Homeopathic “Immune Boosters”- Homeopaths Need to Learn Basics of Biochemistry of IMMUNITY
To understand the ridiculous foolishness involved in the claims regarding distribution of homeopathic medicine Arsenic Album 30 as IMMUNE BOOSTERS against covid 19, we should first of all learn what is IMMUNITY. Most disappointing thing is that most of our homeopaths are not bothered about such a learning.
In a scientifically conscious and watchful community, we cannot talk about IMMUNE BOOSTING using homeopathic medicines without explaining the biological mechanism by which such a phenomenon works. We have to be ready to face obvious hard questions.
From the ongoing discussions below, you will understand that you cannot produce IMMUNITY against particular disease without inducucing production of ANTIBODIES against the specific pathogens. It is a matter of basic scientific knowledge that production of antibodies will happen only if we introduce into the body some protein molecules that are ALIEN to the genetic blueprint of the organism. Everybody knows ASENICUM ALBUM 30 does not contain any such molecules having antigenic properties, and as such, claiming to boost immunity using that preparation is totally baseless.
What we call IMMUNITY is actually a complex biological system functioning in living organisms, endowed with the capacity to recognize and tolerate whatever belongs to the SELF, and to recognize and reject
what is non-self or ALIEN to its genetic blueprint.
IMMUNITY is the capability of multicellular organisms to resist harmful microorganisms invading our body. Immunity involves both specific and nonspecific components. The NONSPECIFIC components act as barriers or eliminators of a wide range of pathogens irrespective of their antigenic make-up. SPECIFIC components of the immune system adapt themselves to each new disease encountered and can generate pathogen-specific immunity.
The immune system has two components: innate and adaptive immunity. The innate immunity is present in all animals, while the adaptive immunity occurs only in vertebrates.
The innate system involves the biological mechanism for recognition of certain ALIEN molecules and stimulating of two types of innate immune responses against them, such as inflammatory responses and phagocytosis.
The adaptive immune system, on the other hand, is composed of more advanced lymphatic cells that are programmed to distinguish between specific “non-self” or alien substances in the presence of “self”. The reaction to foreign substances is etymologically described as inflammation, meaning to set on fire.
Actually, IMMUNITY is the ‘non-reaction’ or ‘exemption’ towards “self” substances.
These innate and adaptive components of the immune system create a dynamic biological environment where “health” can be seen as a physical state where the self is immunologically spared, and what is foreign is inflammatorily and immunologically eliminated.
A state of “disease” can arise when our immune system fails to eliminate ‘alien’ substances, or spare what is ‘self’.
Innate immunity, also known as native immunity, is a semi-specific form of immunity, considered as the first line of defense against pathogens, representing a critical systemic response to prevent infection and maintain homeostasis, and contributing to the activation of an adaptive immune response.
Innate immune system does not adapt to specific external stimulus or a prior infection, but relies on genetically encoded recognition of particular molecular patterns.
Adaptive immunity is also known as acquired immunity. It is the active component of the host immune response, and is mediated by antigen-specific lymphocytes.
Unlike the innate immunity, the acquired immunity is highly specific to a particular pathogen, including the development of immunological memory. Similar the innate system, the acquired system includes both humoral immunity components and cell-mediated immunity components.
Adaptive immunity can be acquired either ‘naturally’ by infection, or ‘artificially’ through deliberate actions such as vaccination. it is associated with molecular memory of the pathogen.
Adaptive immunity is classified as ‘active’ or ‘passive’.
Active immunity is acquired through the exposure to a pathogen, which triggers the production of antibodies by the immune system.
Passive immunity is acquired through the transfer of antibodies or activated T-cells derived from an immune host either artificially or through the placenta; it is short-lived, requiring booster doses for continued immunity.
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