An Anthrax Antidote? Read the provocative clinical study and decide

Immune system disorders and deficiencies are legion, encompassing a vast array of disease and illness affecting people all over the world. Maladies resulting from primary and secondary immune deficiencies/disorders include:

Common health challenges where the immune system over or under reacts are:

From antibiotics and surgery to antioxidants and counseling, treatment choices are almost limitless.  The main treatment questions are:  How does it work? Has it been clinically studied? Does it tackle the underlying problem, or does it just mask symptoms?

The gastrointestinal system is crucial to immune function. Over 70% of the immune system is dictated by Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue (GALT) and 80% of the plasma cells responsible for antibody production reside there. This tissue runs from the tonsils through the entire intestinal tract. GALT health equals good health because it’s the foundation and structure of a strong immune system.

Stress can wreak havoc in the GALT. Research funded by the National Research of Health confirmed that stress changes the balance of bacteria in the gut:

“These bacteria affect immune function, and may help explain why stress dysregulates the immune response,” said lead researcher Michael Bailey.

An amazing new product that stimulates healthy GALT and supports robust immunity is Isotonix® Immune.  The primary ingredient in Isotonix® Immune is a patented compound called Wellmune WGP®.

Wellmune WGP® is a natural yeast compound derived from the cell wall of a highly purified, proprietary strain of hypoallergenic baker’s yeast. This link has a series of videos illustrating how Wellmune boosts the ability of immune cells to locate and eliminate dangerous fungus, bacteria and viruses in the body. Dozens of clinical, preclinical and peer-reviewed research testifies to the power and safety of this incredible natural substance.

In a provocative study researchers exposed three groups of mice to a lethal dose of Anthrax in their drinking water. One group was given Wellmune WGP® for 2 days prior to the exposure. Another group had Wellmune WGP® for 8 days prior and the last group had no Wellmune WGP® .

All of the mice with no Wellmune died from Anthrax within 10 days. Fifty percent of the mice with 2 days of Wellmune WGP® survived, and those that died lived much longer. All of the mice that had 8 days of Wellmune WGP® lived. The Wellmune WGP® enabled their immune systems to destroy the deadly Anthrax bacteria in their bodies.

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Identify, target and kill cancer with the help of Omega 3 fish oil even during chemotherapy

Most people know of the many benefits which omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil can provide. Improved cardiovascular health, blood pressure, cognitive performance, skin, and joint health are just a few. However, omega 3 fish oil also offers significant benefits if a health crisis like cancer emerges.

Studies noting the benefit of omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil in relation to cancer have been going on for many years. Several human trial studies have found that omega 3 oils are not only anti-inflammatory, they also discourage the proliferation of cancer by inhibiting its cellular development and ability to capture blood supply. In short, omega 3 fatty acids act as anti-cancer agents in humans.

Some studies combined omega 3 fish oil with Vitamin D3 and observed interesting cancer-fighting benefits. Other studies found that omega 3 fish oil assists chemotherapy treatments by increasing the sensitivity of chemo-resistant cancer cells and triggering apoptosis (natural cell death) in the cancerous cells.

Dr. Elaine Hardman and Dr. Ivan Cameron conducted research for the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) from the University of Texas Health Science Center. They explain this ability of omega 3 fish oil to target chemoresistant cancer cells as follows:

“The polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish oil are used by both normal cells and cancerous cells in making up their cell membranes,” says Dr. Hardman, the study’s principal investigator. “Studies suggest that the more types of these fatty acids the cancer cells incorporate, the more sensitive they become to damage by certain chemotherapeutic drugs. Left unchecked, this damage can initiate a chain reaction that ultimately kills the cancer cell.”

The AICR trials noted that normal healthy cells were unaffected by the omega 3 fatty acids while the cancerous cells regressed and died.

AICR Vice President, Ritva Butrum stated:

“These findings are very promising. It may soon be possible for cancer patients to dramatically increase the effectiveness of their chemotherapy simply by making a few dietary adjustments. Such a direct and non-invasive way to augment current treatment is sorely needed, and would represent a great leap forward.”

In addition, high quality omega 3 fish oil fatty acids were found to reduce side effects related to chemotherapy like dry mouth, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and weight loss.  Participants using omega 3 fish oil had lower side effects plus improved appetite and energy levels. “Increasing the amount of fish oil in a patient’s diet may delay or eliminate such side-effects,” says Dr. Hardman, “allowing effective doses of chemotherapeutic drugs to be administered with a greater margin of safety than ever before.”

When selecting an omega 3 fish oil there are some important factors to consider. First, small body fish are preferable because they have shorter lives and harbor much lower heavy metal and/or mercury levels. Sardine and anchovy are better sources of high quality omega 3 oil than large fish like cod or krill (which are tiny but lower in omega 3 fatty acids) . An omega 3 fish oil should also have independent laboratory analysis that verifies its content, purity, and potency. Finally, a therapeutic amount of daily omega 3 fish oil is 3 grams (not milligrams). Heart Health™ Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E possesses all of these attributes. If you’d prefer a non-capsule omega3, the Might-A-Mins® Spectrum Omega 3 is a delicious, cream,y orange-vanilla, whipped pudding-like option.

