Immunity Concepts

Your immune system defines you. Your immune system has three parts: your skin and mucous membranes that separate your body from the outside world; your white blood cells that attach and digest invaders; and your immune globulin proteins that help direct the actions of your white blood cells.

Internal and External Immune Challenges

Your immune system defends you from external invaders and from internal problems. When your immune system is not balanced and working well it puts you at risk.

An underactive immune system puts you at risk of developing the external immune problem of frequent and severe infections from viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungus.

An over active immune system puts you at risk of developing the external immune problem of allergies to grass and tree pollens.

An underactive immune system puts you at risk of developing the internal immune problem of cancer.

An over active immune system puts you at risk of developing the internal immune problem of auto immune diseases such as Lupus, Arthritis, Thyroid Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease, MS, and ALS - Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 

What Can Limit Your Immunity

Your immunity may be limited by many inherited and acquired health factors. Limiting factors may include: genetic variances; a poor diet; high and physical emotional stresses; electro-magnetic exposures; and radiation exposure.

Immunity Assessments

Immunity History and Physical Exam

To assess how a person’s immune system is functioning we start with a complete health history. Next we perform a physical examination to check on the condition of a patient’s skin, mucous membranes, and lymph nodes. Then we use laboratory testing.

Immunity Laboratory Testing

Laboratory testing will assess the status of a person’s white blood cells and their immune globulin proteins.

Our white blood cells attack virus infected cells, bacteria, parasites, and fungus. When a person has elevated levels of white blood cells there is an active infection. The specific white blood cell type that is elevated will indicate what type of infection a person is fighting.

When a person has below normal levels of white blood cells they have two possible situations. First and most commonly they may be at the end of an infection.

As a person’s immune system responds to an infection it will produce higher than normal levels of white blood cells. When an infection is under control white blood cell production slows, but white blood cells are still being used up fighting the infection. This means that there is often a dip in white blood cells at the end of an infection  

Secondly, a low level of white blood cells may mean that a person has a condition known as “Myelodysplasia”. This condition is where a person is not producing enough white blood cells.

Immunoglobulin Proteins

Immunoglobulin proteins are a part of our immune system and they direct the activity of white blood cells. Immunoglobulin proteins will literally glob onto invaders in our bodies and attract white blood cells to attack the invader.

Immunoglobulin proteins are produced in response to past infections and to vaccinations.

We use blood tests to screen for the presence of and to measure levels of immunoglobulin proteins in a person’s blood who is suspected of being infected. Our bodies will produce specific immunoglobulin proteins for each type of infection.

Treatments to Boost and Balance Your Immunity

We use a variety of immune boosting treatments, including: nutritional supplements to block viral and bacterial reproduction; herbal supplements to directly and indirectly attack viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal infections; intravenous nutrients to block reproduction and directly attack invaders; and ozone treatments to boost our immune responses.