15 to 20% of cancers are caused by infection from micro-organisms. Your immune system protects your body from the invasion and damage by these micro-organisms. These cells are foreigners in the body. Your immune system makes and uses different inflammatory factors and cytokines to kill cells it identifies as being foreign.
On the outside of your own cells are markers that tell your immune system that the cell is part of you so it is not killed. If these markers are damaged by excessive inflammation or if when the cell was made a gene mutation in the cell altered the markers, the cell can be inappropriately killed off. This is called an autoimmune disease as the immune system is killing specific cells that are part of you. Cellular immune hyper vigilance is an expression of an increased Th1 response with low T-regulatory levels.
Regulation of the immune system happens in the gut by signalling with the T-helper cells that it makes.
Put very simplistically, and of course with all models like this there are exceptions, the T-helper cells in the immune system work a bit like a see saw with cellular immunity on one side and humoral systemic immunity on the other. With high levels of inflammation in your body from infection and other factors Th2 goes up and Th1 goes down resulting in allergies, asthma, sinusitis, etc. while cellular foreign body vigilance goes down so infections increase and cancer cells are not detected. Th2 increase B-cell activity that can result in inappropriate immune responses with people becoming more reactive.
Treatment focuses on supporting the T-regulatory cells to reduce over-expression of Th2 cells and to directly reduce the other immune factors that increase Th2 in the first place. This usually increases the suppressed Th1 cells improving your immune response to cancers and infection.
WhereTh1 is in excess it suppresses Th2 and cellular hyper vigilance can result in other types of autoimmune diseases. Auto-reactive tissue damage can result such as in Crohn’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and the like. Mineral imbalances in the body are affected and their changes can make symptoms worse. In the body everything affects everything else which is why immune system balance is so important.
A complex array of antioxidant defenses in the body is supposed to limit the damage exerted by the inflammatory molecules the body makes to fight them. These defenses can be overwhelmed.
Your state of health and length and quality of life is directly impacted by your infectious burden over your entire life. Persistent viral infections enter your cells and change DNA and gene expression.
This is why they are thought to cause cancer, diabetes, birth defects, Crohn’s and Paget’s disease, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, SLE – systemic lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases. These viruses also cause many neurological diseases too such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, pre-senile dementia, depressive illnesses, schizophrenia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Dealing with persistent infections takes time and effort, but it is worth it as it lowers the drivers of cancer and other chronic disease.
For example Epstein Barr Virus has become very common and it resides permanently in the body directly affecting health long term. Its impact on liver function is serious. With other imbalances in the body it increases the risk of developing autoimmune diseases and in addition it may cause:
- Glandular fever.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Burkitt’s lymphoma.
- Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- Pharyngeal and stomach cancer.
I use programs to treat and support the following infections and the problems they cause:
- Herpes Zosters virus (Lipid Enveloped) causes Shingles.
- Candida albicans – fungal infections like thrush, tinea.
- Ross River and Barmah Forest virus.
- Epstein Barr Virus – glandular fever.
- Herpes simplex 1 – cold sores.
- Herpes simplex 2 – genital blisters.
- Persistent and repetitive colds and flu – sinusitis, rhinitis, bronchitis and asthma.
- Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease.
These infections can be difficult to identify. Download the PDF ‘Symptoms Chart for EBV versus Ross River & Barmah Forest Virus’ to see the impact that these viral infections can have. EBV syndrome is more common than you think. The symptoms can be crippling.
I use programs to treat and support the following immune and autoimmune conditions:
- Alopecia areata – hair loss.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Pancreatic – Diabetes type 1insulin dependent.
- Thyroid – Hashimoto and Grave’s disease.
- Nerves – Guillain-Barre Syndrome, MS, Parkinson’s, Myasthenia Gravis.
- Gut – Coeliac, Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis.
- Inflammatory joint diseases, Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Skin – Scleroderma, Psoriasis.
- SLE – Systemic lupus erythematosus.
It is important to state here that pharmaceuticals play a role in many chronic diseases. Natural medicine improves the health of cells and it is important that you never just go off your pharmaceutical drugs until your health has been improved and you have been reviewed by your doctor. Some pharmaceuticals will need to be taken forever such as insulin for people with diabetes type 1.
Improving quality of life is always the goal.