||The immune system protects the body from potentially harmful substances ("antigens") such as microorganisms, toxins, cancer cells, and foreign blood or tissues from another person or species. Antigens are destroyed by the immune response, which includes production of antibodies (molecules that attach to the antigen and make it more susceptible to destruction) and sensitized lymphocytes (specialized white blood cells that recognize and destroy particular antigens). |
Immune system disorders occur when the immune response is inappropriate, excessive, or lacking. Autoimmune disorders develop when the immune system destroys normal body tissues. This is caused by a hypersensitivity reaction similar to allergies, where the immune system reacts to a substance that it normally would ignore. In allergies, the immune system reacts to an external substance that would normally be harmless. With autoimmune disorders, the immune system reacts to normal "self" body tissues.
We explore the most common immune system conditions.
submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 11/23/2001
From sneezing and wheezing to itching and tearing, allergies and asthma affect as many as 60 million people in the United States (more than 20 percent of the population). When your body reacts to what is normally a harmless substance, it "attacks" the allergen with a fusillade of weapons.
Candida Albicans (Yeast)
submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 7/27/2011
Candida Yeast Infection, both digestive and systemic, is a social and medical dilemma without easy access to answers or remedies of permanence. Literally millions of men and women have a potential yeast infection that is causing, directly or indirectly, a significant number of existing health problems or conditions. If it is not completely removed and/or the body protected, it will continue to grow and will reduce your resistance to a host of physical aliments and complications.
CDC Raises Alarm Over New Form Of Pneumonia
submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 3/16/2003
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Saturday that Americans consider delaying nonessential travel to countries affected by an outbreak of a rapidly spreading, severe form of pneumonia that does not appear to respond to treatment.
Comprehensive Food Antibody Assessment Lab Test
submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 7/30/2011
If you've ever wondered what foods you should avoid or what foods you may be sensitive to, this test is for you. The Comprehensive Food Antibody Assessment lab test will help you discover what food allergies and food sensitivities you have. and includes testing for both immediate (IgE) and delayed hypersensitivities (IgG) to 107 commonly encountered food and environmental substances.
Nutritional Support for the Immune System
submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 3/5/2006
The human body is repeatedly exposed to a variety of envirnomental stress factors during the changing seasons. A healthy immune system will help defend the body when the seasons change. Yet for most of us, seasonal change occurs when our immune system is weak and resistance is low. To help support the overall health of this immune alliance, Standard Process offers many whole food nutritional supplements to help the body stay healthy against the stress of modern life and seasonal challenges.
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 6/25/2004
I often tell my patients that the gastrointestinal tract is much like a carburetor in a car. Your digestive tract tract must take gasoline (your food), and then mix it with air (enzymes and other digestive juices). If this mixing process goes well, your car runs and doesn't cough or sputter. How efficiently your fuel burns determines to a large extent how many years you're going to get out of your car. Although a rather crude analogy, this principle does hold true for the human digestive tract. There are many points along the digestive where some "burning" process can go awry and cause seemingly unrelated problems elsewhere in the body. This article will discuss those various places and give you a very good detail of what can go wrong.
The Vaginosis Profile
submitted by Dr. Gary Farr 6/24/2004
The Vaginosis Profile from Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory is one of the most comprehensive evaluations available. It features microscopy for every sort of organism by trained and experienced technicians with an advanced DNA probe for the most common causes of the condition. With a rapid, semiautomated DNA probe test to definitively identify clinically significant levels of Gardnerella, and Trichomonas, detection rates for these organisms can reach levels of 90% and greater in properly transported specimens.