What if I told you that you could ward off cancer, Alzheimer’s, shingles, and potentially many more diseases by doing something that takes just seconds and costs just pennies a day?
It’s becoming incredibly apparent that weakened immune systems are the root cause of many diseases, and that supporting your immune system with daily supplements can prevent them.
But conventional doctors are so focused on treating the symptoms of diseases rather than their root causes that they’re “missing the boat”!
And as a result, you’re getting sick, when you don’t have to.
Back in the late 1800’s, there was a famous debate between two heavyweight scientists that, to me, clearly illustrates the divide between the conventional and integrative medical communities.
The famous chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur waged a scientific debate with another famous physiologist, Claude Bernard, that still continues between the integrative medical and conventional medical doctors.
Pasteur argued that infectious organisms from the outside world attack and infect humans as foreign invaders, while Bernard felt that we “house” these bugs inside of us and that infection is a result of the immune system becoming weaker and allowing these bugs to “come out of hiding” and turn “evil.”
Of course, Pasteur’s germ theory is what’s taught in medical school and what ultimately drives the business of medicine. The killing of these “foreign invaders” has become a trillion-dollar industry.
Thus, the bad news for Bernard — and the integrative medical world that agrees with him — is that Pasteur’s idea is much more profitable and “headline-grabbing.”
And that means there’s no way that modern medicine is going to change their minds anytime soon about this debate.
But before you think that it’s a lost cause, there’s a fascinating twist in this story. On his deathbed, Pasteur made a profound statement: “Bernard is right. The microbe is nothing. The environment is everything.”
In the end, it really doesn’t matter how many bugs you have or what bugs you’ve been exposed to.
What really matters is how strong your immune system is… and how your body can provide an inhospitable place for infections to thrive or to replicate.
The enemy is already inside your body
We’re all exposed to many infections as we live our lives—from having been around hundreds of different bacteria and viruses in our childhood school days… to our own children and grandchildren bringing infections back home from their schools.
There’s also the risk of getting type 1 herpes (HSV-1) from kissing… and the multitude of sexually-transmitted diseases (like HPV) from having unprotected intercourse.
And then you may travel to foreign countries or even get bitten by different insects — and if you do get infected, the antibiotics you’re given can destroy your healthy gut bacteria and leave you vulnerable to all sorts of OTHER illnesses.
It’s up to our immune systems to keep all of these infections in check!
I like to think of it as keeping infectious agents behind bars. When your immune system gets weak, the tiny convicts can break out of their jail cells, run amok, and wreak havoc in the body.
When we were younger, we’d get exposed to these infections and—most of the time—our immune systems would have been strong enough to wall them off and “lock” them away for good. But as we age… or are under stress… that padlock on the jail cell door starts to loosen.
Why YOU get sick, when others don’t
Believe it or not, the conventional medical community doesn’t believe that we really have “jail” cells… or that the majority of infections that we’ve been exposed to in our lives could be locked away in those jail cells.
They still believe in the Pasteur philosophy that most of the infections are in-and-out of the system and could not reside in the body for longer than we are “sick.”
They’re only willing to admit to just a handful of viruses that can live in our bodies for our whole lives — herpes, HIV, and HPV — as well as one bacteria, H. pylori (a stomach infection).
Of course, if you ask me, Bernard should have been the more famous figure from that era—because it is becoming obvious that there “could” be other infections that live a long time and thus other infections that could cause other serious diseases.
But now, the data is becoming too obvious for the conventional community to ignore that simple chronic infections can cause SERIOUS diseases down the road.
The fact is, a simple case of chickenpox when you were a little kid can stay dormant in your body for many, many years—and come back as shingles, a disease that can cause permanent horrific nerve pain.
Being innocently exposed at a young age to HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is clearly linked to cervical cancer later in life.
And as discussed on the first page of this issue, new data about Alzheimer’s being caused by cold sores (HSV-1) is another nail in the coffin on the Pasteur “germ” theory… and another feather in Bernard’s cap.
If close to 100 per cent of the current non-vaccinated adult population has had chickenpox 1… 90 per cent of Americans have been exposed to HSV-12,3… and roughly 80 million Americans are
currently infected with the HPV virus (4)… then how is it that only some of those people get shingles, Alzheimer’s, or cervical cancer?
Isn’t it obvious that the main determining factor is the health and the strength of the immune system of the person who’s been exposed?
It is a known medical fact that the human immune system weakens as we age (5) — and thus, without some outside intervention, the resurgence of these infections to some degree later in life is almost inevitable.
Be good to your body, and it’ll be good to you
As an integrative medical doctor on the front lines, I take care of some very “sick” patients — and I’ve found almost all of them to have damaged or “weak” immune systems.
Every day that goes by and the older I get, I cannot believe how true Bernard’s theory was… and how far we as a medical community have diverged from it.
But I’m still optimistic. Even though Pasteur got all the headlines, I feel that Bernard’s immune system philosophy will win in the long run and become the treatment of the future.
I really hope that the conventional doctors can look back upon history and consider that Bernard could have been right — and that an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound (and maybe MORE) of cure philosophy.
But I’m not holding my breath. The answer to these issues… and the way to prove Bernard correct… doesn’t really grab headlines because the modern medical world hasn’t found a way to patent ways of improving the immune system.
And they probably never will.
One of the ways to get these patients better, of course, is to kill these infections — but, more importantly, we must improve their bodies’ internal environments (what Bernard called the milieu intérieur) and bolster their immune systems.
Unfortunately, there are so many ways to improve the immune system that it would be impossible to list them all here. But the reality is that anything that you do “good” for your body will bolster your immune system… and everything you do bad for your body will weaken it.
Since a large percentage of the immune system is housed in the organs of the gut, colostrum (as I shared with you in the June issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter) and probiotics are big ticket items in this fight.
If I want to use the “big guns” for the immune system, I am a fan of a product called “Transfer Factor.”6
Two oldies-but-goodies for the immune system are zinc and vitamin C. A low dose of zinc (even as low as 10 mg a day) and 1,000 mg of vitamin C should be the backbone of most peoples’ regimens.
And finally, as boring as it sounds, getting good healthy sleep is paramount to allow your immune system to recharge.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 10, Issue 8 • August 2016
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