Your Immune System

“You only believe in science. That’s probably why we never win.” – Nacho Libre

OK, for the sake of brevity let me set out some things that are core to my take on this:

  • I believe we are created
  • I believe our world was created for us
  • Therefore, I believe that natural, organic, “close to earth” living is always best

Our immune system is an incredibly complex firewall designed to keep us healthy. We literally are surrounded by harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses on a daily basis. This vast collection of cells and tissue vigilantly keep a look out for harmful invaders. Once a threat is identified an immediate response is put into action. Our body overcomes the adversary and stores what it learned in preparation for the next attack.

Per the National Institutes of Health “For most viral infections, treatments can only help with symptoms while you wait for your immune system to fight off the virus. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. There are antiviral medicines to treat some viral infections. Vaccines can help prevent you from getting many viral diseases.” At best, it seems clear that science is attempting to improve on a very complex and efficient system without fully understanding it.

Vaccines do not kill viruses. They are intended to train the body how to recognize a virus, combat it and catalog that knowledge by introducing a weakened version of the virus, or specific molecules from it. The unintended consequences of vaccines are debated passionately. Some believe that vaccines are perfectly healthy while others profess a link to autism and the rise of autoimmune diseases. Regardless, we should all weigh the risk and reward of injecting foreign substances into our healthy bodies.

Antiviral medications attempt to reduce the ability of a flu virus to replicate. They hope to shorten the amount of time your immune system needs to fight off the virus, but their effectiveness is widely disputed and their unintended consequences may be disastrous. Even medical professionals who support the limited use of antivirals have expressed the concern that their widespread use may lead to the evolution of stronger viruses.

Beyond those concerns is the truly frightening prospect of a genetically modified virus that your body cannot combat. According to the National Institutes of Health “Genetically modified (GM) viruses and genetically engineered virus-vector vaccines possess significant unpredictability and a number of inherent harmful potential hazards.” I am left to wonder why we need labs genetically modifying something that is harmful to us. Why take something bad and make it worse?

Instead why not take something good and make it better. Science has no magic pill so what is proven to work? Naturally strengthening your immune system is simple to do:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat more whole plant foods
  • Eat more healthy fats
  • Remove artificial foods from your diet
  • Engage in moderate exercise
  • Drink enough water to stay hydrated
  • Lower your stress levels
  • Use natural supplements where needed
  • Increase your vitamin D by getting in the sun or finding a quality supplement
  • Maintain a healthy gut health by using a quality probiotic
  • Eat foods rich in vitamins A, E and B, or use a quality supplement
  • Use antibacterial products with caution and only in situations that truly warrant it. Your immune system needs to “exercise” by doing it’s job-fighting off germs and bacteria

I believe our immune system is smarter than science. When we take care of our bodies, our immune is prepared to destroy harmful agents. We can take practical, centuries proven steps to thrive in this world. Wisdom may not seem as sexy as gene splicing solutions, but it will keep you healthy!

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