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We know that everything in our world, including our body, is made up of only energy and 99.9% empty space between these energy atoms, their electrons and protons. Our bodies and everything we use in our daily lives is made up of atoms and space consisting of absolute nothingness, or so we think because we can’t see anything.
So, where does health or ill-health come from? It comes from what we think is nothingness, and it has two absolute fundamental aspects that need to be considered to self-heal all our illnesses – they are what I call the Inner-e and the outer body. The body is where I focused on to start the understanding of becoming healthy, successfully, many years ago using the content of this article about the immune system. This is an update with crucial new information for self-healing.
Wellness is a state of dynamic balance in the body where illness cannot exist.
This self-evident axiom holds that “in perfect balance there can be no disease.” The human body is a magnificent and miraculous entity that continuously repairs itself from damage, foreign invaders and mutant cells when it is in balance. Conversely, when the body or inner-e is out of balance a host of possible diseases can and usually do occur.
How do we keep it in balance was the start of my search for total health, joyfulness and longevity?
The immune system is complex, intricate and exciting. And there are at least two good reasons to know more about it.
First, it is just plain fascinating to understand where things like cancer, diabetes, heart events, fevers, hives, inflammation, etc., come from when they happen in our body. Self-Healing needs this understanding.
You also hear a lot about the immune system in the news as new drugs come on the market — knowing about the immune system makes these news stories understandable and equips you with intelligent questions to ask yourself, Functional Doctor or the oncologist before trying them out, possibly to your detriment.
The immune system is an organ-system which protects the body from sickness and growing older. The immune system’s essential defenders are white blood cells. Two broad classes of white blood cells are lymphocytes and macrophages. Two basic types of lymphocytes are B cells and T cells.
The macrophages are called into action when there is tissue damage or infection; the monocytes leave the bloodstream and enter the affected tissue or organ and undergo a series of changes to become macrophages. These macrophages can modify themselves to form different structures to fight various microbes and invaders. In this way, macrophages provide the first line of defence in protecting the host from infection.
Simply, this is what makes up the immune response.
Bone Marrow — All the cells of the immune system are initially derived from the bone marrow. The bone marrow produces B cells, natural killer cells, granulocytes and immature thymocytes, in addition to red blood cells and platelets.
Thymus — The function of the thymus is to produce mature T cells.
Spleen — The spleen is an immunologic filter of the blood. It is made up of B cells, T cells, macrophages, dendritic cells, natural killer cells and red blood cells. Old red blood cells are destroyed in the spleen.
Lymph Nodes — The lymph nodes function as an immunologic filter for the bodily fluid known as lymph.
How the Immune System Works
Cells that will grow into the many types of more specialised cells that circulate throughout the immune system are produced in the bone marrow. This nutrient-rich, spongy tissue is found in the centre shafts of certain long, flat bones of the body, such as the bones of the pelvis. The cells most relevant are the lymphocytes, numbering close to one trillion.
The two major classes of lymphocytes are B cells, which grow to maturity in the bone marrow, and T cells, which mature in the thymus, high in the chest behind the breastbone.
The Cells of the Immune System
B cells produce antibodies that circulate in the blood and lymph streams and attach to foreign antigens to mark them for destruction by other immune cells. B cells are part of what is known as antibody-mediated or humoral immunity, so-called because the antibodies circulate in blood and lymph. B cells become plasma cells, which produce antibodies when a foreign antigen triggers the immune response. The primary function of B lymphocytes is the production of antibodies in response to foreign proteins of bacteria, viruses, and tumour cells.
T cells, which also patrol the blood and lymph for foreign invaders, can do more than mark the antigens; they attack and destroy diseased cells they recognise as foreign. T lymphocytes are responsible for cellular immunity. T cells also orchestrate, regulate and coordinate the overall immune response. T cells depend on unique cell surface molecules called the major histocompatibility complex to help them recognise antigen fragments.
Macrophages — Macrophages are essential in the regulation of immune responses. They are often referred to as scavengers or antigen-presenting cells because they pick up and ingest foreign materials and present these antigens to other cells of the immune system such as T cells and B cells. This is one of the important first steps in the initiation of an immune response.
Dendritic Cells — Dendritic cells, which also originate in the bone marrow, function as antigen-presenting cells. These cells are usually found in the structural compartment of the lymphoid organs such as the thymus, lymph nodes and spleen. They are also found in the bloodstream and other tissues of the body.
The biggest key to overall immune system health is balance – boosting when needed and calming down when needed. Almost all the immune system products on the market today (vitamins, minerals, and herbs) have one thing in common: they provide temporary nutrition. This does not balance the immune system. It is important to attempt to get your nutrition from fresh plants, herbs, spices and meat.
