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Food for Thought – Immune System

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Be aware that every cancer treatment damages your immune system – many times deliberately.  With chemotherapy, they often shut down the immune system completely.  I don’t like that idea as it leaves you with nothing to fight back with.

Foods that boost your Immune System

Boosting Your Immune System

  • Nutrition, or your diet, is the single most important key to having a strong immune system.
  • fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and wholegrains
  • Try porridge with reduced-fat milk, or poached or boiled eggs on wholegrain toast, and some fruit.
  • Drink some tea. For thousands of years the Chinese have used green tea to treat many aliments including colds and coughs, body aches and pains. Tea is a natural source of antioxidants called flavonoids, which help strengthen the body’s immune system.
  • Include yoghurt in your diet.  Yoghurt is a good source of healthy bacteria, and a food known for its immunity boosting properties. Make a special effort to up your yoghurt intake if you are taking antibiotics, as the healthy bacteria can ease an upset stomach caused by the antibiotics.
  • Honey and Cinnamon are good for the immune system.  Great on crumpets!
  • Drink your lemons. Lemon is the ideal food for restoring acid-alkali balance.
  • Eat plenty of protein. Protein is a building block for a healthy body, mind, and immune system.
  • Vitamin C – increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies.  It is also a potent antioxidant.
  • Probiotics – these are good bacteria that inhibit the growth of bad bacteria in the gut and promote those that aid digestion and promote a healthy immune response to infection.
  • Glutamine – is critical for normal brain and immune function.  It is the natural form of the amino acid glutamine and also a component of glutathione, the body’s primary antioxidant.
  • Garlic – the primary active agent in garlic is allicin, and it is a well known antioxidant.  Garlic also helps to fight pathogens, making it excellent for combating infections and viruses.

Lifestyle habits that boost the Immune System

  • Sleep is important not only for rest and rejuvenation, but also for supporting the immune system.
  • Moderate exercise is an excellent way to support the immune system.
  • Recurring infections, slow wound healing, allergies, thrush, colds, and flu are all signs that the body’s immune system is not functioning as it should.
  • However, if you do suffer from recurring infections, it is likely that you have taken antibiotics to try and overcome them.  As a result, antibiotics are now the biggest cause of fungal and bacterial infections.  This is because they create an environment in the body that favours fungus and bacteria – killing off the good bacteria that keep the bad bacteria in check.
  • aromatherapy for relaxation will improve your immune system.  Essential oils that are renowned for their relaxation qualities include tea tree oil, chamomile, and lavender.  These can be used in a burner, in the bath, or in massage oils.

YouTube:  Paul Andersen explains how your body protects itself from invading viruses and bacteria. He starts by describing the nonspecific immune responses of skin and inflammation. He then explains how we use antibodies to disrupt the function of antigens and mark them for destruction. He then explains both the homoral and cell-mediated immune response highlighting the importance of B and T lymphocytes. He finally describes the process of long term immunity.


Written by Greg Naylor

14 November 2012 at 6:00 am

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  1. Unfortunately, people are only now starting to understand the full link between what you eat, your immune system, and most illnesses, including cancer..
    If folk are really interested, then they should subscribe to Dr. Mercola (‘s) News Letter.
    You will find that he reflects most of the things that are being learnt on a daily basis..

    I KNOW of people who are controlling their cancers via Food and Anti-Oxidants.. When people come to accept that IF you can control an existing cancer, via these means, then prevention is so much easier by those same means..

    People think that I must have shares in Mercola and in Anti-Oxidants, because of my obsession, but on the contrary, I recognise so much of the research that has proved it, and is totally ignored by the mainstream reports, because they are so heavily funded by the Pharma-Industries, who would not want the truth to be known..

    eg.. What is the biggest profit maker for most Pharma’s.. STATINS… and what do Statins do, apart from reducing Cholesterol… Kill you and destroy your mind…
    80% of people with heart attacks, have NO cholesterol problem and yet doctors have been brain-washed into believing that STATINS will help save YOU..

    One top cardiologist demands his patients stop their statins, and he puts them onto BERGAMET.. a strong Anti-Oxidant.. You can be certain the Pharma’s are “..Not Happy Jan..” ( Google Ross Walker )


    14 November 2012 at 9:30 am

    • Peter: Its Lee. Good to hear from you again and thank you for your comment on Gregs post regarding the immune system. Greg was a strong supporter in boosting a persons immune system to fight sickness and disease. He wrote quite a few articles on this subject over the years and was taking lactoferrin for a long time to boost his.
      Both Greg and his family have asked me to continue this site and I am happy to comply. Greg left a small backlog of posts and I am attempting to publish them along with some stuff from me. I have enough of Gregs stuff to last until Christmas.
      I am reasonably new in the field of mainstream health practices and natural healing and preventative practices. I am aware of some of the arguments but I am keeping an open mind about all of this until I learn a lot more information. There are some real way out conspiracy theories as well as well founded nutrition and lifestyle stuff. I, unfortunately am trying to sift through the stuff with only a little background knowledge.
      I have a post that will be published on the 18th on cancer statistics that has been a real eye opener for me and you may be interested in what I have to say in this post. I normally find statistics boring but as a cancer sufferer myself I have started to take notice of a lot of new information and these stats are scary.
      I will be investigating some of your leads and information contained in your comments including Dr Mercola. Peter thank you again for your comments.
      Lee aka Popeye

      Lee Gallagher

      14 November 2012 at 6:22 pm

  2. @Lee “”I am reasonably new in the field of mainstream health practices and natural healing and preventative practices. I am aware of some of the arguments but I am keeping an open mind about all of this until I learn a lot more information. “”

    The sad reality is that Sooo many of us are thrust into the realm unwillingly.. “WHY Me .. What do I do wrong..?”
    The thing that I have learnt is to listen to the words that experts speak and then interpret those guarded words in real terms..

