Infections & The Immune System

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Infections and the Immune System
Healthy, Potent and Effective Methods of Eliminating Infections and Boosting the Immune System
This includes Acute (sudden/short term) and Chronic (long term) infections.

Protocol Suitable for: Viral, Bacterial, Protozoan, Mycoplasmal, Parasitical and Fungal infections.

There are methods of infection elimination that do not kill the essential, beneficial, bacteria that populate our gut (our first line of defence). Pharmaceutical drugs (including antibiotics), excessive alcohol, and other drugs can reduce them dramatically, even wiping them out completely.

There are two types of remedies to be used to help the body overcome infection.

  1. Remedies to improve the competence of the immune system and defences of the body against pathological invaders
  2. Specific anti-infection remedies.
Some remedies crossover and are useful in both scenarios.
Many of the remedies discussed have beneficial side effects, such as
The Remedies discussed
Boosting the Immune System
The beneficial bacteria in the gut can be boosted with Primebiotic which contains the highest quality, nutrient dense, green superfoods, pre-digested with 13 synergistic live bacteria. This can be a sensible measure if antibiotics or other prescribed drugs (such as steroids) have been used. please read the full article here.

Research suggests that the three most important, identifiable, components for immune system integrity are Vitamin D, Iodine and Vitamin C. It is commonly believed, by  researchers, that deficiencies in these three immune system essentials are widespread, to the point that the vast majority of people living in northern climates are significantly deficient. 

Vitamin D
The amount of Vitamin D required for an effective immune system and many other aspects of good general health has been vastly underestimated. For a thorough discussion of this deficiency and the benefits of adequate Vitamin D please read the full article here.
It has also been found that vitamin D cannot act properly without iodine in the body.


