Tuesday, September 12, 2017


A weakened immune system can wreak havoc since it makes you more vulnerable to every pathogen that comes in contact with your body. Having said this, there are several instances where a person can get a weakened immune system.

Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID): In SCID, a child is born with a weak immune system and remains under constant threat of infection and disease.

Temporary acquired immune deficiency: This is a temporary condition in which the immune system of a person gets weakened for a brief time period. This can happen due to various reasons.
·         Due to anticancer and organ transplant medicines
·         Due to excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking and poor dietary habits
·         Due to viruses of flu and measles
AIDS/HIV: Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the most deadly of all immunodeficiency disorders. The HIV virus destroys a number of white blood cells, which results in weakened immune system.

Symptoms of weakened immune system

There are several symptoms of immunodeficiency disorders that can serve as warning signs to people on the verge of the condition.
·         When a person is frequently infected by the same virus and the virus doesn’t go away easily
·         When mild bacterial infections get severe
·         When the body doesn’t respond positively to infection treatments
·         When recovery from any illness becomes difficult and remains incomplete
If you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms, it is wise to consult your physician for better guidance at once.

Clinical Tests to determine the state of immune system

Immunodeficiency can be determined with the help of a few different lab tests.

Immunoglobulin test

This quantitative test is carried out to determine the excess or deficiency of three major types of immunoglobulins (antibodies). Immunoglobulins are commonly known as antibodies and they are vital for a healthy immune system. The test is prescribed when a person is experiencing recurrent infections, which is a symptom of immunoglobulin deficiency.

Blood tests

Complete blood count is one of the major blood tests that is also conducted to find out the status of immune system. If blood count shows a reduced number of white blood cells, which constitutes a major line of defense of the human body, then the person might have a weakened immune system.

HIV test

People with severe symptoms of weakened immune system are recommended to undergo HIV tests.

How to boost the immune system

Improving the health of the immune system means your body will become more resistant to incoming diseases. Making your immune system stronger is not a linear program, because you are dealing with a complex network of factors in your body that needs to be addressed. However, there are certain measures you can take to boost the immune system.
·         If you have to do one thing to boost your immune system, it should be maintaining a healthy lifestyle because there is no better and natural way for the improvement of the immune system. Avoid smoking, eat healthy, limit your alcohol consumption, maintain your weight and blood pressure, and get enough sleep.
·         Make sure that you are consuming all those important micronutrients which are important for bolstering the immune system. If you can’t manage this through your diet alone, go for supplements.

DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

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