by Joel Lopez, MD, CNS
Ebola, AIDS, MRSA, Vancomycin-resistant Pseudomonas, chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium (cause of Malaria). These are just a few of the super bugs that we could all possibly encounter in our world that’s rapidly getting smaller every day due to air travel. In recent times when sea travel was the main mode of transportation, people who were still asymptomatic would usually show signs and symptoms before they arrive at their destination. In today’s world of faster air travel, people infected may not show signs and symptoms until they arrive somewhere. This can cause the rapid spread/transmission of communicable diseases. This is especially true in a stressed-out, nutritionally-deficient, and unhealthy population.
What is the traditional answer to this issue? I think that we all know the answer to that. Suffice it to say, this reactionary approach (the race to find cures) doesn’t work well because these bugs are smarter than we think. By the time so-called cures are available, they’ve already mutated to a form that’s resistant to the “cure”. That’s one of the reasons why we have MRSA and Vancomycin-resistant Pesudomonas, among many others.
There is no one to blame for this scenario. Health care practitioners (by indiscriminate use) and patients (by insisting that they be given a medication) alike are responsible for the proliferation of super bugs.
What then can we do about it? I would say that we adopt what the traditional Chinese medicine practitioners did in earlier times. A doctor at the time would only get paid or compensated when their clients are healthy. If their clients get sick, the doctors don’t get paid. It does make a lot of sense to do this. This preventive approach would save billions of dollars in health care.
What are the things we can do to fortify our immune system? Let’s start with the basics before we even discuss specifics. Having a healthy diet, adequate water intake, enough exposure to sunlight and the earth’s electromagnetic energy, rest, exercise, good relationships and stress reduction all go a long way in building our immune defenses.
There are ways to strengthen the immune system with the use of dietary supplements. Here are just a few examples;
- mixed carotenoids (natural vitamin A)- good for the mucous membranes (respiratory and intestinal tract protection)
- vitamin C complex (natural vitamin C with bioflavonoids)- traditionally used to boost the immune system against infections and tumors but also good for formation of collagen, along with L-lysine and L-proline
- vitamin D3- studies show that it could protect against the flu (low levels of exposure to sunlight during the winter months make one vulnerable to the flu) and against certain forms of cancer
- selenium- one of the co-factors in the formation of glutathione, which is abundant in the spleen and lymphocytes, both involved in immune system health
- zinc- has antimicrobial properties and also good for prostate health in men
- manganese- helps in the production of SOD, one of the antioxidants endogenously produced in our bodies
- probiotics- an essential nutrient especially if one has taken antibiotics in the past, helps prevent bacterial and fungal overgrowth in the intestine
- clove- has the highest ORAC (antioxidant levels) level among all natural substances, has antimicrobial properties as well
- thyme- its constituent thymol has antifungal properties
- lemon- has d-limonene which has anti-carcinogenic properties, has anti-viral properties as well (along with other citrus oils)
- cinnamon- has antibacterial properties, also regulates blood sugar
- rosemary- antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory
- oregano- antimicrobial
- chlorella and spirulina- immune stimulants
- raspberries- rich in ellagic acid, which has anti-carcinogenic properties
- apricots- rich in vitamin B 17, also has anti-carcinogenic properties
- wolfberries- stimulates release of HGH from the pituitary
- broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables- lowers xenoestrogens, cleanses liver
- frankincense- helps repair DNA