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The Immune System: The Body's Defense Department

Allergies are much more than high fever, asthma and itchy skin. It is possible to identify allergies by simply looking at someone. At times it is surprisingly easy to find and eliminate the cause. The typical clues of allergies and environmental illness can include any combination of the following: Cow's milk allergy is the most common food allergy in young children.

Fortunately, most babies outgrow milk allergies by their second or third year. In the meantime, parents of babies with milk allergies can be reassured that - although there is no treatment that can cure milk allergies - symptoms can be controlled through a dairy-free diet. Today, supermarket milk is a brew of hormones, chemicals, DDT, fungicides, defoliants and radioactive fallout, produced by artificially inseminated creatures forced to stand around in muddy feed lots all day long.

This was a study of children in two rural Australian towns. Toddlers who consume large amounts of margarine and foods fried in vegetable oil may be twice as likely to develop asthma as others who eat less of these foods. This confirms the well known fact that omega-6 linoleic acid increases inflammatory tendencies; this applies generally to polyunsaturated seed oils.

Finnish researchers came to a similar conclusion. They found that children who eventually developed allergies ate less butter and more margarine compared with children who did not develop allergies. Of course, health authorities have been urging us for decades to consume more polyunsaturated fats and less saturated fat thereby increasing the severity of asthma. A study in the British Medical Journal September 25, ; , shows that giving babies other milk than breast milk before the age of four months greatly increases the risk of asthma and allergies.

This article reports that children who use chlorinated swimming pools every week get lung damage just like smokers. Also lifeguards who work in indoor pools have an increased incidence of asthma. A surprising Japanese study found that school children who ate more fish had also higher rates of asthma Preventive Medicine February ; As we know from other studies that fish oil and even consumption of oily fish reduce inflammations and asthma, the conclusion is that in this case the high rates of mercury in Japanese coastal waters are the cause of such fish causing increased asthma.

There are also various reports of vaccinations causing asthma. One such case is described under the title: Acta Med Scand Suppl. Finish researchers found that mothers can prevent eczema and asthma in their children by taking Probiotics acidophilus-bifido bacteria while they are pregnant and breastfeeding.

Babies normally get their mother's bacteria as they travel down the birth canal, but modern medicine is preventing this. Babies born by caesarian section are inoculated with hospital bacteria such as Streptococci and Clostridia. In an article entitled "The Dark Side of Immunizations?

Science News reports that a study by researchers at the Wellington School of Medicine in New Zealand found that unvaccinated New Zealand children report fewer cases of asthma than vaccinated children. Another study by New Zealand researchers published in the November Epidemiology analyzed the health of 1, people born in Of these, 23 didn't get any childhood vaccinations and none of them suffered childhood asthma.

Among the 1, who got polio and DPT shots, more than 23 percent later had episodes of asthma. Science News adds that a survey of British children, most of them eight years old, showed that 91 received no vaccinations in early childhood. Only one child out of 91 got asthma. About 11 percent of the other children who had been vaccinated with pertussis and other vaccines had asthma.

Several asthma and allergy researchers have found results similar to the earlier described relationship between immunization and IDDM.

Julian Hopkin presented data at the British Thoracic Society meeting in which linked asthma to immunization. Similar results have been suggested by others Odent, Culpin and Kimmel, The culprit behind asthma and allergies: Can vaccines cause immune dysfunction resulting in allergies, asthma and anaphylaxis? The Institute of Medicine's Immunization Safety Review Committee held a public meeting in Seattle, Washington on November 12, to review the "Possible association between multiple immunizations in newborns and infants and immune system dysfunction.

Some, but not all, of these studies suggested that certain vaccines increase the risk of developing allergic disorders. Methodological weaknesses and inconsistent findings among the studies, however, led the committee to conclude that there is inadequate evidence to either accept or reject a causal relationship between multiple immunizations and increased risk of allergic diseases, particularly asthma.

Why the "surge" in anaphylactic children entering school a decade ago? These children were among the first to receive an additional vaccination, Hib meningitis. Is it possible that the Pertussis and Hib vaccine, both shown below to cause allergic responses, are creating a hypersensitive immune system in some children? Has any study looked into what happens to atopy incidence and IgE levels when 5 vaccines are given concurrently in infants?

Possible association between multiple immunizations in newborns and infants and immune system dysfunction. The exact numbers of children affected by anaphylaxis are difficult to pinpoint.

A study in Arch Intern Med Jan 8; 1: On the basis of our figures, the problem of anaphylaxis may, in fact, affect 1. Pediatr Res Sep;22 3: Mortality observed after bovine albumin challenge is due to an anaphylactic reaction Increasing glutathione levels in the lungs may be beneficial in lung disease.

Although there are few studies using glutathione GSH enhancement therapies or nebulized aerosolized and inhaled glutathione in lung diseases, there is good data mostly in animal models suggesting increasing the potent antioxidant and free-radical scavenger glutathione would be beneficial in certain degenerative lung conditions associated with increased free radical load including asthma , cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and bronchiolitis obliterans.

