Compromised Immunity

"Your immune system is your interface with the environment. If it is healthy and doing its job right, you can interact with germs and not get infections, with allergens and not have allergic reactions, with carcinogens and not get cancer. A healthy immune system is the cornerstone of good general health."
- Andrew Weil, M.D., in Natural Health, Natural Medicine (2004), p. 210.


These are the situations where one may worry about the ability of the immune system to provide adequate defense, and feel particularly vulnerable:

  • Stressed out over work or personal issues, or a particularly hectic schedule
  • When flu or colds are going around at work or at school
  • As a caregiver at home or in a professional care facility, such as a hospital
  • When on a drug regimen to treat a disease, but feel the drug has weakened the immune system
  • A chronic condition, such as a sinus infection, causing one to get sick frequently
  • Having been treated "successfully" with antiviral therapy (for influenza, rhinovirus, hepatitis virus (HBV, HCV), human immune deficiency virus (HIV), human papilloma virus (HPV), herpes, etc.) but worry that the treatment could weaken the body enough that another illness could sneak up and do damage

In these situations it is common practice to "tough it out" or mega-dose on vitamin C with the hope that the enemy will surrender, but experience tells us that the results can be unpredictable, and that there is still reason to be concerned.

Asian Health Wisdom Regarding Compromised Immunity

“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”

Sun Tzu “The Art of War” (~400 B.C.)

Distilled from the ancient wisdom of Sun Tzu the Strategist and 2000+ years of human experience maintaining optimal health in the East, the winning strategy is:

  • Reinforcing the body's defense ─ the immune system against infection of harmful germs or foreign pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi;
  • Making preemptive strikes (offense) by inhibiting replication of the harmful germs at their infancy; and
  • Promoting the body’s innate ability to heal inflammatory tissues.

Implementing these strategies can empower the body to gently and safely win the battle without waging a major war and avoid friendly fire caused by strong medicine.

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