Infections & immunity

Keeping your immune system strong is very important if you want to stay healthy. The immune response is a defense function that helps control inflammation.

We have thousands of viruses and bacteria in our body that live in harmony with us. Our body is constantly eliminating toxins, but sometimes it gets overwhelmed.

It is when the balance is thrown off that inflammation begins as a self-correcting response to an accumulation of excess toxins, triggering infections such as tonsillitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, cystitis, vaginitis, otitis mediaetc

The immune system is everywhere: under the skin, inside your bone marrow, in the lymph glands and in your blood and spleen. All parts of the body participate in theinflammatory immune response. Every person can help to unburden their own immune system. This includes ensuring that the bowels function daily, drinking adequate pure water so that the urine flow is over one quart a day for adults and cleaning the sweat from your body daily with a bath or clean cloths.

Occasionally, if you get a cold or flu, celebrate this inflammation. You are detoxing every time you blow your nose, and through sweating. Also a fever destroys the imbalance of the viral overgrowth.

Remember to follow your food cravings when you are sick. Your body knows best what it needs then.

Boosting your immune system requires paying attention to your diet by eating five vegetables and fruits everyday, and avoiding sugar. Foods like garlic and onions help your immunity. Garlic has been used for years to help the lungs get over bronchitis and colds.

Studies done on AIDS patients show that they can increase their depressed T lymphocyte cell counts and the immune response by writing a diary about things that bother them. Crying has been shown to strengthen the immune system too.

Factors that facilitate progression of Immune Problems.

(Knowing about them can help you avoid trouble!)

Health issues:

Restricted breathing patterns
Low level of water/fluid intake
Poor appetite/eating patterns/nutrition
Inadequate or disrupted sleep
Excess of toxins/drugs/cigarette smoking
Lack of physical exercise

Psychological issues:

Excessive internal speediness/disrupted autonomic balance
Sustained internal survival stress (SISS) "fight-or-flight"
Lack of self-assertiveness/inability to say no
Lack of life goals/purpose/focus (with death preoccupation)
Lack of secure home/nest/safe place
Presence of sustained (unmanaged), (multiple-loss) grief
Inability to self-nurture or convalesce during illness
Insufficient funds to cover necessities (food, shelter, insurance)

Medical Issues:

Repeated exposure to HIV; untreated infections (syphilis, Epstein-Barr virus, herpes, CMV, others)
Excessive (over) use of antibiotics and/or steroids.

Homeopathy and Immune Response

Homeopathy obviously fits into the class of therapeutic methods that augment the body's own defenses. The basis of homeopathy, called the principle of similars, suggests that a microdose of a substance will heal whatever pattern of symptoms this substances causes in large dose. This principle is also observed in the use of vaccinations and allergy treatments, though homeopathic medicines are both considerably smaller and safer in dose and more individualized to the person they are being used to treat.

Homeopathic medicines are thought to stimulate the body's own defenses, how they do so remains a mystery.Homeopathic medicine do not simply stimulate the body's immune system to treat ill people,for they can also calm it when this is necessary for the healing of the individual.

A study on 46 people with rheumatoid arthritis showed that those given an individualized choice of homeopathic medicine got considerably more relief than those given a placebo.2 A total of 82% of those people given a homeopathic medicine experienced relief of pain, while only 21% of those given a placebo got a similar degree of relief

Homeopathy and Infectious Diseases

Toward the end of Louis Pasteur's life, he had come to realize that germs may not be the cause of disease after all, but instead are probably the results of disease. In other words, various bacteria and other infective organisms may be present when there is some type of disease, but infection tends to establish itself primarily when a person's own defenses are compromised sufficiently to make him susceptible to the infection.

When a person experiences an infection, most people think that it is best to take an antibiotic for bacterial infection and an anti-viral drug for viral infection.

As Jonas Salk noted, instead of trying to attack a specific problem, another strategy to re-establish health is to attempt to stimulate a person's own immune and defense system, which is ultimately the approach commonly used with homeopathic medicines. Most people today do not know that homeopathy actually gained its greatest popularity in Europe and America during the mid- and late-1800s primarily due to the significant successes it achieved in treating people suffering from the often fatal infectious disease epidemics that raged during that time.3 Cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, and scarlet fever were but some of the infectious diseases that homeopathic medicines were exceptionally effective in treating. These natural medicines were not effective because they "attacked" the infective agent, but because they stimulated the body's own immune and defense system to defend and heal itself.