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NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER
Amazingly we have begun the last quarter of 2004! I am sure that many feel that this year (like many others) has flown past. Having experienced this awareness year after year, one begins to wonder that if life is passing by so quickly; we should learn to speed up our energies and awareness to keep up with the pace.
One principal I am becoming increasingly aware of is living my life in the present -becoming more aware of what is happening within my body, staying present and aware, learning to experience the different emotions and sensations passing through my body and at the same time, becoming fully awakened to what is happening around me. This is really helping me to become more grounded and experiencing life more fully, than I have in the past. Living with past memories or running ahead to what could be tomorrow, makes you loose out on the now. All that we really have is this present moment in time.
Onto our topic of discussion for this newsletter:
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:
The principal organs of the immune response system include the bone marrow, thymus and the lymphoid tissues. The system also employs peripheral organs, such as the lymph nodes, spleen and lymphatic vessels. The antigen-antibody reactions of the immune system activate the complement system, which removes antigens from the body. The complement system contains several discrete proteins, which function to produce lysis of the antigenic cells. The humoral response may begin immediately upon invasion by the antigen or may start as long as 48 hours later.
A SUMMARY OF THE COMPLEMENT
More sophisticated, adaptive, defences (antibodies and lymphocytes) develop in the early years of life. These defensive agents adapt to new challenges by generating a diverse range of specialized receptors and antibodies, which recognise and combine specifically with proteins on new disease-producing organisms. The immune system develops ‘memory’ which improves the response the next time the body is exposed to the foreign antigen (an important feature in vaccination).
In addition, individuals have a unique ‘tissue type’ (HLA – Human Leucocyte Antigens), which helps the immune system to differentiate foreign dangers from ‘self’ and is used to present new antigens to the immune system.
As with most complicated
and essential defence systems, however, this can sometimes go wrong.
An understanding of the mechanisms that control our immune responses, and how these mechanisms can go wrong, is crucial in recognizing and diagnosing a range of conditions.
Immunology is the study of disease that deals with the body’s defence mechanisms and disorders of the immune system.
Symptoms of an oncoming infection:
Conditions that affect / impair the Immune System
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
A cold is a milder form of an upper respiratory infection usually due to a virus such as the Rhinovirus infection.
Most people spontaneously recover from flu within a week, but can be very tired for some time after recovery.
If you have an impaired immune system you may develop serious and potentially life-threatening complications such as Bronchitis or Pneumonia. This can occur at any age, but the elderly, those under 5 years, as well as those suffering from chronic diseases are more prone to serious flu complications.
Flu weakens the natural defences of the body and additional infections by other harmful microorganisms can occur, delaying complete recovery.
OVER-ACTIVITY OF THE IMMUNE
SYSTEM IN ALLERGIES
ALLERGIES - WHAT ARE THEY?
Allergies are usually characterised by itching, sneezing, wheezing, a running nose, excess catarrh, bronchial spasm, urticaria and hives, among other things - all of which are known as a histamine reaction. Histamine is a substance produced by the body in response to an attack on it, for example, an injury. It increases the size of the blood vessels, allowing fluids to reach and repair injured tissue.
BEING DRIVEN OR CHRONICALLY STRESSED, NERVOUS AND ANXIOUS
We are geared to adapt to these stresses every day, but with prolonged or extreme stress these adaptation measures may become harmful. Prolonged chemical, emotional and physical stress places an increased demand on many organs and weakens the heart, blood vessels, adrenal glands and immune system. Long-term stress also causes depletion of micronutrients and protective glucocorticoid hormones secreted by the adrenal glands. These hormones are essential to regulate your blood sugar levels. Together these harmful processes increase your risk to developing diseases of lifestyle such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and chronic fatigue.
SYSTEMIC CANDIDA ALBICANS
/ MONILIA ALBICANS
UNDER-ACTIVITY IN IMMUNE-DEFICIENCY
An important distinction must be made between those infected with the HIV virus and those who demonstrate the signs and symptoms of AIDS. All patients with AIDS are HIV positive, but not all HIV positive patients have AIDS. People who are HIV positive can be asymptomatic, whereas people with AIDS exhibit the symptoms of the disease.
