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The body’s ability to fight off infection is via the immune system, which consists of different types of white cells found in blood, lymph glands, the liver, the spleen and the bone marrow. Some of these cells gobble up foreign organisms, others produce antibodies and others work in a supportive and influencing role. The immune system is our defense force ready to go into action. We must keep it well provisioned and in tip-top shape by paying attention to nutritional and lifestyle factors. Many people suffer with chronic or recurrent infections, or take repeated courses of antibiotic drugs, which can impair the function of the liver and the immune system.
Hidden infections are a common source of poor health and immune dysfunction. We call these hidden infections “subclinical infections”. They may not be recognized because they only produce vague generalized symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, aches and pains and possibly intermittent fevers and sweating. The source of the infection may remain elusive and hidden. These sub-clinical infections with viruses, bacteria or parasites may be harbored secretly in the teeth, gums, sinuses, ears, lungs, bones, lymph glands or the intestines. Sometimes they can be in the liver or tucked away behind abdominal organs. If you find yourself suffering frequent or recurrent infections the following recommendations will provide a much needed boost to your immune function.

Excerpt from The Healthy Liver and Bowel Book

If you or your family members are always “coming down with something”, and always trying to fight off infections with antibiotic or antifungal drugs, then you really need to look at nutritional medicine as an effective preventative weapon.
If your immune system is overburdened you may have the following problems.

  • Chronic or recurrent viral infections, especially glandular fever (Epstein Barr Virus)
  • Swollen glands
  • Recurrent herpes (genital or cold sores)
  • Frequent skin infections
  • Frequent inflammation and/or infections in the upper respiratory tract eg. sinuses, nose, ears or throat
  • Recurrent bronchitis
  • Recurrent cystitis
  • Recurrent fungal and yeast infections such as candida and tinea
  • Unhealthy bacteria and parasites in the bowel (dysbiosis)
Do you really want to put up with these things for much longer? Do you want to rely upon the long-term use of antibiotics and other drugs that may be toxic to the liver, kidneys and immune system? Such drugs usually become increasingly ineffective with long-term use, and often breed resistant and unhealthy microorganisms in the body.

Treatment and general recommendations

  • Ensure that you are getting plenty of sleep which allows your immune system a chance to rejuvenate itself.
  • Smoking must be avoided.
  • Alcohol intake should also be minimized, as it depletes the body of nutrients which are vital for immune function.
  • Plenty of fresh air and exercise are also essential.
  • Coconut oil and plain acidophilus yoghurt have natural antibiotic properties.

There are 2 steps to overcoming and preventing infections:

  1. Take the load off the immune system
  2. Strengthen the immune system with nutrients

Diet

  • Follow The Liver Cleansing Diet  Time and time again I have seen that if one improves the liver function, the workload of the immune system is reduced and it is then possible for the immune system to rest and rejuvenate itself. The previously overactive immune system then quietens down as it is no longer in a state of continual war and it gradually stops producing excessive amounts of inflammatory chemicals, which exacerbate infections. Around 40 percent of the diet should consist of raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat foods and condiments that are natural antibiotics; raw garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, radishes, fenugreek, fresh ginger, chilli and plenty of raw salads and fruits and their juices. Some people find it difficult to eat hot spicy things because they have a very sensitive digestive system. Always make sure that you have hot spicy things with plenty of food, and even small amounts of these things can help to expel infected mucous from your body.
  • Avoid – all refined sugars (sucrose and glucose), processed foods, diet colas, saturated and processed fats and cholesterol.
  • Avoid mucus-producing foods such as dairy products, margarine, processed and preserved foods (especially processed meats).

Recommended books

For those with a weakened immune system and/or recurrent infections, the information in my book Bird Flu Virus – Your Personal Survival Guide will be invaluable.

Raw Juicing

  • It is also important to drink plenty of fluids (8 to 10 glasses daily) like water and raw vegetable juices.
  • Tannins, such as those in grapes, seem to be effective in killing viruses like the herpes simplex virus. Anthocyanins, found in high quantities in blueberries and blackcurrants, are another nutrient with antiviral and antibacterial properties. Apples and apple juice may lower the incidence of colds.
Recommended recipe from Raw Juices Can Save Your Life book
“Antibiotic Juice Recipe” on page 45.  This juice combination acts as a powerful antibiotic and antiseptic, and when taken regularly can fight infections directly. You can dilute juicing recipes if so desired.

