Last Modified on Aug 23, 2015
The Immune System - Function, Issues and Treatment
Few people can fully answer the question of what is the immune system. Comprised of a host of cells, proteins, tissues and organs, the immune system is responsible for preventing and fighting infections, germs and cancer. Located throughout the body, the immune system includes the thyroid, adrenal glands, intestine and several other parts of the body system.
Several factors contribute to the function of the immune system. When the immune system becomes impaired, the body is more susceptible to infection and cancer and is typically called a weakened immune system.
Immune deficiency does not always present itself in specific or clear patters, so identifying a weakened immune system may be difficult. At any rate, several factors may suggest a weakened immune system or disorder. Frequent sickness, extensive allergies, tiredness and fatigue are all common symptoms of immune disorders. Additionally, blood infections, inflammation or infection of the internal organs and blood disorders may signal to a doctor or physician that a weakened immune system is present. Additional symptoms include digestive issues, delayed growth and slow development.
While several immune disorders are inherited, several other factors contribute to the effectiveness of the immune system. Emotional stress, physical stressors including poor sleep and athletic overtraining, environment and occupational exposure and UV and other forms of radiation may lead to a lower functioning immune system. Additionally, viral or bacterial infection, drug therapy, blood transfusions and even surgery can inhibit the function of the immune system. Dietary habits also affect immune health.
Immune System Boosters
Whether the immune system is impaired or not it is important to supplement one's health regimen with effective immune system boosters. Active Hexose Correlated Compound or AHCC is well-researched immune system booster. Additionally, aloe vera, astragalus root, camel milk, clove oil, green tea and niacin support the development and maintenance of an effective immune system. A healthy balanced diet and lifestyle are also important for supporting immune function.
Has anyone used AHCC to boost the immune system.. Have they found any benefits? Does it increase white blood cell count?
EC: AHCC= Active Hexose Correlated Compound
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I have been seeking the elements required by the body to do its own healing-- the most vital of them, at least. One of these is as old as life itself, and been in use as a healing agent for a known 5,000 years. It is aloe. The research reveals this type and form of aloe to be closest to eating the plant itself, and is required for cells to do their healing, so I'm all in, when I read that!
Yet another substance that we have woefully underestimated, due to not using it in its best variety, nor in the best delivery form. That the gubmt is trying to place such products under the auspices of big pharm should tell you all you need to know, as they really do want us to have access to affordable, and readily available healing agents, right? --T.
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[SIDE EFFECTS] Astragalus Root: I was hoping this plant would help me out as I seem to develope allergic reactions so easily to pollen and whatever in the atmosphere. I took 1,350 mg (weight) astragalus capsule from well known brand and I have been now for unwell 3 days! Upset my digestive system totally and I feel very strange. I have read that this reaction is very rare; for me it was almost immediate. Can anyone tell me how I might take this powdered root without invoking the upset stomach. Have to say that I don't really want to touch it again!
[YEA] I have used Astragalus root, a common herb, in so many instances of low immune system and viral infections. It always works, its a lifesaver, inexpensive and worth a try.
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Manhattan, New York
[YEA] I would like to know people's experience with camel milk. This website seems to have a lot of information on it http://www.MiracleMilk.com.au
I have had great results for constipation with the camels milk. Chrinic constipation resolved within 3 days.
But it apparently is good for autism, diabetes and other immune problems.
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Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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[YEA] I tried the clove oil on spine to relieve chronic back pain, which I think might be caused by a virus. After a couple of days, I have experienced tremendous relief. I feel quite limber and much better than I have for years. Thanks to Ted and Earth Clinic for all you do!
Here is a study showing what some of us here at EC have known and experienced for quite a while!
When a person 'dies of pneumonia', was it really a 'problem' of pneumonia? Or was the pneumonia a secondary illness, which gained traction in the body, due to lowered immunity to many such diseases? Wouldn't the pneumonia likely respond well to addressing the obvious lack of immunity?
When we are busy directing our energy to treating the 'specifically named disease', focusing on the basic symptomology and the like, perhaps we are missing the obvious. Perhaps the proverbial horse has left the barn.
What if the core issue is the building-up of general immunity? Respecting, resting, and restoring soils that grow foods of greater strength, is one place to begin. Nutritional supplements, herbs, oils, exercise, sunshine, and 'focusing on the good' also have place within this 'general health-building' protocol.
Native peoples who ate raw or wild foods, including Eskimos who ate only raw meat, seemed to display great joy, super immunity, great strength, and an almost complete lack of degenerative disease --as though it was unheard of alltogether.
I think it would pay handsomely to try to get to the root of the matter, not of each of 'my diseases', but of immunity as a single-eyed goal. The core of healing is health; pursue health, not 'disease', good and not evil, and we may find we are on the right, good road, already.
We are all, ultimately, together, one. I'm so glad we're all here helping one another. There is great power in working together for good, just as with evil. It is the same principle at play. Only the results are much happiness. -('Yahsha' in Hebrew; Strongs Conc. H#3467)
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[YEA] Green Tea boost my immune system. Green Tea is the most awesome tea, recently taken the world by storm. I drink 3 cups a day, which is the equivalent of eating 8 apples according to the daily mail. Tea can also rehydrate you so can be used as a substitute for water. I know this because my pee is mostly clear. I used to get the flu 4 times a year without failure. Even during the summer. I suffered for year. ie until I Started to drink Green Tea. My energy levels shot up. I only got sick once in the 2 years that I have been taking it. I think it was the airline food and the long thirsty journey that caused my Tonsillitis. I might have even died the Doctor told me if I didn't have a strong immune system. Well anyway. I haven't been sick drinking green tea.
