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    Step 5 - Build the Immune System

    Immune system

    Some specialists argue that the symptoms of Lyme disease aren’t actually caused by the bacteria but rather your immune systems reaction to the bacteria. Lyme disease, co-infections and toxins, can affect the immune system in many ways. They affect our hormones by targeting the adrenals and thyroid glands both of which play a part in regulating our immune system. They damage the gut in which 80% of our immune system is based. They cause an excess production of cytokines the immune systems response to germs and infections which can result in an over stimulated immune system and an increase in inflammation. There’s also the emotional trauma of coping with a chronic health condition that can lead to an over production of stress responses in the body that can lead to immune suppression.

    There’s many things you can utilise to help regulate your immune system such as meditation, moderate exercise, a good night’s sleep and a healthy diet but your body might need some extra support with effective supplementation. Here’s a list of supplements we recommend to help boost your immune system.

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is an absolutely essential supplement. It plays an important role in a wide range of systems and processes throughout the body, from helping to heal cuts and bruises to supporting the adrenals when you are under stress, it’s a versatile nutrient. However, it’s best known for being an immunity superstar.

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    Transfer Factor:

    This supplement supports and boosts the body’s production of natural killer cells. Natural killer cells are a specialised type of white blood cell that make up a small percentage of our total white blood cells but natural killer cells are some of the most important. You can think of them as the “elite” or “special forces” of the immune system. It is their job to take out stressed cells that have been infected with virus’s and bacteria such as Lyme. Many people with chronic Lyme have extremely low levels of natural killer white blood cells. You can test your amount of natural killer blood cells by taking a CD57 test through Armin labs, low levels are often a good indication of a chronic infections.


    Reishi Mushrooms

    This is another supplement that helps boost the bodies natural killer blood cells, not only that but it’s also been shown to boost another type of white blood cell called lymphocytes. In test tube studies it’s been observed that reishi can affect the genes in white blood cells which are critical parts of the immune system. They also found that some forms of reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells.

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    Cordyceps are well known amongst professional athletes to help boost energy levels and athletic performance but according to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information they can also help improve your bodies innate immunity. Cordyceps is an immune modulator which means it boosts the immune system but it can also suppress it if need be, it’s one of nature’s adaptogens. It balances the immune system in order for it to achieve homeostasis and research has shown that it boosts a type of white blood cell called T lymphocytes but it has also been shown to reduce over production of T1 and T2 helper cells.

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    Olive leaf extract.

    Not only does Olive leaf extract have antimicrobial properties but it also helps stimulate and regulate the immune system.

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    GcMAF Cream

    GcMAF is a naturally occurring protein that activates macrophages in the human body. When we become sick our body’s ability to make its own GcMAF becomes inhibited meaning our best defence against disease, macrophages aren’t being activated. Macrophages are immune cells whose role it is to identify and destroy pathogens and other foreign invaders. Once macrophages have identified a threat they send information to other immune cells by passing a small piece of the destroyed pathogen to them. This gives them precise information of what to look for and destroy. Immunity starts with macrophages, the immune response starts with macrophages, the destruction of foreign invaders starts with macrophages. Most of the time macrophages are fairly inactive and only step up to the plate when the immune system goes into high alert. This is where GcMAF cream comes into play. GcMAF cream signals the macrophages essentially waking them up and then they head out and start hunting for foreign invaders.

    This GcMAF cream made in a New Zealand laboratory is 100% bio-identical to the GcMAF our bodies make. It’s not only been shown to help Lyme disease patients but also many other diseases most notably Cancer and Autism.



    Zinc is our second most abundant trace mineral and is present in every cell in our bodies. It is essential to maintain a healthy immune system and a lack of it can make someone more susceptible to disease and illness. It is responsible for many different functions in the body including DNA synthesis, gene expression, wound healing and it helps stimulate the activity of at least 100 different enzymes. The immune system needs zinc to activate T Lymphocytes. T lymphocytes control and regulate immune responses and attack infected or cancerous cells. Patients with Lyme disease often suffer with zinc deficiency due to a condition called pyroluria in which the body fails to synthesize a component of haemoglobin and instead produces a byproduct which binds to vitamins and minerals such as B-6 and zinc and excretes them from the body. Top up your levels with liquid zinc.

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