We are living in unusual times, but not so unusual that we can’t survive. In order to survive and thrive, we should pay attention to what’s happening in the world without becoming overly distraught. When we understand that our immune system is our greatest ally, we can make better choices when it comes to dealing with stress.
When we have a strong immune system, the germs, viruses and bacteria that we inevitably encounter don’t interfere with our health. When confronted by these villains, a healthy immune system destroys them so successfully that nothing else may be necessary. We may not have even noticed that anything was going on while our body successfully won another battle.
In 1876, a doctor who eventually became known as, The father of homeopathy, created a system of alternative medicine based upon his realization that stages of a disease process are based on the body’s ability to respond. According to Samuel Hahnemann, the body has an innate capacity to keep itself healthy. He believed that this energetic condition of the body, which he called the vital force or vital principle, determines one’s health. When the vital force is in a harmonious state, we experience health. When in a discordant or disturbed state, we become ill. He believed that medicine is only needed when the body cannot remove whatever is causing the disturbance.
Allopathic medicine is basically a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) use drugs, radiation, or surgery to treat or suppress symptoms and/or disease. Allopathic medicine is also referred to as Western, orthodox, conventional, or mainstream medicine.
Whether one subscribes to the practices of conventional (allopathic) medicine or follows a more holistic route, it’s comforting to know that the body has several amazing ways of handling germs, bacteria, and viruses.
When we first encounter an invader, such as a germ, virus, or bacteria, our body’s first line of defense is the acid/base balance in our stomach. When our digestive tract is functioning properly, invaders that enter our body through our nose or mouth are most often killed by the acid bath in our stomach. This is followed by an alkaline bath in our small intestines. For this to work properly, our gut needs to be free of chemistry altering drugs, especially ones that promise relief by reducing the acid that many people believe is causing their indigestion. Proton pump inhibitors are such drugs that reduce acid.
The next phase of handling an invader is a histamine response which is designed to flush out irritants. Taking an anti-histamine is counter-productive because it will block the body’s natural defenses.
If the histamine response doesn’t work, our immune cells respond. This requires more energy and is typically followed by more symptoms. This is a critical point as the health of the body comes into play and greatly influences the immune response. Since the health of our immune system relies on the same basic practices needed to improve overall health, incorporating healthful practices into our daily lives is a win-win.
Here are the basics: Fortify your nutrition with whole foods, preferably organic, while avoiding processed, artificial, and GMO foods. Add whole food supplements to fill gaps in nutrition and/or address specific deficiencies. Use homeopathic remedies rather than drugs whenever possible. Obtain adequate sleep, rest, relaxation, and exercise, and incorporate daily stress reduction protocols.
Many studies have shown the correlation between stress and immune system health. Theorists have proposed that stressful events may induce sympathetic nervous system and endocrine changes in addition to other biological responses — and that these changes ultimately impair immune function.
Approximately fifteen years ago, a meta-analysis of almost 300 independent studies over 30 years indicated that psychological stress was associated with suppression of the immune system. This analysis showed a definite correlation between stress and many immune-related and autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, allergy, atopic dermatitis, and celiac disease.
When we’re exposed to a threat, we go into “fight, flight, or freeze.” In the past, threats to our survival usually involved large animals, such as tigers. Our survival depended upon using all of our available energy to either fight the tiger or run away from it. The less unfortunate froze in fear and were eaten.
The energy that runs our immune system is rerouted to the fight or flight response systems that kept us alive when threatened by large predators. The innate wisdom of our body knows that if we’re eaten by a tiger today, it doesn’t matter if we get sick tomorrow due to a virus or bacteria.
The tiger in today’s world is the microbe. We know we’re being attacked, but our response hasn’t yet evolved to fight many of the new microbes in our world. Unfortunately, the defenses of our immune system are lowered when we go into fear, making it more likely that we’ll become sick from the microbe. This new tiger will eat us at its leisure when we’re in freeze rather than fight.
Remember that anything that keeps us in a state of stress is counter-productive to our immune system health — so don’t let stress get the best of you. Stay positive, help make the world a better place, and use common sense, like washing your hands more regularly with soap and water, especially after being in public places. Drink more water, take your supplements, especially Vitamin C, B, D, A, Zinc, Magnesium and organic copper in small amounts. Take Calcium Lactate to reduce fevers in both kids and adults, and get adjusted.
I wish I had the space to explain the beautiful way the immune system catches, analyzes, and then creates specific immune cells to destroy whatever is trying to invade us. The first encounter takes 10 to 14 days to ramp up a counter attack. The next time, if reinvaded, it takes only 24 hours. Ever hear of the 24 hour flu?
Your body is amazing. Be smart and help your body win its battles!