Author Sidebar: You may be wondering: What does strengthening or boosting your immune system have to do with diabetes? Well, diabetes and the high blood glucose weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections and other diseases.
FYI: When I was diabetic, I didn't realize how my diabetes negatively affected my immune system until I accidentally cut my finger in the hospital. I also had no idea what comprised the immune system.
The immune system is divided into two different types of immunity: Innate Immunity and Adaptive Immunity.
Innate Immunity is something already present in the body. As soon as something enters the skin, blood, or tissues, the immune system immediately goes into attack mode and provides a rapid response.
It does this by identifying certain chemicals in the bacteria, antigen or other substance that tells the innate response it shouldn’t be there. One example would be white blood cells fighting bacteria, causing redness and swelling, when you have a cut.
Adaptive Immunity is created in response to exposure to a foreign substance. When a foreign invader enters the body, the immune system takes it in and analyzes it in detail. Then, the adaptive immune response organizes cells to attack that foreign substance every time it enters the body.
There are two types of adaptive immune responses: cell-mediated immunity, which is mediated by T lymphocytes; and, humoral or antibody-mediated immunity, which is mediated by antibodies produced by B lymphocytes.
Cell-mediated immunity is an immune response that is triggered by specialized T Helper or Th1 cells and involves the activation of phagocytes, antigen-specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes, and the release of various cytokines in response to an antigen.
Humoral immunity is an immune response that is triggered by specialized T Helper or Th2 cells and involves the production of antibodies, complement proteins, and certain antimicrobial peptides.
Sidebar: When you get a vaccine shot, it bypasses all of the Innate Immunity system and the cell-mediated half of the Adaptive Immunity system. The vaccine only engages the humoral antibody-mediated portion of the Adaptive Immune system to produce antibodies. In other words, a vaccine only utilizes about one-third of the immune system's capabilities!
FYI: The following diagram provides an overview of the major cells that make up the immune system.
Immune System Levels
As depicted in the following diagram, the immune system offers 3 levels of defense against invading bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.
Please Note: When you get a vaccine shot, it only engages the humoral antibody-mediated portion of the Adaptive Immune system. It bypasses all of the Innate Immunity system and the cell-mediated half of the Adaptive Immunity system. In other words, a vaccine only utilizes about one-third of the immune system's capabilities!
Most people are aware that boosting (strengthening)the immune system helps to protect us from bacteria and other invading pathogens during the cold and flu season. Consequently, most people understand that the primary function of the immune system is to defend and protect the body from bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.
However, most people are not aware that there is another primary function of the immune system. Do you have any idea what it is?
As depicted in the following diagram from my training program, the immune system has two primary responsibilities:
- To protect us from invading bacteria and other pathogens
- To initiate the cell repair and healing processes.
But, when you're diabetic, the high glucose levels weaken your immune cells, which fail to protect us you from bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. As a result, you become more susceptible to things like the cold and the flu.
In addition, the high glucose levels prevent the immune system from being able to repair and heal your cells and tissues. As a result, you become more susceptible to slow healing bruises, and leg ulcers.
The main function of the immune system is to protect the human body against disease, bacteria, viruses and other foreign bodies.
The immune system is a complex system that identifies threats to your health, distinguish those threats from your body’s own healthy tissues and eradicate those threats to keep your body healthy.
The immune system is a complex, interactive collection of cells, tissues, organs and processes within the body. When functioning properly, the immune system identifies and destroys a variety of threats, including viruses, bacteria and parasites.
The major components of the immune system include the following:
Lymph nodes: 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.
Spleen: 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.
Bone marrow: The yellow tissue in the center of the bones produces white blood cells. This spongy tissue inside some bones, such as the hip and thigh bones, contains immature cells, called stem cells. Stem cells, especially embryonic stem cells, which are derived from eggs fertilized in vitro (outside of the body), are recognized for their flexibility in being able to morph into any human cell.
Lymphocytes: These small white blood cells play a large role in defending the body against disease. The two types of lymphocytes are B-cells, which make antibodies that attack bacteria and toxins; and, T-cells, which help destroy infected or cancerous cells. Killer T-cells are a subgroup of T-cells that kill cells that are infected with viruses and other pathogens or are otherwise damaged. Helper T-cells help determine which immune responses the body makes to a particular pathogen.
