There’s an old proverb that says:
“If you make people think they think, they will love you. If you make them think, they will hate you.”
I trust that you will not hate me for helping you think for yourself on matters as personal and intimate to you as your health.
THE IMMUNE CONNECTION
Let’s talk about the immune connection to “fibromyalgia.” We’re talking about infection, a crucial step in the healing process. Without infection, we would quickly succumb to the ravages of toxic metabolic waste and invasive pathogens upon the body cells. Sounds like what “fibromyalgia” is all about—the ravages of toxic metabolic waste and invasive pathogens upon the body cells, which calls up an immune response to create an infection.
I’ve just made another “thought-process interrupt.” We automatically think of infections as something “bad” and a thing to “fight.” What I said above calls for different thinking—and that’s my intent in writing this blog: to help us think again and anew about dis-ease and health, but mainly about what we’ve called “disease.”
Notice I hyphenate that word when I use it, because there is no such thing as “a disease.” We’ve been programmed to think there is and that “disease” is our enemy that needs to be fought and destroyed with man-made chemical bullets, bombs and “surgical warfare.” But we’re only shadow boxing. Where diseases need to be gotten rid of is in human consciousness, where they are being invented, labeled and “cured” (as in preserved). That’s what you do when you cure something. You preserve it. Well, we need to stop curing disease and start supporting the healing processes of the body, which alone knows what to do about what we call “disease.”
There is a dis-ease created by such things as inflammation and infection. They don’t feel good. We’re not at ease with pain, and that’s as it should be, all things considered. Pain keeps us from hurting ourselves even further with inappropriate lifestyle activities. It should cause us to ask “Why does that hurt?” rather than “How can I get rid of this pain?” Pain is an alarm. You wouldn’t turn off the smoke or fire alarm. You would first look for the fire and seek to put it out. The smoke alarm will automatically shut off when the fire is put out and the smoke cleared out of the house. It’s the same with pain.
Our immune system creates fires all the time in order to burn up toxic waste. The only sensible thing to do is support it so it can do its job more quickly and efficiently. Fevers are life-savers and are not to be suppressed. They need to be allowed to burn at moderate temperatures (100 – 104). More than that is dangerous and should be brought down with cold applications to the head especially to prevent brain damage. Covering the body with blankets to help break a sweat will often break a fever.
So, let’s talk about supporting the immune system. Here’s its mechanism of action in medical terms. Read it first then I’ll break it down to help you understand it.
Cytokines mediate and control immune and inflammatory responses. Complex interactions exist between cytokines, inflammation and the adaptive responses in maintaining homeostasis, health, and well-being. Like the stress response, the inflammatory reaction is crucial for survival and is meant to be tailored to the stimulus and time. A full-fledged systemic inflammatory reaction results in stimulation of four major programs: the acute-phase reaction, the sickness syndrome, the pain program, and the stress response, mediated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the sympathetic nervous system.
Phew! That’s a mouth-full. First, let’s understand what “cytokines” are. Here’s the Wikipedia definition:
Cytokines (Greek cyto-, cell; and -kinos, movement) are small cell-signaling proteinmolecules that are secreted by numerous cells and are a category of signaling molecules used extensively in intercellular communication. Cytokines can be classified as proteins, peptides, or glycoproteins; the term “cytokine” encompasses a large and diverse family of regulators produced throughout the body by cells of diverse embryological origin
Simply stated, these are the messengers that alert the body’s immune system that the body has been invaded by harmful pathogens or free radicals. They mediate and control immune and inflammatory responses, just as it says. There is the “Redox Signaling Molecules,” for example. They play an important role in the body by activating antioxidants and turning on the immune response naturally to restore and maintain homeostasis—balance.
Watch this 5-minute video clip put out by ASEA as it contains a graphic demonstration of how cytokines work. Just bear with the promo for their product, although it represents a remarkable scientific breakthrough in the healthcare field, and I use the product myself and in my practice. This is important information to help us understand such modern-day health issues as “fibromyalgia” and “chronic fatigue syndrome.”
As you can see from the clip, the message has to get through to the immune system or else the invasion of pathogens and free radicals and the vulnerability of the cell walls will go unnoticed by the body.
IMMUNE ALLIANCE, NOT SYSTEM
Let me explain the so-called “immune system,” which is a misnomer. We do not “have” an “immune system” as such, although the thymus gland, spleen and bone marrow play pivotal roles in producing immune-response cells to deal with “non-self” toxins in the body. What we do have in an immune alliance which involves all the organs of the body, especially the organs of elimination, which includes the skin, by the way. So, just keep that in mind in your approach to supporting your “immune system.” For example, if you simply take antibiotics, pharma grade of natural, without doing something to clean out the metabolic waste with herbs, for instance, then you’ll end up crowding your lymphatic system with too much to handle on its own.
