The following is a guest post by Linda-Anne Kahn.
Immunity is understood to be the protection we have against a 2nd attack of an infectious disease
The immune system constitutes a vital protective system of the body and is responsible for getting rid of infectious pathogens.
Antibodies, formed in the lymph nodes, react against invaders and are vehicles of the defense function. Macrophages, phagocytes and lymphocytes render substances harmless.
Thus, the immune system is responsible for identifying those things that naturally belong in the body and those that are foreign or harmful. When an invader is present, the immune system kicks in, and neutralizes or destroys, that which it perceives to be its enemy.
There are many factors which compromise the immune system’s ability to function properly including stress, poor diet, antibiotics and environmental pollutants.
The ability of the immune system to respond to pathogens is diminished in both the young and the elderly, with immune responses beginning to decline at around 50 years of age, due to immunosenescence – the gradual deterioration of the immune system brought on by natural age advancement.
We live in a world brimming with pollution, preservatives, pesticides and processed foods. The by-products of our unhealthy diet, lifestyle and environment can cause a toxic overload on our systems.
In addition there is increasing stress and anxiety due to the present economic situation.
Throughout the years we have been faced with viruses that attack and threaten our society including SARS, Asian flu Hong Kong Flu, and Swine flu.
We are facing an Immunological breakdown and the result is viral and autoimmune diseases, cancer and a malfunctioning lymphatic system.
How do we strengthen immunity?
• Manual Lymph Drainage
• Herbal medicine
• Diet -including super foods
• Skin Brushing
• Positive mental outlook
• Exercise, yoga, tai-chi, chi gong
• Emotional healing
• Guided Imagery and visualization
The immune system includes white blood cells (leukocytes), and the lymphoid organs (including the thymus gland, lymph nodes and spleen). It also includes chemicals and proteins in the blood, such as antibodies, complement proteins, and interferon.
It responds to infectious attack or internal mutation through both non-specific and specific immunity.
If the immune system is strong and healthy, the lymphocytes can destroy intruding antigens with the efficiency of a well-trained army. Some of these directly attack foreign substances in the body, and others work together to help the immune system cells.
Lymphocytes (B cells and T cells and natural killer cells) circulate in the blood and lymph systems, and make their home in the lymphoid organs
One of the most important, little studied circulating system in the body, but critical to managing the elimination of toxins, is our lymphatic system. This primary immune defense and waste eliminator system, contains over 600 collection sites called lymph nodes. It has a network of collecting vessels which runs parallel to our venous system and pervades every tissue of our body
The lymphatic system is a one way closed system which collects excess fluid from body tissues and serves to maintain the proper fluid balance in the tissues to defend the body against disease. The lymphatic system cleanses the tissues through drainage. It is a protection and defense mechanism. Lymph nodes filter out micro-organisms (such as bacteria) and foreign substances such as toxins, etc.
A blocked lymphatic system is a breeding ground for pathogenic material. When the lymph system is blocked, the lymphocytes, macrophages, T-cells and B-cells and other infection-fighting material of the lymphatic system are prevented from fighting the virus, fungus and bacteria that may be attacking. This results in congestion – lymphatic stagnation.
Dr. Vodder’s Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a precise, gentle, rhythmical massage which accelerates the normal functioning of the lymph system.
MLD supports and enhances the actions of the immune system, reduces pain, facilitates the healing of injuries, edemas and post surgical conditions and relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, thus helping to relieve stress.
MLD is excellent for post mastectomy lymphedema, post surgical healing and to boost immunity.
Complex decongestive therapy is a 4-step program including MLD, bandaging, exercise and meticulous skin care that effectively reduces lymphedema and prevents infection.
The Dr. Vodder’s Lymphedema therapists at Beauty Kliniek can help patients with autoimmune diseases, lymphedema, Lyme’ s disease, lipedema and unknown swelling.
Linda-Anne Kahn Owner, Founder and Medical Wellness Director of Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa & Wellness Center, helps people achieve balance of the body, mind and spirit. She is an internationally trained Lymphedema therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and nutritionist.