Thymus: This small organ is where T-cells mature. This often-overlooked part of the immune system, which is situated beneath the breastbone (and is shaped like a thyme leaf, hence the name), can trigger or maintain the production of antibodies that can result in muscle weakness. Interestingly, the thymus is somewhat large in infants, grows until puberty, then starts to slowly shrink and become replaced by fat with age, (which may contribute to certain disease disorders).
Leukocytes: These disease-fighting white blood cells identify and eliminate pathogens and are the second arm of the innate immune system. The innate leukocytes include phagocytes (macrophages, neutrophils and dendritic cells), mast cells, eosinophils and basophils.
How the Immune System Works
The immune system functions by attacking and destroying disease-causing organisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses, parasites, cancer cells) through a sequence of steps referred to as the immune response.
When foreign particles or antigens invade the body, the various types of immune system cells work in combination to recognize and destroy them. The B lymphocytes are triggered in the process producing antibodies, which are specialized proteins that block specific antigens.
Once these antibodies are produced, they remain in the body and if the same antigen invades the body again, they are already present to block the antigen. Hence, if a person gets a specific disease, that person will not get sick with that disease again. This is the principle used behind immunizations used to prevent diseases.
After an antigen is locked by an antibody, the T cells come into action and destroy the antigens tagged by a particular antibody. T cells are therefore, sometimes referred to as killer cells.
Antibodies can also help in neutralizing toxins secreted by the microorganisms. They also help in activating a specialized group of proteins referred to as complement that helps in destroying viruses, bacteria and other infected cells.
The body is thus protected against diseases by these specialized cells of the immune system and this protection is referred to as immunity.
However, there is another function that the immune system performs that most experts tend to overlook.
When a part of the body is damaged from harmful processes such as inflammation, oxidation, hyperglycemia, glycation, and toxic overload, it is the responsibility of the immune system to initiate the body's cell repair and healing processes.
As previously mentioned, the immune system is a collaboration between various immune cells and proteins that work together to initiate and promote the cell repair and healing processes.
One of these types of cells (monocytes) are converted to macrophages, which digest and kill bacterial pathogens. These macrophages secrete a variety of chemotactic and growth factors that stimulate blood clotting, scab formation, cell migration, proliferation, and the formation of new collagen and new tissue.
For an example of the repair and healing process: When you cut your finger, it is the cells associated with the immune system (e.g. macrophages, neutrophils, other white blood cells) that trigger the initial inflammation (redness). These cells also create the clotting factors that stop the bleeding and create a scab to cover the cut so that it can heal.
Similar repair and healing processes go on inside the body when cells and tissues associated with the arteries, eyes, kidneys, liver, etc. are damaged from a disease such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease or cancer.
However, because of the high blood glucose levels associated with Type 2 diabetes, the macrophages and other white blood cells are lethargic and not as active in repairing the body. In some cases, these cells become damaged from the constant inflammation and excess oxidation, further impairing the healing and repair processes.
Consequently, a diabetic's body takes longer to heal from bruises, infections, and other health problems due to cell/tissue damage. And, because it takes longer to heal, it makes the diabetic more susceptible to other complications.
As a result, it is imperative to not only lower and stabilize blood glucose levels but strengthen and balance the immune system so that it can help in the cell repair and healing processes.
Why is this two-fold strategy so important? Because if you only focus on lowering blood glucose levels, the body's overall health will still continue to deteriorate and the diabetes will continue to progress.
This is one of the reasons why Type 2 diabetes is called a progressive disease! Controlling the blood glucose while the disease progresses is like bailing water out of a sinking rowboat with holes in it without addressing how to plug up the holes.
How to Boost, Strengthen & Balance Your Immune System
The functioning of the immune system, like most systems in the body, is dependent on good nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle changes (e.g. meditation).
Consequently, in order to strengthen and rebalance your immune system, you need to address the following areas:
- Other Lifestyle Changes
Please Note: Technically, you don't want to "boost" your immune system! Boosting your immune system would cause more problems than it would solve. The word "boost" has been used for years to indicate how to strengthen your immune system.
However, given our better understanding of how the immune system actually works and the Th1-Th2 pathways, in most cases, you don't want to 'boost" the immune system. Boosting may cause the immune system to become overly active, leading to an autoimmune disease!
