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"If you have a gene that produces high levels of interferon-gamma, or signaling proteins that tell the immune system to get active fast, it may predispose you to developing MS. Under this scenario men get MS less often because men, in general, are less likely to have a gene variant that is related to higher secretion of these cytokines. Research by scientists at the Cleveland Clinic and elsewhere have also shown that women and men naturally produce different levels of interferon-gamma and that higher levels of interferon-gamma can intensify the MS damage processes and make the disease worse."
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Her rheumatologist worried about the ramifications of having her on a roller coaster of prednisone and decided to try Imuran, a chemotherapy medication that suppresses the immune system in general, which he and Joy had been hoping to avoid since it carries with it a heightened risk of lymphoma and leukemia. She stayed on Imuran for fifteen months. At that point she seemed stable enough that her doctor began to wean her off it, but suddenly she had another severe flare—her joints swelled and she developed pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining of the lungs. She began having severe migraines."

- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"This type of patient portrait is certainly likely to lead doctors to make what Hal Scofield calls "some good predictions" that a patient's immune system is being triggered in the wrong way and that he or she totters on the verge of disease. Physicians can then warn patients about the adverse health course they are on and intervene with lifestyle changes and medications with the intention of averting an array of life-altering and debilitating diseases. Think of LaShekia Chatman of Buffalo, New York."

- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"A physician treating someone who shows all the signs of being on the verge of disease but who is still enjoying relatively good health in his or her day-to-day life would have to think twice before intervening with the sledgehammer treatments available today that damp down whole aspects of the immune system without discriminating between the good and the bad. Furthermore, if we can test for genetic predisposition and detect the earliest biomarkers of disease before patients fall ill, will health- and life-insurance companies cover such patients? Will companies hire them?"

- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Braud wanted to test the effects of intention on human cells, ideally those of the immune system, for if an outside agent could influence the immune system, the prospects for healing were immense. But this represented a challenge far too great for his laboratory. The immune system was an entity with so much complexity that in any study of human intention, it would be almost impossible to quantify what had changed and who was responsible for the changing. A far better candidate was the red blood cell."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"Autoimmune Diseases Conditions in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues are called autoimmune diseases. Various types of arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), and other inflammatory or connective tissue disorders are considered autoimmune diseases. Many other common conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, are thought to have an autoimmune component. Studies in animals suggest that DHEA may have a beneficial effect on the process of autoimmune attack."
- Alan Gaby, Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis: What You Can Do About Bone Loss (Get the book.)

"In addition to these nutritional and digestive benefits, probiotics enhance immune function. They manufacture antibiotics, like acidophilin produced by acidophillus, which are effective against many types of bacteria, including Streptococcus and staph."
- Elizabeth Lipski, Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion (Get the book.)

"It is also a primary immune system regulator. But when histamine gets engaged in water regulation of the body, it automatically suppresses the immune system at the bone marrow level of activity. It has to do it; otherwise dehydration would constantly cause immune system flare-up. This is the natural design of the body to conserve the immune system for serious infections and not waste its resources when the body is dehydrated. Lymphoma; Allergies; Asthma; Diabetes; immune System Suppression Diabetic Neuropathy: My name is Andrew J."
- Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, Water Cures: Drugs Kill : How Water Cured Incurable Diseases (Get the book.)

"Some food-borne infections lead to chronic illness, causing heart and valve problems, immune system disorders, joint disease and possibly even cancer. Use of supplemental acidophilus and bifidus can help prevent food poisoning by making the intestinal tract inhospitable to the invading microbes. It is a common misconception that friendly flora kill invading microbes. What they actually do is change the environment by "competitive exclusion"—they secrete large amounts of acids (acetic, formic, and lactic acids) which make the area unsuitable for pathogens."
- Elizabeth Lipski, Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion (Get the book.)

"For instance, our immune systems normally detect bacteria by information coded on the cell walls. Now in response to antibiotics some bacteria have survived by removing their cell walls, so they're able to enter the bloodstream and tissues unopposed, causing damage in organs and tissues.1 Bacteria can also turn on specific genes when exposed to specific antibiotics. Resistant strains of bacteria are communicating with each other, and passing resistance information on to other types of bacteria. For example, we now have antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, leprosy, staph and strep."

- Elizabeth Lipski, Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion (Get the book.)

"Examination of the fluids in the wounds found different levels of a chemical called interleukin-6 (IL-6), a cytokine and key chemical in the immune system. Among the hostile couples, the levels of interleukin-6 were too low initially and then too high immediately after an argument, suggesting that their immune systems had been overwhelmed.34 The person sending out an intention might also need to be sent good intentions."
- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"Knowing what to do in a R esearch has shown that relaxation of infection-fighting antibodies, techniques can have a direct impact improved wound healing, lower blood on the body's immune system. Mind- pressure, reduced anxiety and nausea, body techniques including meditation and promoting a healthy immune have been associated with higher levels system.4 pinch can bring you back to center. Try to pick one or two of these activities that appeal to you and use them whenever you find yourself at wit's end. Quick Activities for Relieving Temporary Stress and Anxiety Get up and walk."
- Wendy Bazilian, DRPH, MA, RD, Steven Pratt, MD, Kathy Matthews, Superfoods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Get the book.)

"Such high doses of the drugs would wipe out her bone marrow, which makes the immune cells of the blood, leaving her vulnerable to dying from the least little infection. Peters explained that he would attempt to "rescue" her once the chemotherapy was finished, with an infusion of her own bone marrow, which he would extract from her hip bone before starting the chemotherapy. If all went as planned, Diane's marrow cells would find their way back into her bones over a period of weeks and begin churning out immune cells, so she could fight infection once again."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"But the SAD diet of Americans will not protect our immune function. New research has shown that diets deficient in just one nutrient, in this case either selenium or vitamin E, could cause a benign virus to mutate to a disease-producing organism.4 Today, less than 80 percent of women and children meet the RDA for vitamin E and zinc. Less than 80 percent of American women meet the RDA for magnesium.5 A study of high school runners found that 45 percent of girls and 17 percent of boys were deficient in iron, while 31 percent of female college athletes were also found to be iron-deficient."
- Elizabeth Lipski, Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion (Get the book.)

"Stress and the immune system Before the end of the 1970s, it was generally felt that so-called stress-linked disorders (on the rise) and infectious disorders (on the decline) were distinct categories of illness. Throughout the early period of research on stress and disease, there seemed to be no obvious way in which stress could play any role in a person's susceptibility to, or recovery from, an infectious disease."
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"Therefore, taking vitamin A-in cod liver oil, or in vitamin A supplements, or in both-is important for the many 4-A kids who have immune problems. Vitamin A also increases the communication ability of cells, including brain cells, by stimulating the transmission of signals from cell to cell. The 2006 ARI autism rating scale for cod liver oil: • Symptoms improved: 49 percent No discernible effect: 47 percent • Symptoms worsened: 4 percent Cod liver oil is sold in capsules, and also in liquid form."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Similarly, ideas about how to realize the healing effects of positive thinking were first developed and disseminated in populist teachings and texts; next, they were claimed by reform-minded medical researchers in the second half of the twentieth century (who linked these ideas to emerging understandings of the biochemistry of placebo effects and the ways in which the brain and immune system interact); and finally they were disseminated again into the popular culture, but stamped now with the imprimatur of biomedical science."
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"Whey protein also appears to support optimal blood pressure levels and to boost the function of the immune system by enhancing glutathione levels, a powerful endogenous antioxidant remarkable for its liver-detoxifying properties. In fact, glutathione is the main antioxidant in the liver, which is the primary organ responsible for processing toxins in the body. Low levels of glutathione are seen in people suffering from oxidative stress, liver disease, and diabetes. Therefore it is important to maintain healthy levels of glutathione in your fight against diabetes and against aging."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"If you have diabetes, and if your lifestyle is such that you are in a state of chronic or fairly constant stress, stress hormone levels can remain abnormally high, adding to your metabolic dysfunction, raising blood pressure, elevating cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and damaging your immune system. Why Relaxation Techniques Help Regardless of which relaxation technique you choose—meditation, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, progressive relaxation—they all work in the same basic way."

- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"It has largely been valued as a way to boost the immune system and as an adaptogen, which means it helps increase the body's resistance to stress. Today it is still used for this purpose, but it also is proving helpful in supporting metabolic health and healthy blood sugar levels. At the University of Toronto, a group of researchers found that Asian ginseng, when compared with a placebo, improved glucose and insulin control in people with type 2 diabetes."

- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Their still-developing immune systems might mistakenly treat the toxins as naturally occurring enzymes or hormones. And because children are growing and developing so fast, dangerous cell mutations can multiply at a faster rate. Children are also less capable of detoxifying and excreting chemicals than adults. Their blood-brain barrier is still porous and allows more chemicals to reach their brains."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"These compounds can be extremely toxic to the immune system. PCBs also disrupt thyroid hormone homeostasis, which is a crucial part of fetal development. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, EPA, and International Agency for Research on Cancer have all concluded that PCBs probably cause cancer. So if you have fluorescent lighting fixtures that are more than thirty years old, consider replacing them: They may be leaking PCBs into the air. And be warned that another major source of PCB contamination is dietary."

- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"To put it another way: A child may have "positive" or "immune" titer levels if either he has been exposed to the infection naturally or if he's been vaccinated. If the results of this simple blood test are positive, indicating immunity, then the child may not need further vaccines of this type. • The vaccine must be necessary. Most of us had chicken pox when we were children. Given the number of vaccines children already receive, many parents prefer not to give the chicken pox vaccine, often called a "convenience" vaccine, because chicken pox is not considered a life-threatening disease."

- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Probiotics also promote Th-1 immunity, and can help to balance a Th-2 skewed immune system. I strongly recommend that you use high-quality probiotics that contain large numbers of viable organisms. The amount of organisms in the probiotics, and the quality of their ability to adhere to the gut wall, are essential to their efficacy. Although products with higher numbers of organisms and better adherence quality cost more, the expense is worth the gain in this particular class of supplements, because they appear to produce superior clinical results."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"It helps with detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals, it supports the immune system, and it increases the integrity of the gastrointestinal mucosa. It is sometimes used during the process of chelation, because it can be liver-protective, and can also help detoxify the body of heavy metals. NAC has a thirty-year history of therapeutic use, and is often applied as an antidote for acetaminophen poisoning. In addition to increasing the body's levels of glutathione, it is also an antioxidant. It also protects enzymes that contain sulfur."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Specifically, the vaccinations appear to make kids' immune systems too Th-2 skewed, with a relative deficit of Th-1 activity. For example, when children actually contract a virus, and the virus gets into their cells, they fight the illness primarily with Th-1 cells, which lead the attack on the intracellular viral material. On the other hand, if kids are vaccinated against a virus, and never develop the actual disease, they may never activate a robust Th-1 response against it. When this happens, they may develop too much Th-2 activity, creating too much allergic response."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"All in all, healthy colonies of probiotics in the intestinal tract can support the immune system, leaving it more energy and resources to focus on cancer prevention. Colon Cancer There is a wealth of indirect evidence supporting the ability of probiotics to prevent colon cancer in humans. Most of this evidence is based on laboratory studies and some on population research. Human studies will help confirm the ability of probiotics to prevent this terrible disease."
- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Medical science was persuaded that the immune system performed these functions in a wholly autonomous fashion, unaffected by input from the nervous system or any other part of the body. Nothing could deter it from its self-appointed path. Indeed, it had been found that one could take the relevant cells and substances out of the host body and put them in a petri dish with some toxin or foreign agent, and they would still move smoothly into action, just as they would under normal (in vivo) conditions."
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"The toxicity of the biofilm stimulates an unsuccessful but persistent immune reaction that generates inflammatory chemicals such as CRP. Nanobacteria calcify the environment they live in, and thus contribute over time to the destruction of arterial walls, arthritic joints, and kidney tissue. Two Finnish researchers, Olavi Kajander and Neva Ciftcioglu, of the University of Kuopio, discovered nanobacteria in 1988. Subsequently, they have theorized that calcific plaques plugging our arteries result from longstanding infection. More research is needed to validate this idea."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"Atopic dermatitis, the kind of eczema we're talking about in this entry, is one of the first signs of allergy during infancy and is believed to be due to delayed development of the immune system. It affects between 10 and 20 percent of all infants, but almost half of these kids will "grow out" of eczema between the ages of five and fifteen, according to the American Academy of Dermatologists. But many won't. Two wonderful supplements—evening primrose oil and probiotics—may help."
- Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why (Get the book.)

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