Immune Response and Digestion

The Digestive system determines the type of immune response.

There are three basic immune responses. Here, I am simplifying.

The Mucosal Immune Response (MI), the Cell Mediated response (TH1) and Humoral Immune response. (TH2).

Look at your digestive tract as a tube from your head to your rectum.

Over 80% of the immune system is in the Mucosa of the digestive tract, from your nose to your rectum, when you are eating. It is the first line of defense to anything from outside the body trying to enter your systems. This includes bacteria, virus, fungus, environmental pollutants or undigested food.

Mucosal Immunity (MI)

Picture your mucosa as a silk stocking imbedded with white blood cells and immuno- globulins. These defenders will label, attack and remove any perceived pathogen, as a toxin, bacteria, fungus, virus or undigested food proteins that enters your system and tries to get through the lining into the blood. If candida has eaten holes in the lining, (Leaky Gut ) it will look more like a fish net stocking, allowing undigested proteins, perceived as pathogens, through the gut lining into the blood.

Humoral Immunity (TH2)

If this Mucosal Immunity does not stop the perceived pathogen, a Humoral Immune response (TH2) is then activated. This TH2 will tag the invader as an antigen, create an anti-body inflammatory response and deposit the invader to the lymph system. There, the CD4 helper cells decide what type of response will continue. [ TH2 response will also suppress the TH1 response. ] The body has only a limited amount of energy to expend and will prioritize. Getting any perceived toxin/pathogen in the blood before it can damage a tissue cell is the priority. Undigested food is perceived as a toxin.

Cell Mediated Immunity (TH2)

The Cell Mediated Immunity response destroys infections inside the cells or destroys the infected cell as well as the pathogen, such as Candida, herpes, Epstein Barr, HIV, cancer, etc..

The TH1 response is the most effective way of dealing with chronic infections.

The Challenge

Three times a day, or every time they eat, most people are suppressing their TH1 response by dumping undigested food proteins into the blood through a leaky gut. This is why after prescribed anti-fungals, anti-virals, anti-bacterials are stopped, usually before completely eradicating the hiding pathogens now gone dormant, the infections comes back, often with an increased resistance to the therapy. The proper immune response cannot complete the job, and pathogens re-surface.

“Stomach is Mother to All systems of the Body”- Dr. Bernard Jensen, DC.

“Stomach” meaning “digestion” is the first line of defense and offense as prevention. A well nourished body is capable of handling all attacks with the proper immune responses.


The mucous membrane lines the passages and cavities communicating with the air and outside environment, consisting of a surface layer of epithelium, a basement membrane and an underlying layer of connective tissue (lamina propria). It extends from the nose to the rectum lining the hollow organs and cavities of the body. It is like a spider web where when one location is stimulated, the entire membrane reacts. E.g., an offensive food in the stomach, like pasteurized milk, will cause a runny nose. An offensive smell can cause indigestion or vomiting.

Mucous membranes are usually colonized with friendly bacteria, e.g., lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidis that discourage colonization of pathogens. When these protectors are killed by immunosuppressive drugs such as antibiotics, and certain foods, (e.g., white sugar and foods made with it) stress, chlorine, food preservatives, chemicals, environmental toxins, etc., then pathogens like Candida albicans can attach to the membrane and overgrowths occur, called Candidiasis or yeast infections.

Candida can now mycillize into a branch like form and eat holes in the mucosa, mutate into a vacuole to travel through the blood and reattach to any weakened mucous membrane, ears, nose, throat, vagina, rectum and organ linings.

These holes in the intestinal lining create a “leaky gut” syndrome and also allow partially digested food, foreign proteins and pathogens to enter the blood as well, causing a needed TH2 immune response. If the Candida lodges into the tissues, a TH1 response is then needed, but may not occur. If you should be fighting an infection with a TH1 Cell Mediated response, the TH2 response will diminish or completely stop the TH1 response, depending on your energy levels.

