I is for immunity​Let’s all take a collective deep breath before we start.** Inhale … Exhale …Considering the climate around immunity for specific disease processes and the potential censorship, this post will not contain specific words that may alert the bots that remove information. Or …

I originally wrote this article in the midst of a global pandemic… I’ve decided to leave most of it for posterity’s sake.

Considering the climate around immunity for specific disease processes and the potential censorship, this post will not contain specific words that may alert the bots that remove information.  Or they will be crossed out like this

A modeling study suggests a majority of adult COVID-19 hospitalizations nationwide are attributable to at least one of four pre-existing conditions: obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure, in that order.

“We know that changes in diet quality alone, even without weight loss, rapidly improve metabolic health within just six to eight weeks. It’s crucial to test such lifestyle approaches for reducing severe COVID-19 infections, both for this pandemic and future pandemics likely to come.”  Science Daily

Facts about viruses:

  • There are an estimated 10³¹ viruses on Earth.  Most of which infect bacteria.

  • Antibiotics are NOT anti-virals

  • There are 5000 viral genotypes in 200L of water

  • There are 1 million viral genotypes in 1 kg of marine sediment (dirt, basically)

  • Viruses are parasites

  • Viruses can’t live without a host

  • Viruses are smaller than bacteria (that explains why they can infect bacteria)

  • Viruses hijack the host cells and reprogram it to use it to their benefit – to replicate.

  • Viruses degrade the host’s metabolic health

Who is more susceptible to viral infections?

Viruses rely on the host to replicate.  When the immune system is not functioning properly – overactive or underactive – trouble brews.  Various factors will determine this:  nutritional status, genetics, immune competency, and chronic disease.  Interestingly, nutritional status was ranked #1 in most of the articles that I researched.

Vaccinations have the ability to speed up the adaptive response BUT this is dependent on the individual. The variability in the immune response is dictated by behavior (smoker? drink alcohol?), overall health, health at birth, environment, mental health, and nutrition.

Vaccines DO NOT cause autism.  A large meta-analysis confirms this. The reaction a host (you) has is largely dependent upon diet, genetics, and environmental influences.

The immune system functions well in most people. However, for some, medications or immune system disorders can wreak havoc on the immune system causing it to over-function or under-function.

Primary immunodeficiency disorders – are often present from birth and are caused by the immune system missing certain components.
Secondary immunodeficiency disorders –  the immune system becomes compromised by environmental factors, including HIV, severe burns, malnutrition, or chemotherapy.
Allergies and asthma – the immune system responds (overreacts) to substances that are not harmful.
Autoimmune diseases – the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s cells and tissues.   Examples include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes.  

Your immune system is comprised of lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen, bone marrow, and thymus. The best way to create and maintain a healthy immune system is to eat a variety of whole foods – including animal and plant products. Each person has a different code for their immune system.  Prescribing all plants or all animal products only does not work for the masses.  

Each person is a uniquely cut puzzle that can be put together with relative ease – when you know what to look for. Jamming the wrong pieces together to make a puzzle that looks like someone else rarely works with precision. Yes, basic principles for healing, sealing, and strengthening someone’s immune system exist, but small adjustments are required to maximize an individual’s health.

What can you do to strengthen your immunity?

First – let’s clear up some terminology.  With all the hype about ‘immune boosting’ foods, medicines, and vitamins, you need to know one thing: nobody wants “boosted” immunity! A boosted immune system is an overactive immune system when speaking scientifically.This means you would be feeling like garbage constantly. Do you always want a runny nose, fever, aches, feel lethargic, or feel depressed?

What you want is a strong immune system. Not overactive. Not under active. Just the right amount of ‘active’.

Let’s end this with some COVID Stats (as of 2021)

64% of hospitalizations would have been avoided if patients have fewer:

  • Obesity

  • HTN (hypertension)

  • Diabetes (both types)

  • Heart failure

What do you do now? Eat real food. Get quality sleep. Ditch the junk food. And quit eating meat replacements! They have more pesticides and harmful ‘ingredients’ than you can imagine!  Read the label at least – it’s mostly chemicals!