Germ cells Tumor
Your Immune System Needs Support Too!
By Lisa Hyde-Barrett
The human body is a very vulnerable organism, except for the very strong line of defense that the immune system
has thrown around it. Without the natural defense system provided by the immune system, the bacteria, microbes,
viruses, toxins, parasites, etc., would reduce the body to its chemical components in a few days.
That is what happens when the body dies and the immune system is no longer there. The human immune system works
24X7, though its work never comes to the limelight. The failure of the immune system is easily noticeable,
Although we inhale and eat thousands of germs everyday, the immune system prevents them from causing diseases.
When a germ breaks through the immune system occasionally, we wind up with a disease. Once the immune system learns
about these germs, it will fight them, and we get over the malady.
The major parts of the immune system are the thymus, spleen, lymph system, bone marrow, white blood cells,
antibodies, complement system, and hormones.
The immune support system displays dual characteristics: self or non-self recognition, general or specific, and
natural or adaptive, cell-mediated or humoral, active or passive, and primary or secondary. Some parts of the
immune system act against specific antigens. These parts are called antigen-specific. Other parts of the immune
system are systemic, working throughout the human body rather than restricting themselves to the initial infection
site. Still others recognize antigens in order to an attack them more vigorously next time they pose a threat.
These parts of the immune system are said to possess a memory.
We are all born with a genetically based natural defense system. The skin is the most important organ of our
natural defense system. An injury is a gateway for germs to enter the body. This, or the presence of a foreign
object within the body, causes the immune system to act, getting rid of the invaders, while the skin takes care of
the wound. When this process does not take place, it results in an infection.
Another sign of the functioning of the immune system is when we get a rash or a bump on the skin after a
The body would cease to be without the immune system. Just take a look at some of the few things that could go
wrong with a sub-optimal immune system:
Self or non-self recognition in the immune system occurs when every cell displays a marker based on the major
histocompatibility complex (MHC). If a cell does not display this marker, the immune system considers it as a
non-self and attacks it.
A breakdown of this process results causes the immune system to attack the self-cells. Multiple sclerosis,
systemic lupus, types of diabetes and arthritis are all autoimmune diseases caused by the immune system attacking
the self-cells. Allergies are the result of the immune system overreacting to certain stimuli.
Diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas and destroys them. Rheumatoid arthritis
is also the result of the immune system causing trouble in the joints. The immune system also creates problems
during organ transplants; it often refuses to accept the new organ.
Keeping the immune system in proper working order, especially with the increasing amounts of toxic pollutants in
the environment, is becoming a tough task. Recent research is leading scientists to believe that certain
carbohydrates represent the next frontier in the search for non-toxic compounds that support the immune system.
Eight of these essential sugars, called glyconutrients, have already been discovered. Only two of these are
found in our daily diet though. These eight essential sugars supply the body with glycoforms that are needed for
cell-to-cell communication. Four of the last eight Nobel Prizes in medicine have been awarded for research into
Glycobiology. A steady supply of glyconutrients is necessary for keeping the immune system working well. It has
been found that the body recovers and heals faster when glyconutrients are used when administering chemotherapy and
Trouble is, the same toxins in the environment that weaken our immune system also affect the body's ability to
synthesize these glyconutrients. Which is why we should ensure a steady supply of these glyconutrients through
glyconutritionals or food supplements containing glyconutrients.
We are living in an increasingly polluted world. The body is increasingly finding it difficult to combat the
ill-effects of these through its natural processes. It is up to us to use our intelligence to tap our advance
medical knowledge for the body's help. Because, ultimately, it is a question of our existence itself.
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