GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: You are who you become; this applies to all aspects of your life especially your health.
Holistic - Your health is only as strong as the weakest link. Focusing on only one area of your health could work for a time but it’s not sustainable, eventually some other health area will block your progress.
Cooperative Medicine vs. Siloed Medicine - Cooperation between health team members including professional care providers, is critical, and must be based on a clear and elevating goal. The Team Lead must have P&L responsibilities. Usually the Team Lead is the Health Guardian and not a single professional.
Aging is not Disease - With aging comes change. Just because you get older doesn’t mean you have to become ill. You can develop good health habits now that strengthen your body’s organ systems to prevent pathologies now and in the future. You should experience increasing wellness as you age.
Chronic Disease Is Preventable - At least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and over 40% of cancers could have been prevented. These health conditions and other chronic diseases can be prevented and managed through pathology prevention practices.
Mental Attitude - If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, it will impact your health. Positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles. Having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. Positive thinking means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way.
Regardless of your socioeconomic status, an improved quality of life impacts those around you; families, friends, religious communities, neighborhoods, towns and cities, states and even countries, one person at a time.
ISSUES: When preventing pathologies, you have some choice of how debilitating any health condition becomes and the effect it has on your quality of life. You can have control over your health status. There are some leading factors in how people react to disease and illness.
Personal Behavior & Lifestyle - is a key contributor to deadly diseases from pathologies. Most of the time you have no one to blame but yourself. The cause and consequences are, that if you don’t change your current behavior, chances are you will develop a chronic illness that will lead to death.
Environment & Genetics - there are some factors that are out of your direct control, like an unhealthy or dangerous work environment, city or community. These can be contributing factors to pathologies and diseases. Because of your DNA, you may be predisposed to certain types of pathologies, diseases and autoimmune issues. Even though heredity sometimes isn’t fair, you still have a choice of how debilitating your condition becomes.
Access to Health Care - you may have low access to health care because of financial constraints or where you live. If you do even some the practices of pathology prevention, you can keep yourself healthier, so you won’t need access to health care quite as often or at all.
Lack of Health Management and Leadership - how can you achieve your health goals if you’re not managing your health? Marketing folks seldom have the same goals as you do. Changing your health requires monitoring your diet, exercise, sleep etc. in order to take control. Your health impacts every area of your life. Unhealthy lifestyle choices brings down the quality of your life and hurts your ability to lead, and enjoy the benefits of self-reliance.
Spiritual Weakness - Some research shows a connection between your beliefs and your sense of well-being. Positive beliefs, comfort, and strength gained from religion, meditation, and prayer can contribute to well-being. It may even promote healing. Improving your spiritual health may not cure an illness, but it does prevent downward spirals.
Human Anatomy and Physiology Ignorance - no one knows how you feel better than you do, but not understanding how your body’s systems work together holistically hinders your progress towards better health. The more a Health Guardian’s’ understanding of human anatomy and physiology become, the more significant gains are found in communication comfort, health goals and compliance intent.
Nutritional Misconceptions - a nutritional diet is a long-term lifestyle change, not a short-term quick fix fad. Don’t let yourself go through life not thinking about the food you eat. Is your plate colorful, with only one or two drab colors? Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, but don’t leave out grains, protein and dairy, they are all needed to have a balanced diet.
Poor Mental Perspective - you’ve heard, “you are what you eat,” but “you are what you think,” also applies. Avoiding difficult emotions, keeping feelings to yourself, or stewing over problems reduces well-being. Those not able to process their emotions well typically experience poor mental health, increased stress, and cellular inflammation.
Every one of these factors, that could lead to chronic illnesses, disease or death, can be moderated or eliminated by using pathology prevention practices.
STRATEGIES: These 7 steps to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) are important to the Health Guardian’s pathology prevention efforts, because they help you make better health care decisions that affect yourself and others. The seven steps of EBP are:
Step 1: Cultivate a spirit of inquiry refers to an ongoing curiosity about the best evidence to guide your health practice decision making. Maybe you’ve read an article that causes you to question a health practice. Perhaps you’ve wondered if an intervention is really necessary, why you should do it, what evidence supports it, if it benefits you or your family, or is there another way to do it better.
