Maintaining a healthy immune system is the key to staying healthy and fighting cancer and all other degenerative disease. If your immune system is functioning properly, your body has no other choice but to stay healthy. That’s the way God made our bodies. It’s only when the immune system is compromised that we succumb to sickness and disease. The immune system is a collection of cells, chemical messengers, and proteins that work together to protect the body from potentially harmful, infectious microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi; thus, the immune system plays a role in the control of cancer and other diseases. Our remarkable immune system is composed of “leukocytes” (white blood cells), “antibodies” (proteins in the blood), the thymus, spleen, and liver. It even has its own network of vessels (the lymphatic system) which drains waste products from tissues and transports it from lymph node to lymph node where macrophages (literally “big eaters”) filter out debris. Leukocytes are the body’s “first line of defense.” When foreign “invaders” enter the body, our immune system comes to the rescue in two ways:
- Leukocytes directly attack the invader.
- Antibodies either damage the invaders directly, or alert leukocytes to mount an attack.
There are two main subgroups of leukocytes. The first subgroup is called “polymorphonuclear leukocytes” (aka “granulocytes”). These leukocytes are filled with granules of toxic chemicals that enable them to digest microbes by a process called phagocytosis (literally “cell-eating”). Three types of granulocytes are “neutrophils” (which kill bacteria), “eosinophils” (which kill parasites), and “basophils.” The second subgroup of leukocytes is called “mononuclear leukocytes,” which include both “monocytes” and “lymphocytes.” Monocytes ingest dead or damaged cells (through phagocytosis) and provide immunological defenses against many infectious organisms. Monocytes migrate into tissues and develop into macrophages. Macrophages contain granules or packets of chemicals and enzymes which serve the purpose of ingesting and destroying microbes, antigens, and other foreign substances. Lymphocytes, found in the lymph system, are mononuclear leukocytes which identify foreign substances and germs (bacteria or viruses) in the body and produce antibodies and cells that specifically target them. It takes from several days to weeks for lymphocytes to recognize and attack a new foreign substance. Lymphocytes make up roughly 25% of all white blood cells in the body. Like other white blood cells, they are produced in the red bone marrow. Lymphocytes constantly travel throughout the body, moving through tissues or through the blood or lymph vessels. There are three major subtypes of lymphocytes: T-cells, B-cells, and NK cells. The letter “T” refers to the thymus, where those lymphocytes mature. The letter “B” refers to the bone marrow, where that group of lymphocytes matures. The “NK” is an acronym for “natural killer” cells. The lymph system bathes every cell and carries nutrients to the cell while removing toxins such as dead and cancerous cells, heavy metals, infectious viruses, and other assorted wastes. But unlike the blood (which is pumped by the heart), the lymph is totally dependent on physical exercise to move. Without muscular contraction, adequate exercise, and movement, these lymphocytes are not able to do their job, because the lymph doesn’t flow. Thus, the body’s cells are left stewing in their own waste products and starving for nutrients, a situation which contributes to cancer and other degenerative diseases, as well as premature aging. Rebounding has been shown to increase lymph flow by up to 30 times! This simple yet effective exercise directly strengthens the immune system, increases lymph flow, and oxygenates the blood. My good friend, Dr. Darrell Wolfe, has treated cancer successfully for over 25 years. The first thing he would require of a new cancer patient is that they jump on a mini-tramp (rebounder) for 40 minutes per day (20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening) in order to stimulate their lymphatic system, thus “kicking into gear” their own immune system so that they could begin to fight the cancer.