I’ll often give a client Congaplex or Thymex, “natural antibiotics” put out by Standard Process Labs, to support the body’s immune-response to strep and staph infections respectively. In a day or two the client often comes down with sinus congestion or swollen lymph nodes. This tells me that the lymphatic glands are congested, so I’ll back off from supporting the body’s immune response and start supporting its elimination system.
Standard Process and Medi-Herb provide superior products for this purpose, even natural antihistamines, like Antronex, Allerplex, and Fen-Gre to break up congestion in the sinuses and lymphatic glands, and ResCo, Broncafect, and PulmaCo to help clear out congestion in the bronchial tubes and lungs. A company by the name of Energique also provides a product called Lymphapar, which almost magically opens up the lymphatic glands—very helpful with lactating mothers, for which this sublingual homeopathic was formulated. These are all non-invasive, non-toxic, “natural medicines.” They are also quite affordable when compared to the escalating cost of drugs. Unfortunately, they are not covered by most insurance policies.
Invariably, a “virus” appears on the scene from seemingly out of nowhere to scavenge the debris left by dead cells that gave their lives putting out the fire of infection. That’s what they are and what they do—and they do appear to come from out of nowhere because they are simply normal cells of the body that have been transformed, morphed, and re-programmed as scavengers to clean up the mess left by the immune response, which I think is simply amazingly ingenious. So, we can then turn our attention to helping the body clean house so as to eliminate the necessity for the viral activity. This includes viruses that originate outside the body. They are still scavengers and they will not invade your body tissues if there is nothing there for them to scavenge. This emphasizes the importance of Fall and Spring full-body purification rituals.
Immuplex and St. John’s Wort help the body respond to viral infections. Herbal teas are helpful in eliminating waste. Bowel, liver and kidney detox products are plentiful. All one has to do is use them. Standard Process has a complete full-body Purification Kit with all the nutrients needed to clean out the body’s systems and tissues. Email me for product acquisition. My readers enjoy a 10% discount on all supplement orders. *
ECHINACEA & IMMUNE-RESPONSE MODULATION
When we are sick we usually think in terms of “stimulating the immune system.” Well, that may or may not be the right call. It’s far better to think in terms of modulating your immune response. Modulation simply entails balancing the immune response, which will be under-active where infections persist and over-active where autoimmune conditions persist, such as AIDS and rheumatoid arthritis.
Echinacea herb is probably the most effective modulating botanical in Mother Nature’s cornucopia of natural medicines. Medi-Herb, a sister company to Standard Process, has the very best Echanicea product in their Echinacea Premium—and it can be taken daily as a preventative, by children and adults alike, to keep the immune response balanced and poised to act appropriately in response to infections and autoimmune issues.
Not all Echinaceas are equal. For example, the root of the augustifolia plant has more goodies for the immune system than the flowers of the purpurea plant. Traditional Echinacea is made from the flowers, which is why people who are allergic to plants of the daisy family have a sensitivity to traditional Echinacea (made from Echinacea Purpurea flowers). Echinacea Premium by Medi-Herb is made from the root of the Echinacea angustifolia. The natives in Australia, where Medi-Herb manufactures its products, would pass over the flowering purpurea plants and dig up the root type augustifolia plant, which resembles a carrot, because they knew it worked better than the flower type plants.
Master Herbalist Dr. Kerry Bone of Medi-Herb has discovered that it’s the high concentrations of alkylamides that impact the immune system and not the polysacharides, as traditional European herbalists believe. Echinacea Premium combines the roots of Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea to enlist properties unique to each one in supporting the immune system. The following are some of it benefits:
- enhance immune system function (particularly non-specific immune function)
- support and promote normal interferon production
- support and promote healthy white blood cells
- support healthy immune response following stress, sudden changes in weather or temperature
- encourage healthy upper respiratory tissue
- support and maintain healthy throat tissue
- support healthy lymphatic system function
- stimulate the body’s normal tissue support and renewal function.
For maximum benefit, combine Immuplex and Echinacea Premium in your supplement protocol for immune response modulation and support. Email me for product acquisition and dosages.
And friends, you just need to stock up your “Natural Medicine Cabinet” with these products if you’re going to make the break from pharmaceutical drugs and start supporting your body’s immune system naturally. In this day and age, supplementation with wholefood nutritionals and herbs is unavoidable. And I walk my talk. Personally, I take up to 30 different supplements daily. That’s about 60 pills and capsules, a handfull at each meal. But that’s not much when I compare it to the three plates full of food I eat daily—and these are essences of wholefood concentrates designed and prescribed to reverse the “disease” process by balancing body chemistry—not “vitamin supplements,” which I strongly advise against.
For a personal consultation, email me for my telephone number and to schedule a time. My fees are very reasonable. We’ll talk more about the inflammatory and stress response systems in connection with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, which includes the thyroid’s involvement, in my next post. Until then,
Here’s to your health and healing,
Anthony Palombo, DC, ACN
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