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									Boost your Immune System

Preventing illness during the cold
         and flu season

   Dr. Jese Anne Wiens B.Sc., N.D.
      Okanagan Wellness Centre
         September 22, 2011
N.D. = Naturopathic Doctor
 Extensive Training: 8 years
 Therapies include Nutrition, Botanical
 Medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine
 including acupuncture, Physical
 Medicine, Homeopathy, Counselling.
 What do I treat: any acute or chronic
Principles of Naturopathic
 First, Do no Harm
 Doctor as Teacher
 Support the healing power of nature
 Identify and treat the causes of disease
 Emphasize prevention
 Heal the whole person through individualized
         Colds and Flus
Colds and flus are respiratory infections
caused by viruses. However, because these
viruses are so widespread, it is perhaps more
accurate to say that colds and flus are
caused by a decrease in immunity that allows
one of these viruses to take hold.
Biological terrain vs. germ theory. The state
of the body can determine the severity of
     The Immune System
Through a series of steps called the immune
response, the immune system attacks
organisms and substances that invade body
systems and cause disease.
Surface barriers
  skin, lungs, stomach, tears, saliva, flora
Components of the Immune System:
  White Blood Cells circulate via blood and lymph.
  Lymph tissue
  Organs: thymus, spleen, bone marrow
        White Blood Cells
Two types of leukocytes
1. Phagocytes, cells that chew up invading
  organisms. Eg. Neutrophil, monocyte, basophil
2. Lymphocytes, cells that allow the body to
  remember and recognize previous invaders and
  help the body destroy them. Lymphocytes start
  out in the bone marrow and either stay there and
  mature into B cells, or they leave for the thymus
  gland, where they mature into T cells.
     B cells make antibodies and eventually develop into
     memory B cells.
     T cells are helpers, cytotoxic, have memory, and
Symptoms of low immunity
frequent or severe colds/flus
sore throats
swollen glands
aching muscles
What can lower immunity?
Stress, due to increased cortisol release
Dietary fat imbalance
   high trans or saturated fats. Low omega fats
Poor GI flora (dysbiosis)
Use of alcohol, smoking
Chemical pollutants
Lack of sleep
Nutrient deficiencies
Some prescription meds (eg. Prednisone)
         Important Nutrients
Vitamin A. Beta carotene from foods is
  converted to Vitamin A. Stored in the liver.
  maintains the protective mucus barriers
  increases the number of infection-fighting
  cells, natural killer cells, and helper T-cells
  a powerful antioxidant that mops up excess
  free radicals that accelerate aging.
  It is high in orange and green vegetables.
         Important Nutrients
Vitamin C
  Helps to kill viruses, maintains tissue repair &
  is an antihistamine
  It is high in tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruits,
  peppers, & berries.
  As a supplement:
    kids up to age 6 can take 250 mg per day. Older
    kids can take 500 mg per day. Adults 1-3 grams.
    Available as a powder, chewable, or capsule.
  Most useful at onset of illness or as a boost
  when exposure to illness increases.
  Due to a mutation, humans can’t make it.
       Important Nutrients
Vitamin E
  is an antioxidant. It is high in wheat germ, nuts & seeds.
  Stimulates the production of natural killer cells &
  enhances the production of B-cells
  maintains the immune system and generates new white
  blood cells. A vital mineral for enzymatic function, blood
  sugar metabolism, protein metabolism and DNA
  Found in pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, & seafood.
  Children up to age 6 years can take 10 to 20 mg per
  day. Older kids and adults can take 20 to 40 mg per day.
  Esp important for those who suffer from recurrent
  infections, allergies, have diets high in dairy, or are
        Important Nutrients
   Needed for DNA replication / cell growth. Iron stores can
   be depleted during periods of rapid growth, such as
   Very important for children and menstruating women.
   Animal sources of iron are the most absorbable, 10
   times more than plant forms. Chose organic beef,
   chicken, dark turkey meat, eggs. Plant sources of iron
   include dark green leafy vegetable, sunflower and
   pumpkin seeds, organic unsulfured dried fruits (raisins,
   prunes, figs, apricots, cherries), blackstrap molasses,
   beets, red beans, quinoa, almonds.
