The Immune System and Immunity - Duke's Materia Tonica
To be immune from a thing is to be exempt from that thing's influence.
The immune system maintains the integrity of systems, organs, glands, and tissues by containing, possibly neutralizing, and preparing for removal foreign material, toxins, other organisms, and damaged and/or non-functioning parts of the body.
Immunity is Learned from Exposure to the External World
Immunity is the way the immune system protects bodily tissues by learning and then knowing how to identify a foreign material, toxin, another organism, or a damaged and/or non-functioning part of the body for containment, possible neutralization, and preparation for removal.
The Immune System is Like an Internal Sanitation System
The immune system is like a city sanitation system with garbage collectors who pick up trash, cleaners who scrub tissues, and a plumbing system for removal of sewage. Trash is put into trash cans for garbage trucks, cleaners scrub away dirt with soap and water, and sewage is put into pipes and flushed away; altogether for containment to be delivered away from healthy living tissue to keep the inside of the body sanitary. When sanitation cannot be maintained, the body's immune systems fails to contain trash, dirt, and sewage.
Immune System Structure and Functions
Immunology is the biological study of the various parts of the immune system and how they work. Immunology is used by all forms of medicine.
- Skin - durable outer protective layer that divides the territory of the internal body from the external world.
- Bone Marrow - the internal tissue inside bones that makes white blood cells from stem cells.
- Immune Cells - produced in the bone marrow to become white blood cells, including immunoglobulins which are antibodies that identify foreign material.
- Thymus Gland - where immune cells develops the intelligence of pattern recognition of foreign material, toxins, other organisms, and damaged and/or non-functioning parts of the body.
- Lymph System - internal plumbing system outside of the vascular system to move fluids around to assist tissue cleanliness.
- Spleen - located in the gut where immune cells cluster, also filters blood through the lymph system
- Liver - plays an important role in neutralizing toxins and processing them for removal from the body.
- Interferon - protective fluid made of protein to maintain cellular integrity.
Nutrition Supports, Builds, and Promotes Immune System Function
- Protein - the immune system requires adequate protein to be used for making immune cells and interferon.
- Vitamins - most important immune system related vitamins include vitamin C, D, E, and B6.
- Minerals - selenium, zinc, copper are some of the most important immune system minerals.
- Essential Fatty Acids - protect tissues from breakdown and reduce the need for the immune system to contain tissue damage during use.
- Polyphenols and bioflavonoids - classified as antioxidants which work with the oxidation of energy and maintain tissue integrity, reducing the need for the immune system to protect tissues.
- Polysaccharides - long chained branched sugars found in many medicinal herbs which promote immune cell activity; especially high concentrations are found in medicinal mushrooms and astragalus root.
- Nucleosides, nucleotides, RNA - from supplements supports interferon to maintain cell integrity
Immunopathology is the Study of a Non-functioning Immune System and Lacking Immunity
Immunopathology is the biomedical allopathic research and study of immunology with pathology, which is the non-functioning of the immune system and lack of immunity that leads to the practice of diagnosing related diseases by doctors and physicians.
Immunologists do not study healthy immune systems, but specifically focus on failed immune system attempts to contain foreign material, toxins, and damaged tissues related to immune diseases and the germ theory of bacterial and viral pathogens which lead to "catching a cold" and "getting the flu".
Antibiotic and antiviral drugs and other various medical devices may be used for treatment, management, and cure of non-functioning immune system responses and lacking immunity within immunopathology; to lessen the symptoms of fever, allergy, and stiffness caused by foreign material, toxins, and damaged tissues and with recovery from bacteria and viruses during a cold or flu.
Vaccines are a form of prevention within immunopathology where weak versions of bacteria or viruses are injected by needle past the skin as a way to purposefully breach immune system containment and allow immune cells to know a bacteria or virus in preparation for the possible future exposure of the vaccinated person to a full strength bacteria or virus.
Immunization with purposeful exposure to bacteria and viruses was developed around 500 years ago and has advanced into vaccination to reduce the risk disease from bacterial and viral pathogens.
Use Dietary Supplements to Boost Immune System Function and Promote Immunity
Someone may use dietary supplements to support, maintain, and boost immune system function and promote the body's ability to learn immunity. Additionally, dietary supplements are best used to support recovery and healing after a cold or flu has passed.
Using dietary supplements ineffectively to treat, manage, prevent, or cure a cold or flu is known as quackery. Using vaccines to boost immune system function is also quackery, since vaccines only convey the knowledge of immunity, to allow the immune system to learn and know of a bacterial or viral pathogen.
Do Not Confuse Dietary Supplements for Conveying the Knowledge of Immunity
Dietary supplements, as an adaptogen, may be used to promote learned immunity, but are not a substitute for conveying the knowledge of immunity of foreign materials, toxins, other organisms, damaged and/or non-functioning parts of the body, or for a weak version of a bacterial or viral pathogen as found in vaccines.