The Immune System Can Help

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 is how 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.

There has been a growing attention to new and different types of viral infections over the last few years  and that includes 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 that send cellular messages to help the body fight infections and heal itself. This system is involved in every part of our body and 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 is when it will establish a natural response (as long as our body is healthy.) Our immune system during these natural responses will not only eliminate 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.

We can apply "active immunity" in addition to our body's natural 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, we can only rely on the response of our natural immune system when we are exposed to viruses or bacteria that have mutated or that our bodies have never seen before.

The problem with applying active immunity through procedures like vaccination is we cannot be certain we have the right vaccination for the anticipated viral attack. Even if we think we know what the virus is on any given day may not help us if it has mutated before it gets to us. Therefore, the only sure way of protecting ourselves is to ensure that our immune system is as strong and healthy as possible. Our body can better defend itself from pathogens when all of its parts are acting in a natural balance, and therefore working in a partnership with one another. Keeping our body in balance through exercise along with 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.

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