Hello everyone, From a short research I found that there is some molecules are very important to stimulate the immune system:
1- Iodide potassium stimulates macrophage activity. 2- Alpha and beta gluca are also very good immune stimulator. 3-L-arginine and L-Citrillune stimulates the murine macrophage by the production of NO. 4-lPS( lipopolysaccharide) stimulates murine macrophage activity.
The question is what is LPS and we can find them or buy them as supplement? I appreciate your help.
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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
[YEA] I make a large container of kimchee and keep it on hand when I feel my intestinal and vaginal candida starting to act up. For me, it really helps nip an attack in the bud, and seems to raise my immunity generally. It even seems to ward of a cold or any kind of respiratory infection. Here's my recipe: Buy a big head of nappa cabbage. Coarsely dice, and steam in the microwave with a small amount of water for five minutes only. It should still be crisp. Place the semi-cooked nappa in a large bowl. Add the following to taste and toss with the nappa: about 1/2 cup of Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce. This can be purchased at any well-stocked Oriental grocery. The kind I purchase has no sugar, although it does contain vinegar (but that doesn't seem to lessen the benefits in my case.)Then dice and add 3 or 4 raw scallions. Grate a large carrot and add. Then, finely dice and add 2 large garlic cloves. Lastly, grate about 2 TBSP of RAW, FRESH ginger and add. Pour on about 1/2 cup water to make a "sauce" that will distribute all of these ingredients with the nappa when mixed together. The result should be a pungent, head-clearing "salad" that I eat in between meals a half-cup at a time, a few times a day when experiencing symptoms. If you are familiar with kimchee, you know that it traditionally contains fermented fish sauce, so I leave this out, of course. My kimchee stays in my refrigerator at all times and will not spoil, so it can be kept on hand to have when needed. It's a good thing I enjoy eating it. It's great as a condiment on rice, but mixing it with other foods seems to lessen its punch for me. One more thing. It does cause garlic breath, so I brush and gargle with baking soda. It helps me so much with my candida and general immunity, that I'm not willing to give it up!
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Hi Ted.... Please help.... I Need your advice... I have a low immune system because my body produces low neutrophils.... I have been sick with an infection for the last 6 months and still fighting it.... What can help me to increase my neutrophils..... I have read various things like zinc, shark liver oil, lithium can help increase my count but I need your advice....
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New York, Usa
Hi Everyone, Since we are entering the holiday season and the season notoriously known for colds and flus, I thought I would put the recipe up for The Master Tonic which is known to avert these nasty things. This tonic is extremely powerful because all the ingredients are fresh. Do not underestimate its power.
Master Tonic Ingredients:
1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves
1 part fresh chopped white onions
1 part fresh grated ginger root
1 part fresh grated horseradish root
1 part fresh chopped Cayenne peppers, Jalapenos, Serranos, Habeneros... any combination of the hottest peppers available.
Fill a jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts of the above ingredients. Then fill to the top with raw apple cider vinegar. (Remember all ingredients need to be fresh and organic if possible.)
Close and shake vigorously and then top off with vinegar again if necessary.
This tonic will take approximately 14 days to come to its full potential. Shake it whenever you walk by or at least once a day!
Strain liquid from solids with either cheesecloth or a strainer into an 8 oz. Glass. (Note: the solid ingredients retain almost the same potency as the liquid therefore, they can be pureed and used in salad dressings, as marinades, etc.)
1/2 to 1oz. , 2 or more times daily, gargle and swallow.
Keep this tincture in a dark place as light will deteriorate it. You can put the jar in a brown paper bag for the brewing and shaking process. Tinctures last indefinitely while herbs lose their potency within a year. Also, tinctures enter the body in seconds.
Cheers everyone and stay healthy! Lisa
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Worden, Il, Usa
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Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
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Worden, Il, Usa
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Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
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Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
[YEA] Hi everyone! Just wanted to give feedback on medicinal mushrooms for immune support. My mother has been taking an immune support mushroom formula from the health food store for 2 years now and hasn't gotten sick. I am around a lot of children every day at our karate studio and bombarded year-round with viruses galore. I got a nasty virus in October that took a couple of weeks to recover from and a dry cough that lingered for a good month. My usual arsenal of remedies from EC didn't work this time -- h202 inhalation, Ted's aspirin cure and high doses of vitamin c to name a few. After ignoring my mother's suggestions about medicinal mushrooms now for years, I decided to give it a go. I went online to research and found a sustainably produced, immune support multi-mushroom formula with feedback from people who hadn't been sick in 4-6 years. I bought a bottle and it arrived just in time! I could feel another nasty virus kicking in last week and quickly took 2 capsules. Within 20 minutes I was feeling better. It was that fast! I took 2 more in the evening, 2 more in the morning and by the end of the next day, I was 100% back to normal. No symptoms manifested other than a bit of fatigue.
These mushrooms are now at the top of my favorite supplement list! I am taking 2 capsules every day now.
Blessings and Good Health to All!
Deirdre from EC
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I haven't personally tried the micronized beta glucan but I ran across it in my research for immune products.
The regular high dose beta glucan has been tounted for the immune system but research has shown it is mostly useless since it doesn't absorb into the body. The form of beta glucan is more important that the quantity. Ideal size should be around 1 micron or less. There are many positive anecdotal reports on it.
There is a product called Moducare that has a lot of research behind it. I have personally tried it and can feel the effect.
It is a low dose product with a 20 to 1 ratio of sterols to sterolin. It's mode of action is balancing the immune system so if you immune is over active, it will lower it and if under active, it will raise it.
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