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#3 Structural Shifts and Children’s Immune System!
Welcome, this week we take a look at the Immune system. What you need to know is that a healthy Immune System is about elevating one’s natural resistance to germs and disease rather than avoiding them and eliminating symptoms. There has been a definite shift by the general public towards this ‘Chiropractic’ type of understanding during our lifetime. Now days if you go to any bookstore you can find the health section lined with books about how to BOOST your immune system and many of them are very good with great information. That being said there is far less information on just how the immune system is driven directly or indirectly by proper nerve supply.
If you were to Google the words “Immune system boost”, you will find in excess of 16,500,000 hits, so clearly this is a topic that is important to the public.
Parents may feel that the health of their children is not great, and they also suspect that long held traditional views of health may not tell the full story. More and more, this topic is being talked about openly in public, in books and magazines.
Dr. Robert Ader, a psychologist at the University of Rochester School Of Medicine, performed key experiments to prove the brain-nervous system- immune system connection. I will summarise the essential evidence regarding the connection between the brain, the nervous system, and the immune system:
- NERVE ENDINGS ARE FOUND IN THE TISSUES OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
The central nervous system is linked to both the bone marrow and thymus, where immune system cells are produced and developed, and to the spleen and lymph nodes, where those cells are stored.
- CHANGES IN THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM ALTER IMMUNE RESPONSES AND TRIGGERING AN IMMUNE RESPONSE ALTERS CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM ACTIVITY.
Researchers have found that inducing an immune response causes nerve cells in the hypothalamus to become more active and the brain cell activity
peaks at precisely the same time that levels of antibodies are at their highest. The brain monitors immunological changes closely.
- LYMPHOCYTES ARE CHEMICALLY RESPONSIVE TO HORMONES AND NEUROTRANSMITTERS.
Immune system cells have receptor-molecular structures on their surfaces that allow them to receive information from the nervous system and other parts of the immune system.
When babies put things into their mouths, it is a natural way of gradually exposing their immune systems to tiny antigens, which the immune system must attack and destroy — a process which strengthens and protects the immune system.
“Through the process of developing and then conquering infection, the child gets rid of acquired toxins and poisons from the body and also gets a generous boost to the immune system.”- HEALING ARTS PRESS
“Whenever the immune system deals successfully with an infection, it emerges from the experience stronger and better able to confront similar threats in the future. Our immune system develops in combat. If, at the first sign of infection, you always jump in with antibiotics, you do not give the immune system a chance to grow stronger.” –ANDREW WEIL, M.D.
This blog places particular emphasis on immune system development in the first year of life and this will be a topic that will be threaded through many other weeks as well.
The immune system consists of the tonsils, adenoids, thymus, bone marrow, spleen, appendix, Peyer’s patches, lymph nodes, and circulating white blood cells. The job of the immune system is to protect and defend the body against infection from disease-producing microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that live in our environment.
Remember that MANY OF THE CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS, FROM NASAL DISCHARGE TO FEVER AND SWOLLEN GLANDS ARE SIGNS THAT THE NORMAL IMMUNE RESPONSE IS PROCEEDING ON SCHEDULE.
“Symptoms represent the body’s best efforts to heal itself. By treating symptoms, you are suppressing the body’s natural response and inhibiting the healing process. Instead of treating symptoms, doctors should stimulate the body’s defenses to allow for completion of the healing process.” – DR. STEPHEN CUMMINGS
Watch a Killer T Cell in action
The nervous system controls the entire growth and development of the immune system. An infant’s immune system is immature at birth; fortunately, a newborn carries passive immunity from the mother for the first several months of life.
Breastfeeding provides the infant with the antibodies and immune enhancing factors that develop the immunity. A baby’s lymphocytes are not yet capable of producing all the antibodies necessary to fight disease. A baby acquires this ability over the first year of life.
Human breast milk is biologic specific, that is, each drop of milk is alive with millions of tiny white blood cells and immunoglobins (infection-fighting proteins) that circulate through the baby’s body, ingesting and destroying harmful bacteria-like miniature pac-men.
As the infant is exposed to microorganisms, the lymphocytes start to make antibodies and memory cells so that when the baby comes into contact with those micro-organisms again, the baby will mount an immune response more quickly.
- When a baby is born they have an immune system, but it is not yet developed— therefore they are initially dependent on breast milk for their immunoglobulins.
- The raising of the head and the crawling motion develops not only the shape of the spine, but also enables immune system development because the cross-crawl motion causes the nerves to fire into the major immune system organs.
- As babies begin to crawl, they widen their perimeter and begin putting more things in their mouth—this is a natural way of exposing their developing immune system to more antigens which further strengthens their immune competence.
- The immune system develops in combat—symptoms, ALL symptoms are either a direct part of or the result of—the body’s normal, natural healing process. So not only are symptoms, normal-they are downright beneficial—and we will see in future weeks how this process maximizes the body’s internal signaling and communication process—which benefits the person throughout their life.
All of the above involves NORMAL nerve supply and NORMAL supportive and protective structures
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