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Secrets To Naturally Improving Your Immune System

September 23, 2010 by  

Secrets To Naturally Improving Your Immune System

Your immune system is comprised of intricate structures and organisms designed to protect you from disease by identifying and destroying foreign pathogens or disease-causing microbes. This can mean detecting various invaders including viruses, bacteria, toxins, parasites and tumor cells.

These invaders can enter through your skin, nose and mouth by way of air, water or food. Once in the body they can start to wreak havoc on every cell, tissue and organ in their path. This type of toxic invasion can lead to heart disease, cancer, brain disorders, digestive disease, skin disorders, influenza strains (including H1N1) vision loss, diabetes, stroke and virtually every ailment you can imagine.

White blood cells, or leukocytes, are your body’s “soldiers” designed to locate and destroy these microbes. These white blood cells are produced in your bone marrow and then gather in your bloodstream, lymph system and spleen waiting to attack. Your lymph system is a network of vessels that carry clear fluid — known as lymph — and white blood cells throughout your body.

Your body is made up of millions of leukocytes including lymphocytes known as helper T cells, suppressor T cells, killer T cells and B cells. These cells are aided by other helpful microbes called phagocytes, monocytes and macrophages. All these tiny cells are part of the immune system and work together to eliminate any foreign invaders from your body.

How? Ancient people knew the body could detect disease and recognize it in the future. But it was modern scientists who determined how your immune system works so that people don’t experience the same disease again and again.

When it comes to allergies, common colds, inflammation and other health problems, the link to all these conditions is most often associated with an imbalance of your immune system. Ideally you want an immune system that’s boosted and balanced for optimum health. When your immune response is weakened it becomes overactive or hypersensitive and this can cause your immune system to attack itself and allow toxins to invade your body.

Flu shots, antiviral medications, nasal sprays and prescription drugs are not the answer when it comes to protecting and improving your immune system. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “Influenza viruses can become resistant to these drugs, so these medications may not always work.” Luckily Mother Nature has provided an abundance of safe and effective nutrients that can provide superior strength beyond simply taking immune-boosting vitamin C.

One powerful nutrient used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is scute root, or Chinese skullcap. This root has been shown to help relieve symptoms associated with inflammation due to colds, sore throat, flu or pneumonia, according to The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook by Alan Keith Tillotson, Ph.D.

Scute has also been shown to help fight cell destruction related to oxygen deprivation and protect cells damaged by inflammation related to histamine use. Other roots and herbs used by TCM practitioners to help improve immunity and trigger antibody response include golden seal, bitter melon, garlic, white peony, cinnamon bark and licorice.

So to avoid toxic invaders that can harm your body, look for vitamins, minerals, herbs and nutrients that have been proven to help increase your immune strength. These include vitamins C, D and B6, zinc, astragalus root, Reishi mushroom extract, andrographis root and isatis root.

With the peace of mind of a balanced body comes optimum health — inside and out — for years to come.

— Michael Cutler, M.D.

For a natural supplement that will help boost and balance your entire immune system, try Pure Immune3™ from True Health™.

Dr. Michael Cutler

is a graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif. Dr. Cutler is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder and editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter — a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients.

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  • TIME

    Doc, Great Blog, I think how you set it up will help folks grasp the system better, really well done. Thanks

  • Cribster

    If your acidic your prone to bad health. Good old fashioned organic Apple Cider vinegar does wonders for balancing pH.

    • John

      Cribster – You’re absolutely right, all illness is caused by an acidic body (lack of alkaline minerals), per the teachings of Dr. Linus Pauling, but it’s going to take more than vinegar to overcome the acid load on the body. You must follow a macrobiotic diet with the use of mineral, enzyme, antioxidant, and protein supplements (also fish oils and probiotics). See phionbalance.com and use an ionizer: abundalife.com and lifeionizers.com.

  • Earl

    Hopefully our rights to freely access information such as this will still be intact after the likes of this legislature get done cramming S.510 and the “food safety” laws down our throats. If we lose, there will be no Docs like this to tell us these things freely, only prescription drugs and their culture of death…….

    • s c

      Earl, the other side of the coin deals with those who call themselves ‘MDs.’ Medical schools teach wannabe MDs to despise and mistrust ANYTHING that’s not a patented drug. Ergo, any MD who goes along with this half-assed legislation is anything but a scientist or a true MD.
      That legislation is nothing but money and power-driven POLITICS. It is yet another redistribution of wealth at OUR expense. To me, it’s on a scale equal to the idea that we’re not to be ‘trusted’ with the benefits and constitutional rights of the 2nd Amendment.
      SCREW EVERYONE who thinks they’ll be able to ram such insanity down our throats. American MDs, in particular, are sorely in need of a heavy dose of reality, and that includes whatever it takes to get their prostituted, unscientific attention.

    • John

      Earl – That’s why we MUST support the organizations that fight for our rights to learn the truth: centerforfoodsafety.org, organicpastures.com, realmilk.com, healthiereating.org, seedsofdeception.com, and responsibletechnology.org.

  • TIME

    People, if you get the time or not make the time to get and watch;
    ” GENERATION RX ” by Kevin Miller, its more than likly on U tube.