Iodine can be obtained by supplementation via two routes. Lugol's Iodine Solution or Seagreens. It is the most soluble of minerals when combined with a mineral such as potassium and therefore tends to drain to the sea quickly and is concentrated many times in Seagreens (Seaweed). The great additional benefit of taking Iodine in Seagreens is the considerable concentration of  other essential minerals taken in. Seagreens contain the highest percentage of minerals and trace elements, by weight, of any food. They also contain many other valuable nutrients to harmonise and detoxify the body. Especially beneficial is their high polysaccharide content. Most Seagreens commercially available have been heated to very high temperatures during the production process (Such as Kelp tablets) which is very detrimental, rendering them almost useless from a broad spectrum point of view. Our Seagreens are high quality, low temperature dried and organically certified. Iodine appears in this section on boosting the immune system and also in the second part regarding specific anti infection remedies. We suggest the best route in the long term, for boosting the immune system is the regular consumption of Seagreens, whereas Lugol's Iodine is recommended as a specific anti-infection agent (amongst other things). However, this is not essential. Lugol's Iodine can be used in this stage of the protocol as a more economical alternative to Seagreens, but it is strictly an Iodine supplement and does not have the associated minerals, trace elements and other beneficial nutrients of Seagreens, as discussed above. To read further on this subject, we suggest the Seagreens article here and the Iodine article here.
Vitamin C
Of all the vitamins, Vitamin C has had the longest and most detailed history of research. Ironically, the original form of Vitamin C, Sodium Ascorbate, identified by Linus Pauling has latterly been described as a liver metabolite rather than a vitamin as such. Semantics aside, the need for Vitamin C supplementation has been clearly established over the years by a vast body of research. The main aspect of the Vitamin C story is the discovery that most animals produce large amounts, and this amount increases dramatically during infection or stress, up to 100 grams (100,000mg) daily in mammals of a similar weight to humans. According to the research, apes and humans have a genetic defect that means they are not able to produce Vitamin C and are consequently prone to difficulties in dealing with infections and stress and are subject to cardio-vascular diseases. It has been found that just 1 or 2 grams a day for a developing child can eliminate susceptibility to common childhood infections. To read more about Vitamin C, please read the Sodium Ascorbate article here or for a 100% food state Vitamin C we supply Acerola Cherry Extract capsules, which you can read about here. Food state Vitamin C is included in our Sodium Ascorbate blend (Sodium Ascorbate 45%, Acerola Cherry Extract 45%, Wild Rosehip Extract 10%).
The above three subtitles cover the three most important elements of Immune system integrity, however other remedies have a part to play. Most important of these is Zell Immunocomplex.
Zell Immunocomplex
This a potent and broad-acting nutritional remedy for rapidly creating a competent immune system. It can be used in the short or long term.
In the short term it rapidly improves immune system response; partly by aiding the energy produced by every cell in the body via special respiratory chain enzymes and partly by the relatively large amounts of beta-glucans and other live food state ingredients. We believe, with many years of detailed nutritional research behind us, that there has never been a more effective general immune system restorative. Not only does it raise the immune system activity within a couple of hours of taking a dose, it supports detoxification. When suffering from infection, part of the problem is detoxification. Not only resultant from the internal battle with the virus or bacteria, but also other toxins in our bodies become involved, with the activated immune system reacting to the ongoing virus or bacteria. At such times Zell Immunocomplex and Vitamin C are very useful. In the case of a severe infection, especially in the weak, very young or elderly such a help can be literally life saving.
In the long term chronic infections and the resultant constant immune system activity is a common factor in chronic disease. It can lead to an auto-immune reaction that can be part of almost any chronic disease. So for a high proportion of people with chronic health problems, especially if there is an auto-immune component, the elimination of the chronic infection (whether  known or unknown) is a priority. Chronic infection underlies all auto immune conditions. In these situations we can use direct anti-infection remedies as discussed later in this article along with the immune system boosting remedies to prevent them coming back and to aid the detoxification process that will occur as the result of eliminating the chronic infection. For more information on Zell Immunocomplex please click here. If you wish to read more about auto immune conditions, please click here.
This trace mineral (along with the aforementioned iodine) has an important role in supporting the immune system (it is part of the Zell Immunocomplex formula) but sometimes additional supplementation may be needed. especially if your food is from selenium deficient soil. Read more here
Specific Anti-Infection Remedies
Anti-Viral - Anti-Mycoplasmal - Anti-Fungal - Anti-Protozoan - Anti-Parasitic
Iodine, in the form of Lugol's Reagent Solution, has been in use for over one hundred years. It's use is well know in conventional medicine today as an external anti-septic. But the truth about its usefulness when administered internally, at amounts sufficient to kill germs and harmful micro-organisms of all types, has been suppressed. Iodine used internally has supportive roles for the human physiology that are second to none. So it's use as an anti-septic is complimented by it's many health enhancing properties. Every cell in the body uses Iodine. Primarily, Iodine is crucial to the thyroid gland; it not only regulates the thyroid to guard against over and under activity, it serves as a kind of disinfectant route. A large amount of blood passes through the thyroid, an is thereby cleansed of harmful micro-organisms on the way.
Iodine is a deadly enemy of single cell micro-organisms. When life first started to evolve as single cell organisms, Iodine was not part of their make up. It was only later, after Iodine had become concentrated in Seaweed, that it was incorporated into the more complex, higher life forms. It is for this reason that the simplest level of life, the micro-organism, cannot tolerate iodine. Iodine kills single celled organisms by penetrating the cell wall and combining with the amino acids tyrosine or histidine. All single cells showing tyrosine on their outer cell membranes are killed instantly by a simple chemical reaction with Iodine that denatures proteins. Nature and evolution have given us an important mechanism to control pathogenic life forms and we should use it and trust it to protect us in ways that antibiotics can not. In a protective sense Iodine is also very powerful. Not only does it aid the body to rid itself of  harmful chemicals and heavy metals, it also rids the body of abnormal cells. This means it qualifies as an anti-cancer agent too. To read more about Iodine, and why it is so essential please see the full article here
Colloidal Silver
Colloidal Silver is one of the oldest remedies in the world and can be traced as far back as the ancient Greek and Roman Empires. It is a non-toxic, non-addictive infection fighter free of side effects. Colloidal Silver is thought to kill an average of 650 different organisms, compared to the 6 of a standard antibiotic.  It is safe for adults, children, animals and pregnant and nursing women. It can be applied topically and used internally and has no reaction with other medications. In the early part of this century Colloidal Silver was used as a mainstream therapy until modern antibiotics came along. It was the primary infection fighting medium used by the wealthy before the advent of penicillin. With so many organisms now resistant to antibiotic therapy, and the growing awareness of the numerous, damaging, side effects of these drugs,  more and more people are turning back to Colloidal Silver. However, as awareness grows of the limitations and dangers of antibiotics, the profit threatening re-discovery of Colloidal Silver has become apparent to the major pharmaceutical manufacturers. So, due to legislation funded by these pharmaceutical giants and supported by blatantly false propaganda distributed by these same vested interests, it is now illegal to sell Colloidal Silver for human consumption in the EU.
The commonly held idea that silver starves the enzymes that the organisms depend of oxygen doesn't really stand up because many of them are anaerobic and would not apply anyway for viruses. It may be having its effect at the electron transfer level and in the case of viruses I suspect silver ions are attaching to the surface proteins of the virus preventing attachment to cells
Professor Farinha, University of North Texas
I suspect a silver deficiency is possibly one of the main reasons cancer exists and is increasing at such a rapid rate.
Dr. Robert Becker, in his book "Cross Currents" (describing the promising results of experiments wherein positive silver ions caused cancer cells to dedifferentiate back to normal cells).
Laboratory Evidence
Colloidal Silver has been tested at numerous laboratories. It appears to be effective on microbiological organisms because it carries an electrical charge opposite to that of most pathogens.
The administration of silver is rapidly fatal to parasites, both bacterial or otherwise without any toxic action on the host
O. Diaries, Laboratory Researcher
to primitive life forms, silver is as toxic as, conventional chemical disinfectants
Dr.Thompson, Runcorn Health Laboratory, Cheshire, England