Actually, in most cases you want to strengthen and balance the immune system's Th1 and Th2 systems; and, by doing so, you strengthen the overall function of the immune system.
In addition, you want to improve your overall health so that you have healthier cells. When you have a lot of healthy cells, this implies a strong immune system that can protect you from invading pathogens. But, when you have a lot of unhealthy cells, this implies a weak immune system that can't protect you as well from invading pathogens.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids help to strengthen the immune system.
Key vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, yams, carrots, onions; and, unprocessed fermented foods. Key fruits include blueberries and apples.
Key herbs include echinacea, licorice, ginseng, astragalus, sage, and garlic. In addition, some mushrooms such as shiitake, resihi, and maitake have shown some evidence in regulating the immune system.
Key fats include monounsaturated fats from extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil; Omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish such as wild salmon, calamari (squid) and unprocessed cod liver oil; and, medium-chain fatty acids from extra virgin coconut oil.
The following is an overview of the key steps to help strengthen your immune system so that it can defend your body against further damage and initiate the repair processes.
First, you have to educate yourself about disease, drugs, and nutrition.
- Start with a book like "Death to Diabetes" to acquire the knowledge.
- Get the Power of Raw Juicing and Raw Food Diet ebooks to help implement at least a partial raw food diet program.
- Get the Cleanse & Detox ebook to prevent your immune system from becoming weak, especially during flu season.
Next, you have to stop poisoning your body and stop weakening your immune system!
- It is imperative that you stop eating all "dead" processed foods.
- Don’t eat cooked meat, or processed foods at all.
- Avoid all processed foods, especially those containing flour, sugar, HFCS, PHO, soy, or processed vinegar.
- Avoid all dairy products except raw (unpasteurized, unhomogenized) goat’s milk, and yogurt made from the same.
- Avoid traditional toothpaste and tap water, which contain fluoride and may inhibit the functioning of the thyroid gland.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, OTC drugs, prescription drugs, and recreational drugs.
Then, you need to nourish your body's cells and tissues to strengthen your immune system and initiate your body's cellular repair processes and healing mechanisms.
- Follow a well-balanced and macronutrient-dense nutritional program such as the Death to Diabetes Super Meal Model (Chapters 5-7 of the Death to Diabetes book). Get the 3-in-1 Death to Diabetes Cookbook for lots of healthy recipes and structured meal planning.
- Eat lots of raw or lightly-steamed vegetables, some whole fruits, and as many of the top disease-fighting foods and antioxidant-rich foods as possible to strengthen your immune system.
- Use plant oils, especially first-pressed extra virgin olive oil and extra virgin coconut oil; also, evening primrose oil (GLA). Avoid all vegetable oils, including canola oil.
- Strengthen your immune system with the raw foods, medicinal mushrooms, organic soups/broths, detox, and raw juicing.
- Use the Raw Juicing ebook to implement raw vegetable juicing, and drink raw vegetable juice at least 2-4 times a day, preferably 25-30 minutes before meals.
- Cleanse/detox periodically -- at least every 3 months. Use high-quality organic herbs and herbal tinctures. Get the Cleanse & Detox ebook to strengthen your immune system.
- Use medicinal mushrooms (i.e. cordyceps, reishi, maitake and shiitake) and wholefood supplements (i.e. Vitamin D, echinacea*; organic herbs, herbal tinctures) to nourish your cells and rev up your immune system to produce more NKs. Get the Nutritional Supplements ebook for a list of the top wholefood supplements and herbal tinctures that strengthen the immune system.
- *Note: However, if you have an autoimmune disease, be careful with herbs such as echinacea, which may over-stimulate the immune system and trigger an over-response with increased cellular inflammation.
- Use raw garlic (or aged garlic extract), onions, bright-colored peppers, herbs, and organic spices to season your food.
Use nutritional supplementation,to help strengthen your immune system but, only after you have made some dietary changes.
- Key vitamin/mineral supplements include: Vitamin B-Complex, Vitamin D3 (unprocessed cod liver oil), selenium, magnesium, Omega-3 EFAs.
- Possible herbal supplements may include: ashwagandha, cayenne pepper, echinacea, ginseng, ginger, licorice, turmeric.
- Other key supplements, depending on your health issues may include: CoQ10, lipoic acid, beta glucan, garlic, raw honey (manuka), colloidal silver.
