms use the
innate immune system as their dominant immune system response. However, in humans
(and vertebrates) both systems dance intelligently together to create a strong
lifelong immune system.
- The first and evolutionarily older strategy is the innate immune system. This is our first line of defence and also
the “clean-up crew”. Inflammation, fever and white blood cells eat, neutralise,
destroy and eliminate the unwanted matter. The gunk is expelled by cough,
sneeze, diarrhoea, vomit, snot. The relevant cells are mainly located in the
interface between body and world (e.g. skin, respiratory and digestive linings).
This part of the immune system does not learn or have a memory. It does not
create immunity. But it is always ready to act.
- The second strategy is the acquired
or adaptive immune system. This is the antibody and “memory crew”. It will
learn from interactions with pathogens (minimum time of 4-7 days), creating
specific antibodies for specific antigens. In this way, it better protects the
body if the pathogen is encountered again. It creates natural immunity for some
time, if not a lifetime.
This happens from birth. However, humans are interfering with this
powerful design. We do not allow the immune system to learn about its
environment in many ways:-
Your Child Sick, or Demonstrating Health? (Natural Child Magazine); Coronavirus immunity: Can you
catch it twice? (BBC); Innate immune system
immune system (Wikipedia).
- Birth: Cesarean birth and
lack of immediate baby-to-mother skin contact means the immune system is not ideally
primed. Also not ideal is that the hospital birth environment is so unlike the forthcoming
home environment, and possibly has many dangerous pathogens. So, microbiome
seeding (see here, here, here) is poor.
- Vaccination: Vaccination aims to
influence the second part of the immune system, creating specific antibodies,
but as the first part of the immune system was not involved and because of
other factors (e.g. toxic adjuvants) the natural way of evolution is disrupted.
Vaccinations rob the naive immune system of essential learning. In the words of
Mendelsohn: “We are trading the benefit of a life-long immunity from childhood
illnesses, for a life-long suffering of chronic diseases.”
- Nature: We lead lives so
removed from nature. This, for example, means that those kids in close contact
with farm animals, dogs and dirt have much stronger immune systems. The way of millions of years is the one we need!
- Suppression &
Medicalisation: Our medicalised world tends to suppress immune system responses, both
in kids and adults. We don’t want them/ourselves to suffer. We use drugs to
alleviate fever and pain and to stop the flow of sludge. But the danger is that
the gunk is not eliminated, but rather accumulates in the body causing further
toxicity, stress, a weak immune system, ongoing disease. Rather create a
peaceful environment and support body’s immune processes.
Immune System Quotes
Magic Bullets for Babies
Is Your Child Sick, or Demonstrating Health?
Great Gut Extinction: Has modern life destroyed our health?