Would You Like Some Salt With Your MS?

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You don’t need to hear about more high-salt diets causing weight gain, heart problems, and diabetes. You get it all the time. But there’s something you might not know: it can also make you more susceptible to autoimmune diseases, like multiple sclerosis, by impacting your body’s ability to fight infection. Continue reading

Beta-Sitosterol Benefits – A Great Immune System & Heart Health Booster

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Did you know…that an all-natural herbal cure helps prevent heart disease, boosts your immune system and relieves the symptoms of autoimmune disease such as arthritis?

Beta-sitosterol is a natural, non-toxic plant sterol found in all oil-producing plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and trees. Continue reading

Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?

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The government and pharmaceutical companies relentlessly promote flu shots every year, insisting that supposedly “high risk” groups like pregnant women, children less than 5 years of age (especially under the age of 2) and everyone over age 50 should be vaccinated. But there are serious questions about the advisability of these shots. In some cases, a flu shot may interfere with immunity rather than boost it. Continue reading

A Delicious Juice That Boosts Your Immunity

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Imagine if a fruit juice could actually boost your health significantly, in much the same way that some drugs are purported to. Wouldn’t drinking a delicious beverage be preferable to swallowing a pill or downing a horrible tasting spoonful of medicine? If you answered “yes,” then read further to find out more. Continue reading

The Immune Booster in Your Spice Cabinet

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Your immune system is very complex. It has a set of pathways that allow your body to respond to foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and other infectious agents, as well as foreign material such as pollen. It’s an amazingly powerful alternative cure for disease. Your immune system consists of a bunch of different types of cells, each of which have a specific task assigned to them in the defense of your body.

Basically, your immune system is divided into two main parts: “humoral immunity” and “cell-mediated immunity.” So what’s the difference? Humoral immunity deals with infectious agents in your blood and body tissues. Cell- mediated immunity, on the other hand, deals with body cells that have been infected. In general, the humoral system is managed by B-cells (with help from T-cells), and the cell-mediated system is managed by T-cells. Together, these two systems can help protect you Continue reading

Scientists Map How White Blood Cells Repair Wounds

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WILMINGTON –  Based on more than 50 experiments with mice, scientists have mapped out the basic steps taken by a particular set of white blood cells in setting the pace for recovery after serious lung injury.

The white blood cells are called regulatory T-cells, or Tregs for short, and their best known function is to keep the body’s immune system from attacking its own healthy tissues.

“Our study results are the critical first leads in finding treatments for a clinical condition that until now has had none, despite its high mortality,” says study senior investigator Landon King, Johns Hopkins University.

“When a patient develops acute lung injury, we want the critical care medicine team to be able to do more than just stabilize the patient on a ventilator,” said King.

King says the study opens the door to a new field in research and development of drugs that either speeds up the post-injury activation of Tregs, or supplements levels of Tregs in people who may be relatively lymphocyte deficient from either lung disease or chemotherapy. Lymphocyte is the technical term for a type of white blood cell.

Some 200,000 Americans suffer some form of sudden, acute lung injury (ALI) each year, in which inflammation spreads across both lungs, making breathing difficult and starving the body of much-needed oxygen.

Among them are people with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by infection, the most severe form of ALI. Also included are burn victims, people with chest injuries from car accidents, and cancer patients who have had adverse reactions to donated platelets from blood transfusion.

Almost all people with ALI require breathing assistance from mechanical ventilators, and nearly 75,000 die each year.

The study was published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.