Everyday our immune system stands between us and death. Bacteria that have developed immunity to antibiotic drugs pose a large and growing threat to the success of modern medicine.
The problem is our body is bombarded by millions of different invaders everyday and we rely on our body to support our health. Major medical institutions report that due to environmental trauma, stress, super bugs, poor nutrition, and other modern day conditions, the body is losing its ability to protect us.
The organisms we are exposed to and the amount of antibodies we produce against those specific organisms is changing because our bodies are not producing sufficient antibodies to handle these invaders. Research scientist and medical experts agree that the key to staying well, and quite possible our survival, is the enhancement of the immune system. It's our only natural defense against microscopic invaders including... bacteria, viruses, fungi, molds, cancer, and many kinds of cell mutations.
The whole world has been "breathlessly watching" and investing huge sums of money into the development of a technology that will assist our body in its efforts to protect us from the systemic effects of aging and disease.
Over the last few years, there has been growing attention to new and different types of viral infections, including flu viruses. West Nile Virus, SARS, influenza A and B, Coxsackie's Virus, and even Avian Flu are making people all over the world become anxious and start to ask, "what does this mean for me and my family... and how do we deal with it?"
The body consists of a network of immune cells, whose cellular messages help the body fight infections and heal itself. Although this system is involved in every part of our body, its primary function is to protect us from invading microorganisms.
Our body's response to viral infections differs depending on whether or not it has ever seen the specific pathogen before. For example, the first time our body identifies an organism as a possible threat, it will establish a natural response (as long as our body is healthy.) During these natural responses, our immune system not only eliminates the current threat but also produces immune components specific to that organism and puts them into memory. This way our body is better prepared the next time it's invaded by this same pathogen.
In addition to our body's natural immunity, we can apply "active immunity" through procedures like vaccinations, which stimulate an immune response to a specific pathogen in the vaccine. Like the natural response, vaccination helps the body get ready for that pathogen in case it's attacked again.
It's the strength of our immune response, whether natural or active, that determines whether one will survive an infection or succumb to it. However, when we are exposed to viruses or bacteria that have mutated, or that our bodies have never seen before, we can only rely on the response of our natural immune system.
So what can we do?
The problem with applying active immunity through procedures like vaccination is that we cannot be certain that we have the right vaccination for the anticipated viral attack. Even if we think we know what the virus is now, it may mutate before it gets to us. Therefore, the only sure way of protecting yourself is to ensure that your immune system is as strong and healthy as possible.
Your body can better defend itself from pathogens when all of its parts are acting in a natural balance, working in partnership with one another. Keeping your body in balance through exercise, a nutritious diet and proper supplementation with products that work with the body to support and maintain a balanced immune system, will go a long way towards dealing with viruses and other infections.
Everyone wants to feel younger, be healthier, and live longer.
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