Step 2: Asking compelling clinical and health practice questions (The PICOT format) takes a priority health problem and asks searchable and answerable questions about it. EBP does not seek to generate new knowledge through conducting research but uses existing evidence to assess the need for health practice changes.
The PICOT format: to guide the search process:
P=Population: What is the group of interest? (e.g., patients, community, demographic, diagnosis of an illness or disease etc.)
I=Intervention: What procedure or process is planned? (e.g., therapies, medications, herbal infusions, behavioral program or educational program, etc.)
C=Comparison: Is there an alternative to the planned intervention? (i.e., may compare to no treatment/program, a different type of treatment/program, or have no comparison)
O=Outcome: What is the desired outcome? (e.g., fewer symptoms, no symptoms, increased knowledge, wellness, improved quality of life, self-reliance)
T=Time: What is the time frame? (e.g., within a specific period, no time period, while under your care)
Step 3: Finding relevant information search for and find external evidence that addresses your question. YouTube is not evidence, at best it refers you to evidence. A well-planned search increases the likelihood that you will find relevant evidence that answers your PICOT question. Ask yourself, what type of evidence is needed to answer your question and where should you search?
Step 4: Critically appraising evidence assess the reliability, importance, and applicability of the external evidence. Critically appraising the evidence can help you determine if the conclusions from one or more studies can help guide your health practice decision. Appraise the validity of the evidence you have found.
Step 5: Implementing sustainable practice change research evidence alone is not sufficient to justify a change in your health practices. Good judgment integrates your accumulated wealth of knowledge from your Health Guardian experiences as well as your research and educational background. You learn quickly as Health Guardian that one size does not fit all. What works for one person may not work for another. What you can do, is draw from your past experiences and expertise as a Health Guardian to make informed decisions going forward.
Step 6: Evaluation the outcomes of changes it's important to monitor and evaluate any changes or outcomes, so that positive effects can be supported, and negative ones remedied. Monitoring the effect of the change had on wellness, quality of life and self-reliance can help you as a Health Guardian to spot flaws in implementation and identify more precisely how you or your family can benefit. When results differ from those reported in your research, monitoring can help determine why.
Step 7: Disseminating implementation outcomes As a Health Guardian you can achieve wonderful outcomes through conducting an EBP, but often you fail to share your experiences with others. This leads to needless duplication of effort and perpetuates health practices that are not evidence based. Some ways to disseminate your successful health practices initiatives is on social media, writing reviews on products and practices, commenting on related blogs or suggestions.
INTERACTIONS: Pathology Prevention efforts must address change. Change causes movement, which causes friction, which is managed with good conflict resolution plans if the change is going to be sustainable. Your conflict resolution plan should include addressing these potential interactions.
The Primary Care Interactions – The typical primary care team is dysfunctional at best. The nutritionist may not consult your health record at all. Other primary care specialists such as the dentist, physical therapist, optometrist, and yoga coach have survived a long time by compartmentalizing their separate practices. A holistic approach to pathology prevention requires each Health Guardian to bring these different disciplines together through common record keeping, integrated goals, using strong orchestration and communication, while considering and leveraging their various interaction points in a broader sense than what is normally perceived.
The Nutritional Interactions – What you consume as food is more than a social experience and sensory stimulus. It should be thought of as a drug that either helps or destroys your organ systems and can be abused either knowingly or not. Nutrients work together in many different ways to produce and support the human physiology. There exists typical actions you come to expect, but each time you eat a bowl of peas, the micro-nutrients delivered to a cell could be different, depending on what the body needs at that time. Just how these nutrients interact with your organ systems can be influenced by the Health Guardian’s pathology prevention efforts.
The Management Interactions – These practices impact every other pathology prevention practice. Pathology prevention is about change management. These management efforts focus on either encouraging, resisting, or guiding change direction. Baselines, strategies, roadmaps, thresholds, budgets, and projects are all some of the methods used to influence the Health Guardian’s practices, eventually increasing personal wellness and quality of life through successful pathology prevention activities.
