Anyone tried taking Beta Glucan to boost the immune system?

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therearemiracles
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   Posted 10/10/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I read a article that taking beta glucans will help boost your immune system (you're thinking it's boosted enough it's attacking my body) but I read that it helps fight UC/Chrons disease.
Here's PART of the article, tell me what you think.

We’ve seen thus far that, in just about every case of inflammatory bowel disease, conventional treatment involves the use of anti-inflammatories. Well, researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis took a bold step and did a study where they offered patients with Crohn’s disease an immune stimulant instead.12 They used a medicine called Leukine--a naturally-occuring molecule called Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF).

And though they faced harsh criticism from scientists at other universities for doing this, they obtained amazing results: of the initial 15 patients in the study, 12 did "significantly" better overall, while eight went into complete remission! Every one of the half a million patients with Crohn’s disease in America should know about this study.

But they shouldn’t feel they need to rush in to their doctor’s office to get this expensive shot (it costs around $300 per milliliter--that’s $1,500 per teaspoon).

Rather, they should learn from this study: by giving an immune booster, these doctors were able to put 53 percent of the cases into total remission. That almost implies that an infection is at the root of the disease, and that by assisting the body’s immune system the medication helped the body overcome the "infection," or the disease.

Typically, an anti-inflammatory medicine merely controls the symptoms of the disease--it doesn’t cure it. That’s because it rarely addresses the true cause of the disease. In other words, if the wrong diet is constantly consumed, or if damage (i.e. yeast overgrowth) is never reversed from previous antibiotic use, a cure can almost never be achieved. In this case, we feel that the "infection" in the intestines of Crohn’s patients is caused by fungi and their mycotoxins.

Incidentally, you can boost your immune system much less expensively and without a prescription by taking beta-glucans (see seagateproducts.com or nsc24.com). Using probiotics--Lactobacillus acidophilus, etc. (see natren.com)--is also extremely vital in reversing antibiotic damage, since these good bacteria can keep yeast and fungi from re-establishing themselves in the intestines.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease knows the misery these diseases can cause. Given the alternatives for treatment--more immune-suppressing drugs and surgery--we think it would be worth a trial on a program that includes a low-carb diet and antifungal medications or supplements. A 1944 Johns Hopkins Clinical Mycology book stressed the importance of following a low-carb diet while treating yeasts.13 If a fungus or mycotoxin is truly involved, all of these approaches will do more than just suppress the symptoms of or "manage" the disease--they can actually cure it.


First scope 7/05 should no UC, but I was bleeding with urgency. Sigmoid showed UC at rectum, 2nd colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27/07, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
8/1/08 on sulfasalazine 2 2x's a day, canasa often.


LondonRed
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   Posted 10/10/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
So basically says Probiotics boost immune system as they have name dropped Natren?

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Colitis - Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Asacol Enema, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day, Digestive Advantage


therearemiracles
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   Posted 10/10/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Well Natren is the only company that research, formulates and manufacture only probiotics. This is their specialty. Matter fact, even before i read this letter, I was taking the Trenev Trio. I really feel like I have a yeast problem b/c I have cut out sugars and bread carbs and my stools have gone from orange (which indicates toxins) to yellow, all will white specks in it, suggesting yeast. I'm working with a naturopath and he's helping me determine this. Have you ever cut out or went on a very low carb diet, no sugars and notice your stools and your gut is better? There's a connection there, I think. I don't know, I'm still learning, I was just wanting some feed back on beta glucans.


First scope 7/05 should no UC, but I was bleeding with urgency. Sigmoid showed UC at rectum, 2nd colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27/07, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
8/1/08 on sulfasalazine 2 2x's a day, canasa often.

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