- Other supplements may include: digestive enzymes, systemic enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics.
Warning: You should not use some of these supplements if you have an autoimmune disease! Some of these supplements can cause an already overly active immune system to become even more active and cause an increase in inflammation, resulting in a flare.
Use exercise to help build your immune system.
- Exercise consistently. Physical activities like walking, cycling, swimming, gardening, dancing, etc. helps keep one's immune system strong. Read Chapter 10 of the Death to Diabetes book.
- Note: It is believed that moderate exercises strengthen the body's immune system, whereas, intense exercises suppress the immune system's function. Regular exercises can help get rid of airborne bacteria and viruses from the lungs, that can otherwise lead to upper respiratory tract infections. Stretching exercises also help relieve mental tension, anxiety and stress, thereby lowering one's blood pressure and contributing to good sleep.
Make other lifestyle changes to help your immune system.
- Use sleep, meditation, prayer, socializing, etc. to reduce the stress in your life.
- Use your inner spirit to self-motivate, and obtain emotional support -- read Chapter 13 of the Death to Diabetes book. If necessary, get the Motivation & Will Power or Stress Reduction ebook.
- Wash hands frequently, avoid touching/rubbing the eyes.
- Avoid OTC and prescriptions drugs like the plague! If you're taking medications, get the Drug Weaning ebook.
Some of the best natural alternatives to antibiotics include the following.
Coconut Oil (Extra Virgin): is full of powerful medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), including lauric acid. It has the ability to kill harmful bacteria like H. pylori. Research shows it’s also effective at fighting C. difficile—a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and one of the leading causes of diarrhea in hospitals worldwide.
Garlic: kills bacteria and fights disease. Russian soldiers used it as a natural antibiotic during World War II after running out of penicillin. Recent research found that it may even help protect against the common cold. Allicin—a powerful compound in garlic—can fight the “superbugs” that prescription drugs can’t. These include VRE and MRSA.
Olive Leaf Extract: helps defend against a wide variety of viruses and bacteria. And it can do things that most prescription drugs can’t. It can even cut off the amino acid supply to viruses to keep them from spreading. One study found that exposing E. coli to just a 6% olive leaf extract completely destroyed it. You can find natural olive leaf extract supplements in most health food stores and online.
Herbs: The following herbs contain antibiotic properties: aloe, burdock, cayenne, chaparral, cloves, echinacea, eucalyptus, garlic, ginger, goldenseal, grapefruit seed extract, holy thistle, horseradish, juniper, liquorice, lobelia, mullein, myrrh, oregano, red clover, sage, thyme, turmeric, and wormwood.
Raw Honey: especially Manuka honey has been shown in studies to be as effective as commercial topical antibiotics but, unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, raw honey is essentially immune to resistance because it fights bacteria in several different ways.
Raw honey's acidic pH, low water content (which effectively dehydrates bacteria), and the hydrogen peroxide secreted by its naturally occurring enzymes, all make it ideal for combating organisms that have developed resistance to standard antibiotics.
Raw honey has proven to be effective with healing wounds and leg ulcers. The raw honey will envelop the bacteria and eventually kill the bacteria. But, make sure that the raw honey is the authentic manuka honey with a high UMF rating, usually above 10, indicating a high antibacterial potency.
FYI: UMF stands for "Unique Manuka Factor" which indicates the antibacterial strength of the honey. Manuka honey that has a UMF rating of more than 10 is highly active honey and therefore known as Active Manuka Honey. The UMF rating varies depending on your purpose, but laboratory studies have shown that Manuka honey with a non-peroxide activity level of UMF®12 to UMF®18 is effective against a wide range of very resistant bacteria.
Manuka Honey with a UMF of less than 10 has a low level of anti-bacterial activity and may not be effective for more serious medical conditions. The ideal potency level to be effective against most medical conditions is between UMF®12 and UMF®18.
UMF is an internationally registered trademark that is used only by licensed users who meet set criteria which include auditing and monitoring to ensure the product is natural, unadulterated, Manuka honey that has the unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity.
UMF ratings are based on specific natural markers characteristic of manuka honey, such as leptosperin and methylglyoxal, to define the potency of the honey.
