My wife, Cynthia, has been struggling with, as of yet, an unknown infection on the inside of her eardrum. She has seen her internist twice, has been to two different ear, nose and throat specialists (ENT’s), an urgent care visit on a Sunday, and has been taking various antibiotics for nearly seven weeks. Initially diagnosed as an ear infection, the first ENT doc said she had acute mastoiditis, a severe bacterial infection on the mastoid bone near the brain. He said if unchecked, it could get into her brain and, worse-case scenario, cause seizures and possibly death! Needless to say, it was very chaotic around here for the past couple of weeks. I did some research on acute mastoiditis, and the pictures I saw looked nothing like Cynthia’s head. We sought a third opinion and saw the second ENT last Thursday. He said it was definitely NOT acute mastoiditis, but was unsure what it was and ordered a CT-scan, which we took last Friday. We’re awaiting the results….

One of my doctor friends strongly suggested we boost her immune system, pronto. I researched the latest studies for the best possible natural nutrients to do just that, and these are what I came up with. One of the most important is vitamin D3. Recent studies have shown that the vast majority of people in the United States are deficient in D3, with the worst deficiencies among the elderly, newborns and young children, and dark-skinned people. Dark-skinned people require twice as much sun exposure   to make the same amount of vitamin D3 as light-skinned individuals. Vitamin D3 has been shown to stimulate cells to produce powerful killers of viruses, bacteria, fungi known as antimicrobial peptides. The higher the dose of D3, the higher the level of these anti-infectious peptides (people with hyperparathyroidisim and pregnant women should supplement only under the supervision of a physician). Others include Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan. It has been shown to boost cellular immunity alone, which allows it to be used in people with autoimmune diseases. Impressive studies have also been done with cancer and infections. Mushrooms also contain beta-glucan. IP6 (inisitol-6-phophate). It has shown impressive results against a number of cancers and infections. It also removes excess iron from tissues, which prevents bacteria from reproducing. Colostrum. This immune-boosting component of early breast secretions is what protects newborn babies. It contains lactoferrins (which reduce iron toxicity), immunoglobulins, thymus gland-stimulating polypeptides, and special growth factors. Astragalus. This herb is known to stimulate immunity against cancer, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. It has also been shown to improve blood flow through the coronary arteries and improve the symptoms associated with congestive heart failure. Astragalus can stimulate bone marrow cells, allowing rapid recovery from chemotherapy and radiation. Olive Leaf Extract. This extract has been shown to increase phagocytosis-the process by which white blood cells engulf and kill invading organisms. Studies have shown its ability to kill large numbers of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mycoplasm, and it is non-toxic. A neat thing about this extract; bacteria do not seem to be able to develop a resistance to it, as is common with antibiotics. It also increases blood flow through coronary arteries, lower elevated blood sugar, and prevent oxidation of cholesterol. Dose is 500 mg, twice/week, and 1,000 mg three times/day to fight active infections. Mixed Carotenoids (high in astaxanthins). Studies have shown that age-related immune deficiencies especially cellular immunity, are often corrected using these nutritional factors. Cats Claw Tea. It has been used to treat tumors and other growths, ulcers, gastritis, arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, diabetes, and viral infections, among others. For a more detailed report, see The Blaylock Wellness Report, April 2012. 

Cynthia is feeling somewhat better today. We anxiously await the CT-scan report to take the next step.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.