  • http://carol.kalinich@gmail.com Carol Kalinich

    I happen to agree with the average MD. They are TOXIC. They can detect disease through tests, but much of the medical treatment is pretty much a cocktail of pills OR Kemo + Radiation for cancer. I was diagnosed with CLL Leukemia, I did not worry, I still am not sure of the symptoms or even the name. I just let it go. I kept a positive attitude and my next blood test the #’s were way down. The DRS were amazed. After 2 yrs, the #’s are about 21 and have stayed there from at first being almost 70. I believe our state of mind is the most important thing in fighting disease, although I have had daily chronic headaches for 30 yrs. The 1 thing I have not been able to beat. It is because I am a sensitive ~ I pick up things from others, and have not mastered how to let it go!!!!

    • Christin

      Carol,
      Glad to hear you are doing well… a positive mind is a great thing!

      I have had headaches and migraines since my twenties. Long periods of Sunlight and flourescent light usually set me off, but got them for other reasons, too. After much research via the internet (that BO wants to take away from us),I found out that often the headaches came about because of a “magnesium” deficiency. So now to prevent headaches or migraines I take 200 mg “Magnesium Citrate” (Physicians Preference) AM and PM. I have also taken 200 mg “Mag Glycinate” (Metagenics) twice a day as well. I have done really well with this and only have had an occasional headache (often I forgot the AM dose) with daily stresses.

      Hope you find this helpful. Good luck to you.

      • Christin

        PS:
        Dr. Michael Cutler,

        Thank you for the informative article on our immune system… some I knew, some I forgot, much I didn’t know. Appreciate you’re sharing your knowledge of (preventative) natural remedies for our bodies with us. Wish more people and Medical Doctors would learn that much of what we were taught to use is toxic and find these natural remedies to heal us again.
        Thank you,
        Christin

  • Bruce D.

    Nice! Clear, concise, and informative. Some people would have taken four pages or more to explain that. It shows your level of knowledge to be able to take a complex subject like that and give it such clearity in su

    • Bruce D.

      …in such few words. Just finnishing what I wanted to say.

  • Shirley Hobby

    Dr. Cutter,

    I am currently in the midst of a 3 week bout with hives. I have had 3 other similar episodes in my life. The allergist administered the skin tests with no “significant” allergen revealed. Same results with the RAST. I know that I am allergic to penicillan, but I have not had any penicillan. I think that my hives are connected to a sensitivity to corn (by process of elimination). I have NHL, year-round allergy symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis and a generally “compromised immune system”. Last year my oncologist tried an IgG infusion treatment but I had an adverse reaction; my spleen started attacking my blood cells and I rapidly became anemic and required a blood transfusion and a four week treatment with Rituxin.
    With all that said, could the hives, NHL and allergies and arthritis all be a result of a compromised immune system? If possibly so, what can I do to boost my immune system?

    • libertytrain

      Shirley – I don’t know what Dr. Cutler will tell you but I had a similar experience a few years back and bought a generic Claritin product over the counter like a Walmart or Kmart brand and took it regularly for a few months – it took care of the problem almost immediately but I kept taking it because of something I read saying it would help my mysterious hives and swelling. It did and now I keep it on hand for those just in case moments – I’m allergic to Penicillin as well – I never new what I was exposed to and from what I’ve read, one usually doesn’t.

  • Ascension OLivas

    Thank you very much for the information.
    I’d like to add some other aspect for that of adquiring and keeping our bodies helthy and it is balancing the PH,that tend to be acidic, adding enough ammounts of alcaline water and consuming all types of alcaline vegetables, natural sea salt and olive oil. There are a few to eliminate like milk and dairy products, meats, eggs, tap water and any quemical or desnaturalice products. The principle is only give to our bodies the food that will provide energy and not pollute it and stress it even more. God made our body very smart and giving it the right elements it will construct good cells, kill the intruders and reconstruct itself.

  • Kristin

    Vitamin C is only good for people without Th1 dominant autoimmune diseases. Vitamin C is a TH1 stimulator. If you have a Th1 dominant immune system you will get sicker, not healthier. People tend to think vitamin c and other supplements are healthy and they are except, we have an epidemic of autoimmune diseases and those people need to know what they are doing before “boosting their immune systems.”

  • Monique

    PLEASE NOTE: the person name Carol is a lunatic and do not take anything she says as true.

  • Lynne

    Monique, do you know her personally?

  • http://www.eyeexercise.site90.com Andria Hagg

    Great blog. I have been wearing glasses for most of my life and have just recently discovered the eye exercise program by dr. Bates. The results are great!

  • http://www.personalliberty.com Joan Neel

    I’m so confused about what to take, or not to take concerning vitamins and minerals due to my diagnosis of R.A. … since my immune system is running rampant and I’m taking Methotrexate, I’m not sure what will help or hurt. My doctor confuses me further, because he feels diet and supplements play no part in helping my condition. I’ve had considerable help from the R.A. site on-line, and also have eliminated gluten and dairy and started using raw sea salt and raw sugar and am seeing less inflammation, but still having pain.
    jo

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