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support your troops – aiding your body’s defenders

We do not have to know it is going on. Most of the time we don’t even have to help. Our hunter-gatherer machines Just Do It. Our most important role on a regular basis is: Do Not Hamper Your Defense System.

Phlegm – an unsung hero. It not only kills invaders, it expels them via drainage and coughing. Don’t fight that. Thousands of dollars-worth of big-pharma shelving tries to capture your money in order to suppress this defensive system. DON’T DO IT. The same can be said for sinus drainage. Helping it is good. Hampering it is bad.

Your nose, mouth and eyes are obvious entry points for pathogens. However, tears, mucus and saliva contain an enzyme that breaks down the cell wall of many bacteria. Those that are not killed immediately are trapped in mucus and swallowed. Special cells line and protect the nose, throat and other passages within your body. The inner lining of your gut and lungs also produces mucus to trap invading pathogens.

Diarrhea is the body Really Urgently wanting to get some stuff outta there. Help. Drink lots of water. Bundle up. Rest. Stay away from products that would stop this evacuation of the invading army.

Fever. Everybody’s favorite boogie man. Also known as Nature’s way to kill heat-sensitive attackers. Help out a little here. Stay away from products designed to handicap your fever warriors. Bundle up. Rest. Know your defense systems are on the job.

Headache, sore throat. Their message is clear. Rest. Stop eating. You are feeding an invading army. Quit it.

– Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness. –
Hippocrates

The natural defense system and the normative self model

by Philippe Kourilskya

…”The professional army of the body is mostly recruited amongst mobile cells. The natural defense system thus combines civil defenses, disseminated in the entire body, with the services of a mobile professional army (which also has to defend itself, as any army does). Since hazards of life mostly happen by chance, the professional army relies on tuning to gain efficiency. However, it is constantly referred to the somatic self to keep in line with physiological standards.

Discrimination between the self and the NON-self. Discrimination is based on a simple principle: anything which lies off the norms is detected, corrected and/or destroyed, by civil defenses and/or the professional army. “…

I do not actually recommend the above paper from the National Library of Medicine unless you have at least some exposure to biological and physiological language. It will get tedious in a hurry.

My point for including the quotations is that there is what he and I call, for lack of a better metaphor, “an army” at the cellular and sub-cellular level that we do not need to fully understand (even state-of-the-art medical science does not yet). However, at the very least, we must help to do its job of protecting and healing our bodies.

Much more accessible and general is the following article from Medical Life Sciences NEWS which I excerpt below the linked title:

What are the Three Lines of Defense?

Dr. Sanchari Sinha Dutta, Ph.D.Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.

The human body has three primary lines of defense to fight against foreign invaders, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The immune system’s three lines of defense include physical and chemical barriers, non-specific innate responses, and specific adaptive responses.

What is the immune system?
The immune system is a complex network of specific immune cells and proteins that work in synergy to protect the body against foreign invaders and harmful toxic materials coming from the environment.

Foreign substances that trigger an immune response are called antigens. However, under certain circumstances, such as in autoimmune diseases, the immune system can be activated by self-antigens, leading to the destruction of the body’s cellular components.

In general, the immune system can be activated to generate two types of immune responses: nonspecific response (innate immunity) and specific adaptive response (acquired immunity).

This third linked article is the most straightforward and accessible. Of course it is as it was designed specifically to teach fundamental concepts. Included are numerous related links with attractive headings on health and healing articles that I assume are equally informative and easily understood.

This may be a good site for addition to your household healing database.

Your body’s first line of defense

The Science Learning Hub
Your body has a two-line defence system against pathogens (germs) that make you sick. Pathogens include bacteria, viruses, toxins, parasites and fungi.