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Boosting
Your
Immunity

“Thou sendest man Thy messenger, the disease,

which announces the approach of danger

and bids him prepare to overcome them.”

~Maimonedes

In this Report

1.    The Miracle of Immunity

2.    10 Immunity Boosters

3.    Fear Not The Bug

 

The Miracle of Immunity

The immune system of the body is our primary defense and “home maintenance” system.  It keeps our body clean of toxins and resistant to invading organisms.  It is responsible for detecting and eliminating possible pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses, as well as detecting, destroying and replacing bad, damaged or defective cells from injury.  It is kind of like our police and handy man all rolled into one.

Where is the immune system?  If we look at our circulatory system, we can identify it.  It consists of the heart, arteries, veins and capillaries all connected in a closed system.  The digestive system? – Well, it starts at the mouth and winds its way through our body via the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, large intestines and ends you know where.  Nervous System…Skeletal System…Lymph System…they can all be seen and identified.  But where is the immune system?

IT IS IN EVERY CELL OF OUR BODY.  Whereas we do have unique blood cells called Lymphocytes, Basophils, Eosinophils, etc. which we identify as components of Immunity…they do not exist in an individuated system.  They roam our body searching and eliminating those organisms and toxins which may have the potential of causing harm.  Although these specialized cells are “designed” to accomplish these tasks, every cell, organ, tissue of the body also has its innate ability to protect itself.  In fact, the largest organ of immunity is our SKIN.  It is our primary defense.  Our breath is also a vital component of our immune system, expelling toxins and alien critters with every exhalation.  The specialized white blood cells actually only come into play if our primary defenses are overwhelmed.

We have come to believe that when the bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins enter our body, we get sick.  In fact this is a MYTH.  If tomorrow you visited a lab, you would find that your body is full of these invaders.  Yet, you are not sick because your immune system keeps them in check.  It is only when our immune system becomes compromised, do these invaders cause havoc.

SO…to dispel this myth:  First, you are sick, your immunity falters and then the bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins have the opportunity to cause disease.

So, in regards to “germs”… have no fear.  As long as your immune system is strong, you have nothing to worry about.  Of the men, women and children exposed to germs, only a handful actually manifest the disease.  The others’ immune systems are able to protect them.  So I repeat: As long as your immune system is strong, there is NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.

Next, I wish to share with you seven strategies to super-power your immune system.

 

7 Immunity Boosters

1) “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Thanks to the research of Candice Pert (Discoverer of Neuropeptides and the author of the book Molecules of Emotion) and other brilliant scientists and doctors, we now know that our emotions and thoughts directly effect our immune system.  In fact, a new science has emerged called PsychoNeuroImmunology – The science of the relationship between Thoughts and Emotions, Our Nervous System and Our Immune System.  In fact, in the advanced sciences, they see no distinction between these systems – they are in fact, all one.

A recent studyperformed at the University of Ohio has demonstrated that
1)  Positive Thoughts increase T-Cell counts (a powerful part of our immune system) and negative thoughts decrease T-Cell counts… and …
2) Experiences of Love increase immune function.

So close your eyes and visualize your body and immune system as strong as can be.  See your self like Superman standing upon your own Fortress of Solitude with your cape blowing behind you…your chin up in the air with confidence and self-esteem.  Remind yourself everyday of the beauty that still exists in our world…Rainbows…Full Moons…Sunrises…Sunsets….A Baby’s Smile…Grandma’s Soup… Jumping Dolphins… Roaring Lions… Prancing Horses… Humans singing together under candle light.  There is so much to love and so much to appreciate.  Remind yourself of these things everyday.  

If you would like some more specific exercises, Chapter 8 “Think and Grow Healthy” in my book A Clear Path to Healing has a 7 step process for using your mind to create anything you desire…including a strong immune system.

Step One in boosting your immune system is this:
Don’t Worry…Be Happy!

2) Healthy Spine Free of Tension and Interference

Whereas the immune system is the defense and maintenance system of the body…the nervous system is the orchestrator of that system.  The brain, spinal cord and nerves control everything in the body and mind.  All body function and healing…perception and response…thoughts and feeling…are all controlled and organized by the nervous system.

Stresses in our life – Physical, Emotional, Chemical and Cultural – cause tension to build up in our nervous system and its surrounding structures (Spinal Column, Muscles, Tendons, etc.).  Especially when those stress are overwhelming. This tension interferes with body function and healing – especially Immune Function.

The best method I know of to keep your spine free of tension and interference is Chiropractic – specifically Network Spinal Analysis or NSA.

NSA is a system of Wellness Care that uses very gentle touches on specific areas of the spine called “Spinal Gateways” to help identify areas of tension and entrain the body to self-regulate these areas of tension and heal.  People under Network Care report that they are able to handle stress better, enjoy life more and are able to make healthier choice in their life. 

So, step 2 in boosting your immune system is to keep your spine free of tension, utilizing Chiropractic, specifically Network Spinal Analysis, as an effective tool.

3) EAT HEALTHY

Don’t allow those free radicals to get into your body begin with.  Also, provide your body with the phytochemicals in plants and fruits which boost a strong immune system.  I outline a healthy system of eating in my book, A Clear Path to Healing, which will share with you now.