The Mental Health Interactions – Where the Head goes, the Body follows. You still don’t know specifically how mental health contributes to the success of pathology prevention efforts. But your mental health status has been proven over and over again to interact with pathology prevention activities impacting, but not limited to, stress reduction, anti-inflammation, and autoimmune responses. Recall the early experiments of the 60’s and 70’s that demonstrate these principles. The Health Guardian knows that there are few things more powerful toward warding off and curing disease, than good mental health and attitude.
The Physical Health Interactions – The interactions between physical health and personal wellness is so complicated and intertwined that you sometimes have a hard time differing between them. However, a person may do 30 push-ups, but still have cardiovascular issues that can become life threatening. The Health Guardian must work with the rest of the primary health team to assure that wellness goals and strategies are aligned with capabilities and reason. In general, good physical health is correlated to pathology prevention effectiveness, and is one of many causes. A good understanding of how the organ systems work together as a system of systems to produce good physical health and strong pathology prevention capability is the work of every Heath Guardian.
The Spiritual Health Interactions – What happens when you have a purpose in your life? What does it take for you to be fulfilled? In this condition, regardless of your physical strength, with just a little effort, you will impact the lives and wellness of others. You will gain world balance, and emotional courage. This is a positive feedback loop, that will provide opportunity for stress reduction and meditation. In turn, this will build a deeper purpose of life, and so on. If ever facing life threatening attacks, and each of us do, you want to face the attack in a position of spiritual strength. In this position the Health Guardian can generate mental strength, then physical strength … no, you won’t be immortal, but you will have joy, experiencing improved wellness, and higher qualities of life. Start today, it’s free.
The Environmental Interactions – Those who experienced the Covid-19 pandemic can understand the importance of managing the environment in pathology prevention activities. The epidermal system creates a boundary between your internal bodies and the external environment. This is your first line of defense in pathology prevention. Your healthy skin, being well cared for, and washed frequently, combined with good habits and self-discipline will defend against 90% of what this world can through at us. From there, your bodies depend on internal systems, tissues, and cellular constructs for defense. With each of these smaller hierarchical systems, there exists an environment defined by boundaries. Pathology prevention efforts have an opportunity to impact the inter-connections and dependencies between these systems and sub-systems.
The Lifestyle Interactions – When pathology prevention practices begin to work, they impact your wellness and quality of life. Pathology prevention is both impacted by and impacts your social wellness. Be ready to adjust your social activities. Your cultural wellness is also inter-dependent on pathology practices. Together social and cultural health becomes an integral component of your lifestyle directly impacting chronic illness as much as any pharmaceutical approach to treatment.
What is really important to you? Think about your motivation. Maybe you want to set an example for your children. Maybe a spouse or parent depends on you. Maybe you still have something you want to accomplish in this life. Whatever it is, you need to ask yourself if it is important enough for you to change and use pathology prevention practices.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: The strength and effectiveness of your immune system isn't determined by your red and white blood count. The counts are indicators of neither strength nor effectiveness, but are used to help diagnose current conditions. Counts are correlations to, not causes of, a good defense system.
The main job of red blood cells, is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues and carbon dioxide as a waste product, away from the tissues and back to the lungs. In the case of Covid-19, your survivability depends on the percentage of your lungs required to put enough oxygen in your blood to support cellular respiration, or life. One strategy might be to increase the number of red blood cells. However, an alternative strategy would be to make your existing red blood cells as effective as possible.
Red blood cells also play a part in the body's immune response: their hemoglobin releases free radicals, which break down the bacterial pathogen's cell wall and membrane, killing it. This isn’t effective on the Covid-19 virus directly, but very important in the defense of secondary infections resulting from the damage it may cause. When it comes to Covid-19, your healthy red blood cells play an important role in your survivability; carrying oxygen to the body and reducing the inflammation response, particularly within the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Among your white blood cells, there are:
Monocytes- They have a longer lifespan than many white blood cells and help to break down bacteria.
Neutrophils- They kill and digest bacteria and fungi. They are the most numerous type of white blood cell and your first line of defense when this type of infection strikes. Not real helpful in the case of Covid-19.
Eosinophils- They attack and kill parasites and cancer cells and help with allergic responses.
