Immunity - Facts Versus Fear
While it may seem like illness and disease are things that just happen to us, what many people fail to remember is that YOU have power to influence and even control your immunity! Anxiety and fear can and do suppress your immune system, which in turn leave you more vulnerable to illness and disease. By taking control, distinguishing facts versus fear, and empowering yourself with the understanding of the root causes of why you’re sick, you can actually improve your immune defense.
What is Immunity?
Simply put, immunity is the body's defense against infections and disease. The immune system defends against germs and antigens and helps keep us healthy. This involves functions like defending against bacteria and viruses, clearing up dust which gets in the lungs, and killing cancer cells. Even a small breakdown of these defenses can make us feel run down and sick, ultimately taking our power and making us feel out of control.
There are two basic types of immunity: active and passive.
Active Immunity - Natural and Vaccination
Active immunity comes from being exposed to a disease which then causes the immune system to produce antibodies to that disease. If this exposure is to the actual disease, the resulting immunity is called natural immunity. If the exposure comes from the introduction of a killed or weakened form of the disease through the process of vaccination, the resulting immunity is called vaccine-induced immunity. When someone with immunity is exposed to that disease in the future, their immune system recognizes the elements of disease and immediately produces antibodies to attack it. Active immunity lasts a long time, sometimes for life.
Passive Immunity - Antibodies and Maternal Inheritance
Passive immunity occurs when a person is given the antibodies for a particular disease instead of their immune system producing them naturally. A person can get passive immunity from receiving immunoglobulin, or other blood products containing antibodies for the disease, but babies also gain passive immunity from their mothers through the placenta. While it can take several weeks for enough antibodies to be developed for active immunity, passive immunity has the added benefit of providing immediate protection.
Take Back Your Power
Nutrition is at the core of health. You can do your own research (and we recommend you do) but having the help of experts in their field can save you both time and money. Consulting a medical professional like Dr. Matzinger at MIH, for a Customized Diet and Supplement Plan is a powerful way to learn how proper nutrition can boost your immunity and give you back control over your health.
One of the best ways to give your immune system the best fighting chance for victory is through IV Vitamin and Mineral infusions. This fast and effective method to restore critical levels of vitamins and minerals helps you start feeling better immediately because they are absorbed by the body so efficiently. And speaking of enhanced nutritional absorption, another excellent way to help the body receive what it needs are Medical Lipid Colon Cleanses. These treatments remove toxins and bacteria from the bowels and open a clear path for vital nutrients to get where they belong.
Recently, an anxiety-mitigating and immune-boosting treatment called Aromatouch has gained popularity. The doTerra AromaTouch Technique reduces stress and promotes overall wellness by combining the power of essential oils with the benefits of human touch. Cupping is an immunity treatment with history in Chinese, Middle Eastern and Egyptian cultures that is finding many modern fans, especially with MIH patients who utilize it in concert with other treatments designed to boost immunity. Particularly beneficial for muscle relaxation and pain relief, cupping can improve overall health by removing energy blockages that act as barriers to healing.
Another increasingly popular self care treatment that shares some of these stress-reducing and immunity-promoting benefits is the Infrared Sauna. The penetrative power of infrared light used in these innovative saunas more comfortably and effectively heats your body's core temperature, allowing you to sweat out up to 7 times more toxins than conventional saunas.
Empowering yourself with these and other innovative treatments to mitigate stress and anxiety and take back control of your health not only can improve your well-being, but can also be a fun and relaxing way to give yourself the self care we all deserve.
For more information about these treatments and more immune-boosting treatments, contact the Matzinger Institute of Healing today and find out more about how Dr. Matzinger can put you on the path to better health.