1)  Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of Filtered water every day.

2) Read food labels and don’t eat anything which has ingredients that do not sound like food. (i.e. monosodium glutamate, blue #6, anything bleached, etc.)

3) Eat food in the following ratio:  75% or more Alkaline Foods – 25% or less Acid Foods.  Alkaline foods are fruits and veggies…Acid is everything else.  (Exceptions: Almonds, Millet and Salmon tend toward Alkaline…pomegranates are Acid fruits)

4) Specific foods high in phytochemicals:

Garlic
Soy
Citrus Fruits
Peppers
Red Grapes
Green Tea
Leafy Greens
Tomatoes
Flaxseed
Walnuts
Brazil Nuts
Cabbage
Sweet Potatoes
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts


So, step 3 in boosting your immune system is to EAT HEALTHY!

 

4) ANTIOXIDANTS AND IMMUNITY STIMULANTS

Antioxidants are nutrients which eliminate from the body detrimental chemicals called Free Radicals.  Free Radicals are toxins which destroy human cells and cause the immune system to work extra hard.  By supplementing your diet with antioxidants, you will help clean your body of Free Radicals and give your immune system a break to focus on other things. Also, supplement your diet with nutrients which build a healthy immune systems

The Antioxidants and Immunostimulants are:

Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin A
Zinc
Selenium
CoQ10

Also, Mushrooms have demonstrated themselves to be powerful immune boosters.  

What?  Mushrooms?!?!?  That’s right.  Mushrooms are powerful immune system boosters that have been used in the Orient and in the South American jungles for thousands of years.  I am not talking about your run-of-the-mill throw in the salad mushrooms.  I am speaking of specific varieties of mushrooms found only in tropical rainforests and other remote parts of the world.  Such varieties as Shiitake, Maitake, oyster, enoki, reishi, astragalus and many others.  These mushrooms contain powerful immune system builders called alpha and beta glucans which are not naturally produced by our bodies.  They are only found in plant and animal sources.

I know of a product called Bio-Directed Immunity.  It is a special blend of 20 varieties of Immune Boosting mushrooms, organically grown under precise laboratory conditions.  If you are interested in getting more information about this product and purchasing it for yourself and your family, email our Wellness Consultant at anja@placeforhealing.com

 

Step 4 in boosting your immune system is supplementing your diet with ANTIOXIDANTS and MUSHROOMS

5) CLEAN ENVIRONMENT

The less work your immune system has to do, the more energy and resources it has to keep you healthy.  Why bog it down with unnecessary toxins from your environment.  Using an effective air and water filter actually nourishes your body’s immunity allowing it to rest, rather than putting it to work. If you are in a very effective, affordable air or water, contact our wellness consultant, Anja at anja@placeforhealing.com

Step 5 in boosting your immune system is cleansing your air and water with an effective filter..

 

6) PROBIOTICS

There are actually bacteria in our body that supports our health and our immune systems.  These are called Probiotics ( as opposed to Antibiotics which destroy life and inhibit our immune system).  These probiotic organisms live in our digestive system and have such names as Lactobacillus acidophilis and Bifidobacterium bifidum.  These probiotic, immunity-boosting bacteria are readily available through a food which is available in any supermarket – YOGURT!  If you are lactose-intolerant or just do not like yogurt, probiotic supplements are available at any health-food store.

Step 6 to boost your immune system is EAT YOGURT (or take a probiotic supplement.)

 

7) ADEQUATE EXERCISE AND PROPER REST

The last thing I’d like to discuss are two things which may seem diametrically opposed but they go hand-in-hand: ADEQUATE EXERCISE and PROPER REST.  I go into these in very specific detail in A Clear Path to Healing, but briefly you want to get good aerobic exercise at least 5 times a week.  This can be a walk, a swim, a run.  Something to get the blood flowing in your veins and your breath deepened.   Deep breathing is a powerful immune booster.

And after exercising make sure you get proper rest.  There are many strategies to improve sleep including proper posture, firm supportive mattress, meditation and the use of magnetic and far-infrared technologies.  To learn more, pick up my book A Clear Path to Healing or email our Wellness Consultant, Anja at anja@placeforhealing.com

So, step 7 to boost your immune system is Adequate Exercise and Proper Rest

 Let’s Summarize

To Boost Your Immune System:

1) Don’t Worry…Be Happy
2) Keep Your Spine Free of Tension
3) Eat Healthy
4) Take Antioxidants and Immunity Stimulants
5) Eat YOGURT!
6) Filter your air and Water
7) Get Adequate Exercise and Proper Rest

I hope you all take action on this information, so that you are strong and fearless against this little wimp – Mr. Germ

Fear Not The Bug
excerpts from
A Clear Path to Healing
by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

One day, a cow was walking through a beautiful pasture. Beneath a bright blue, sunny sky, the cow peacefully grazed on the green grass. Nothing disturbed her silent repose. Suddenly, the cow lifted her tail and relieved herself, creating an impressive pile of manure in the center of the field. Turning her head to examine her masterpiece, she gave a nod and lifted her chin, and continued her morning walk, grazing in bliss. As she walked away into the distance, a swarm of flies began to gather around the manure, delighting in the delicacy provided by the cow. The moral of the story is one’s waste is another’s treasure.