Basophils- These small cells seem to sound an alarm when infectious agents such as Covid-19 invade your blood. They secrete chemicals such as histamine, a marker of allergic disease, that help control the body's immune response. Healthy basophils produce a quick immune response and are a critical component of the viral vaccination strategy. In the absence of a vaccine, a quick alarm can determine the effectiveness of your lymphocytes.
Lymphocytes- They create antibodies to fight against bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful invaders. These are your warriors in the fight against Covid-19. They reside locally throughout your body, strategically placed in your lymph nodes.
The Lymphatic system is a subsystem of both the Immune and Cardiovascular system, somewhat of a bridge between both. Covid-19 produces an interesting situation, where the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Endocrine, and Immune Systems must come together to provide an adaptive immune response. Any vaccine treatment must be part of a larger, more holistic approach to the treatment and prevention of Covid-19. The more time you have to strengthen your systems prior to infection, the stronger your shield becomes. When exposed to the Covid-19 virus, you’ll be glad you have the healthiest systems possible. Regardless of your current health status, any existing autoimmune issues, chronic diseases, or poor lifestyles; the Immune System Shield® is your best fighting chance beyond a healthy, responsible, lifestyle. You can have both!
ISSUES: Your epidermal system, is the defensive wall between you and the virus.
- This defense system begins with the distance between your skin and the virus, hence the importance of physical distancing.
- Next, is the amount of care you spend on keeping your skin clean and undamaged.
- Next, consider the biochemical health of your underlying skin, which depends on nutrition and available vitamins and minerals.
Next, beyond maintaining this exterior shield, lies the defenses at your body’s entry points. With poor hygiene, these entry points become principle points of defensive failure. You can build up artificial walls such as distance, face masks and clothing, but when this fails, your body’s other organ systems which when functioning properly, presents an extremely effect defense against the microbial enemy, and in the history of mankind, it seldom loses. It's only when these organ systems aren’t functioning optimally, that diseases such as the Covid-19 virus, make us vulnerable.
The immune system’s response to physiologic and metabolic stress is to produce pro-inflammatory molecules such as adipokines and cytokines cell-signaling molecules that aid cell-to-cell communication and stimulate the movement of cells toward sites of inflammation in conditions of infection and injury. Thus immune system responses and the resulting inflammation are intimately connected.
The Immune System Shield® was designed to strengthen the body’s immune system, while synergistically complementing the Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, and Lymphatic systems to aid in your pathology prevention efforts.
STRATEGIES: The two commonly used categories of white blood cell disorders divide them quantitatively into those disorders causing excessive blood counts and those disorders causing insufficient counts. Another way to categorize disorders of white blood cells is qualitatively. There are various disorders in which the number of white blood cells is normal but the cells do not function normally. Taken holistically, our strategy includes both approaches. A healthy lifestyle, clean environment, pure air and water, proper nutrition, exercise, and restorative sleep can all contribute to a healthy balance of blood cell quantity and quality.
The three major types of lymphocyte white blood cells (mentioned under general considerations) are T cells, B cells and natural killer (NK) cells. T cells (thymus cells) and B cells (bone marrow) are the major cellular components of the adaptive immune response. T cells are involved in cell-mediated immunity, whereas B cells are primarily responsible for humoral immunity (relating to antibodies). Our herbal infusion strengthens the T cell objective with Adaptogen, Anti-inflammatory, Antibiotic, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Detoxifier, Immuno-Modulator, Immuno-Stimulant, Lymphatic and other specific actions designed to support cell-mediated immunity.
Our herbal infusion also strengthens the B cell objective with Adaptogen, Adrenal Restorative, Adrenal Tonics, Immuno-Modulator, Immuno-Stimulant, and Lymphatic actions designed to support humoral immunity functions. The function of T cells and B cells is to recognize specific "non-self" antigens, during a process known as antigen presentation. Once they have identified an invader, such as Covid-19, the cells generate specific responses that are tailored to eliminate the specific pathogen, or pathogen-infected cells. B cells respond to pathogens by producing large quantities of antibodies which then neutralize foreign objects like bacteria and viruses.
