How the Immune System Works
Sci-Fi as a Metaphor for Immunity
There are a couple of different things that are worth understanding. If you were to talk about a UFO or a spaceship flying through space coming across all kinds of weird alien civilizations, to protect the ship you would want a force field around it.
Our immune system has built into it some kind of force field, because we’re a being walking through this place where there are all these other organisms, and we have a force field around us that protects us.
That’s the initial part of our immune system, a force field which is made out of a very specific bacterium. That bacterium is lactobacillus acidophilus.
Most of us understand that we require lactobacillus acidophilus. A lot of people know that it’s a probiotic. Or if they’ve ever been exposed to antibiotics they want to get a probiotic. That’s a good organism. The main one we work with is lactobacillus acidophilus. If we look at its name and break it down it means lactose (milk) and bacillus (bacteria) – milk bacteria. Acidophilus- acid, and philus (love or lover). So it’s the milk loving, acid bacteria, or acid loving milk bacteria.
That bacteria is covering us in addition to lots of other bacteria as well. When we come out of the womb we’re sterile, but the passage through the womb is not sterile. In fact, it’s very wet and lubricated and filled with bacteria. That’s meant to coat us as we come through the womb. If you’ve ever seen a baby come out of the womb they’d be covered in bacteria, in a sort of slime. The first thing they do then is go drink from the breast where they ingest lots of bacteria.
Example: If you have a big inner tube, like an inner tube off of a giant tractor tire you can float down the river with, how would you get inside that inner tube? If you stepped over the lip of it so you’re standing in the hole, would you be inside of the inner tube? You would still be outside of the inner tube. If you wanted to get inside of the inner tube you’d have to puncture a hole into it to get inside.
From your lips to your anus is a tube. That tube is outside your body. When you put something through your lips and it goes all the way through the tubes, it’s still outside your body. Anything touching your skin is outside your body. The only way inside your body is to puncture the skin or puncture the intestine, or break something down so small that it can absorb through the walls of the intestine.
Your entire skin and the entire tube is full of bacteria.
Second point you want to understand: Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most aggressive bacteria in the world. If you’re coated with this lactobacillus acidophilus, and your whole tube is coated in it, no matter what organism gets on you, it gets destroyed by lactobacillus. It’s like a force field that covers your entire outside and inside.
If we’re washing ourselves with chlorine, washing ourselves with soap (which is alkaline that destroys the acid environment where that bacteria lives in), if we over-alkalize ourselves, if we take antibiotics, if we weren’t given colostrum, if we weren’t given breast milk, if we’ve ever been sterilized (by drinking chlorinated water), those bacteria get killed. We would lose the force field. If the force field’s gone, stuff can get on you and break into your body. If it gets into your body, a second part of your immune system has to kick in. That’s the white blood cells.
Most people think of white blood cells as their primary immune system. They’re not. They’re the backup if something penetrates the bacterial force field. The thing about your white blood cells is they’re not that smart. In other words, they have a hard time telling what an appropriate attack is. Sometimes stuff gets into the body and they freak out. They go so crazy they attack your own cells- called auto-immunity.
Sometimes they get lazy. They fall asleep and don’t do their job. This is called immune-deficiency.
How to Boost Your Immune System
There are nutrients that can teach your white blood cells how to work better. That is, if they’ve been hyperactive or they’re not doing enough. Those nutrients are in the medicinal mushrooms like reishi, chaga , turkey tail; and they’re also in aloe vera and to some degree goji berries. Those glyco-nutrients- polysaccharides- teach your white blood cells how to work better.
If you’re white blood cells have been sleepy they wake them up, if your white blood cells have been overactive they slow them down. It’s like an education for your white blood cells.
There’s a 2-pronged approach we want when we’re feeding the immune system:
1) Fermented food– keeps the force field strong on the inside.
2) Oils on the skin. They create acidity so the fatty acids and bacteria can live on there. That keeps the force field strong.
Our first approach is to feed the force field. The second approach is to use the foods like medicinal mushrooms that wake up, teach, and educate the immune system. Those two things will give you an immune system that is impenetrable.
Today we’re living in a time of plague. We might not think of it like that, but when 50% of people die of cancer it’s a plague, or a similar number dying of a heart attack. When a flu outbreak pops up in today’s culture, you can become fearless to all those by fortifying your immune system.
Where do we start?
We start with cleansing. After a time we start building up our immunity with medicinal mushrooms, fermented food and the other previously mentioned immune boosters.
How do Mushrooms Educate the White Blood Cells?
There are very specific types of sugars. We know about the little sugars, for instance, the monosaccharaides. Those are things like glucose, which is found in honey, or fructose found in fruits. Those are simple sugars made from one individual sugar molecule.
If we get two sugar molecules together, we go from a monosaccharide to a disaccharide. White sugar is a disaccharide and the sugar found in maple. If we start to make the sugars more complex they become oligosaccharides. These are more complex sugars with three, four or five molecules.
If we get more complex and start adding more and more we start creating complex carbohydrates. Another name for that is polysaccharide. That’s like starches (found in rice or potatoes). Notice as they get more complex they lose their sweetness. Fructose and glucose are very sweet, whereas oligosaccharides start to lose their sweetness and complex carbohydrates aren’t sweet at all. When we get to very complex, long-chained sugars (polysaccharides) they’re actually bitter.
If you’ve ever eaten aloe vera (made of polysaccharides), it’s bitter. The mushrooms build their body out of a complex sugar, from polysaccharide, called a beta glucan. That stuff is bitter and it can be extracted into tea. When those polysaccharides, the beta glucans, are in the bloodstream, they dock on (or link up) to white blood cells. Sort of like when you take a little memory chip and plug it into your computer. It docks into your computer. The complex sugars dock into the white blood cells and somehow, through some not well understood mechanism, upload information that educates white blood cells.
My strategy over time is to get away from the sweet sugars and develop a taste for the bitter sugars, like what’s in the medicinal mushrooms.