"A weakened immune system, or immunodeficiency disorder, can leave you susceptible to many illnesses, including a simple cold, which can cause you to miss work or other important activities. Nutrition Response Testing centers around nutrition and treating your body as a whole, for a less abrasive, yet effective, way to treat a number of conditions, including immunodeficiency disorders. Using the principles of Nutrition Response Testing, I can pinpoint the exact culprit behind your condition, then customize a nutritional plan to help strengthen your immune system and heal your body."*
-Juliana Mazzeo, MS, CDN, Director
Nutrition Wellness Center of Nassau County
What is Autoimmune Deficiency?
Normally, the immune system protects the body against disease; however, immunodeficiency disorders hinder the body from properly fighting diseases and infections, which in turn, makes it easier to catch bacterial infections and viruses. Immunodeficiency disorders are categorized as secondary or primary. Secondary, or acquired, immunodeficiency disorders typically appear later in life, while primary, or congenital, immunodeficiency disorders you are born with.
Common Symptoms of Autoimmune Deficiency
There are many types of immunodeficiency disorders, each with its own unique set of symptoms; however, the most common symptoms include:
Common Causes of Autoimmune Deficiency
Secondary Immunodeficiency disorders occur when an outside source, such as infection or a toxic chemical, attacks the body. Radiation and severe burns have also been known to cause immunodeficiency. Some examples of secondary disorders include leukemia, AIDS, and multiple myeloma. Primary immunodeficiency disorders, you are born with, which means your family history plays a role in causing the disorder. People with a family history of congenital disorders have a higher risk of developing congenital disorders. Some examples of primary immunodeficiency disorders include severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), and alymphocytosis.
An insufficient amount of protein can also increase your risk of developing immunodeficiency disorders. Proteins help strengthen your immune system. The body also produces proteins while you are asleep that aid your immune system in fighting infection. Therefore, a lack of protein or a lack of sleep can lower your immunity. Sometimes drugs taken to treat another condition can cause immunodeficiency. For instance, organ transplant patients are often administered drugs that suppress the immune system so their body won't reject the new organ. Certain infections, such as chickenpox, German measles, tuberculosis, lupus, chronic hepatitis, and fungal and bacterial infections can also lead to immunodeficiency.
Having your spleen removed can also weaken your immune system. Your spleen, as well as the tonsils, bone marrow, and lymph nodes produce white blood cells, which helps strengthen your immune system. These organs release antibodies specific to the disease your body detects and kills off cells that are under attack by disease, bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Having your spleen removed lowers white blood cells, which can weaken your immune system. Chemotherapy and cancer drugs can also weaken the immune system because it kills immune system cells.
Many dietary factors, such as processed or chemically treated foods, can allow harmful toxins into your body or lack the proper nutrients your body needs in order to function properly, which, over time, can weaken your immune system. You may even rely on over-the-counter vitamins to accommodate for the lack of nutrients; however, you should understand that many over-the-counter vitamins are chemically engineered, they are not "whole food," which means they are less recognizable by your body, and, therefore, tends to be less beneficial.
Nutrition Response Testing takes into account your body's ability to heal itself, given the proper whole food support. After testing your reflexes, using the same acupuncture points as utilized in ancient Chinese medicine, I can determine the precise issue that is weakening your immune system, then incorporate gradual diet planning in combination with whole food supplements to both strengthen your immune system and heal your body. In just a short time you'll be on your way to restoring your health..
Left untreated, immunodeficiency disorders can leave you susceptible to recurring illnesses and infections. It can even cause permanent damage to organs, such as your ears or lungs. In some cases, it can even be fatal.
Many secondary immunodeficiency disorders can be improved with proper nutrition and positive lifestyle changes. If you have noticed that you are more tired than usual, or unable to ward off minor conditions, like the common cold, it could be a sign that you have a weakened immune system. I can help get you strong again. Please contact us for a free consultation to see how we can help manage your condition and improve your quality of life.
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