The UMF Label & Rating Number: Honey producers who are members of the Active Manuka Honey Association of New Zealand have their Manuka Honey tested in independent laboratories and are then allowed to display the UMF trademark on their jars of Active Manuka Honey. If the jar does not carry the UMF trademark label, then, it hasn’t been independently tested under the Active Manuka Honey Association’s scheme.
Along with the UMF label will come a rating number. This number specifies the UMF level, of anti-bacterial activity, in that particular honey when it was packed (in properly stored Manuka Honey the UMF will increase slightly over time). Many brands of Manuka Honey carry a number but not the UMF trademark. This means that the producer is not regulated by the Active Manuka Honey Association of New Zealand and does not have the legal right to use the UMF trademark.
Colloidal Silver: While most antibiotic drugs are effective against only a few germs, silver has been reported to kill well over 600 different strains. Moreover, infections that can become resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics cannot develop the same defense against silver.
In recent laboratory tests, scientists found colloidal silver to be effective even against many of the more insidious organisms including Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella Typhi, and Candida Globata.
Colloidal silver can be used in many ways. For example, ear infections can be treated using a dropper bottle (available from chemists), and sinus infections by spraying the solution into the nasal cavities three times each day. Any nasal spray can be pressed into service for this purpose by emptying the original contents, washing, and then refilling with the silver solution.
Colloidal silver consists of ultra-fine silver particles suspended in purified water and is safe for external use. For internal use, check with a naturopath or biochemist to ensure that it's safe and that it's really colloidal silver!
The best results are obtained by using a product with the smallest possible particle size, e.g. colloidal silver with a particle size of 0.0006 to 0.005 microns; but, make sure that it's colloidal silver not ionic silver.
Note 1: Other natural antibiotics include: organic apple cider vinegar, echinacea, ginger, goldenseal, grapefruit seed extract, ginger, horseradish, neem, pau d'arco, oregano oil, and turmeric.
Note 2: Along with the natural antibiotic, take a wholefood Vitamin C supplement (e.g. camu camu or acerola berry) and a glutathione/pre-cursor supplement (e.g. NAC, whey protein) to help strengthen the immune system and detox pathways.
Note 3: If possible, try to avoid antibiotics since they are now less effective and destroy your gut flora. However, if you do decide totake an antibiotic, make sure that you take a probiotic supplement to help replenish the good bacteria in your gastrointestinal system.
The Antibiotic Problem
Simply put, antibiotics are poisons that are used to kill. Only licensed physicians can prescribe them. The drugs are used to kill bacteria.
Certainly, many people have benefited from using them. However, since antibiotics kill both the good bacteria and bad bacteria in your body, this weakens your immune system in the long run. And, in the meantime, the bad bacteria get stronger and become more resistant to the antibiotic drugs.
An adult human has over 100 trillion and four pounds of good and bad bacteria living within your intestines. These microbes compete for nutrients from the food you eat. Usually, the good bacteria keep the bad bacteria (including fungi) in check and cause them to produce nutrients such as the B vitamins.
However, every time you take an antibiotic drug, you kill the beneficial bacteria within your intestines. When you do so, you upset the delicate balance of your intestinal terrain. The bad bacteria including yeasts grow unchecked into large colonies and take over, in a condition called dysbiosis.
Yeasts are opportunistic organisms. This means that, as the intestinal bacteria die, yeasts thrive, especially when their dietary needs are met. They can use their tendrils, or hyphae, to literally poke holes through the lining of your intestinal wall. This results in a syndrome called leaky gut syndrome.
Yeasts are not the only possible cause of this syndrome. Some scientists have linked non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as naproxen and ibuprofen to this problem. Given their ability to alter intestinal terrain, antibiotics also contribute to leaky gut syndrome.
In addition to possibly causing leaky gut syndrome, parasitic yeasts can create a biochemical and hormonal imbalance in your body. This biochemical and hormonal imbalance can trigger you to have cravings for refined carbohydrates and processed fats such as pasta, bread, sugar, potatoes, cheese, pizza, fast foods, French fries, etc. So, it should come as no surprise that fatigue and weight gain are two of the telltale signs of antibiotic damage and subsequent yeast overgrowth.
By altering the normal terrain of the intestines, antibiotics weaken the immune system. Remember that almost 80% of your immune system is in your gut!