Patients with AIDS suffer from secondary bacterial, viral and fungal infections that would otherwise not occur in an individual with healthy immune system. These are known as opportunistic infections. Examples include: Pneumocystis Pneumonia, Oral Thrush, Toxoplasmosis, Histoplasmosis, Tuberculosis and Disseminated Fungal Infections (Candida). Some forms of cancer (Kaposis Sarcoma) are also more commonly seen in the AIDS patient.
Evaluation will include a history to identify potential high-risk groups. A physical examination may reveal skin lesions or the fungal throat infection that typifies this disease. The blood test for HIV will be more definitive, although false positives do still occur. Further testing may be necessary. The test result remains confidential in most states. Most patients will also have a CBC, electrolyte profile, urinalysis and chest x-ray performed as part of their general evaluation. Home diagnostic test kits for HIV infection are in the process of being marketed to the general public.
THE DISORGANISATION IN AUTO-IMMUNE
RESPONSES: AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES
Rheumatoid Arthritis affects 2-3% of the population and about 75% of suffers are women. It usually starts in early adulthood or middle age, but can sometimes start in childhood. The cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is not known, but there is some evidence that it can be triggered by food.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a mysterious inflammatory disease in which the immune system turns on itself and starts to attack the joints. Although this progressive condition can strike at any age, it most commonly starts between 25 and 55. It is three times more likely to affect women than men.
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by inflammation in the joints of the fingers, toes, wrist or other joints of the body. The affected joints become swollen and stiff and may become deformed in the long term. People with the condition are also likely to feel generally unwell. Rheumatoid arthritis often lasts for many years, which come in waves, with painful periods being interspersed with times where suffers, are relatively symptoms-free (remission).
CROHN’S DISEASE is an inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. It is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 15 and 35. Symptoms of the disease usually fluctuate in severity and may include: internal pain, fever, diarrhoea and weight loss.
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin or cannot properly use the insulin that it does produce. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is released into the blood stream when the blood glucose level rises (after a meal). Insulin allows glucose to move into the cells where it can be used for energy production. Glucose is a carbohydrate and is the body's main fuel.
When the body is unable to produce enough insulin, or use the insulin it does produce, cells cannot use glucose for the energy they need. When this happens the blood glucose level will become high.
HYPOTHYROIDISM is the term the term used to describe an under-active thyroid gland, which causes the body’s metabolism to slow down. The illness develops slowly and apart from Goitre, early symptoms include tiredness, forgetfulness, dry skin and hair and as the disease progresses it causes apathy, dislike of cold, hair loss, fatigue, muscle aches, constipation, heavy periods, weight gain, depression and a hoarse voice. Hypothyroidism is prevalent in the elderly, but it can affect people of all ages. An under-active thyroid is a common cause of raised blood cholesterol levels in women. People with thyroid diseases have a reduced capacity to convert beta-carotene (found in some orange coloured fruit and vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables) into vitamin A. This results in a build-up of carotene in the blood and tissues, giving a yellow tinge to the skin. If left untreated, hypothyroidism in children may cause growth and mental retardation. As a precaution, babies are now usually screened at birth. In severe cases of hypothyroidism, the sufferer can become very cold and drowsy and may lose consciousness.
DISEASES OF THE VITAL ORGANS;
There are far too many to discuss in this newsletter.
Research has shown that supplementing the immune system can help you to resist illness. Lifeforce offers you a product that will play a vital role in the healthy functioning of your immune system.
Immuno Aid Combo:
The Department of Health is looking at this formulation as one of their options in assisting people with impaired immune systems.
Please find the attached
Immuno Aid Combo pamphlet for your information.
Please contact Reform Distributors for this eating plan. The telephone number is (011) 659-0612 and office hours are 08h30-13h30.
We will be communicating more medically related information and news in our next Newsletter in 2005, which is in less than three months time.
Contact the offices if there is a specific ailment or illness that your would like us to discuss - your input is greatly appreciated. If you would like to advertise events happening in your area you can let us know 4-6 weeks prior to each newsletter going out.
Our doors will be closed
from mid December and will re-open in the 2nd week of 2005. We want
to thank you, our cliental, for your loyal support this past year and
also to wish you a blessed Christmas and New Year!
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