This is where the rubber meets the road. Undigested food is insult to injury, several times a day and must be stopped. Any food coming out of those holes must be completely digested to minimize the TH2 response. And the holes must be healed by rebuilding the mucosa.


First the pathogen making the holes must be stopped. The “Yeast Control in Seven Days” program is highly effective because it deals with digestion. The holes are usually from Candida Albicans mycellizing its way through the lining.

Candida has the same binding sites on the mucousa as the normal friendly inhabitants, L. Acidophilus and Bifidis, and simply by increasing the intake of the friendly bacteria, Candida will not have binding sites to attach to. Candida will be pushed out of the neighborhood. L. Bifidis and other probiotics actually kill off candida by producing hydrogen peroxide.

Oxygen therapies are the most effective eradicators of Candida that do no harm. MMS and Dioxychloride used with colloidal silver and the “Yeast Control in Seven Days” diet are the most effective, fastest and safest ways of dealing with this challenge.

Next, the membrane must be rebuilt. It consists of proteins such as n-acety-glucosamine and mucopolysaccharides which are supplied by completely digested foods, reassembled in the liver and delivered to the damaged areas. The liver must be cleansed periodically in this toxic soup environment we live in.

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) provides time-tested, safe nutritional support for the mucosal lining of the stomach and intestines.* DGL boosts the production of mucin, a compound that coats and protects the digestive tract to provide immediate relief for occasional stomach discomfort.*

The foods with the nutrients that rebuild the mucousa are whole leaf aloe vera, raw butter and buttermilk for butyrate.

Butyrate is produced by bifido probiotics acting on fiber and is essential to produce mucin, the mucous membrane and to rebuild the cell walls of the intestine.

Fat soluble Vit-A, retinol (not beta-carotene) is for cellular structural integrity. Vitamin A plays a vital regulating role in the immune system also.

Vitamin A deficiency leads to a loss of ciliated cells in the lung, an important first line defense against pathogens. Vitamin A promotes mucin secretion and microvilli formation by mucosa, including the gastrointestinal tract mucosa. Vitamin A regulates T-cell production and apoptosis. Vitamin A plays a vital regulating role in the immune system also. Vitamin A deficiency leads to a loss of ciliated cells in the lung, an important first line defense against pathogens. Vitamin A promotes mucin secretion and microvilli formation by mucosa, including the gastrointestinal tract mucosa. Vitamin A regulates T-cell production and apoptosis.

Vit-E for elasticity. Vit -E foods are fresh wheat germ oil, raw or sprouted seeds and nuts and eggs.

Vit-A foods are fish liver oils, egg yolks, raw milk, liver pâté, cheddar cheese, and cream. (Beta-carotene requires adequate amounts of Vit-B to convert to retinol and amino acids from completely digested proteins.

If a person’s liver is not too high in nitrate nitrogen, supplements such as liquid fat soluble Vit-A, butyrate, and amino acids can speed up the healing. Otherwise clean the liver first. Take probiotics that include Bifidis Longum and Bifidis Plantarum to promote a TH1 protective response, as well as the L. Acidophilus and Bifidis which will start coating the existing lining as well as the new tissue.

In addition to providing a hiding place for Candida Albicans, food passing over the damaged tissue can cause an inflammatory response in the Thyroid. Damaged tissue is susceptible to free radical destruction from oxidants. Increasing anti-oxidant glutathione levels with glutamine and selenium foods will provide immune protection and stimulate TH1 responses.

Selenium foods- Brewer’s Yeast, Brazil Nuts, sea water, kelp, garlic, mushrooms, seafood, milk, eggs, cereals and most vegetables.

MAX GXL is the best supplement ot use orally to raise glutathione levels.

Xeneplex suppositories contain 200 mg of caffeine and 200 mg of glutathione for trans mucosal absorption.

Stop doing what made you sick, and keep doing what made you well. Change your lifestyle and enjoy life again.

Be well:)


Source by Sal D’Onofrio

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