Whether microorganisms, usually viral or bacterial, cause infection depends on the condition of the immune system which is made up of the lymph nodes, thymus gland, bone marrow, spleen, tonsils, appendix, and white blood cells. Swollen lymph nodes, night sweats, and fevers of unknown origin may indicate a hidden infection, and a physician should be consulted. Infection of the gums is often not evident so dental checkups and good oral hygiene are important.

Although genetics and stress play a role, diet has a great influence on the strength of the immune system. Certain components in food increase the potency and concentration of white bloods cells that are the body's primary line of defense against foreign elements. White blood cells, which search and destroy bacteria, viruses and even cancer tumors, include T-cells that produce the chemicals interferon and interleukin, B-cells that produce antibodies, and cells called natural killer cells.

Immune suppressors are an excess of saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats such as safflower, sunflower, corn, and soybean oils, which are often used in cooking and found in many processed foods, and refined sugar, all of which inhibit the activity of white blood cells. Carotenoids and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, garlic, and yogurt (must contain live cultures) are major immune boosters by, for example, enhancing the potency of T-cells and increasing the blood concentration of natural killer cells and the production of antibodies.

Tonsilitis is an infection of the tonsils which are part of the immune system. At the first sign of the illness, gargle with one-half warm water and one-half hydrogen peroxide four times daily as a disinfectant. Follow herbal remedies and diet for infections, especially using garlic and echinacea.

Inflammations are a normal response of the body to infection. The immune, hormone, and circulatory systems begin working to heal the affected area. Hormones called prostaglandins respond to inflammations. Prostaglandins are made from fatty acids and some of them can exacerbate the inflammation while others can reduce it. Polyunsaturated and trans-fatty acids stiumlate production of inflammatory prosta-glandins. Gamma linolenic acids (GLA) found in black currant, borage, and evening primrose oils, and in fatty fish, produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Ginger, turmeric, and the herb boswellia are also anti-inflammatories.

To heal wounds before infection sets in, the nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C (1 to 3 g), zinc (150 mg), vitamin E, vitamin B complex, and bromelain (from pineapple) are beneficial. Herbal antiinflammatories are calendula, St. John's wort, and chamomile. Apply topically comfrey, witch hazel, horsetail, or aloe vera.

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