   is a boost to thymus activity, increasing NK cells and
   cancer fighters.
   Found in seafood, brazil nuts, & whole grains.
      Important Nutrients
Vitamin D ‘the sunshine vitamin’
  Used for regulation of gene expression and so
  affects health in many ways.
  It is helpful in acute illness and to prevent
  Recent studies show that deficiency is common
  and is a risk factor for many chronic diseases like
  cancer, autoimmune reactions, and diabetes.
  Supplementation is recommended for all ages,
  including breastfed infants. 1000iu per day for
  children up to age 12, 2000iu age 12 and up.
     Other Nutritional Tips
Water. The cells lining the inside of the mouth and nose are
extremely prone to dehydration. When these tissues dry
out, they develop small holes and cracks, thereby offering
free passage to cold viruses. In contrast, well-hydrated
mucus membranes are plump and more resistant to infection
Avoid sugar! It can paralyze white bloods cells starting at 30
minutes after ingestion and lasts for up to 5 hours.
Decrease dairy to one serving per day. It creates mucus
production that can congest the ears, nose, sinuses,
intestines, and throat.
Overall: Focus on whole foods, organic when possible.
Wash all produce with a veggie wash to remove pesticides
and bacteria.
    These are healthy bacteria that live in our intestines and
    help with our immune system. They inhibit colonization
    of pathogens in the intestinal tract, degrade toxins,
    stimulate local and peripheral immunity, promote
    enzyme activity, and produce antimicrobial substances.
    Probiotics are considered safe and well tolerated,
    making it a great supplement for all ages.
    The most studied include Lactobacillus acidophilus, L.
    casei, L. sporogenes, Bifidobacterium bifidus and
    Saccharomyces boulardii. 3-8 billion twice daily
    depending on age.
     Botanical Medicine
Echinacea is used to boost immunity to prevent
illness and also to decrease the severity of colds and
flus. Activates macrophages, increases T cell
proliferation, antimicrobial.
Astragalus. Common in Chinese Medicine, this herb
has the ability to enhance natural killer cells and
increase white blood cell immune activity. Can be
used to increase resistance to infection. Found as a
piece of bark that can easily can be added to teas
and soups.
Botanical Medicine
 Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma)
    is used to boost antibody response and antiviral activity. It
    can also be used to boost recovery after illness or
    chemotherapy. ‘the king of herbs’
    stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells,
    boosts natural killer cell activity, and increases the efficiency
    of antibody production.
    The immune-boosting properties of garlic seem to be due to
    its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin and
    sulfides. Best used fresh or lightly cooked.
 Homeopathic Medicine
Homeopathic Influenzinum / Oscillococcinum
  This remedy can be taken prophylactically or at the
  onset of cold or flu symptoms and is very safe and
  easily taken by children. This remedy decreases duration
  and severity of influenza infections without side effects.
Thymulline is used to support thymus activity.
  homeopathics from a pathogen and can be used for
  homeoprophylaxis. These can be used to increase the
  body’s response to a specific disease, such as whooping
  cough. This is not equivalent to a vaccine.
The homeopathic ‘flu’ shot
  increases the activity of the antiviral white blood cells.
  This results in a decreased risk of viral infection, and
  less symptoms and shorter recovery time during illness.
Wash your hands, for 15 seconds with soap and get under your
nails. Always before you eat, after you use the toilet, when
coming home, and after visiting a public place.
Disinfect your high use areas: doorknobs, fridge handles, light
switches, phones, KEYBOARDS.
Get plenty of exercise, preferably in fresh air.
Find ways to reduce stress, as high cortisol inhibits your
Ensure that you wind down in the evening and get 7-8 hours of
restful sleep
Bundle up to keep warm. In Chinese medicine colds and flus
are seen as external invasion of cold. Cover your ‘wind gates’,
which are between the bottom of your neck and your shoulder
blades. Use those scarves!
Thank you!
For more information, please contact me:
       Dr. Jese Anne Wiens ND
      Okanagan Wellness Centre
             318 Main Street
              Penticton BC

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