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                      “And the walls came tumbling down”

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Luke 19: 41-44       Now as HE drew near, HE saw the city and wept over it,
saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make
for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you
when your enemies will build an embankment around you and close you in on every side,
and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in
you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

“The immune system is a complex set of specialized cells and organs that defends
the body against attack by „foreign‟ invaders. When it functions properly, the
immune system fights off diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and
cancer cells. When it malfunctions, however, it can unleash a torrent of diseases,
from allergy to arthritis to cancer to A.I.D.S.,” according to the National Institute
of Health (NIH). NIH describes the immune system this way: “The immune system,
which equals in complexity the intricacies of the brain and nervous system, displays
several remarkable characteristics. It can distinguish between self and nonself. It
is able to remember previous experiences and react accordingly (once you have had
chicken pox, your immune system will prevent you from getting it again). The
immune system displays both enormous diversity and extraordinary specificity; not
only is it able to recognize many millions of distinctive nonself molecules, it can
produce molecules and cells to match up with and counteract each one of them. It
has at its command a sophisticated array of weapons. The success of this system in
defending the body relies on an incredibly elaborate and dynamic regulatory-
communications network. Millions and millions of cells, organized into sets and
subsets, pass information back and forth like clouds of bees swarming around a
hive. The result is a sensitive system of checks and balances that produces an
immune response that is prompt, appropriate, effective, and self-limiting.”

There are three ways the immune system becomes abnormal:

1. Immune modulation               Changes in the immune system expressed as an
   increase or decrease in the number of T cells or B cells in the blood stream.
2. Hypersensitivity         The immune system overreact, which is often
   expressed as an allergic reaction (asthma, hay fever, and food allergies-to milk,
   egg whites, peanuts, fish, soy and other foods).
3. Auto-immune diseases            The immune system goes haywire and attacks its
   host, causing major damage of a different kind (insulin-dependent diabetes,
   multiple sclerosis, lupus, erythematosus, schleroderma, rheumatiod arthritis,
   Graves‟ disease, Addison‟s disease, Hashimoto‟s disease, myasthenia gravis,
    lymphocytic adenohypophysitis-also called Sheehan‟s syndrome, mucocutaneous
    candidiasis, Schmidt‟s syndrome, auto-immune thyroid disease, and half a dozen


   During the past 50 years, corporations have been permitted to release
    more and more industrial chemicals and produce consumer products that
    damage the immune system
   Federal health authorities (Environmental Protection Agency, Food and
    Drug Administration, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, etc.)
    have still not established consistent criteria for measuring damage to the
    immune system, which gives corporations a loophole to release
    immunotoxins like PCB‟s, cadmium, and mercury.
   Since 1970, the United States has spent 98% of its health dollars trying
    to cure diseases, and only 2% trying to prevent them. During the same
    period many diseases connected to the immune system such as asthma,
    diabetes, and death from infectious diseases (excluding A.I.D.S.) has
    increase 22%.
   Asthma death rates increased 31% between the years of 1980 to 1987.
   According to the American Medical Association (AMA) estimates 9.9
    Million individuals are diagnosed with asthma, which is a disease of the
    immune system.
   The American Association for the Advancement of Science, flatly
    attributes the asthma increase to damaged immune systems:
    “Environmental pollutants are having a deleterious effect on the immune
    systems. Indeed, everywhere these days doctors are seeing increasingly
    severe cases of immune related diseases.”

                                 The Adversary

Ephesians 2: 13     “And you HE made alive, who were dead in trespasses and
sins, in which you once walked (or still are walking) according to the course
of this world, according to the Prince of the Power of the Air, the Spirit
who now works in the sons of disobedience,..”

Experimental lab studies demonstrate that certain synthetic chemicals
affect the immune system (e.g., aromatic hydrocarbons; carbamates (a class
of pesticides); heavy metals (e.g., mercury in tuna, released by coal
combustion); organohalogens (e.g., many chlorine-containing compounds);
organophosphates (a class of pesticides); organotins (chemicals containing tin
and carbon atoms); oxidant air pollutants (e.g., ozone and nitrogen dioxide,
and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) often produced by combustion of coal,
oil, gasoline, garbage, medical waste).

Other common agents and environmental contaminants known to harm the
immune system include:

1. Ultraviolet light from the sun: Mankind has damaged the planet‟s
   protective ozone shield 10 to 30 miles in the sky. Ultraviolet sunlight
   striking the inhabited portions of the planet has increased 5% to 10% in
   recent years.
2. Dioxins and PCB‟s: These compounds are carcinogenic (causes cancer) and
   powerfully immuno-toxic in many animals, including humans according to
   the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
3. Many pesticides: In 1996, the World Resources Institute (WRI),
   Examined a growing body of literature from around the world, showing
   that many common pesticides degrading the immune systems of lab
   animals, wildlife, and humans (Organochlorines such as DDT,
   Organophosphates such as malathion, and Carbamates such as aldicarb).
4. Living near a toxic dump
5. Exposure to fibers of asbestos and fiber glass
6. Organochlorines chemicals including those known as „endocrine disrupters:
   Chemicals that mimic hormones may disrupt immune functions. In
   addition, common chlorine containing chemicals such as perchloroethylene
   (dry cleaning fluid), trichlorethylene (a common industrial solvent),
   chloroform (created in drinking water when it is chlorinated to kill germs)
   can damage our immune system.

To prevent damage to the immune system would require strong action to
curb the release of immunotoxic chemicals into the environment. This would
require a government that is independent of, and stronger than, the
corporations releasing the chemicals. At present, we do not have anything
close to that kind of government.

1. Holy Bible, New King James Version, inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT
2. Maternal and Child Health, What Health Care Providers Should Know
    (Drinking Water Fact Sheet #12), by Physicians for Social Responsibility
3. EPA 2000 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Public Data Release Report, by the
    Office of Environmental Information
4. Ambient Air Pollution: Respiratory Hazards to Children, by the American
    Academy of Pediatrics
5. A Challenge to Health Care Providers, Changing Patterns of Disease:
    Human Health and the Environment, by Rachel’s Environment & Health News
    #759, December 12, 2002, written by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH
6. Asthma and the Role of Air Pollution, by Physicians for Social Responsibility
7. Precautionary Principle, Bearing Witness to and Alleviating Suffering, Part I,
    by Rachel’s Environment & Health News #761, January 23, 2003
8. Statement on Immune Toxins, by Rachel’s Environment & Health News #544,
    April 30, 1997
9. Immune System Toxins, by Rachel’s Environment & Health News #536, March
    6, 1997
10. Asthma: Prevention May Be the Only Cure, by Rachel’s Environment & Health
    News #374, January 27, 1994
11. Potent Immune System Poison: Dioxin, by Rachel’s Environment & Health
    News #414, November 3, 1994

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