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Who Lied to You
Today? Your Immune System
Nature is a numbers game. We need all the
support we can get as our immune systems and
health are under assault from pollution, stress,
contaminated food and age-related diseases as
our lifespans increase.
- Paul Stamets, world's preeminent expert on
mushrooms--he has more viable ways to save our
planet and our health than most people can
I struggled with the title for this article. You
will soon see why. No physicians, no government
health "experts," no journalists and very few
researchers will dare to tell you what you are
about to read about your immune system. I mean
that sincerely. They are afraid to tell you. So
be prepared to be shocked.
Your grandparents knew nothing about immune
systems. Your parents' generation knew very
little because the whole concept was new to the
medical community they learned from. Good health
was still more good luck than good management.
You probably know far more than any generation
before you. Yet what you think you know is
likely wrong, at least inaccurate. Bear with me
as this may be uncomfortable, even ugly, for
What you know as YOU, the living entity with
your name, is not just one being. The only part
that is distinctly YOU is your personality or,
as some might say, your soul. Are your own body
cells not YOU? Maybe, but maybe not. Read on.
The biggest part of what you think of as YOU is
comprised of the cells of your body. They, even
together, are only a small minority of the
living entities that live together inside your
skin. A majority of the rest is bacteria, though
some are actually beneficial viruses. A large
majority of them--about 80%--live in your gut.
Specifically in your colon, your large
intestine. Yes, the place where you store your
poop before you excrete it from your body.
Uncomfortable yet? These microbiota, along with
those on your skin, in your mouth, around or in
every organ of your body and in every orifice
are what mot people think of as their immune
system. That's right, your immune system is NOT
part of the cells of your body. It works in
coordination with the cells of your body.
These microbiota, what advertisements seem to
call germs to be gotten rid of, and what
antibiotics and other contaminants kill freely,
live in symbiosis with the cells of your body.
There are trillions of them. At least as many as
you have cells, most scientists say ten times as
many as you have cells, some say as much as 100
times as many as you have cells.
Why the apparent differences in number? Because
so often what you eat or take as medical
prescriptions kills so many of them, all at
once. You can't live without them. I mean you
would die without them. Not just from infection
due to lack of ability to fight off disease.
Upset these little guys with a bad diet and they
react as if they are under attack. They can
actually allow disease (such as cancer) to
spread in a desperate attempt to get rid of what
they don't like, what does not allow them to
Science now considers these microbiota so
important that it considers them, collectively,
as a second brain. You read that right. Just
recently the link between the microbiota in the
gut (yes, found in your poop as well as around
it) and your brain was discovered. Your two
brains work together.
I should emphasize here that your brain is
yours, comprised of your own cells. Your other
brain is not. Is your head brain all you? Your
DNA is composed of genetic material that comes
largely from bacteria, in our distant human
past. Some strands of DNA have come from
viruses. Since your DNA produces the cells of
your body, are your own body cells all YOU or
just another part of a composite mega-organism
comprised of trillions of parts that live in
Should your second brain not protect you against
cancer? Usually it does. Research on this is
still in early stages, but it seems that your
second brain allows cancer cells to grow and
spread as a kind of defence against other
invasions, other health problems. Cancer cells
and other diseases, it seems, can kill other
body invaders. But, like allergies, sometimes
the defenders take over and kill the main body
itself. The military calls that collateral
Why can't the protectors be stopped? Maybe they
can. The protectors are powerful. What would you
do to try to stop a powerful killing machine
such as the US military if the US military were
attacking you and your people? The problem is no
less complicated than that.
We know very little about how our own brain, the
one that is comprised of our own body cells,
works. What we know about how our second brain,
the one in our gut, is almost nothing. We do
know that when we feed it a diet it doesn't like
it becomes our enemy. A deadly enemy.
That second brain also has a great deal to do
with mood, our feeling of well-being. It likely
is more powerful than our own brain (the head
one) in the sense that it can affect decisions
we make, including those that risk our life,
whether or not we break laws, how we make
choices between right and wrong, even about
addictive behaviours and suicide.
We know that our second brain is supposed to be
an ally. That should cause us to want to support
it, to strengthen it, not to kill it or weaken
I am not able to present evidence to support all
of these claims here due to space requirements.
You have starting places if you want to search
to learn more yourself.
If you have comments or questions please feel
free to write them. I will do my best to address
Bill Allin is the author of the book Turning
It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's
Epidemic Social Problems and hundreds
of articles which are available on the internet.
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It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's
Epidemic Social Problems