Who is Using Colloidal Silver?

In Canada, Switzerland and the US, physicians use various forms of silver to treat a multitude of infections. In the US, silver is used in bone surgery and in 70% of US burns centres. Naturopaths and chiropractors use Colloidal Silver to treat the effects of Cryptosporidium. Ayurvedic, Chinese and homoeopathic practitioners also regularly use silver in their treatments. Swiss biochemists are studying silver's ability to interrupt the cellular replication of HIV at various stages. Colloidal Silver water-filters are approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency and also by the Swiss government for use in homes and offices. The American space agency NASA uses a silver water-purification system for its space shuttles as do the Russians. The airline companies Air France. Alilalia, British Airways. Canadian Pacific. Japan Air Lines, KLM, Lufthansa, Olympic.Pan Am, SAS and Swissair use silver water-filters to curtail waterborne diseases. Silver is sometimes used in place of chlorine in swimming pools because it doesn't sting the eyes. Japanese companies are using silver to remove cyanide and nitric oxide from the air.

Medical journal reports and studies have indicated no known side effects from use of Colloidal Silver. Nadine Wooley a greatly improved M.S patient, drank more than one pint a day of Colloidal Silver for over 4 years. She showed brain lesions caused by the M.S. on a scan prior to the silver treatment, and the dispersal of two brain lesions (partly responsible for the M.S.) after 8 months of silver use. A blood test undertaken by the Mayo clinic revealed no silver toxicity. She had a dramatic reduction in her M.S. symptoms over this period. Silver is not stored in the tissues and needs to be regularly consumed, e.g. daily, to achieve the best results.
To read more about Colloidal Silver please click here

Olive Leaf Extract

A natural, safe and effective alternative to antibiotics, generally regarded as useful for all types of infection. Also strengthening for the immune system. Scientific research has shown that the active ingredient in Olive Leaf Extract, Oleuropein, has powerful healing properties that fight bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, the causes of many infections and diseases. The Olive Tree is often referred to as "The Tree of Life" and Olive Leaf Extract has been used as a natural antibiotic for thousands of years. It was revered by the Egyptians. 

