Posted 8/27/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -7)
Hard to say. I have heard 2 different explanations about our screwed up immune systems.
First, that they are strong but have been misdirected by some trigger event.
Second, that they are weak and the when a trigger event occurs the immune system attacks our body instead.
If the first theory is right then strengthening our immune system is not good. If the second is then strengthening is great.
Personally, I believe that our immune systems have some genetic flaw that makes them vulnerable to a trigger and then misdirect the attack to our own bodies. If researchers knew exactly what those mechanisms were we/they could bolster our immune systems by augmenting what is deficient. Without that knowledge it is strictly a shot in the dark and might cause harm.
It also seems counter productive if you are taking immuno suppressants to take something to boost your immune system.
I hope I live long enough to hear the answers to your questions. In the meantime, I choose not to "boost" my immune system and counteract what immuno suppressants have done. If my treatments were ineffective I might feel differently about the matter.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
Meds: prednisone (6mg & tapering), 75mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller