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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

The Immune System. Supporting & Strengthening our Natural Immunity

Conventional medicine no longer believes in the immune system, how it is designed to keep us well, and can provide us with natural immunity, not least against infectious disease. This is the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from its lamentable, chaotic and incompetent response to the Covid-19 pandemic. During this entire time it has consistently and persistently said that vaccines were "our only defence against the virus" - and it appeared to believe this entirely. 

Covid-19 indicates that the conventional medical profession no longer believes in natural immunity. It has certainly failed to provide us with the information we need to know about supporting and strengthening our immune system. Instead it has been content to scare people into getting the new vaccines in order to save their lives.

I have spoken before about a new health divide. And as the Covid-19 pandemic has progressed it has become increasingly clear that this divide focuses largely, if not exclusively, on our attitude to natural immunity. Only natural therapists have been giving this message to their patients.

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

We all have an immune system. It works by recognising and identifying infections and injuries in the body, and responds by trying to restore us to normal functioning, to good health and wellbeing. It operates in many ways, some of them confused with illness (a fever, a cold, feeling run down, a runny nose, congestion) that require conventional medical treatment. So many people now believe they are sick when it is actually a sign that their body is fighting back against an infection, or an over-active virus. It is our immune system at work!

SO HOW CAN WE SUPPORT/STRENGTHEN OUR NATURAL IMMUNITY?

So how strong is our immune system? A simple rule of thumb! Do you succumb readily to infections like colds, sore throats, coughs, etc; do you seem to catch anything and everything that is 'doing the rounds'? If so your immune system could do with some attention. If not, we still have to ensure that your immune system is not being compromised, often by our own behaviour!

Boasting our immune system is always a good idea, but it is not entirely simple because it demands a level of personal commitment on our part. Our immune system is an incredibly complex and multifaceted system that needs to keep in balance and harmony. This is our personal responsibility. It does not come from a bottle of pills, a packet of pharmaceutical drugs, or from a vaccine injected into our arm. 

Enhancing natural immunity is largely up to us, it is intimately concerned with how we look after ourselves - on a daily basis.

This aside, supporting and strengthening our immune system is simple process, requiring minimal expenditure of money, just a degree of personal commitment and determination.

1. Do not smoke. 

Let us begin with the negatives. Our lungs are designed to breath fresh air. Smokers are known to get more colds, and other respiratory complaints than non-smokers and this is a clear indication that smoking plays a role in compromising our immune system.

2. Alcohol Consumption.

Being dehydrated is important to our general health. Dehydration contributes towards a susceptibility to bacteria and viruses; it  can cause headaches, hinder digestion and physical performance, reduce mental focus and mood, and reduce the functioning of the heart and kidneys, and make us more susceptible to going down with illness.

In line with this, the over-consumption of alcohol should be avoided, and should be consumed only in moderation.

3. Avoid Pharmaceutical Drugs and Vaccines

Few guides providing advice to support our immune system will tell you about this. Yet even conventional medicine is now beginning to realise the importance of a healthy digestive tract to the health of our whole body, and our immune system too. A healthy gut microbiome encourages healthy defences.

Yet most pharmaceutical drugs are taken by mouth and passed straight to the digestive track. These drugs are all toxic, in some way. And antibiotic drugs are perhaps the worst of all - because they are designed to kill bacteria, and so are known to compromise the microbiome of the stomach. In recent years there is evidence to suggest that even diseases previously thought to be unrelated to the stomach and the digestive system might actually be caused by drug damage, including both dementia and Parkinson's disease.

Yet many other pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines can, and do interfere with the functioning of the immune system, many being associated with the epidemic levels of auto-immune disease we are now experiencing

And, of course, there are also pharmaceutical drugs, immunosuppressant drugs, that are designed, quite intentionally, to compromise the immune system.

During the Covid-19 pandemic many of the 'underlying health conditions' that were the real cause of most of the deaths, had been caused by pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines over the years.

4. Obesity. maintaining a healthy weight.

Refined sugars and carbohydrates are known to contribute massively to overweight and obesity, and obesity is known to undermine our natural immunity, and increase our risk of getting sick on a regular basis. This is why diet, nutrition and exercise are so very important to the immune system.