Medical reports from 1855 detail the drinking of a tea brewed with olive leaves as being effective against Malaria.




When the active components were isolated in 1969 by a pharmaceutical company, Upjohn, an upsurge of research resulted in dramatic discoveries. Olive Leaf Extract can be effective where allopathic antibiotic treatment has failed. The anti-viral activity of Olive Leaf Extract is due to the action of Oleuropein on the protein coat of the virus. It is thought to inactivate micro-organisms by dissolving the outer lining of the microbe and is able to penetrate infected cells. The synergistic structure of anti-oxidant polyphenols, esters, flavonoids, and multiple iridoids work together to weaken disease causing organisms and interfere with the ability of a virus to assemble at the cell membrane. Olive Leaf Extract also helps to build the immune system by stimulating phagocyte production which enables immune cells to destroy microbes. 
Research has found that the active components inhibited the growth of every virus, bacteria, fungi and protozoa they were tested against."  (Tests on over 50 micro-organisms).
Research by the Upjohn Company, published by the American Society for Microbiology

Dr. Renis, one of the Upjohn scientists proved that Oleuropein could kill the Herpes virus in 1969. Subsequent research by French biologists in 1992 found that all of the Herpes viruses were inhibited or killed by extracts from Olive Leaf. They included 28 references to the anti-viral action of Oleuropein in their report.

Research conducted at the Robert Lyons Clinic in Budapest, Hungary demonstrated such positive results against a range of infections that Olive Leaf Extract is now used by the Hungarian Government as an official anti-infectious disease remedy. The study included over 500 patients suffering from a variety of conditions including tonsillitis, pharyngitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, pulpitis, leukoplakia, stomatitis, herpes bacterial skin infections and Helicobacter pylori, all responded extremely well to treatment with Olive Leaf Extract.

Research indicates the use of Olive Leaf Extract could be useful in many conditions, including but not limited to :

Extensive research shows that Olive Leaf Extract has no toxic or other adverse side effects, even in very high doses, it is a natural, non-toxic immune system builder, and a safe, highly effective food supplement with potent and proven anti-infection action.  Individuals with a high microbial load may experience a brief Herxheimer Reaction (also known as die-off), for a few days as pathogens and toxins leave the body, this is a positive sign of healing as the body moves towards a state of better balance.
To read further about the benefits of Olive Leaf Extract, please follow the link here
Vitalyza 3 (Elemental Silicon)
Helps to provide more cellular energy. Most of the body's energy is produced at cell level by ATP synthesis. This requires oxygen, oxygen facilitating enzymes, B vitamins and other nutrients. These can be supplied by Zell Immunocomplex. A source of free electrons also helps cellular energy production and oxygen conservation, as supplied by Vitalyza 3

The free electrons in Vitalyza 3 react with un-burnt hydrogen in the body acting as a cleanser. As a side-effect, more oxygen is made available. This effect is quite marked,. Normally oxygen is tied up in the tissues by hydrogen. Free electrons, by removing un-burnt hydrogen/free radicals, actually release oxygen for cellular respiration. This action of making more oxygen available has many effects, including protection against anaerobic virus, bacteria, pathogenic fungi, parasites and protection against oxygen hating cancer cells. Cancer cells thrive in a low oxygen environment, and conversely improving tissue and cellular oxygen is one of the main defences against cancer.

