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The Good Bugs and How to Boost Our Immune Systems

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“Alarming Increase of Deadly Skin Cancer;” “Food Allergies a Growing Threat;” “Virus Infects 700 Passengers on Norwegian Cruise Ship;” “Rising Lymphoma Rates Baffle Researchers;” “Dramatic Increase in Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections;” “Sharp Increase in Brain Cancer Reported;” “Severe Flu Flooding ERs”

These recent newspaper and website headlines are undeniably disturbing.

They also make it crystal clear that far too many of us have immune systems that are weak and ineffective. Our immune systems are supposed to prevent disease causing microbes (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi) from invading our bodies. When microbes manage to get inside, the immune system is responsible for hunting them down and destroying them. We also depend on our immune systems to protect us from illnesses that begin inside us, from either single cells (cancer) or mixed up messages (allergies and autoimmune disease). If that’s not enough, we also need our immune systems to support robust colonies of the friendly bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium to help protect us from staph infections, colds, cancer, or allergies.1,2

While serious, a weak and vulnerable immune system should not be cause for alarm. Instead, it should be a call to action! In this issue of Ask the Doctor, you will learn about the newly discovered lactoferrin and the amazingly powerful probiotics. When these two super-nutritional supplements are taken together, they give a great big boost to weak, under functioning, and vulnerable immune systems.

Q. What exactly are lactoferrin and probiotics?
When we break down the word lactoferrin it provides us with an excellent understanding of what it can do for our health. From the Latin lacto, or ‘milk’, and ferrin, which means ‘iron’ - we get lactoferrin, an iron-binding protein that’s found in milk.3 The word probiotic also tells us what these supplements do – pro, means ‘for’ and bios, means ‘life’ – so probiotic literally means ‘for life’ – a very apt description of what these friendly bacteria do for us.4

Q. Aren’t bacteria the germs that cause disease?

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I too have reinvested time and energy into boosting my immune health. I've taken a multi-strain probiotic supplement and am considering colostrum as well to jumpstart my energy level. I do not know of any ways to get lactoferrin from a non-milk source. The one I've found is a sub-fraction of whey, and is an iron-binding glycoprotein. It is available only through doctors, brand name Sedona Labs Pro.

I have been exploring a new product by the makers of my probiotic. It is also a multi-probiotic supplement, called Flora Sinus, with added NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine), which is a natural antioxidant and precursor for Glutathione, considered the body's most powerful antioxidant, for boosting immunity. You can check it out at www.nutri-health.com.

Healthy, strong immunity to all!

March 19, 2009 - 8:13am

This is very interesting to me as I am all for boosting my immune system, but like to do this in as natural a way as possible. I am also of the opinion that the consumption of milk protein is unnatural for humans(except for breast milk for babies). I have done plenty of research on this and have come to the conclusion that it can actually cause health problems in people.
I take a vegan acidophilus every day in the form of a drink called goodbelly, take lemon water every morning and eat many types of organic fruit and vegetables daily, avoid meat, eat fish high in omega 3, avoid dairy products and generally eat healthfully.
But having read your article, I ask myself if I am doing enough?....how can I get lactoferrin in my diet, if I do not and will not consume any mammal produce? Is there a natural and vegan way to do this?
Maybe this is oxymoronic but I have to ask.

March 19, 2009 - 12:17am
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