NK cells are a part of the innate immune system and play a major role in defending the host from tumors and virally infected cells. NK cells distinguish infected cells and tumors from normal and uninfected cells by recognizing changes of a surface molecule called MHC. NK cells are activated in response to a family of cytokines called interferons. Activated NK cells release cytotoxic (cell-killing) granules which then destroy the altered cells. They are named "natural killer cells" because they do not require prior activation in order to kill cells which are missing MHC. Our Infusion delivers cytokines and cytotoxic granules gained from herbal plant compounds to support the needed actions of the innate immune system.
Optimally, the immune system’s function is to keep the body healthy, responding appropriately with an inflammatory response to environmental influences, such as short-lived infection and injury, and then returning the body to an alert system of defense. This function depends on the body’s ability to recognize “self” and “non-self.” When the immune response is successful, the tissue returns to a state of wellness, or metabolic stability described as allostasis.
Our Immune System Shield® helps keep the immune system healthy and performing optimally, in short, it helps prevent typical system constraints, assuring optimal performance of the world’s most robust defense system. It also works in synergy with our other system infusions, and holistic practices of the Health Guardian to provide a holistic strategy for resisting Covid-19 and other pathogens we may encounter.
Take a look at these pharmaceutical grade herbs below, and discover what they can do for you when given a chance. I think you’ll agree that these ingredients, offer a very competitive solution to the issues produced by the Coronaviruses such as Covid-19. To learn more about the biomedical reagents, and the actions caused by these plant compounds review our Product Indications of this herbal infusion.
Burdock Root supports healthy liver & kidney function; flushes toxins; promotes healthy skin; supports a healthy lymphatic system and gently supports fluid balance. While also supporting bowel regularity and the elimination of heavy metal toxicity.
Wild Indigo Root used for against infections such as diphtheria, influenza (flu), Swine flu, Coronavirus, the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, lymph node infections, scarlet fever, malaria, and typhoid.
Barberry Root Bark supports healthy liver & gallbladder filtering and elimination functions. It promotes blood cleansing, supports digestion, soothes gastrointestinal distress, promotes bowel regularity, enhances natural resistance, and promotes healthy skin needed as a barrier against the virus attack.
Calendula Flowers helps maintain gastrointestinal health; promotes healthy digestion; supports bone, joint and connective tissue health key in the production of bone marrow and white blood cells used in defense of the Coronavirus.
Cayenne Pepper won’t let your immune system be caught off guard. It is a stimulating circulatory tonic which supports cardiovascular and arterial health needed in the support of other systems such as the respiratory system as well. The Cayenne Pepper’s biochemical mechanisms when combined with the rest of the infusion helps the body mobilize defense components early, before the virus has strength, and provides time needed for the immune system to build its own defense tailored to this specific pathogen strain. Think of it as an early warning system.
Codonopsis Root is used to treat HIV infection and to protect cancer patients against side effects of radiation treatment. In our case it is an excellent blood tonic and immune system tonic. It is extremely effective at boosting vitality and relieving a sense of general fatigue resulting from the Coronavirus.
Echinacea Root is well known for supporting healthy immune function. It also strengthens the lymphatic system as part of the war against the Coronavirus by cellular binding and elimination out of the blood stream. Echinacea promotes glandular health, and respiratory tract health needed in the case of Coronavirus attacks.
Cleavers promotes a healthy lymphatic system function; helps facilitate removal of toxins from the body. It is a traditional blood purifier and promotes healthy skin as a primary defense in pathology prevention.
Goldenseal Root supports a healthy immune system response. It is well known for the support it provides to bronchial, sinus & respiratory tract health.
Chaparral is an herbal antioxidant. It supports cleansing of blood, kidneys and the lymphatic system. It also helps eliminate heavy metal toxicities. Chaparral provides general immune system functional support while promoting both skin and joint health as well.
Thuja leaves supports the bronchial and respiratory function. They provide support for mucus tissue, such as the throat and respiratory tract. They are a mild respiratory diuretic assisting in the resistance to pneumonia.
Cat's Claw Bark supports immune health. It helps to maintain joint comfort & mobility aches and pains produced by flu like pathogens. It fights against environmental allergies; promotes skin health (ointment).
Tree Lichen is used for weight loss, pain relief, fever control, and tissue healing caused by flu viruses. It makes phlegm easier to cough up and reduces both upper and lower respiratory congestion. It maintains a healthy microbial balance within the urinary and immune systems.