Elemental Silicon was first introduced in 1999 (we originally stocked a less potent version known as Alka Vita). It has been found through clinical experience and the reports of customers that it has been successful with many individuals in eliminating bacterial, fungal and viral infections. It can be used internally and externally (must be diluted as per instructions, never use neat product either internally or externally).  Strictly controlled scientific studies undertaken at Texas Tech University, Biological Sciences department in July 2006 showed that all six of the bacteria tested were destroyed by Elemental Silicon.
Vitalyza 3's action is most likely due to the abundance of free-electrons that can be exchanged in the body. A simple concept of how it kills pathogenic micro-organisms (these are all oxygen hating , unlike our helpful oxygen loving bacteria in our gut) is via electrocution or "zapping" at a microscopic level, although in practice the internal drama is most likely far more complex. This very basic method of "zapping" with electrons is quite unlike the specific poisons used in conventional antibiotics and is so fundamental to the life processes of the pathogenic micro-organisms, they cannot possibly adapt. This fundamental action also explains why Vitalyza 3 is such a broad-spectrum supplement in its ability to destroy infections caused by virus, bacteria, fungi and most likely parasites too.
Vitalyza 3 has fundamental health enhancing effects, even if one did not have a single pathogen in the body. It action of ATP-cellular energy production and oxygenation has already been mentioned but the other fundamental way it operates is to aid tissue and cellular pH balance. To put it simply, one of the major reasons for chronic health disorders is the fact that our cells and tissues become over-acidic (closely related to this is that stored toxins are mainly acidic too). By taking Vitalyza 3 we help to reverse excess cell and tissue acidity, and this helps to brake down and eliminate stored toxins from the cells tending to promote good health and well-being in the medium to long term. To read further about the benefits of Vitalyza 3, please click here
Comparing Vitalyza 3 with Colloidal Silver
It is fascinating to note the similarities of action between Colloidal Silver and Elemental Silicon. In his book, Cross Currents, Robert O.Becker M.D, a pioneer in research concerning the role and nature of electricity in the body, states that semi-conductors are present in the body. Vitalyza 3 is a semi-conductor and plays an important role in electron transport, and therefore healing & regeneration in the body.
He further discusses the role of the negative charge as being the initiator of cellular regeneration. This research is sometimes quoted to explain why the use of Colloidal Silver helps cell regeneration and has even been found to promote the production of de-differentiated cells that will then transform into the appropriate cells needed to heal a wound. The speeding of healing where it may not have occurred is well documented in the use of Colloidal Silver. There have been similar effects reported with Elemental Silicon (with photographic records.)
There are differences between Colloidal Silver and Elemental Silicon. We know that Elemental Silicon has the nutritional benefit of silicon, an essential element that becomes increasingly deficient as we age and helps to strengthen collagen throughout the body and also helps to detoxify the body. So Elemental Silicon aids detoxification, energy production, oxygenation and alkalization. None of these properties are provided by Colloidal Silver which works via a positively charged silver ion. Possibly the positively charged silver ion then pulls electrons (negatively charged particles) from surrounding tissue or extra-cellular fluid (positive attracts negative) to make available electrons to produce similar anti-microbial and healing effects to Elemental Silicon.
Colloidal Silver is calming, and also has an almost immediate anti-allergy effect. Colloidal Silver has also been found to calm over-active immune systems, and is useful as part of the auto-immune protocol. On the other hand Elemental Silicon is experienced as energising. If persons take both Elemental Silicon and Colloidal Silver we advise them to take them a few hours apart. Never mix the two, as it will weaken the action of both. We know that if we add Vitalyza 3 drops to Colloidal Silver the silver comes out of colloidal suspension and forms a precipitate, which renders the Colloidal Silver ineffective.
We suggest that Colloidal Silver can be used as a more gentle therapy for persons who wish to proceed slowly, to promote elimination of pathogenic micro-organisms and promote healing, then later move on to the more fundamental way to restore long term health.
For those who wish to work more potently with their healing program and with anyone who has malignancy issues then we recommend Vitalyza 3 as the first choice.
They can be used in the same regime, but separated as discussed above.
Summary of recommended products and links to the online store
Please see the Core Regime for fundamental nutritional support.
Vitamin D3
Sodium Ascorbate & Acerola Cherry Extract Vitamin C Complex
Acerola Cherry Extract Food State Vitamin C
Zell Immunocomplex 
Colloidal Silver
Olive Leaf Extract
Vitalyza 3
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