Antibiotics can also make food allergies more likely. An array of intestinal disorders can ensue, as well. Sadly, most doctors claim ignorance concerning their patients' intestinal disorders rather than admit that the drugs they themselves prescribed actually caused the disorders to begin with.
Oh, by the way, tons of antibiotics are fed to American livestock on a daily basis, supposedly to proof them against bacteria. And, when we eat that livestock, it contributes to antibiotic resistance in humans, along with chronic fatigue, weaker immune systems, weight gain (or loss), and more diseases.
Even if you don't care about yourself, imagine what the antibiotics in cows are doing to the long-term health of your children, who drink cow's milk and eat a lot of hamburgers, cheese and ice cream. It's not a coincidence that more children today are dealing with allergies, autism, colds, infections, obesity, unexplained weight loss, chronic fatigue, thyroid issues, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, etc.
Antibiotics Connection to Pneumonia and Heart Failure
Due partly to the overuse of antibiotics, more than 1 million Americans are hospitalized annually with pneumonia.
As you get older:
- Your immune system weakens, exposing you to more dangerous pathogens and toxins that your immune system used to protect you from.
- Your heart begins to weaken and can no longer pump blood powerfully through your lungs to keep them properly ventilated.
- You are exposed to more and more prescription drugs and antibiotics, which, further weaken your immune system while creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- You start to become fatigued more easily and therefore exercise less and less.
- All of this can combine to create a perfect storm -- a prescription for chronic pneumonia, heart disease and eventually death. However, pneumonia and heart disease can be treated without depending on antibiotics that have proven to not work in the long run.
First, begin strengthening your immune system with superior nutrition (organic vegetables, plant oils, wild-caught salmon, etc.) and whole food supplementation (Vitamin A, D & F (unprocessed cod liver oil), Vitamin C (camu camu berry), Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols & tocotrienols), Vitamin F (Omega-3 EFAs: DHA & EPA), glutathione (GSH)/pre-cursors (NAC, bioactive/undenatured whey protein), thymus gland extract.
Concerning a weak heart, heart failure and a weak heart go hand-in-hand with chronic pneumonia and antibiotics.
The most common cause of pneumonia is the streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, which can invade your heart by boring microscopic holes in the muscle, then, fill them up with reproducing bacteria! These bacteria have developed a means of subverting and getting around antibiotics and a weakened immune system. So, it is critical that you strengthen your immune system.
In order to strengthen the heart, you need to follow the aforementioned nutrient-dense nutritional program, along with similar supplementation of Vitamins A, C, D, E & F, plus, Vitamin B-Complex (desiccated liver, which also contains Vitamin A), CoQ10 (ubiquinone), l-carnitine, and acetyl-l-carnitine (ALC), and R-lipoic acid (R-LA).
In order to treat pneumonia, antibiotics usually only help with acute cases of pneumonia, but, this treatment will almost insure that you pneumonia again and again in the future. The antibiotics are terribly damaging to your gut flora and your immune system (in your gut).
When you are given one antibiotic after another, these drugs will eventually stop working because the bacteria will become resistant to the antibiotics, and you will eventually die from infection.
In order to treat pneumonia naturally, the key is to act quickly at the first sign of pneumonia or bronchitis. Recent studies show that colloidal silver has antimicrobial properties that have a higher kill-ratio than antibiotics.
One of the studies recommends that you fill a nebulizer (breathing applicator) with 2 ml of a colloidal silver product like Standard Process Respiratory Relief that contains authentic colloidal silver that can be ingested. Place the nebulizer deep in your mouth on top of your tongue, turn on the unit, and breathe the mist in deeply until all 2 mls are used up. Do this 3 to 5 times daily until your bronchitis or pneumonia resolves, often overnight and almost always within a few days.
Work with a functional medicine doctor or naturopathic doctor who is familiar with this protocol. Unfortunately, most heart or lung specialists are unaware of this protocol.
Antibiotic Resistance Growing!
Antibiotics are prescription medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines.
Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant. These bacteria may infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.
Antibiotic resistance leads to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays, and increased mortality. Deaths in hospitals from infections (e.g. MRSA) have escalated and increased more than 43% over the past several years.
The world of medicine urgently needs to change the way it prescribes and uses antibiotics. Even if new medicines are developed, without behaviour change, antibiotic resistance will remain a major threat to all of us especially the children.
