by Mirja Holtrop
Immunodeficiency disorders are a group of conditions in which the
body's immune system is either severely weakened or not functioning
In some cases, patients
are born with immunodeficiency disorders. In others, however, such
in AIDS or certain cancers, the disorder is acquired later in
disorders are the most common type.
What is the
The immune system is the body's defense against infectious organisms
and other harmful influences from the environment.
It primarily consists of
The main tasks of the
immune system are to recognize invaders such as viruses, bacteria,
fungi or parasites; neutralize them; and remove them from the body.
The immune system also
has to recognize and neutralize harmful substances from the
environment, and fight against the body's own cells when they
present a threat to it, such in cancer.
The symptoms of immunodeficiency disorders include the following:
occurrence of pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear
infections, meningitis, or other infections
infection of internal organs
such as low platelet counts or anemia
disorders, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
If your doctor suspects you have an immunodeficiency disorder, he or
she will run a variety of different laboratory tests.
These may include
treatment of immunodeficiency disorders
Conventional treatment for immunodeficiency disorders depends on the
Doctors will typically
such as antibiotics and
antivirals such as amantadine or acyclovir
a protein drug called
pharmaceutical approaches, however, such treatments inevitably
In a worst-case scenario, if your bone marrow isn't producing
sufficient white blood cells, your doctor might even suggest a bone
Ultimately, however, towards properly correcting
immunodeficiency disorders, none of these approaches provide the
In order to treat the
problem successfully, merely addressing the symptoms is not enough.
Medicine approach to enhancing the immune system - your body's
Cellular Medicine approach to immunodeficiency disorders focuses
on strengthening the immune system through providing an optimum
supply of specific micronutrients.
In addition to following
Dr. Rath's Basic Cellular Health Recommendations, taking
higher doses of the following micronutrients is particularly
Vitamin C has
proven beneficial effects on immune function.
– Studies show that having a sufficient amount of
vitamin A is
essential for immunity.
Vitamin E is an
important micronutrient for maintaining the immune
Vitamin B6 has
been shown to increase immune responses, even in
critically ill patients.
plays a key role in cellular immunity.
– Folic acid is proven to assist normal immune cell
– A lack of
affects immune response.
– A properly balanced intake of calcium is crucial for a
well-functioning immune system.
– Research shows that
participates in immune responses in numerous ways.
General advice for improving
Eat a balanced whole foods diet with plenty of leafy green
vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains, and make sure to take
Eating a vitamin-rich diet and staying active has proven benefits
for the body's immune system.
And don't forget to get plenty of sleep. A healthy sleeping pattern
is essential for a strong immune system. Try to avoid getting
During periods of stress the body releases,
If you become chronically stressed, a high production of these
substances can be harmful to the immune system.