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Bacteria is Key To Immunity

by Dean Gee 8 months ago in health
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Bacteria is Key To Immunity
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Disease stalks our cells and our bodies, but we have a five stage immune response. Our bodies are designed to search and destroy infiltrators.

Our bodies are amazing and more spectacular than we ever imagined. That is why medical doctors study the body for years and still can’t fully figure out the complexity. The systems within systems, weaved into the structures and designs within our bodies.

Our immune system is a complex and ongoing field of scientific study, but can be summarised as. “The immune system protects the body against infection and disease. It is a complex and integrated system of cells, tissues, and organs that has specialized roles in defending against foreign substances and pathogenic microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The immune system also functions to guard against the development of cancer.”

Source: https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/immunity

We have five body defences that fight disease. The first are the blood vessels that carry all the nutrients around our bodies, including the ability to grow new blood vessels.

The second is stem cells, essentially the ability to regenerate cells. Humans regenerate certain cells, we just do it a lot slower than some other species. For example, our liver and lung cells grow back, and our nerves regenerate. We have natural stem cells that continually fix and regenerate themselves.

Third is our microbiome. We know that when we have good healthy gut bacteria, and we have around 39 trillion bacteria in our gut, when healthy, they help optimise metabolism and lower inflammation.

Our gut bacteria fights fat and insulin sensitivity, and even controls hormones and fights cancer. However, it is easy to disrupt this delicate balance.

The fourth is our DNA, which defends us against the environment. It fixes and repairs itself, and this occurs at a microbiological level continually. DNA is wired to fix itself.

The fifth body protection system or defence is our immune system. Even as we get older, our immune system fights off disease. We can now give people immune treatments to fight cancer. These immune treatments work to ‘uncloak’ the cancer and wipe out the cancer. The problem with cancer is that cancer is clandestine and insidious. It is like a secret agent or enemy spy in our body, entering cells undetected like a ninja, and then altering them to become cancerous tumours.

Cancer cells hide and cloak themselves under proteins that normally are healthy for our bodies. These proteins assist our immune systems and therefore these cancers go undetected. Our body’s immune response recognises these proteins as healthy and good, and for this reason the cancer tumours can hide and need to be uncloaked, or exposed as the filthy little infiltrators that they are.

Immunotherapy in various forms can assist with this. Now what is immunotherapy?

The National Cancer Institute definition. “A type of therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection, and other diseases. Some types of immunotherapy only target certain cells of the immune system. Others affect the immune system in a general way. Types of immunotherapy include cytokines, vaccines, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), and some monoclonal antibodies.”

Immunotherapy can actually turn the clock back so that the cancer disappears.

As per the above definition, there are different types of immunotherapy, but they all use your immune system to destroy disease.

There are certain proteins that help defend against our own immune system so we don’t get autoimmune disease. Cancer mimics these proteins so that it is undetected and protected from our immune system, while it grows, like a secret agent within the cells.

We have discovered that tumours make a lot of these types of proteins, and we have certain medications that assess and find these cancers, based on the proteins that they hide behind. The cancer tumours are not good at structuring the proteins that they cloak themselves with, so the ‘shoddy workmanship’ can now be detected and destroyed.

Doctors can now inject monoclonal antibodies into your bloodstream and these antibodies are ‘smart’ and they tackle and strip away the cloaking proteins, or the ‘shoddy workmanship.’ These monoclonal antibodies are also smart enough not to attack your own immune system. They are like a seal special operations team sent in to search and destroy the filthy infiltrators.

Our health systems in our bodies work together and collaborate. Our microbiome talks to our immune system through our gut bacteria all the time. The microbiome is like the coach of the immune system, and it needs to be in good shape. Think of the microbiome as a football coach, constantly directing the immune system’s ‘plays.’

The immune system is a living system and around 70% of it is in the gut and key to the microbiome is the bacteria. One specific bacterium type is key to everything. This bacterium creates a response to cancers, destroying them, but only 20% of us have it in our microbiomes. But there is hope for those of us that don’t have it. We can cultivate this bacterium in our gut and in order to do so, we have to be ‘gardeners of our microbiome,’ so that these good bacteria can speak to our immune system and train it for fitness.

Something to help us with our ‘gardening’ and which ‘tends the garden’ within our microbiome is pomegranate juice, which stimulates our gut mucus, and that is where we find this bacterium, it thrives in the mucus lining within our gut.

Food is medicine, you can literally eat your way to health. The bio-actives are powerful nutrients in plant foods like berries and strawberries, and they help kill cancers. These chemical bio-actives help the plants defend themselves against the attacks from insects. In our bodies, these plant defence mechanisms work to help our bodies when we eat them.

The big difference with organic foods is that they have more bio-actives, because they defend themselves against insects, and this creates more bio-actives that help our health and our immune system.

General tips for eating that activate our health defenses are fruits and vegetables and fish and dairy and fermented foods, spices and herbs.

Scientific studies show that healthy fats are increasingly important too. Increasing omega3 oils intake to something equivalent to eating fish three times a week, you can increase your life span by 4.7 years.

Be a ‘gut gardener’ and increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Eat healthy fats like olive oils and fatty fish 3 times a week. Dr William Li has identified over 200 foods and spices and herbs that can help you grow the right gut bacteria.

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About the author

Dean Gee

Inquisitive Questioner, Creative Ideas person. Marketing Director. I love to write about life and nutrition, and navigating the corporate world.

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