This is the simplified version!
Right now, we all need to know what it is and how it works.
Much of it used to be ‘common sense,’ but these days the immune system has a lot of potential enemies and we all need to know how to take care of it, so that it can take care of us.
There are two parts to our immune system:
- The Innate Immune System
- The Acquired Immune System
Let’s start with the Innate.
Here I am going to borrow a metaphor from a colleague Dr Khush Mark, a homeopath with a background in toxicology.
Think of it this way:
- The Innate Immune System is a moat, a bridge and a fort.
- The Acquired Immune System is a castle, with its inhabitants.
The Innate Immune System is the primary line of defence protecting the castle against any invader. Invaders may include parasites, fungi, bacteria and viruses.
The components of the Innate Immune System include:
The gut microbiome
The nervous system
The mucus membrane (which lines both the respiratory and the digestive tracts)
The lymph nodes
The lymph system
All these wonderful things are there to protect us.
The Acquired Immune System, aka the castle, aka the Adaptive immune system, is there when the defences of the Innate Immune System are breached.
Unfortunately, lots of things can cross the bridge, destroy the defence of the fort and wade through the water of the moat. Invaders include toxins (air fresheners, toxic candles, even endogenous toxins that are made in our own body). Many seemingly innocuous, everyday things can contribute to breaking down the defences of the Innate Immune system. Things like antacid medications, antiperspirants, aluminium pots and pans, chemical fertilizers, meat from factory farms, fear-mongering media. These all take a toll on our defences.
The Acquired Immune System is also known as the Adaptive Immune System. It learns, progresses and becomes more resilient over time and with experience. Some exposure to potential threats is good exposure and can build the muscles of the Acquired / Adaptive Immune System. T-cells are part of the Acquired Immune System, whereas B cells (antibodies) are part of the Innate Immune System.
It’s really important that both of these systems communicate well with each other and work in tandem. Each has its jobs and functions. The Innate comes first and bypassing it can have a detrimental effect on long-term health.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that deeply respects the respective functions of both the Innate and the Acquired Immune Systems. Homeopathy recognizes that the memory B cells and the T cells have their roles to play in protecting us from invaders and toxins. Homeopathy doesn’t try to bypass the Innate Immune System and go straight to the Acquired Immune System. Instead, it strengthens both Immune Systems by working with them. Combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle Homeopathy and the Innate and Acquired Immune Systems will keep your microbiome balanced and resilient.
For a more detailed explanation, on which this simplified version is based please see: