All living things are subject to attack from disease-causing agents. Even bacteria so small that more than a million could fit on the head of a pin, have systems to defend against infection by viruses.
This kind of protection gets more sophisticated as organisms become more complex.
Multicellular animals like humans have dedicated cells or tissues to deal with the threat of infection. Some of these responses happen immediately so that an infecting agent can be quickly contained.
Other responses are slower but are more tailored to the infecting agent. Collectively, these protections are known as the immune system. The human immune system is essential for our survival in a world full of potentially dangerous microbes and break down of this system can predispose to severe, even life-threatening, infections.
The primary symptoms of a weak immune system are susceptibility to infection. A person with a weak immune system is likely to get infections more frequently than most other people, and these illnesses might be more severe or harder to treat. These individuals may also find themselves dealing with an infection that a person with a stronger immune system would not get.
Infections that people with a weak immune system often get include:
- Skin infections
- Inflammation of the skin and internal organs
- Digestive issues
- Autoimmune disorders
- Growth and developmental delays
These infections may recur with a high frequency.
The immunity system is made up of various components from large organs and tissues down to singular cell structures.
The main parts of the immune system are white blood cells, antibodies, complement system, lymphatic system, spleen, bone marrow and thymus.
White blood cells are the key players in your immune system. They are made in your bone marrow and are part of the lymphatic system. White blood cells move through blood and tissue throughout your body, looking for foreign invaders (microbes) such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
When they find them, they launch an immune attack. White blood cells include lymphocytes which are particle cells that are created to eliminate invaders such as B-cells, T-cells and natural killer cells. B-cells are created in the bone marrow and release antibodies that neutralise foreign bacteria and viruses. T-cells are created in the thymus and direct the immune response. Other T-cells which are cytotoxic produce toxic granules that contain enzymes which induce death of human cells that are infected. Natural killer cells are created in the bone marrow and not need prior activation and primely defend the body from tumour and virally infected cells.
Antibodies produced by B-cells help the body to fight microbes or the toxins (poisons) they produce. They do this by recognising substances called antigens on the surface of the microbe, or in the chemicals they produce, which mark the microbe or toxin as being foreign. The antibodies then mark these antigens for destruction.
The complement system is made up of proteins whose actions complement the work done by antibodies. The lymphatic system is a network of delicate tubes throughout the body (very similar to blood vessels.)
The main functions of the lymphatic system are:
- Manage the fluid levels in the body
- React to bacteria
- Deal with cancer cells
- Deal with cell products that otherwise would result in disease or disorders
- Absorb some of the fats in our diet from the intestine.
The lymphatic system is made up of lymph nodes which trap microbes lymph vessels, which are tubes that carry lymph – the colourless fluid that bathes your body’s tissues and contains infection-fighting white blood cells.
The spleen is a blood-filtering organ that removes microbes and destroys old or damaged red blood cells. It also makes disease-fighting components of the immune system.
Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found inside your bones. It produces the red blood cells our bodies need to carry oxygen, the white blood cells we use to fight infection, and the platelets we need to help our blood clot.
The thymus filters and monitors your blood content. It produces the white blood cells called T-cells.
As we get older and our immunity system matures, the activation of the B cells and T cells leave a lasting legacy of the antigens (bugs) they have encountered, in the form of memory cells.
Throughout our lifetime, these memory cells will “remember” each specific pathogen (bug) encountered and are able to mount a strong and rapid response if the same pathogen is detected again, this is known as acquired immunity.
As humans have evolved, so has our immunity system, so you would think we would be able to resist most pathogens (bugs) and live a very healthy long life. The coronavirus pandemic is a great example of our immune system seeing for the first time a new pathogen (bug) which it needs time to deal with, but it will deal with it.
Until 50 years ago, we were getting stronger, fitter, smarter, taller and living longer but these have all reversed, so what’s happening? The increases in autoimmune diseases, immune system disorders and weak immune systems are all caused by the breakdown of the immunity system which has been weakened by pathogens (bugs) like cancer, diabetes, chronic inflammation and many others. It becomes overworked and the system fails and hence the reason why coronavirus has become a pandemic.
I believe that our lifestyle is the biggest contributor to our failing immunity system. Like any system of working parts, each part needs to be regularly serviced, rejuvenated and fed the nutrients it needs to consistently perform at its best, and this is not happening. We are told if we want a healthy immune system, don’t smoke, eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, reduce or eliminate your alcohol intake, get adequate sleep and of course take steps to avoid infection.
Mostly we have adhered to and changed our lifestyles to meet all of these criteria but the incidents of our immunity system failing have increased and I know why. We have replaced eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables with vitamin and mineral supplements. We take weight reduction shakes, diets and pills instead of limiting what we eat and exercising. Throw in stress and anxiety, which no one seems to talk about, and that is why our immune system is in big trouble which means our health is in big trouble.
The remedies that have been implemented, in my opinion, are not working and causing further problems. I’m now going to give a fundamental understanding of why the world has it so wrong but also a way to fix it which is what all of us want.
Firstly, and most importantly, humans have evolved on a plant-based diet and more recently a plant and animal-based diet. When I say more recently, I’m talking about 2.6 million years ago. Our cellular structures, one being the immunity system, are powered by the nutrients from our diet. Over millions of years, the immunity system has developed using only nutrients from plants and then later from plants and meat. The development of us humans has taken many millions of years to achieve so when you start changing the nutrient intake from pure plants and meat and substituting it with processed foods, supplement vitamins and minerals, you can understand why we are seeing changes in ourselves.
I believe we need to get back to a basic diet of fresh vegetables and fruit with the inclusion of meat. I do not want to offend vegetarians or vegans as I think these diets are extremely good for you, but our ancestors are to blame for eating meat and we can’t change history. I believe supplementing the nutrients from animals such as B group vitamins and iron does not work or only slightly works and over time will affect your bodies function.
In my next post, I will discuss our findings on how nutrients are absorbed into our cellular structure and how plant nutrients are protected by the plant which keeps them active and alive and how our body can only use them in their active state.
Plant nutrients are critical to our wellbeing. If our systems are working efficiently and at their best, then we are giving ourselves the best chance to survive from pathogens (bugs) and illnesses related to them.
Plant nutrients are active compounds that our body needs. Another word I use is phyto nutrients. For a nutrient to be active it needs to be unstable. A great example of this is the various phyto nutrients that fall under the banner of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that scavenge free radicals which are the cause of inflammation in our bodies. Most disease is a direct result of inflammation, thus removing inflammation is of high priority. Free radicals are toxic by-products of oxygen metabolism thus we are constantly creating free radicals, so we also need an abundant supply of antioxidants to counteract their damage.
As previously mentioned, antioxidants by nature are unstable molecules which allow them to absorb the free radical and once this reaction occurs, the molecule is stable and unreactive and is excreted by the body.
I have discovered a very critical issue that the antioxidant molecules created in the plant are kept in a Phyto Nutrient Protection (PNP™) liquid matrix that stops them coming into contact with air and water which both contain oxygen, which would deactivate them. The other discovery is that the PNP™ liquid matrix contains a number of atoms combined into what we call a Bio-Key™, that allows the PNP™ liquid matrix into the cellular matrix of the human body allowing quick delivery of the antioxidant nutrients along with other critical nutrients for our well-being. I believe this is the reason our health is suffering because we are no longer eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables.
The product you are consuming either in tablet or liquid form, from a packet or in powdered form for better health and nutritional reasons will not contain the PNP™ liquid matrix nor the Bio-key™, thus how can what you are consuming be of benefit?
Plants don’t contain powders.