I am sure you have heard that so and so's uncle smoked two packs of cigarettes a day and ate bacon every morning and live to be 90. While another healthy person dies early of some disease. The immune system is the key to preventing any illness, including cancer. Some folks have lousy immune systems and need extra help. Others have over active immune systems and need to be toned down (allergies, asthma, or an autoimmune disorder). Thus, you need something that’s "immune-modulating" to help regulate your body's immune response (and turn it down, if necessary).
The immune system works by recognizing antigens and producing specific antibodies against it. Antibodies are a type of protein custom-made by the immune system to fight specific antigens.
Your immune system can get off track with poor eating habits, various drugs, and most of all toxins. A weak immune system leaves your body wide open to defeat from foreign invader and renegade (cancer) cells to take over.
Here are personal stories of close relatives who have died of cancer. All had different problems from a weak immune system.
My sister died of cancer starting in her lymph nodes and eventually took over her body. She was a healthy girl, eating fresh local foods, and living in the country with fresh air and water. After 25 years of marriage, she divorced her husband. Stress can kill.
My father smoked for 30 years and quit for 20 years. He was healthy and worked in his yard. After his home was flooded and RV burnt to the ground along with his daughter, dying of cancer stress took over. His weak lungs were the problem and he died of lung cancer.
Some cancers can be related to the surrounding environment. My mother-in-law and her sister died of a rare form of bone cancer. Both grew up in the Midwest. Most of the Midwest's ground and water is saturated with pesticides from commercial farming.
My short list of immune killers: smoking, stress, pesticides, processed foods, lack of activity, and toxins.
Herb Tonics are used to address the health of your entire bodily system. They can be taken for an extended period of time and be very safe. Tonics are typically used to shore up systems that need "toning" or "tonifying" (meaning it's failing or just performing below par). Barberry, Echinacea, and goldenseal boost your immune system.
Herb Adaptogenics help you deal with ill effects of stress.
Exercise is a proven immunity booster; it flushes bacteria and other pathogens from the respiratory and urinary tracts via skin and sweat. Exercise even raises your body temperature, which acts like a fever to kill of infectious microbes.
While conventional medicine has traditionally focused its immune-system strategies on curing infections, herbalism has centered on the belief that supporting and nourishing the immune system will result in fewer and less severe infections--and better health overall.
My favorite sites:
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I also have to tell you I got some specific information from a good herb book called: Everything Guide to Herbal Remedies
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What is Organic?