You are probably wondering why I just told this story. Besides adding a little comic “relief,” it was to pose a pertinent question: Are the flies the problem? Are the flies the cause of the mess? Obviously, the answer is No. You can swat the flies all you want, use chemical repellents, even light it on fire … if the field is not cleaned of manure, you will always have flies. Why then do we use antibiotics, vaccinations and other drugs to fight off germs? Are we not swatting flies? We are attacking the germs without cleaning up the mess.

In order to achieve optimum health and vitality, we must accept the responsibility to stop swatting the flies, and begin to strengthen the body and “clean up the field.”

Our bodies have a remarkable system for removing the “garbage from the field.” It is called the immune system. The cells that make up this system migrate around the body removing bacteria, viruses, toxins and other foreign objects from the body, keeping the field clean. It is not the germs that cause the disease, but a breakdown in the proper functioning of the immune system.

When I ask the question, “What is the cause of all disease?” I usually receive one of two answers, germs or stress. Looking at our hectic American society, and all of its stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis, it’s easy to understand why people rationalize that stress is the cause. When we witness the association between bacteria, viruses, germs, and disease or illness, it comes to reason that they too, are a cause. Every day our newspapers and medical research studies report that stress and germs are the cause of the majority of diseases in our world. Daily, we see countless advertisements on television and in the newspapers about medications that fight germs and relieve stress. With all this evidence and the research that documents it, it would appear that stress and germs are in fact, the cause of all disease.

Yet, as we learned in chapters 3 and 4, this is an illusion. Stress and germs are not the cause of all disease, but instead, the cause of all health. Placing germs within the broader concept of stress, let’s define stress. According to Webster, stress is a “physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental change.”1 In other words, stress is any change in our outside environment that causes a change in our internal environment, whether it’s of a physical, emotional, or chemical nature. Example: Imagine you are walking down the street. As you step off a curb, you stumble and your foot twists under your leg. The particular way you twisted your leg, in relation to your current level of flexibility (or adaptability) of your leg, results in a strained tendon in your ankle. This is a physical stress.

Did the stress cause the injury? No. It was your inability to adapt appropriately to that specific movement that caused the injury. If the tendon was more flexible (or adaptable) and you were able to respond appropriately, the action would not have caused an injury.  Other examples of physical stress can be a traumatic event such as a  football injury, an automobile collision, or a ski accident. It may be something subtle such as carrying your purse on the same shoulder every day or sitting in front of a computer for hours on end.  Notice that all of these examples are of a negative nature, whereas the definition of stress makes no distinction of positive or negative. Other forms of physical stress might be a tickle or a hug; taking a warm bath or receiving a soothing massage. These are also changes in the outside environment that create changes on the inside.

Stresses are not always of a physical nature. There are also chemical and emotional stresses. Chemical stress can include food, water, smoke, toxins, vitamins, herbs, alcohol, sugar, medications, recreational drugs or germs.  Some of these may be considered negative stresses, others, positive stresses.  Emotional stress might include divorce, hysterical comedy, bankruptcy, recognition, death, and marriage. Again, some may appear negative, some positive.

Everything we experience in the outside environment creates change in the inside environment. The effect these stresses have on our body and mind are not determined by the stress itself, but by our response to it.

Understanding this, does stress and germs cause disease? Of course not. The cause of disease is not stress, but our body and mind’s inability to perceive, adapt, or recover appropriately in response to the stress. Does the streptococcus bacteria cause strep throat? No. Our immune system’s inability to respond appropriately to the attack of the bacteria is the cause. If I took a strep culture from the throats of one-hundred individuals, all would have a positive finding, yet most, if not all, would not have the disease. Does smoking cause lung cancer? No. The body’s inability to respond appropriately to the smoke causes lung cancer, otherwise all smokers would contract lung cancer. Does stumbling off a curb cause a twisted ankle? No. The body and mind’s inability to respond appropriately to the situation is the cause of the twisted ankle.

Let me again emphasize the cause of disease: It is our body’s inability to respond appropriately to changes in our environment or stress. In other words, a loss of our body or mind’s response ability. As you may have realized, this entire book is based on this principle. All health is the result of our body and mind’s remarkable abilities – response abilities – to experience the outside environment and respond to it through personal expression. The more efficient and effective we are at this, the healthier we will be.

Author: drbarry920

Dr. Barry S. Weinberg is a chiropractor and author of the best-selling books, A Clear Path to Healing and To Face a Dragon. He is the chief physician and founder of A Place for Healing…a family chiropractic wellness center founded in 1994 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In May of 2009, Dr. Barry partnered with the Point Pleasant Wellness Center in Wilton Manors, FL. Dr. Barry is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. Among his musical accomplishments, he is most noted for composing the score for the documentary film, Florida Crackers. Dr. Barry is committed to bringer greater health, wellness and awareness to the community through education, Network Spinal Analysis and community service.

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