Immune Herbs

Posted to Subscribers on 27 November 2008

Dear Subscribers,

Hopefully, everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  I gave a lot of thought to the holiday and decided it is a time for gratitude for the harvests so I dug up some more of the potatoes I planted during the summer and cooked them with black cumin seeds and black sesame seeds and shared them with my critter family.  It was actually quite nice and my new companion was barking at me, asking for more, this after telling the animal communicator that she doesn't much care for plant food.

Tomorrow, I am going to a work party, my contribution being my camera.  One of the gardening pundits of the Pacific Northwest is converting her flower garden to an edible plant garden and I would like to document the changes as they occur.

This can be a revolution and it is absolutely essential for so many reasons.  It actually only takes a few square feet to grow enough to provide most of the needs for one person . . . and well, you do the math if there are more living with you.

Roughly half the world's population faces starvation, partly due to failures of the genetically modified crops, partly due to poor land management and lack of transport of vitally needed parts for irrigation and other needs, and partly due to wars, dislocation, bottlenecks, and you name it.  As if this nightmare were not enough, there are chemtrails and pollutants and irradiation of foods and incorrect labeling . . . and need I say more or are there already enough firecrackers to get this food movement going?

So, there will be more on this topic after my camera and I make the journey to Port Townsend.  In the meantime, I have nearly finished another web site:

For some time, I have wanted to pick up where we left off and try to zero in on the important distinction between addressing infections with drugs that kill pathogens and enhancing your immunity so that your own white blood cells will take care of the exposure to risk for you.

In my experience, immune enhancing herbs work on a number of levels, often simultaneously, but certain herbs may favor one part of the process over another.  For instance, the first issue is building healthy and efficient white blood cells.  Most of this process involves the bone marrow and nutritive herbs that supply the raw materials needed by the marrow.  I have been tempted to speculate on why we have red marrow in our youth and allegedly yellow later on.  I suspect the reason is deficiency, not some inevitable consequence of aging.   Most herbs that are deeply nourishing are a little sweet and demulcent or mucilaginous.  Astragalus is a superb example of this but there are some herbs that are even more nutritious but not quite so immune enhancing.

The second attribute desired is that the white blood cells are active and alert.  Echinacea probably has the best reputation as a T-cell potentiator but it usually needs to have been present before exposure to the germs in order to be most effective.  Obviously, there are thousands of immune herbs so the fact that someone has done some studies and published and created a market for one particular herb does not mean that other herbs are not just as good or better, but the ability to stimulate phagocyte activity is what intrigues mainstream researchers.

The third property sought is more subtle and very difficult to evaluate without a darkfield microscope.  I would call this the ability of the herb to protect the white blood cells from premature death after they have foraged on toxic substances in your body.  I would rate Madagascar periwinkle near the top of my list for this particular property but all good immune herbs confer this benefit as well as promoting appetite and action, that is the white blood cell appetites, not your appetite.

If you watch the blood for hours on end, as I have done, you feel the sentience in the cells and see their ability to communicate, organize, and perform various functions.  You also see what strengthens and what weakens them.  For instance, in the photograph used in the header on the new site, the patient had a mouth full of amalgams and the white blood cells were too numerous and though rather nice looking, they died fast.  I have kept my own cells alive for well over a month on a slide, meaning that even without more nutrition and moisture, the cells are so strong that they remain viable for long periods of time.

When there is a lethal toxin, like toxic metals or even antibiotics, the white blood cells die and if this happens on a large scale, there is debris in the plasma from the dead cells and this is in itself a medical problem.

I am still building this site.  What you see is the basic outline of what is available.  There are some links to articles and flash presentations, some descriptions (more to come), and some pictures (more of these to come also).  In any event, you have a preview.

Many blessings,




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