Wonderful – Terrible – Prednisone

Prednisone is a synthetic form of corticosteroid that can be administered in topical, injectable, or oral form. Corticosteroids are a class of steroid’s which act like hormones that are produced by the adrenal gland.

Prednisone is prescribed to very effectively suppress immune system response when treating a variety of inflammatory diseases and disorders. This includes arthritis, eczema, some cancers, irritable bowel symptoms, asthma, allergic reactions, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain conditions and many others.

When our bodies are under stress, a natural steroid hormone called cortisol is a released. Cortisol is part of the “fight or flight” response which causes changes to blood pressure, blood sugar, immune and inflammatory response. These changes are not harmful when the body has a chance to recover from the stress inducing event. Stress responses can become very problematic if triggered too frequently.

The immune system cannot operate properly under the influence of excessive cortisol. Impaired immunity leaves the door open to illness and disease. Because prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid it should be used cautiously, infrequently, and sparingly to reduce the likelihood of complications. When used judiciously, it can be a wonderful drug.

However, when prednisone is taken for more than a few weeks, it causes the adrenal gland to shrink, producing fewer natural steroid hormones. That is why discontinuing prednisone and other corticosteroids much be done slowly so that the adrenal gland can return to normal production. Sudden drug withdrawal can trigger dangerous side effects. There are also some terrible possible side effects and complications which can occur when using prednisone:

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Allergies, Psoriasis and Cancer Share a Common Link

An interesting connection has been discovered between psoriasis, eczema, Hodgkin’s disease and lymphoid cancer. allergies The connection is a type of white blood cell called a mast cell.

Mast cells are part of our immune system and jump into action when an allergic reaction occurs.  An irritant or foreign substance will trigger the release of antibodies, which attach themselves to mast cells.  When the irritant comes into contact with the antibody the mast cell erupts, releasing proteins and histamine that, in turn, cause swelling, itching, and/or congestion.

People with high inflammatory symptoms, like those found in psoriasis, eczema, and lymphoid cancers have high levels of mast cells and another immune system protein called CD30. CD30 is a protein found in T-lymphocyte white blood cells.  A study done by the Karolinska Institute discovered that CD30 can stimulate mast cell production in healthy skin cells.  So the presence of CD30 may trigger an inflammatory mast cell response on its own.

Another elevated protein found in psoriasis and many cancer sufferers is known as C-reactive protein.  C-reactive proteins indicate general levels of inflammation in the body.  Infections and many types of long term disease, including heart disease, also generate lots of C-reactive proteins.

Incomplete protein digestion may contribute to the cycle of irritants entering the bloodstream, which in-turn can set the stage for mast cell production, elevated CD30, C-reactive proteins and other inflammatory responses.

Some natural approaches to dealing with this vicious cycle is reducing processed foods and increasing digestive enzymes, vitamin D, vitamin A, zinc, Omega-3 fish oils, aloe vera, and glutathione precursors.  Moderate amounts of sunshine are also advised.

Isotonix® D with K2
Ultimate Aloe® Juice
Ultimate Aloe® Gel
Heart Health™ Omega 3 with E
Isotonix® OPC-3 Beauty Blend
Digestive Enzymes

Psoriasis drug linked to a deadly brain infection

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis and approximately 6.5 million people suffer with it. Psoriasis ismale-doc-looking-at-brain-s considered by many to be incurable. However, due to the dysfunctional aspects of the immune system which are present in this condition, that conclusion is debatable.

Raptiva is a drug that is sometimes prescribed for moderate to severe cases of psoriasis.  Raptiva is typically injected once a week and works by suppressing the normal inflammatory response triggered by the immune system.  T-cells, which are critical in fighting off infections in our bodies, are specifically suppressed by this drug.  The result is fewer psoriasis symptoms but it comes at the cost of lowering the entire body’s immune response.

A common, and usually benign, virus present in most people’s central nervous system is called Polyomarvirus JC. This virus is considered harmless except in cases of compromised immunity. Conditions like cancer, AIDS, chronic corticosteroid or other immunosuppressive therapies can activate this virus.  Once activated, this virus is called Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). Eighty percent of victims diagnosed with PML die within six months. Survivors often suffer severe neurological disabilities.

The FDA has confirmed three deaths (with a fourth being investigated) due to PML brought on by the use of Raptiva. Consequently the FDA has issued a warning for users of this drug to contact their physician and discuss new treatment options.

Recent studies on oxidative stress and psoriasis are very promising. Clearly, using effective antioxidant therapy to increase glutathione is a very safe approach that addresses an underlying cause of this condition.

I find it tragic that in the attempt to alleviate painful symptoms, people are often shortening their lives or, as in this news article, losing life. Correcting oxidative stress would be a good place to start. The best bio-available isotonic supplements that I believe would positively impact psoriasis are listed below.

Isotonix® OPC-3 Beauty Blend
Isotonix® Vitamin D with K2
Ultimate Aloe® Gel
Curcumin Extreme™