Orthodox Medical Treatment

If you suffer from recurrent infections you should see your doctor for a thorough assessment. Your doctor may then wish to perform a variety of tests depending on the type of infection, for example, a swab from an infected boil or a midstream urine specimen for culture. A blood test may be ordered to look for anemia, the level of white blood cells, iron level or blood glucose level (diabetics are particularly prone to repeated infections). X-rays such as of the chest or sinuses may also be useful. If your general practitioner cannot help, you should obtain a referral to an immunologist.
For bacterial and fungal infections, antibiotics have certainly been a miracle of the twentieth century, and are still invaluable tools. However, they are frequently used inappropriately, such as for minor infections or in the treatment of viral infections against which they are ineffective. This misuse encourages the development of multi drug resistant strains of bacteria with subsequent problems in finding effective treatments. Particularly in the case of frequent infections, antibiotic use should be minimized if possible. Apart from one or two specific antiviral agents (such as acyclovir used to treat herpes virus infections), orthodox medicine has little to offer in the fight against viruses. For all these reasons, the naturopathic approach outlined above is essential if you are suffering recurrent infections. By improving your nutritional status and general health, and subsequently boosting your immune function, you are indeed getting at the root of the problem.

Recommended supplements:

Olive Life tablets

  • Take one capsule, two or three times daily just before food. Olive leaf extract is being hailed as the new “Superherb” in the battle against many new infections caused by a new breed of “superbugs” ranging from viruses, drug resistant bacteria, fungi and parasites. Olive leaf extract has been used as a natural antibiotic for thousands of years, but it is only recently that scientific research has shown that its active ingredient oleuropein, has the ability to fight a broad range of infective microorganisms. Research in the U.S.A. has found Olive Leaf extract may help to treat colds, flu and chronic fatigue syndrome. Olive Leaf extract is currently being tested on patients with shingles and HIV. It is thought to inactivate bacteria by dissolving the outer lining of the microbes and to kill viruses by interfering with their protein production.

Olive Life 60 Tablets Olive Life 60 Tablets
99917
$20.00+ Add to Cart

Selenium Complete Tablets or Selenomune Designer Energy capsules

  • Take 1 tablet or 1 capsule once daily with food. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant which help your white blood cells to kill microorganisms. Taking selenium helps to ensure adequate intake of the mineral required by the immune system to fight infections. It is useful for recurrent or chronic viral infections like influenza, glandular fever, Ross River virus and herpes.

Selenium Complete 100 Tablets Selenium Complete 100 Tablets
99913
$15.00+ Add to Cart

MSM with Vitamin C powder

  • Take 1/2 teaspoon twice daily in water or juice – This is an excellent source of organic sulphur, useful for recurrent infections. Sulphur is a powerful blood cleansing mineral.

MSM Plus Vitamin C Powder 100 Grams MSM Plus Vitamin C Powder 100 Grams
2034
$20.00+ Add to Cart

Livatone Plus Powder or Livatone Plus Capsules

  • Take 1 teaspoon twice daily or 2 capsules twice daily with meals.  An excellent general tonic to improve the function of the liver.

Livatone Plus 120 Capsules Livatone Plus 120 Capsules
2013
$30.00+ Add to Cart
Livatone Plus 240 Capsules Livatone Plus 240 Capsules
2015
$50.00+ Add to Cart
Livatone Plus Powder 200g Livatone Plus Powder 200g
2012
$40.00+ Add to Cart

Vitamin D capsules

  • Take 1capsule daily with breakfast or lunch. Vitamin D helps to reduce the risk of infections and helps the body to overcome infections. Vitamin D insufficiency is very common, especially in people who don’t get much sun exposure.

Vitamin D3 Super Strength - 5000 I.U. 120 Capsules Vitamin D3 Super Strength - 5000 I.U. 120 Capsules
8531
$18.00+ Add to Cart

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.