Mistletoe is used for joint & muscle discomforts caused by the fevers associated with virus attacks. It provides support to the circulatory system, relaxes nerves; and relieves head discomforts.
This herbal blend consumed as an specially designed infusion, will strengthen your immune system and enhance all your pathology prevention activities. The Immune System Shield® can be PURCHASED online from our pharmacy. It is also complementary to the other system infusions. We recommend considering the respiratory, cardiovascular, and endocrine system infusions found in our pharmacy as a next step to further strengthen your Covid-19 defense accompanied with improved nutrition, exercise, and sleep for a holistic approach to pathology prevention.
NOTE: This product and information about the product, are not intended to diagnose or treat any specific illness or disease. For diagnosis or treatment consult a health professional. Information provided on this site is for decision enablement, lifestyle change, and pathology prevention efforts only. This product has not been evaluated by the FDA.
INTERACTIONS: Please review this herbal infusion’s possible interactions on its product page, under the ‘SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS’ tab.
WARNING: These are pharmaceutical grade herbs, please read the 'Safety Considerations' on the product tab before purchasing.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: Regardless of the pathogen, there are pathology prevention practices that we all can use to one degree or another, regardless of our current health condition. We are not hopeless, even if you have multiple chronic diseases. Even in a time when super strains of bacteria that are resistant to known antibiotics exist we can address it. When aggressive viruses are mutating at alarming rates, and fungi evolving all over the place, which are creating new threats to destroy us every year, we can reign supreme, without turning our freedoms over to others. We can be self-reliant. We can enjoy increasing wellness, maintain and increase our quality lifestyle, and engage with others at a healthy level. This is what being a Health Guardian is all about.
ISSUES: Effective pathology prevention practices exist and should be followed regardless of the type or strain of pathogen you’re currently being threatened by.
- In some cases, these pathology prevention practices are the only things we CAN do to avoid illness and even death.
- The Health Guardian accepts the responsibility of self-care and learns how to effectively engage with other health care providers early on, before they find themselves in life threatening situations.
- Every Health Guardian needs to understand the importance of holistic health, especially when it comes to being prepared to fight against this season’s next virus or global threat such as Coronaviruses, Avia and Swine flu.
STRATEGIES: There are three defense strategies used by the Health Guardian against pathogens:
- System Wellness, is the foundational strategy for all pathology prevention efforts regardless of what the World Health Organization and others would have you think. They promote vaccination as the most effective way to prevent diseases, e.g., “A vaccine helps the body’s immune system to recognize and fight pathogens such as viruses or bacteria, which then keeps us safe from the diseases they cause.” This is only half true, they fail to point out that once the body detects a foreign pathogen, it must be healthy enough to win the fight caused by the pathogen.
- Hygiene, This includes activities from washing our face and hands, brushing our teeth, to cooking practices, surface wiping, physical distancing, and even isolation when needed.
- and Vaccination. In a healthy, well-functioning body, vaccination is not a requirement, but even in this case, vaccination can reduce the severity of your fight against foreign pathogens. In cases when the body isn’t functioning optimally, such as with existing weakness, elderly or chronic disease, and in other times when your systems are compromised, vaccination can be the difference between life and death.
INTERACTIONS: A holistic systems response from our entire body can be over 51 times stronger than a single response from a solitary system such as the immune system alone. This compartmentalized thinking is common in the medical industry. 51 times the response illustrates just how effective a holistic approach to wellness can be. When all organ systems are functioning properly, our body’s defenses are extremely powerful against pathogens.
Our mental and spiritual health is used to reduce stress and inflammation as well as provide diagnostic indicators to help identify system constraints and prioritize pathology prevention practices. To increase practice effectiveness and efficiencies, the Health Guardian also uses standardized Management and Caregiving practices that can help make pathology prevention a continuous, and sustainable strategy against viruses, bacterium, and fungus.
As a visitor to this website, we welcome you to study and put to use these pathology prevention practices and herbal infusions to increase your own self-reliance, wellness, and quality of life.
WARNINGS: Failure to commit to a set of pathology prevention actions is an action itself. Are you sure you want to take that action?