Now the problem with CVID is manyfold. On the one hand, the person is suffering from recurrent illnesses. On the other hand because there is damage to a particular part of the immune system, it causes a shift in the immune system. Typically, it causes a shift such that the immune system shifts its resources into the pathway that has to try to repair those immune deficient molecules. That pathway is called a Th2 pathway. When the immune system shifts its resources into that pathway, it deprives resources from another major pathway of our immune system called the Th1 pathway. And when that pathway becomes then secondary deficient, it increases our risk to other sorts of severe and chronic diseases, perhaps the worse of those is cancer. So when somebody has a common variable immunodeficiency, it's not just a matter of the nuisance of the frequent colds or flus, it actually can predispose us to more severe diseases down the road, so we have to pay attention to it.
The way that one corrects a common variable immunodeficiency is by looking at the five things that are known to suppress the immune system. As I said, poor nutrition, infections, toxins, trauma, stresses. Through blood test and a careful patient history, we narrow down that list, find out what's wrong, correct the nutritional deficiencies that may be there, put the person on detox program if there are toxins that are indicated that would suppress the immune system. Chelate out the heavy metals if that's what's causing the immune suppression, so on and so forth. In more severe situations, we can actually supplement the missing antibodies through the use of immunoglobulin. Immunoglobulin therapy is available both as a subcutaneous form or through the intravenous administration of this substance, which will immediately supply the antibodies that are missing, help to plug the hole temporarily, and buy time for the immune system to rebalance itself.
Everybody has to have an individualized workup and evaluation. When I'm working with people with CVID, each person has their own reasons and their own abnormalities as to why they have it. And each person has to be treated individually to have the maximum and most rapid treatment results.