Homeopaths have a long history of successful allergy treatment, and they have made some important contributions to present understanding of allergies. Sir William Osler, considered the Father of Modern Medicine, was known to say, "Asthmatics don't die, they just 'pant into old age.

Research conducted by professors at the University of Glasgow, Europe's largest medical school, indicates that those patients given an exceedingly small homeopathic doses of whatever substance to which they are most allergic can provide significant relief within the first week of treatment. The authors called this unique method of individualizing medicines "homeopathic immunotherapy. The patients were assessed by a homeopathic physician and a conventional physician.

When the patients and doctors were asked if they felt the patient received the homeopathic medicine or the placebo, both the patients and the doctors tended to guess correctly. How Can Homeopathy Help Asthma? Like with Traditional Chinese Medicine, each individual is analyzed for their specific symptoms and an appropriate therapy is chosen, not for the disease, but for the person displaying signs of health out of balance.

This is a very important distinction, and, very generally speaking, one of the main differences between conventional and "complementary" approaches to health care. Please refer to the essay on Homeopathy in the Introduction to Modalities section.

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. They work similar in action to a vaccine- in that a small amount of a substance stimulates the healing mechanisms of the immune system.

The beauty of homeopathic treatment is that there are no worries about toxic side effects, relatively inexpensive, and works to repair the immune system and other imbalances in the body.

Recent clinical studies have confirmed the effectiveness of homeopathic medicine in the treatment of asthma. Solid research have proven the effectiveness of homeopathic medicines in hayfever. David Taylor-Reilly, a professor and homeopath at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, published an important study in the Lancet October 18, which showed that homeopathically prepared doses of 12 common flowers were very effective in reducing hayfever symptoms when compared with patients given a placebo.

This same researcher published in the Lancet another high caliber study on the homeopathic treatment of asthma. This double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial performed conventional allergy testing to determine what substance asthma sufferers were most allergic.

Then, half of the subjects were given a homeopathic preparation of this substance, while the other half were given a placebo. Those people given the homeopathic medicine experienced a very significant improvement in their symptoms of asthma. A population-based clinical study of over 2, children aged 11 - 19 years found that low dietary magnesium intake may be associated with a risk of developing asthma. The same was found in a group of over 2, adults aged 18 - In addition, some clinical studies suggest that intravenous and inhaled magnesium can help treat acute attacks of asthma in children aged 6 - 18 as well as adults.

However, evidence from other clinical studies report that long-term oral magnesium supplementation does not lead to improved control in adult asthma.

Major universities are involved in the study of glyconutrients. The focus of their research involves a wide range of possible uses including cancer treatments, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal agents as well as treatments for influenza, asthma, and other infections.

Last week she went to the doctor to refill her inhalant prescription for her asthma. He asked her to take deep breaths, and by the fifth one she needed the inhaler because she was wheezing so badly. The day after the visit, Chelsea began to take half an ounce of Marine Phytoplankton daily added to her juice.

After a week, she was able to endure over an hour of exercise on a trampoline without the use of her asthma medication, which would not have been possible a week prior.

She visited the doctor again today and he said he could not explain why she was no longer wheezing and has reduced her need for the inhaler from several times a day to two times a day. Because of Marine Phytoplankton, her moods have significantly improved and she seems to be feeling much happier! The same was found in a group of over 2, adults aged 18 to In addition, some studies suggest that intravenous magnesium can help treat acute attacks of asthma in children aged 6 to 18 as well as adults.

This beefy mushroom is becoming more readily available in many supermarkets as demand for it increases. Several studies indicate that the "fragrant bulb" does as much for our immune systems as it does for our taste buds. It appears to increase not only the numbers of natural killer cells but also their potency. T-cells, as well, are stimulated by garlic intake. This mineral positively affects many immune mechanisms, from the thymus to antibodies to T-cells. An Italian study found that small amounts of zinc quickly raised blood levels of T-cells in elderly people to those usually seen in much younger people.

Since borderline zinc deficiencies are quite common, it's important to eat plenty of legumes such as black-eyed peas and pinto beans, and adequate amounts of whole grain breads; the yeast helps make the zinc available.

Pumpkin and squash seeds are particularly rich in zinc, and make a delicious snack. Although beta carotene is best known in the huge carotenoid family, there is evidence that many members of this antioxidant group are helpful to our immune systems. Studies indicate that a high intake of carotenoid-rich foods orange-colored vegetables and fruits, in particular increase T-cells, natural killer cells, and antibody response. Pumpkins and winter squashes, as well as carrots, peaches, and cantaloupe, are especially good sources, though many green vegetables are also rich in carotenoids.

Several herbs have extensive folk histories that indicate they can help us fight a variety of diseases. And, in the last few decades, laboratory studies have shown that indeed many of these herbs contain substances that work specifically to boost the immune system in various ways.

