THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
In Defense of Your Defense
By Dr. William R. Kellas
What is the most important system in the body?
The immune system, more than any other system in the body, is central to your health and well-being because it affects every other part of the body. The healthier your immune system is, the better your body can cope with the many toxic burdens it may encounter. Conversely, the fewer the toxic burdens, the more effectively your immune system will work. Allergens weaken the immune system, and a malfunctioning immune system in turn leads to allergies; a vicious cycle that can throw your health into a tailspin if the cycle is not stopped.
What exactly is the immune system?
The immune system is the defense force against invaders from both outside and inside the body. These invaders can cause disease or death if not stopped. The importance of the immune system cannot be underestimated.
How does one develop a healthy immune system?
Immune system health is dependent on three things:
* Biochemical support (including nutrition)
* Genetic factors (heredity)
* Elimination of toxic suppressors
There are three ways you can win in developing a healthy immune system and having generally good health. Comparing your current health to an airplane needing to pull out of a tailspin or face imminent disaster, you can do a turnaround and reverse the downward descent of your health.
Is it all in your genes?
The factor of heredity explains why some people can eat junk food or smoke and still lead long and healthy lives, while others follow all the rules and die early. Or why others have constant colds and infections and feel generally rundown year after year. Although your heredity cannot be changed, with today's technology, and by maximizing nutrition and other supporters and minimizing toxic burdens, you can make the most of the hand you've been dealt - your genetic predisposition.
Are you what you eat?
Everything you eat will either strengthen or weaken your immune system, so nutrition is the key to its efficient function. However, there is more to nutrition than diet; good foods are the tools which will provide necessary nutrients, and bad foods such as sugar and rancid oils are "negative nutrients", or toxins. If you go without food long enough, or limit yourself to toxic, nutrient-deficient junk food, the body dies in stages beginning at the cellular level.
There is just no substitute for proper nutrition. Without it, all other measures have limited usefulness in restoring and maintaining immune system health.
Primary toxic suppressors such as metals, chemicals, and radiation can interfere with proper immune system function. Secondary microbiological suppressors such as fungi and bacteria which are fed by refined sugars in the diet can also damage the immune system.
Primary toxic suppressors along with biochemical deficiencies can cause your immune system to be suppressed to the point that it is not working one hundred percent for you, and can open the door for opportunistic microorganisms to gain a foothold and undermine your health.
You must take back responsibility for your health!
Chances are if you are reading this article, you or someone you care about has a poorly functioning immune system, so some damage may have already been done. Fortunately, the body comes with self-repair systems that are activated with even a minimum of effort. Regardless of the state of your immune system, it is virtually guaranteed that any nutritional improvement and/or lowering of your toxic load will result in at least some improvement in immune system function. This improvement may or may not cause a noticeable decrease of symptoms, or the improvement may be very slow, but your body is still benefiting. Another way to look at it: if your symptoms or disease are slowing, stopping, or reversing, you are winning.
Just what is the immune system and where is it located?
Although no system works alone, the immune system, unlike the cardiovascular or digestive systems, cannot be isolated and pinpointed in a diagram of the human body. Because it is so important, and must react so quickly to invaders, its components and cells are found everywhere in the body. Like the defense system of a country or government, the immune system is set up to keep order and to recognize and attack enemies, to distinguish between friend and foe, self and non-self.
How can your immune system attack you?
The immune system may be either overly aggressive in general, or may fail to distinguish between self and non-self between you and the bad guys. One's own tissues and systems come under attack. The resulting symptoms depend on the system being attacked. The immune system is set up to produce antibodies against a wide range of pathogens, or disease-causing organisms. It is also set up to not react against the molecules carried in the body's own cells.
Our immune system was designed to provide protection against foreign invaders, much the same way our country's defense systems are set to be on alert against dangers to its national security. Autoimmune disease has sometimes been described as a body that has somehow gone crazy and started attacking itself. This does not just spontaneously happen. There is always a reason which makes sense to the immune system, even though the reason may not be apparent to us.
What are some of the autoimmune diseases?
There are a number of autoimmune diseases. These include:
* Lupus, or SLE, short for systemic lupus erythematosus. As the name implies, the whole system is affected, primarily the brain, kidneys, joints, skin and lungs. B-cells go out of control and manufacture unusually large numbers of antibodies.
* Crohn's disease affects the intestines, causing diarrhea.
* Graves' disease is a form of hyperthyroidism, causing bulging eyes and fatigue.
* Pernicious anemia affects stomach cells, leading to lack of absorption of vitamin B12.
* Addison's disease affects the adrenal gland.
* Psoriasis is an itchy, unsightly skin disease.
* Multiple sclerosis - The immune system turns against the central nervous system, breaking down the myelin sheath that protects the nerve cells. * Rheumatoid arthritis - The tissues of the joints are attacked.
* Myasthenia gravis - The voluntary muscles are affected.
* Hashimoto's disease - The thyroid gland is destroyed by the immune system.
* Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease) can be caused by mercury, root canals and nickel allergy, and parasites. The parasites are themselves secondary to mercury.
* Ankylosing spondylitis - the soft tissues of the head, neck, and spine are attacked, resulting in pain and stiffness. The klebsiella bacteria are often present in this disease.
How prevalent is autoimmune disease?
About 5% of adults in Europe and North America suffer from an autoimmune disease. Two-thirds of these are women.
What can cause immune suppression? There are a number of causes for immune suppression which can work alone or together, including but not limited to:
* Exposure to x-rays, microwaves, and other electromagnetic radiation
* Emotional or spiritual stress or lack of peace
* Structural problems and the effects of concussion or whiplash
* Removal of body parts or irradiation of the thymus
* Infectious diseases
* Treatment with or exposure to certain chemicals
* Toxic metals, including metal dental materials
* Lack of exposure to and stimulation of the eyes by beneficial UV rays due to wearing sunglasses or colored contact lenses
If it isn't broke, don't fix it.
An understanding of the immune system helps to explain symptoms of infection which, to many people, are signals that something is wrong. These symptoms are signs that the immune system is working properly. Your body knows what it's doing, and it does it best without interference for the most part.
Dr. William R. Kellas is the co-founder for the Center For Advanced Medicine in Encinitas, CA; he is also the host of a weekly syndicated radio show "Health Talk A Second Opinion" heard Saturdays from 11:00 to 12:00 noon on 1210AM in the San Diego Area and 99.5FM in the Los Angeles Area. He is also the co-author of "Thriving In A Toxic World", "Surviving The Toxic Crisis" and the author of "Toxic Immune Syndrome Cookbook." Dr. Kellas also speaks at conventions and workshops on a variety of topics.
For more information call 1 (888) 244-4420 or call The Center For Advanced Medicine 1 (760) 632-9042. You can check out their website: www.ctradvmed.com
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