Research has found a new pathway in treating the flu virus.
This pathway, unlike a vaccine or antiviral, is not specifically targeted at the virus itself. Instead, this potential new flu therapy works with the first lines of defense in the immune system. As you may already know, the immune system’s first line of defense is:
Your immune system’s first line of defense is quick to spot an unwanted guest. This first line of defense is also full of hungry immune cells. This means that several of the immune cells are programmed to swallow any pathogenic cells, stray particles, or debris. The most efficient of the hungry immune cells is a type of white blood cell called a macrophage.
Macrophages are the largest of the hungry immune cells. The name literally means “big eater.”
Remember, dust cells are big-eater immune cells that are positioned specifically in lung tissue.
You can see why dust cells would want to hang out in the lung tissue: there is a lot of opportunity to protect these delicate little sacs from outside debris and pathogens.
Recently, scientists found that when they administered something called GM-CSF (granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor) to the lungs of mice, the mice were protected from a lethal dose of the flu virus. It turns out that GM-CSF protects the body against the flu virus because it encourages the growth of dust cells! (1)
GM-CSF is a type of chemical messenger that talks to specific cells in the body and asks the body to build up the army of the immune system. In other words, GM-CSF stimulates the production of a number of cells that are incredibly important to the immune system’s first line of defense. This includes macrophages and macrophages called “dust cells,” which are special macrophages that live in the tissue of the lungs.
Dust cells, or hungry macrophages located in the lung tissue, have no memory of a virus. They simply attack when needed. It turns out that this lack of memory is to the advantage of the entire body. Viruses are highly skilled at changing what they look like and at becoming drug-resistant. To a macrophage, this means very little. A macrophage will still mount an attack and gobble up whatever it reads as foreign.
The trick? Getting enough macrophages on the scene in time to fight off a viral infection.
Research into GM-CSF is still in progress. For example, scientists do not know if GM-CSF administered after infection will be just as effective as GM-CSF given before infection. We also do not know whether a high dose of GM-CSF is safe.
This is why it is important to look for ways to naturally stimulate the production of this important chemical messenger. Because GM-CSF is a chemical messenger, it can be administered from an outside source to encourage the production of dust cells. We saw this with the mice that survived a lethal dose of the flu virus. But your body also naturally makes its own GM-CSF.
Remember, the lungs and the digestive system are both our body’s first filters that screen whatever comes into our body from the outside environment. This means:
For this reason, the lungs and the digestive system are uniquely related. These systems are also the most susceptible to an acute infection. However, when the lungs and digestive system are healthy, they are both fully equipped to handle outside invaders.
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Scientists have discovered new ways to stimulate the growth of dust cells, hungry immune cells that filter dust and debris from the lungs. When scientists administered the chemical messenger GM-CSF to mice, it encouraged the growth of dust cells so that the mice were resistant to lethal doses of the flu.
You can also stimulate your immune system to fight off viral infection with large doses of beneficial bacteria. By eating fermented foods each day, it will support your inner ecology and strengthen your immune system to better filter air, food, and beverages on a daily basis. This is exactly why traditional diets full of bacteria-rich foods naturally boosted immunity. By going back to your roots, you can protect your health and resist the flu virus this season!
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