Echinacea purple coneflower is perhaps the best known of the Western immune-stimulating herbs. This attractive perennial grows in many cultivated gardens, but was originally a wildflower commonly found in the Midwest. Native Americans used echinacea for anything from blood purification to snake bite. Laboratory studies show echinacea to enhance the immune system through several mechanisms, most notably through activating T-cells and increasing virus-fighting interferon. It's particularly helpful with yeast and ear infections, and the common cold.

This pungent root stimulates the production of interferon, besides aiding with nausea and being just plain delicious. Grate some into vegetables, or treat yourself to small pieces of the candied root.

Licorice has been used for thousands of years, in Eastern as well as Western cultures, by people wishing to benefit from its medicinal properties. It's particularly helpful in fighting viruses such as influenza and herpes. If you like your licorice sweet, read labels when buying licorice candy.

Many of those tasty black twists are flavored with anise rather than the real thing. And a word of warning: Approximately 50 million people in the U.

Some people are even at risk of dying from severe allergic reactions to various substances that are benign or only slightly irritating to most people. Even when allergy symptoms like hives, sneezing and migraine are not life-threatening and thankfully, they usually are not , they can certainly affect our ability to enjoy life. Health professionals often disagree about the precise definition of what constitutes an allergy.

Some call any sensitivity reaction an allergy, while others claim that only reactions involving a specific antibody called IgE are true allergies. And there are many opinions in between these definitions. In general, it is agreed that an allergic reaction is one that involves the immune system in varying ways. The immune system is designed to attack threats to the body such as bacteria and viruses.

In the case of allergy, the immune system reacts to a harmless substance as though it were a threat. It mobilizes antibodies which attach themselves to the allergen as well as to basophils and mast cells -- defensive cells packed with histamine.

The combination is explosive: Symptoms can appear virtually anywhere in the body; a skin rash may be the result of poison ivy or something you ate. Sneezing, and itchy eyes. Eczema and other rashes. Bloating, diarrhea, headaches, usually from food sensitivities. Anaphylactic shock, a rare but severe allergic reaction that can lead to death. The most common triggers are peanuts, shellfish, bee stings, and penicillin.

The tendency to have allergies is probably genetically determined. Whether or not the genetic tendency lives itself out or not is dependent on many factors that are little understood at this time. But even if we are allergy-prone, there are things we can do to help lessen the symptoms: To help reduce the sneezes and itchy eyes of hay fever at night, keep bedroom windows closed if possible. Units that filter the air are readily available; look for one containing a HEPA filter, excellent for removing allergens of all types from the air.

Quercetin , a natural phytochemical in many foods, appears to dampen allergic responses by inhibiting the release of histamine. Red grapes, yellow squash, shallots and broccoli are good sources. Onions contain diphenyl-thiosulfinate, a natural chemical that has a very high anti-inflammatory activity. And onions also contain large amounts of quercetin. While we're unlikely to want to drink onion juice, a few raw slices of pungent onion on our salads may be a good idea.

Vitamin C also works to tamp down inflammatory responses in the body. The American Journal of Epidemiology reports that adults eating the most vitamin C-rich foods had far fewer asthmatic attacks than those eating little of these foods.

Drink a glass of orange juice for breakfast, and eat several slices of red peppers with your lunch and a cup of broccoli with dinner to provide a vitamin C boost to your body.

A new British study found that children eating an all- Asian diet had far fewer allergic symptoms than their schoolmates eating a typical Western diet. Many people suffer from food allergies or sensitivities, commonly to milk, wheat, peanuts and soy, although almost any food can trigger symptoms in certain people.

Food allergies like all allergies involve an over-reactivity of the immune system. Antibodies that are designed to protect us from disease for various reasons can react against proteins in foods, causing injury to our tissues and symptoms of food allergy such as bloating, headaches, hives and diarrhea. Of course, unlike inhaled allergens such as ragweed or tree pollen, food allergens enter the body through the intestinal tract.

The gut is ordinarily lined with an antibody called IgA, which helps attack food allergens that inappropriately "leak" across the mucosal surfaces of the intestine and cause trouble. Trans-fatty acids, found in all hydrogenated oils, appear to encourage this destructive permeability of the intestine. People with food sensitivities have unusually low levels of IgA in their blood. And stress, besides its many effects on the immune system, can decrease the amount of IgA. This may help explain why allergies are often worse during high-stress periods.

There are many other immune system reactions involving the four other major types of antibodies as well as T-cells that can come into play in food allergies of various types.

In addition, there are food "sensitivities" that, although they are not technically allergies, cause similar symptoms. Some foods contain substances such as histamine or other amino acids that can cause reactions in the blood vessels, leading to allergy-like symptoms. Whether our unpleasant symptoms are caused by a true food allergy or by food sensitivities of various kinds, a dietary scheme known as the "rotation diet" can be helpful.

This diet does not prescribe or forbid any particular food; rather, it suggests that we avoid eating the same foods or food groups every day.

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