Behavior changes must also include actions to reduce the spread of infections through eating better, using natural antibiotics, employing good food hygiene, and avoiding or ,at least, reducing the use of prescription and OTC drugs.
Scope of the Antibiotic Problem
Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. New resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. A growing list of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhea – are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.
Where antibiotics can be bought for human or animal use without a prescription, the emergence and spread of resistance is made worse. Similarly, in countries without standard treatment guidelines, antibiotics are often over-prescribed by health workers and veterinarians and over-used by the public.
Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.
Prevention & Control of Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotic resistance is accelerated by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, as well as poor infection prevention and control. Steps can be taken at all levels of society to reduce the impact and limit the spread of resistance.
To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, individuals can:
- Only use antibiotics when prescribed by a certified health professional.
- Never demand antibiotics if your health worker says you don’t need them.
- Always follow your health worker’s advice when using antibiotics.
- Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
- Prevent infections by regularly by washing hands, preparing food hygienically, avoiding close contact with sick people, practising safer sex, and keeping vaccinations up to date.
To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, health professionals can:
- Prevent infections by ensuring your hands, instruments, and environment are clean.
- Only prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are needed, according to current guidelines.
- Report antibiotic-resistant infections to surveillance teams.
- Talk to your patients about how to take antibiotics correctly, antibiotic resistance and the dangers of misuse.
- Talk to your patients about preventing infections (for example, vaccination, hand washing, safer sex, and covering nose and mouth when sneezing).
Impact of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
When infections can no longer be treated by first-line antibiotics, more expensive medicines must be used. A longer duration of illness and treatment, often in hospitals, increases health care costs as well as the economic burden on families and societies.
Antibiotic resistance is putting the achievements of modern medicine at risk. Organ transplantations, chemotherapy and surgeries such as caesarean sections become much more dangerous without effective antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of infections.
Antibiotic Resistance: The 4 Steps to Protect You and Your Family
Ok, you may be wondering what can you do, given that this antibiotic resistance problem is only going to get worse. Since you can't expect the medical industry is going to change anytime soon, for most of us, there are 4 steps that we can take to protect you and your family.
1. The first step that you and your partner can take is: Awareness. Look around and observe what is happening to the health of others in your family, at work, community, your city and your country.
2. The second step is: Education. Find experts who understand what is going on and acquire the Knowledge from them.
3. The third step is: Change (Implementation). Awareness and Education are great, but, if you're not going to change, then, you're fooling yourself and wasting your time. Start implementing behavior and lifestyle changes, especially your eating habits, e.g. stop eating foods that contain antibiotics and growth hormones. Now, this doesn't mean you have to become a vegetarian. :-) Instead, eat the animal meat from grass-fed animals that are not fed antibiotics and growth hormones and are not confined to closed in areas.
4. And, the fourth and final, and, maybe themost important step, is: Share the Knowledge. Inform, teach, and train others. If you're sharing the knowledge, this usually means that you have educated yourself and made some lifestyle changes that you believe in and are willing to pass on to others, including your family, relatives, co-workers, community, church, etc. Ironically, with email and the many social media platforms out there, instead of gossiping and attacking good people, we should use these platforms to make the world a safer, better and healthier place.
Actually, there is a third function that your immune system performs -- it is to coordinate and balance the immune response between the innate and adaptive immune systems and between the Th1 and Th2 immune cells.
Why is this important? Because if the immune system does not coordinate with its own cells and stay in balance, the immune system can become overly active and begin attacking your own (healthy) cells!
When your immune cells attack your healthy cells, this is known as an autoimmune disease.
Refer to the Autoimmune Diseases web page for more details.
Obtain one or more of the following Death to Diabetes books that will help to strengthen, boost and balance your immune system:
- Death to Diabetes book
- Power of Juicing book
- The Raw Food Diet book
- Cleanse-Detox book
- How to Prevent and Treat the Flu & Common Cold
- Natural Treatment Strategies for the Autoimmune Diseases book
- Nutritional Supplementation book
- Drug Weaning book
Note: If you have an autoimmune disease, allergies, PCOS, or if you have issues with your thyroid, refer to the Autoimmune Diseases web page and get the How to Treat Autoimmune Diseases, PCOS & Thyroid Issues Naturally ebook. This ebook explains how to treat the more common autoimmune diseases as well as how to optimize the health of your thyroid.
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