However, the best long-term solution to an active, balanced immune response throughout your body, is the ability for your cells to share correct information. Your immune system must be able to recognise, respond to, and remember potential invaders through communication and healthy nerves, blood and lymph fluid. Do not underestimate the power of the immune system. An immune system that is efficient, is effective in keeping you healthy – disease-free. Learn how to keep it in tip-top working condition.
Looking beyond nutrition to information is a profound paradigm shift.
When your immune system is in 100% working order, you’re able to live the life that you want. But when immune system function is impaired by too little sleep, environmental hazards, poor diet, or a high-stress lifestyle, it can’t do its job. But, more importantly, it also is deceived by false messengers sending out information for their own survival within your gut. Our bodies have enemies, which we are unable to see and may not even be aware they exist.
Our Bodies are Home to Millions of Organisms
Millions of microbes have made your body their habitat, and most of them will never do you any harm. However, some will cause severe disease. Human pathogens include some bacteria, viruses and fungi, as well as parasites such as tapeworms and flukes.
Some microbes can be useful for us. It’s known that the gut microbiota, the bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, exist in a mutualistic relationship with us – one where both parties benefit. But it’s not clear how the immune system views these cells. Recent studies suggest that newly discovered populations of immune cells may help train the immune system to tolerate beneficial bacteria. When functioning correctly, the immune system identifies and attacks a variety of threats, including viruses, bacteria and parasites, while distinguishing them from the body’s own healthy tissue through frequency communication.
Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped structures that produce and store cells that fight infection and disease and are part of the lymphatic system — which consists of bone marrow, spleen, thymus and lymph nodes. Lymph nodes also contain lymph, the clear fluid that carries those cells to different parts of the body. When the body is fighting infection, lymph nodes can become enlarged and feel sore.
The Spleen is the largest lymphatic organ in the body, which is on your left side, under your ribs and above your stomach, contains white blood cells that fight infection or disease. The spleen also helps control the amount of blood in the body and disposes of old or damaged blood cells.
How to keep your immune system 100% Efficient.
In nature, when animals get sick, they stop eating and instead focus on resting. This is a primal instinct to reduce stress on their internal system so their body can fight off infection. This natural mechanism allows the animal’s immune system to concentrate all internal energy systems towards immunity.
Fasting is the human being’s most potent immune-boosting and balancing tool. Fasting and Intermittent fasting helps to eliminate fatigue, calm down inflammatory conditions in the body, treats diabetes and starves off cancer cell formation according to Dr Jason Fung and from my personal experience.
Here are a few from the enormously long list of what fasting restores in the immune system:
- Lowers inflammation in the blood
- Improves cell to cell communication
- Balances the pH of the blood
- Enhances cellular resistance to toxins
- Increases mitochondrial functioning which strengthens your cellular functioning
- Triggers stem cell growth which regenerates the cells of youthfulness
- Activates autophagy which recycles old, weak cells back into energy or dumps them
- Builds new neurons in the brain and protects against cognitive decline.
Intermittent fasting reduces:
- Oxidative stress.
- Blood pressure.
- Triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
- Risk of heart disease.
- The feeling of hunger.
- Excess body fat.
- Insulin resistance.
Intermittent fasting improves:
- Insulin sensitivity. It makes you tolerate more carbohydrates and allows you to easily regulate your blood sugar levels.
- Human growth hormone – Your metabolism speeds up, not slows down.
- Absorption of nutrients more efficiently.
- The utilisation of your own body fat for fuel and preserve more muscle.
- Cellular repair and detoxification – autophagy clears waste and protects your cells.
- Concentration and mental abilities.
- Mitochondrial density and function. It allows you to produce more energy and do it more efficiently.
- And balances imbalanced bodily fluids that are vital to maintaining health
- Neurogenesis and neural plasticity. You will create more brain cells that protect against neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This is also closely connected with increased mental power.
The Secret Benefit
These improved health markers are only but a fraction of the real reason why do intermittent fasting. The most significant advantage of fasting is that it puts us into a state of Self-Healing for free.
You would want to live a fasting-focused lifestyle no matter how fit you are because it will promote your body’s mitochondrial functions, improves your health biomarkers across the board, triggers stem cell growth, activates autophagy, and increases healthy longevity.
For me, the best benefits of intermittent fasting have to do with curing diabetes, the boost in brain performance, anti-ageing, eliminating pain in legs and feet.
An effective way to discover which direction your health is moving without going to your Doctor.
The Quality Health Analyser is a great tool to have in your home to use for your family in finding out which health markers are affecting you and your older children. This analyser is an ultrasound scanning device which picks up the different cell frequencies in your body and with sophisticated software, produces a detailed report. There are more than 30 reports and each one has sub-reports including explanations. The image below is a screenshot of a typical report on one of the health markers for diabetes and high blood sugars.