• Dr. B

Adaptive Immunity: Your Internal Military

Updated: Oct 22

Adaptive Immunity is the protection that you get from being exposed to specific germs throughout your life (not just in childhood) or when you are vaccinated against them… meaning it is acquired as you live life. Keep in mind that vaccination and immunization are NOT the same thing. You can be immunized with a pathogen without being vaccinated and just because you have been vaccinated does not mean you are immunized.

Let me explain: The term immunization means to make someone immune to something whereas a vaccination is specific immunity created from injecting or administering specific suspensions of attenuated or killed microorganisms (the COVID shots are mRNA based so they are not vaccinations). So technically vaccinations are immunizations but that is not the only thing that can immunize the body and provide protection.

Immunization most typically comes from natural exposure to pathogens that lead to a disease. This type of immunity develops over time and at the beginning of life, is not present because baby hasn't been exposed to much yet. This creates a challenge for newborns and therefore is why babies get infections easily and often; their protection slate is clean if you would. Therefore, in order to be somewhat protected, babies rely on their innate immunity and what is passively passed from mom through the placenta while in the womb and through breastfeeding when in the outside world. As baby gets exposed to more pathogens and builds immunological memory, the breast milk changes in consistency to continue to allow proper support for future exposures to the same as well as new pathogens… all the while the baby is building its own immunological memory from the things it is exposed to on its own (and this includes allergens along with toxins, bacteria, and viruses).

Pathogens that enter the nose and mouth (by either breathing or eating something or putting hands/things in the mouth) pass by the tonsils, which were previously thought to work similar to lymph nodes in that they are battlegrounds for immune system cells to fight and kill pathogens but in actuality, tonsils are really monitors of what is coming into the body. Meaning they take a sample of what is entering the body and prime the immune system for what is coming. Injected vaccinations skip this step as well as skip the natural detoxification channels of the body because the concoction is injected directly into the blood stream and goes straight to our vital organs, drowning them in toxins and foreign material (man-made whole dead or alive pathogens/parts of pathogens) which makes it harder on the body to mount a normal immune response. Instead, the body does not know how to react to the ingredients in vaccinations (both the pathogens/parts of pathogens and adjuncts) and leads to an abnormal immune response that sometimes can harm the body more than it helps. And sometimes this abnormal immune response causes adverse reactions or side effects, which can range from injection site soreness all the way to death as well as breakthrough infections (new term in the mainstream that means producing the disease after being vaccinated against it; it is still a side effect).

Natural immunization only occurs after recovery of a disease with the formation of memory immune system cells (your adaptive immune system must be activated, not just your innate immunity/microbiome). As the body is exposed to the same pathogens over and over, the immune system response gets better and better and faster and faster at recognizing and eliminating the microorganism because these memory cells for that germ are now circulating in the body, all ready to go. This efficiency holds true for any variants/mutations the germ has as well, which is how you can still be immune to things like the flu even though the viruses mutate quite frequently (note many RNA viruses like the coronavirus family mutate quite frequently because they don’t have proper gene editing functions so mistakes get made during replication easily).

Certain pathogens, like those correlated to measles and chicken pox, create lifetime immunity if you are exposed to those microorganisms naturally or contract the wild-type version of the germ. This means that you will not get these diseases more than once if you are properly exposed and infection occurs. Vaccinations do not give you lifetime immunity ever, hence why boosters are necessary at certain intervals. It is interesting to note that exposure to some pathogens naturally actually have certain health benefits (yes benefits) depending on the microorganism. For example, natural contraction of the measles virus that results in an infection has been shown to have anti-heart disease and anti-cancer effects.

If pathogens get past the innate immune system (skin, mucus membranes, microbiome) then a more coordinated response is required, and the adaptive immune system is activated. There are two types of adaptive immunity- cell mediated (T cell) and humoral (B cell).

  • B lymphocytes (B Cells)- formed and mature in the bone marrow. Once mature, they travel to lymph nodes and the spleen. These cells form antibodies against specific pathogens. They are more specific to extracellular (outside the cell) pathogens such as toxins and bacteria.

  • T lymphocytes (T cells)- formed in the bone marrow and travel to the thymus to mature. Once mature, they circulate in the blood and lymph and migrate to lymph nodes and the spleen. They are more specific to intracellular (inside the cell) pathogens such as viruses. They do not form antibodies but instead directly kill the invaded cell. Note: viruses are technically not alive like bacteria are, they are only carriers of genetic information that gets "injected" into the host cell. For a viral infection to occur, the invaded cell has to replicate this genetic material over and over.

What limits natural immunization?

  • Subluxations- decrease nerve flow to lymphoid tissue and blood supply which can affect the entire process because of the limited brain communication to the tissues needed to mount a proper and coordinated immune response (brain tells the immune system what to do and when).

  • Stress- being in fight or flight (fear) mode directs necessary resources and energy away from the immune response and puts it toward processes that are needed to fight or run away from a threat, which can affect the entire process.

  • Toxins (pollution, ingredients in personal care/cleaning products, plastic use, vaccinations, etc)- bog down the lymphoid tissue and decrease the reaction time of the immune system cells.

  • Using over the counter or prescription medications to take care of symptoms- decreases or prevents the destruction and elimination step (effectively lengthening the healing process, meaning it takes longer to recover because the pathogens are still present in the body).

  • Bad nutrition (processed food, not eating enough fruit and vegetables, pesticides, GMOs, etc)- a lack of nutrients affects the entire process because the nutrients are necessary for energy and building blocks of immune system cells.

  • Not exercising- lack of oxygen diminishes the power and effectiveness of the immune system cells which could affect the entire process.

  • Not breastfeeding- no passive immunity provided by mom who has already formed memory immune system cells.

  • Kids not getting exposed to pathogens (over clean environments, not being around people, not being able to play outside and get dirty, staying away from other sick kids, etc)- no exposure to a multitude of germs, doesn’t activate the adaptive immune system to produce memory.

  • Vaccinations (as discussed).

  • Removal of any lymphoid tissue (bone marrow, spleen, thymus, tonsils, lymph nodes and vessels, and mucosa-associated lymphatic tissue or MALT which includes the appendix and Peyer's patches in the intestinal wall)- immune system cells will not be formed, mature, or function properly.

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