5. Diet and Nutrition.

This is probably the most important aspect of supporting and strengthening our natural immunity. The recommendation is to consume whole plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes as these boast our immune systems because they are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. The immune system needs a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables as they are rich in zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, vitamins A, B6, C, D and E, and much more.

The best foods, usually mentioned, are citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemon, limes, tangerines, clementines), red peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, turmeric, green tea, kiwi fruit, papaya, poultry (high in Vitamin B6), and shellfish (crabs, oysters, mussels, lobster).

Usually a well balanced wholefood diet will be sufficient, although many people still like to augment this through the use of multi-vitamins and mineral supplements as they are known to strengthen the body's natural immunity. Yet care needs to be taken. Too much of any vitamin, mineral or other supplement, may cause an imbalance. However Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc supplementation can always be considered, as can supplements based on Elderberry, Echinacea and Garlic which are also known to be helpful.

Eating more fermented foods is also recommended, foods rich in beneficial bacteria called probiotics as they can support the digestive tract. These include natural (live culture) yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and natto. A flourishing microbiome, a network of gut bacteria, helps your immune system differentiate between normal, healthy cells, and harmful invader organisms.

Correspondingly, and as a direct consequence,  it is always best to avoid highly processed food, 'fast' food, or 'junk' food.

6. Exercise.

It is known that regular, moderate exercise improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, protects against a variety of diseases - and also supports and strengthens a healthy immune system. This is why lockdown policies, during the Covid-19 pandemic, have been so ridiculous and counter-productive.

Prolonged and/or intense exercise may sometimes be problematic as this is now thought to suppress or compromise the immune system. So there is no need to overdo the exercise! Certainly walk every days for 20-30 minutes, or go to the gym several times a week, or play a round of golf on a regular basis, and similar. This is usually quite sufficient to maintain our natural immunity.

7. Stress free lifestyle.

Prolonged stress is known to imbalance and suppress our immune function. Conventional medical science does study the relationship between stress and immune function; but unfortunately not as much time as developing new pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. There is a close link between our minds and our bodies, and emotional stress is known to cause stomach upsets, heart disease, and much else. 

So it is important to minimise the stress in your life, although this is not always entirely possible. Chronic stress can arise through our family relationships, our friends, and co-workers, or the challenges that often exist to perform well at work. 

Where this is the case there are activities that can help manage stress, including exercise, yoga, and similar 'mindfulness' practices. Some people may also benefit from seeing a counsellor or therapist to reduce stress levels.

8. Sleep.

Sleep and immunity are closely linked. Poor quality sleep is also linked to a higher susceptibility to sickness, and this is thought to be largely because of a 'tired' immune system.

CONCLUSION.

Supporting and strengthening our immune system is not expensive. Most of the above can be done without medical intervention, indeed it can help avoid medical intervention. All the above can be the result of your decision. We can all make important lifestyle and dietary changes now - all of which will strengthen the immune system - and help it help you to keep well.

We are often told that our immune systems decline with age, that ageing makes us all more susceptible to infection and illness. This may be true, but this makes all this general advice even more important as we get older. Even older people can help themselves to ensure that our natural immunity stays in good working order.

None of this advice has been offered by conventional medicine which appears to be too busy, and more interested in getting us to wait for their vaccines, which they have told us are the only way to save us from illness, disease and death! This is not true. It is misinformation.

Natural medical therapies, like homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, herbalism, et al, all focus on the importance on the immune system, and natural immunity. This is the information their patients have always received, and been receiving since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is what many people, those who have freed themselves from conventional medical propaganda, are doing,  actively, at this very moment.

The health divide concerns just this: we all need to recognise the fundamental basis of good health - and fortunately we all have it within us, with our immune system. Maintaining this is what distinguishes natural medicine from pharmaceutical medicine.

For another, slightly different look at the importance of natural immunity, and its neglected importance in defending us from Covid-19, go to this WDDTY link, "How to reset your immune system".