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Dave Foreman

Immunity Know-How

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

In the last issue of The Herbal Pharmacist®, I wrote about how to keep your immune system in top shape by following my Four Pillars of Great Health. In this edition, I want to further expand your knowledge of the body's intricate defense system by explaining how the immune system functions. In a nutshell, we are each born with the ability to keep our bodies free from disease-causing invaders. This is best known as immunity, derived from the latin immunis, meaning "protection from disease." The immune system consists of a vast network of tissues, organs, cells and chemicals. Our bone marrow, thymus gland, tonsils, lymph nodes, lymphocytes (white blood cells), phagocytes, natural killer cells, antibodies and interferon are the collective "armed forces" that battle the germ-warfare bombarding our bodies daily.

Let's take your learning up a scientific notch. What most people don't know is there are two types of immunity protecting the body: innate and adaptive. Innate immunity exists at birth and gives us our first line of defense against disease.The skin, mucus secretions, and the acidity of the stomach are examples of innate immunity.These all act as barriers shielding us from unwanted pathogens. Adaptive immunity is our second line of defense. We acquire this immunity as we go through life. The adaptive immune system is intelligent by design, remembering foes from the past and poised to wage war when exposed to them again.This is why people usually get chicken pox and the measles only once, although they may be repeatedly exposed to the disease. Unfortunately, some invaders like viruses can mutate and change their offensive strategy, evolving into a disease our adaptive immunity cannot "remember" thus triggering an illness event. The precise components of the immune system and how they "know" to react against bacteria, viruses, parasites and abnormal cells are still unknown. What experts do understand is that without a properly functioning immune system, a wide variety of health challenges can occur including cancer, HIV, allergies, asthma, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, cold sores, bacterial and viral infections, digestive health maladies, thyroid, yeast infections and some skin conditions.

Supplementation is critical to maintaining a strong and properly functioning immune system. I prefer to divide supplements for immune health into two categories: Support (safe to take for extended periods of time) and Stimulate (used at the first onset of symptoms for up to two weeks). Stimulating supplements often trigger an increase in the production or activity of certain immune cells.An example of this is echinacea. Echinacea is thought to support the immune system by increasing the production and activity of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and macrophages. Echinacea may also increase the production of interferon, an important part of the body's response to viral infections. Supportive supplements usually provide the immune system with helpful tools or nutrients, allowing the body to function optimally. An example of this is WGP 3-6 (beta-glucan).This supplement provides a key compound used by the immune system to arm the immune cells or macrophages for action. When the immune system comes into contact with a foreign invader, it will then be prepared to defend.

Used in conjunction with my Four Pillars of Great Health, these supplements help to promote healthy immunity.

-Vitamin C(high doses)
-Zinc Gluconate(lozenges)
-Wild Indigo

-M.D. Select Advanced Immune Support
-Life Shield
-Host Defense
-WGP 3-6 (Beta-Glucan)
-Cell Forte with IP-6
-Green Tea

To find the product that is right for you, remember to always consult with your health care provider.

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