Cancer and Your Immune System

 

About 2400 BC one “smart” person once said that all diseases begin in the gut – – our digestive system. This person was Hippocrates. His therory still holds true (to a great extent) up until today. The digestive system is an integral part of our first line of defence and therefore instrumental in our immunity

A healthy and strong immune system therefore largely depends on a well functioning gut. A strong immune system will defend you against any disease including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

How do you know if your digestive system is functioning properly?

You can check for the following symptoms (remember this: symptoms are “good” – they are telling us a story): 

  • excessive wind
  • bloating
  • “griping” (colic like) pains around your lower abdomen
  • diarrhoea or alternating constipation / diarrhoea
  • pale stools
  • undigested food in your stools (other than corn kernels)
  • mucus or blood in your stool
  • consistent adversity to some foods

(this list is not exhaustive – there may be other symptoms depending on the individual person)

If you experience a combination of these symptoms then there is a good chance that your gut is not functioning the way it should.

Orthodox medicine usually recommends a colonoscopy whereby a small camera is inserted via your rectum “photographing” the lining of your colon. In most cases this procedure is inconclusive, meaning that the camera does not reveal any abnormalities other than polyps (small benign growths), diverticuli (small sacs in the lining of the colon which can trap food particles and cause inflammation), or, in the worst case, malignant growths.

What the camera is not capable of revealing is the degree of “bad” bacteria (also known as “dysbiosis”) residing in the digestive system. It is these “bad” bacteria which may be the cause of your symptoms.

In my practice I usually recommend to my patients to have a Urinary Indican Test done. This procedure is fairly simple, and – most of all – it is not invasive. The patient is required to render a urine sample which is then analysed using a couple of reagents, namely hydrochloric acid and chloroform. The night before rendering the sample, the patient would be required to eat a good protein meal (ie a sizeable steak). No alcohol should be consumed as this can return a false-negative result. All in all the test does not take more than half an hour and lt only costs a fraction of what you pay for a colonoscopy.

After mixing the urine sample with the two reagents, the bottom part of the mixture changes colour. The shade of the colour reveals the degree of dysbiosis. If the colour is clear or white then it is unlikely that dysbiosis is present. If the colour changes to a yellowish, greenish or brownish shade then the opposite is the case – the test result is then considered positive. The darker the colour, the higher the degree of dysbiosis.

Should the test result be positive, I usually recommend the principle of “Weed, Seed and Feed”. This involves nutrients and herbals to eliminate the bad bacteria, recolonise the gut with good bacteria, strengthen the gut lining and nourish the fresh “seeds”. A repetition of the test may be necessary to adequately monitor the patient’s progress.

A complete “rebuilding” of the gut may be your first step to building a solid immune system and therefore it is a very important step in the prevention of cancer and many other diseases.

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