    I will be looking forward to your posts, and will read all, as I have all in the past..

    Statistics.. That one on heart attacks and cholesterol is a classic..
    Most ALL people are being pushed onto Cholesterol Drugs for raised Cholesterol, and yet 80% of people with heart attacks, don’t have a cholesterol issue..
    That is a figure that is mind numbing..
    You would have assumed that it would be the other way around… ie 80% of heart attack victims have high cholesterol. If this is not total proof that the Pharma’s have only ONE motive ie. PROFIT, then I’ll start taking their stinking Statins as a pure precaution.. LOL

    As a Chemist said to me today.. “..and Specialists are now changing their attitudes to Statins, but GP’s are still pushing them so hard, and that is despite the serious issues for Liver Damage and Cognitive impairment..”


    14 November 2012 at 7:41 pm

      • Peter it’s Lee: Inspired by your responses, I have been doing a bit more web surfing, particularly on the subject of statins and Cholesterol. Your dead right about the statistics surrounding this issue and it has left me wondering why this has not made much impact in the wider community?

        I came across this site that seems to have good relevant researched information on this matter. You may or may not have seen it but for anyone else reading these comments might find a visit to this site interesting.

        Where to now with opinions formed in my head? I have no idea, keep reading and digesting I suppose. My course has been set and nearly completed with my primary treatment. I have been diagnosed as advanced prostate cancer T3/T4 so my next moves will really only be as management procedures. Pehaps others who come behind may find a few better truths in cancer (and other illness) treatments.

        Lee aka Popeye

        Lee Gallagher

        19 November 2012 at 9:27 am

        • Doctors just DON’T know.. The statins are approved by the FDA etc. etc… They are on the PBS..
          THEY Can’t be bad, can they,
          and the Pharma’s keep sending reps with samples and teasers to the doctors, to keep the scripts flowing..
          Doctors have professional indemnity Insurance that covers their appropriate use of Prescribed Drugs.
          Their Insurance would not cover Bergamet, or OPC etc.

          It is just SOOooo hard to look your GP in the eye and say ‘you’r a goose’ and “I’m not gonar take that crap”

          His guaranteed response will be “..and which would you prefer to die from.. an early heart attack, or an uncertain dementia when your real old..”

          What horse droppings.

          80% of heart attacks happen with folk without CHOLESTEROL problems..

          As Al Sears said to his patient recently.. ” … I don’t care what ANYONE said, just stop them today..”
          As Dr. Ross Walker said on last Friday, any fresh is good..! Eggs have lots of that cholesterol stuff but it is GOOD for you..”
          Trans fats and the muck in prepared foods have the cholesterol that will KILL you, so it aint rocket science.

          Sorry – on my soap box again.. HeHe..!


          19 November 2012 at 10:56 am

        • Lee, some things I am just SOOooo convinced about..
          Regular Pro-Biotics to keep your gut working well – You have already acknowledged that the gut is the center of the Immune System.
          All the pundits are now talking about Anti-Oxidants and Bio-Flavanoids, and the many different ways of describing these chemicals..
          I could not recommend too strongly, the use of products like OPC, and other simple products like Krill Oil , and Turmeric ..
          Take that Bergamet – a strong Anti-Oxidant, from the bergamot Orange..It alone seems to work with Cholesterol.. It’s like the MANY different vitamins.. Your health is improved by many of them.

          When you study that site you posted, it is just full of comments about foods with these anti-oxidants and BioFlavones.. and the need to avoid man-made-fats. Butter is GOOD – Margarine is VERY bad

          Taking AO’s etc. in a concentrated form can and WILL make a big difference.
          Look at the comment on DARK CHOCOLATE..

          Vit D – Incredibly important, but there is some argument over HOW you get it. The SUN is best but there is still the risk of skin cancers.. I take 5000iu a day, and took 15ooo a day until I got my level to the maximum recommended..

          CoQ10 or Ubiquinol – Most important.. and absolutely necessary if your silly enough to take statins..

          You know my views on Chemo and Radiation, and I would really stress if I was told that it was my only chance for survival..
          But these natural materials can reverse much of the damage done by these treatments..
          I’ve mentioned the friend who controlled his Brain Cancer via his diet.. and OPC..

          It’s such an irony, that cancers usually take a deal of time to get to the stage of being an issue.
          At that time, we look BACK and say WHY, and what can I do to stop it.
          What a shame that folk don’t come to understand HOW it starts in the first place.
          How I wish that I could convince ALL those that I care for, that some simple supplements, early in life, can give you protection against cancer.
          The obvious problem is that they WILL get to the point of saying… “..and what has it done for me..”

          The Epiphany comes when you see what they do help with and then you can understand how much better they are, at prevention..



          19 November 2012 at 12:07 pm

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