Harvard Health Publications has a lot to say about strengthening one’s immune system but mentions nothing about some of the safest most dramatic ways to do so. Its very disappointing to see such incomplete information from Harvard medical scientists because what we know and do not know about the immune system can mean the difference between life and death if you have an infection.
“On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Is it possible to intervene in this process and make your immune system stronger? What if you improve your diet? Take certain vitamins or herbal preparations? Make other lifestyle changes in the hope of producing a near-perfect immune response? The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function,” writes Harvard Health.
Clearly, from their own words, anything that brings more harmony and balance to a person’s system is going to help that person’s immune function. Harvard writes, “Modern medicine, which once treated the connection between emotions and physical health with skepticism, has come to appreciate the closely linked relationship of mind and body. A wide variety of maladies, including stomach upset, hives, and even heart disease, are linked to the effects of emotional stress.”
The immune system is extremely vulnerable to stress, emotional and mental upset, as it is to changes in the environment, to radiation, chemical and heavy metal exposure, as well as to cold and damp. However, it is our inner levels of emotional and mental conflicts that inflicts constant damage and challenges to our immune system. Thus changes in breathing, for instance, can have interesting positive consequences on immune function because such changes help us calm and center ourselves bringing harmony and balance back to our inner worlds.
Basic Immune Boosting Therapies
Harvard’s recommendations leave a lot to the imagination, which is not how it should be in medicine. The first medical device and medical therapy that people should turn to if they have an infections is an FDA approved medical device called a BioMat, which increases core body temperature. Infrared directly turns up immune system function by creating fever conditions.
Harvard does not mention oxygen as a medicine to increase immune strength. All biological systems function better in heightened oxygen environments. Oxygen improve cancer immunotherapy and shrink tumors by unleashing anti-tumor T lymphocytes and natural killer cells. Oxygen therapy translates into more cellular energy and thus increased immune strength.
Fasting Will Switch on the Immune System
A person’s entire immune system can be rejuvenated by fasting for as little as three days as it triggers the body to start producing new white blood cells, a study suggests. Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable". Although fasting diets have been criticized by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.
Minerals Help Us Fight Infections
Medical scientists, who still know how to think, also are aware that the immune system, like all systems and processes in the body are pH sensitive. Therefore, if we increase the alkalinity, the pH of the body’s fluids the immune system will improve remarkably and do so quickly. Sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate are thus all important medicines to increase immune system strength, at low cost. Doctors though prefer to have their patients invest and risk their lives on new pharmaceuticals that cost a fortune to stimulate immune function.
The body’s ability to resist infection and disease is diminished by long-term deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals. Poor immune response is correlated with impaired thyroid function; a deficiency in iodine can greatly affect the immune system because low levels of iodine lead to problems with the thyroid gland and lower body temperature. Magnesium chloride, among all the magnesium compounds, stimulates immune system function as bicarbonate does because viral infections are pH sensitive. Selenium-deficient lymphocytes are less able to proliferate in response to infections. Glutathione feeds, protects, and strengthens our immune system and both magnesium and selenium are important in its formation.
Our Attitudes Matter
Feeling young and staying young is not a fools dream but sometimes being a fool, in a classic sense, insures that one stays spontaneous and young. Health and youth is no one’s illusion with researchers finding that the death rate, among those who age but remain young at heart, is lower.
Folks who feel "young at heart" may be more likely to live to a ripe old age, a new British study suggests. Seniors who said they felt three or more years younger than their actual age experienced a lower death rate over the course of eight years than people who either felt their full age or a little older, researchers report in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
About 25% of people who felt older than their actual age died, compared with about 14% of people who felt younger than their true age and almost 19 percent who felt their age. More than two-thirds of participants felt three or more years younger than their actual age, while about a quarter felt their age. About 5 percent felt more than a year older than their true age.
The findings show how powerful optimism can be when it comes to a person’s overall health, said James Maddux, professor emeritus of psychology and senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va.
"Optimism in many ways is a self-fulfilling prophecy," he said. "If you feel your life and your health is largely under your control, and you believe you are capable of doing things like managing stress, eating right and exercising, then you are more likely to do those things."
More than twice as many people who felt older than their true age died from heart-related illness, compared with those who felt young — 10.2%, compared with 4.5% .