A sea of antigens is swimming in our bodies. These antigens include dangerous environmental invaders such as viruses, antibiotic resistant bacteria, abnormal cells, parasites, chemical pollutants and other synthetic poisons threatening our bodies. We are able to survive periodic assaults on our health and life from these antigens because of our immune system. The key to maintaining optimal health begins with a better understanding of the human body’s biological processes.
The human immune system is a synergistic interaction between cells, molecules and fluids in the body. When the body is in good health, all biological systems are working effectively together. When the body is threatened, the immune system is activated to help restore health. There are two systems that the body utilizes to identify foreign invaders. The first system is the non-specific defense system and the second is the specific defense system. The non-specific defense system relies on the body’s natural ability to recognize and destroy foreign invaders. Its first line of defense consists of skin and mucous membranes. They serve as physical barriers by preventing foreign matter from invading the body. When pathogens enter the body through broken tissues a chemical is released which "turns on" the inflammatory response. To combat the threatening invader the body increases the production of white blood cells that can result in a temperature increase. This explains why fever often accompanies an infection.
If a pathogen passes through the body’s non-specific defense, the immune system responds with a series of specific defenses that attack the foreign invader. These defenses are known as the immune response consisting of antibodies and special immune cells. T-Cells and B- Cells are critical to the immune system,. T-Cells (T-Lymphocytes) mature in the Thymus Gland and the B-Cells (B-Lymphocytes) mature in the bone marrow. The T-cells provide the first response to a threatening foreign invader. One type of T cell is the T4 helper cell. These induce the B cells to "turn on" and respond to the presence of a threatening foreign invader. The B-cells respond by producing antibodies and by stimulating one type of T cell, which is the natural killer cell (NK). It destroys the invading cells by means of direct contact or by producing a cytotoxin or cell poison. As a control the T8-suppressor cells "switch off" the immune response once the invaders are destroyed and the infection is cleared up. If the pathogen reappears the body has the ability to immediately produce antibodies to deal with the foreign invader.
The Specific defense system circulates in part in the blood and Lymphatic system. The Lymphatic system consists mainly of lymph, lymphatic vessels and structures or organs containing lymphatic tissues. Lymph is a thick colorless fluid. Some of its functions are to carry fat and nutrients and to distribute germ fighting white blood cells. Lymphatic vessels transport the lymph to the different parts of the body. Along the larger lymphatic vessels there are small kidney shaped structures that are the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes filter the blood in order to help prevent bacteria and other pathogens from travelling through the lymphatic system. The lymph nodes are areas of high immunological activity along with the bone marrow, thymus, spleen, liver, tonsils, adenoids, appendix, and peyer’s patches in the intestines.
The human immune system has the ability to recognize and protect against a huge variety of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that challenge the body daily. All parts of the immune system work together to help protect the human body. There is a growing concern, however, that our bodies are being "overloaded" with progressively dangerous chemicals and pollutants in the environment that we can not rid ourselves of naturally. Tests conducted by three major hospitals in China assigned by China's Ministry of Health prove that Cessiac (Kang Ji) and Yuccalive (Yu Kang) help eliminate the body of toxic build up with their proprietary combination of natural cleansing herbs in exact ratios. Cessiac and Yuccalive are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, which help nourish and strengthen individual cells, molecules and fluids in the body. Another excellent immune boosting supplement which supply glutathione precursor as master antioxidant is Immunocal/HMS 90 which gradually builds kidney Yin and Yang Qi that are very deficient in people with Chronic Immune Dysfunction Syndromes.
Virus Death Toll Rises: What Can You Do to Prepare for the Coronavirus?
Unless you are a hermit you have heard about the coronavirus—a deadly new virus that is rapidly spreading worldwide. The first case was reported in Wuhan, China on December 21, 2019. As of February 10, 2020, mainland China has reported over 40,000 confirmed cases and nearly 1,000 deaths.
On January 21, 2020, the first US case was confirmed— a patient in Washington state who had recently visited Wuhan, China. A second case, in Illinois, was confirmed three days later. This patient had also recently returned from a visit to Wuhan. As of February 8, 2020, there were 12 confirmed cases in the US.
The corona virus has also been reported in at least 23 other countries, including Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Africa. There have been hundreds of cases reported outside of China, and the numbers are rising. In just over one month the virus has spread worldwide and appears to be blooming into a worldwide pandemic. The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency. The Chinese government has shut down all travel in and out of Wuhan — a city with a population of 11 million — and the surrounding area in an effort to contain the spread of the disease. Travelers returning home from recently visiting China are being quarantined for at least two weeks.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of RNA (ribonucleic acid) viruses. They are called coronaviruses because the virus particle exhibits a characteristic ‘corona’ (crown) of spiked proteins around its lipid envelope. CoV infections are common in animals and humans. Some strains of CoV are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted between animals and humans, but many strains are not.
In humans, CoV can cause symptoms range from those resembling the common cold to deadly, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (caused by MERS-CoV), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (caused by SARS-CoV). Patients infected with the new coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV), usually exhibit severe coughing, which may be accompanied by labored breathing. All cases show radiographic evidence of pneumonia.
Currently, there is no cure or effective medical intervention to treat the virus. The body must fight the infection on its own. Those with weak immune systems, generally the very young and the elderly or those who are in poor health, are most vulnerable. At some point there may be a vaccine developed for it, but that will be a long way off.
Take heart, you are not helpless against this new virus, there is a natural solution that may prove quite useful—coconut oil. The coronavirus is a lipid coated virus, meaning it is encased in a fatty envelope. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil, particularly lauric acid, have been shown to kill lipid coated viruses. Coconut oil consists of 63 percent medium chain fatty acids; nearly 50 percent of the oil is lauric acid.
The antiviral action is attributed to solubilizing the lipid envelope of the virus causing it to disintegrate, killing it. In addition, evidence also indicates that lauric acid may interfere with signal transduction in cell replication, preventing the virus from reproducing. All medium chain fatty acids have some antiviral properties; lauric acid is by far the most potent. It is important to note that while MCT oil is composed of 100 percent medium chain fatty acids, it contains no lauric acid, and therefore, would not provide the best protection against the coronavirus. At this time, the daily consumption of coconut oil, at approximately 3 tablespoons (45 ml) per day, might be your best defense.