The immune system is commonly known as these organs in the image on the left. Cutting edge research has been filling in key players that have been missing to what we previously knew to be the immune system. It is called The Nervous system - Gut - Immune system triad. The image above depicts the connection. This is how chiropractic adjustments (nervous system input) supports the immune system. Research has shown chiropractic adjustments to the spine increase IL-2, T-Cell, and CD4+ counts.
It also explains why what we eat impacts the immune system. Now we know that 75% of the immune system is located in the gut lining because it is the first line of defense between the outside world and our inner world - Food & Drink. If the gut lining is inflamed or damaged due to what we eat/drink/take as medication or because we are under chronic stress, it will impact the efficacy of the immune system. Please see my previous blog on how to Decrease Gut/Overall Inflammation through diet! The immune system in the gut lining is in direct relationship with the essential microbes in the gut - the gut microbiome.
THE AGE OF GERMAPHOBIA IS OVER. The "Germ theory" was hypothesized at the turn of the 1900s, when we first discovered microbes. Then came the time of sterilization of humans and pasteurization of food. However, the paradigm is changing now with the understanding of the human microbiome - showing that we are the home to 3x the amount of MICROBES/GERMS inside our bodies and on our skin than we have Human cells! We are a living ecosystem. What we have learned is that germs are NOT BAD. What's more important is that certain germs need to be in certain places. So, yes, there are germs everywhere, but that isn't necessarily bad. Sure, washing hands and keeping surfaces clean is good, but complete sterilization of germs is just not necessary. This is why there is such great danger in over-prescribing antibiotics (aka anti-microbe medication) to patients. Antibiotics wipe out ALL microbes, not just the ones we are targeting if we have an infection. This is also why we usually have constipation/diarrhea or even fall ill after taking a round of antibiotics. The damage to the microbiome in the gut lining hurts our digestion, immune system and even our nervous systems because they are all connected. If we shouldn't take antibiotics, what then should we do? A post to come about this soon!
HOW TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM:
1. NERVOUS SYSTEM CARE - GET ADJUSTED, Maintain GREAT posture/ergonomics
3. Hydrate - coffee, sodas and sugary drinks do not count. Drink 1/2 of your weight in ounces. (130 lbs = 75oz water/day)
4. Don't stress - Meditate, go for nature walks, DANCE, listen to music
5. Exercise - Gets lymph and fluids moving through body. Turns over old cells to encourage healthy new ones
6. Eat anti-inflammatory - see my blog post
7. Eat Vitamins A, B, C, E & Zinc. Google which foods have these
8. Vaginal births & Breast feed babies - both boost baby immune systems
9. Hugs & Dirt - The era of germaphobia is OVER. We need germs We just need the right germs in the right places.
COVID19 update: Part of why this virus is causing such global concern is because its transmission and potency seems more easier & intense than other flus. Washing hands and surfaces well are showing to have great protect measures just like other flus. However, a new study in Australia is showing that healthy and strong immune systems are still successfully fighting the flu as we would any flu. It is worth boosting your immune system!
The three key things you can do with regards to your health are:
1. Boost your immune system - Your innate defense system
2. Decrease inflammation in your body
3. Consume Anti-viral foods
4. Don't stress & Wash your hands a lot
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Anti Viral foods/extracts and oils interfere with virus potency because they disrupt the virus somehow - either by way of hurting the outer membrane or another vector. Note: Please do your research to make sure which anti-viral will be best for you. These are all natural however checking to make sure they don't interfere with any medication you are currently taking is important for your maximum benefit and safety.
HOLY BASIL EXTRACT - VEG CAPS
CAT'S CLAW BARK
GARLIC (+ PARSLEY)
VITACOST.COM -ALL CAPSULES
Let's talk about Food! I Love food. I especially love food that is tasty and nutritious - healing foods.
First, let's get a foundation of understanding about food and then we will discuss which foods help us heal.
Now that we understand better about what food consists of, let's talk about what foods cause or decrease inflammation in the body depending on their molecular make-up.
Besides food, other great ways to decrease liver and overall inflammation is... GET ADJUSTED, SLEEP & EXERCISE. Sleep, people. And get your spine checked. Sleep is the best weight loss tip and de-stressor for the body and mind. Joint alignment heals the local joint injury and inflammation which allows the immune system to stop making swelling, redness and heat processes from happening. Exercising and stretching squeezes muscles which squeeze lymph fluid into cardiovascular system and allows for blood circulation and renewal. Something to note: when my patients heal through chiropractic adjustments, they begin feeling great in their body and they WANT to exercise more. ;)
I am neither Pro- nor Anti- vaccine. I, just like any other parent, want to make the best decisions for my child. I have done extensive research on vaccine benefits and side effects. The following are facts about CA Vaccine laws as found on state websites and then I go into my recommendations as a Doctor and health care professional.
In California these are the 2019 mandated immunization requirements for children to attend schools and day cares (depends on age when enrolling) 18mo-5yrs: (as written by SB277)
3 Hep B
1 MMR on or after the 1st birthday
1 Hib on or after the 1st birthday**
Up-to-date website for CA: https://www.shotsforschool.org/child-care/
Immunization chart for req'ts: drive.google.com/file/d/1ZROhp5MI1lSN8yIe7EHJPNy2oFiGL653/view?usp=drivesdk
CA 2019 Immunizations required to enter child K-12 in detail https://www.shotsforschool.org/k-12/
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) — 5 doses (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if one was given on or after 7th birthday.) For 7th-12th graders, at least 1 dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on or after 7th birthday.
Polio (OPV or IPV) — 4 doses(3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
Hepatitis B — 3 doses(not required for 7th grade entry)
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses (Both given on or after 1st birthday)
Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses
PSA: DO NOT give vaccines to your child if your child is sick, is taking antibiotics or has eczema. Their immune system is handling a lot already so wait for another time to inoculate. Do not give vaccines to children under 14 months old - their neurological development is at a fragile state and the hard metals (aluminum) in the vaccine can overstimulate the nerve system.
Immunizations have saved many lives. We also do not understand the safety of giving 1) multiple immunizations at once and 2) giving them to infants. Today in the USA, 2019, immunization schedules are at its all-time high and are being administered at the earliest in life ever. THERE ARE NO STUDIES THAT PROVE THIS TO BE SAFE.
I recommend being conservative with immunizations. I recommend:
Ways to boost your baby's immune system, naturally:
Video by CBS aired January, 2019: fullmeasure.news/news/cover-story/the-vaccination-debate?fbclid=IwAR0QJPROMamFbp-vXRaypRN5WwUCY_MmW54WxdYwqN5uHF9iu3QSfzebhq8
Book connecting aluminum in vaccines to cortical inflammation: How to End the Autism Epidemic by J.B. Handley
Don't take it from me; What Dr. Paul Thomas, MD, a renowned Pediatrician in Portland, OR says:
Hi, I'm Dr. Marisa Sum, DC and I love the science of healing. The healing journey can be dark and arduous, but I am committed to helping you through that process as you reach for your goals. I am about central nervous system health as a chiropractor and gut/brain/immune system health as a nutritionist, and women's and children's health rights activist as a doula & mother.