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Doctor insights on: Immune Defense Supplement Good Advanced Emphysema

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Is an immune defense supplement good for someone with advanced emphysema?

Is an immune defense supplement good for someone with advanced emphysema?

Vitamin D: Is a great immune supplement. Have your levels checked , they should be between 50 and 100 for maximal protection ! ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Does using supplement drugs to improve the immune system good for HCV type 1a patients?

Does using supplement drugs to improve the immune system good for HCV type 1a patients?

Not that I know: Milk thistle was reported to show some effect in a couple of small overseas studies but for hepatitis c failed a big study last year (reported in jama). It has some interesting effects and even a possible mechanism of action in hepatotoxicity that's been worked out, but don't spend too much money or get your hopes too high. ...Read more

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Odorless garlic supplement vs kyolic supplement as immune system booster, do these work?

Odorless garlic supplement vs kyolic supplement as immune system booster, do these work?

Maybe: Garlic does have some general and very non-specific immune boosting effects, but the exact effect and to what extent is not clear. If you feel your immune system is weak or needs boosting you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are gummy multivitamins that support the immune system even an effective approach to helping the immune system?

Are gummy multivitamins that support the immune system even an effective approach to helping the immune system?

Gummy vitamins: Probably not. The best support for a good immune system is eating healthy , avoiding stress, and getting enough sleep. ...Read more

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How would t-helper cell deficiency affect a person's immune system?

Increased infection: A person with t-helper cell deficiency would see an increase in frequency of infections, mainly viral infections and opportunistic infections. ...Read more

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What food is good to build up immune system for cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy?

What food is good to build up immune system for cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy?

Diet and chemo: There is no "special immune building" diet recommended for patients undergoing chemotherapy. In general a balanced diet with enough proteins and fruits/ vegetables is preferable. Chemo can suppress appetite but it is very important to maintain your weight while going through these therapies. ...Read more

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Which vitamins, food are recommended to boost immune system?

Which vitamins, food are recommended to boost immune system?

Normal healthy diet: A normal healthy diet and a healthy life style avoiding street drugs, tobacco and alcohol are helpful to maintain a healthy immune system. I would not recommend any over the counter supplements. At most, a one-a-day vitamin would be a possibility. ...Read more

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Is there folic acid in noni juice? Can a 10 year old take while receiving chemo to build immune system?

Is there folic acid in noni juice?  Can a 10 year old take while receiving chemo to build immune system?

Talk w/ nutritonist: Not all noni juice formulations are the same. Before having your son consume any, i would bring in the bottle to your next visit to have your oncologist or nutritionist take a close look at the ingredients to make sure there is nothing that would interfere with your son's chemo treatment. Probably will be ok, but check first. ...Read more

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Is Phillips colon probiotics good to replenish your immune and digestive system ?

Is Phillips colon probiotics good to replenish your immune and digestive system ?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Would recommend a poly-strain probiotic that is slow -release with millions of cultures. It will cost more but will do a much better job that cheap ones. ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins/foods that are proven (or recommended) to boost/strengthen immune system in a person with immunodeficiency?

Are there any vitamins/foods that are proven (or recommended) to boost/strengthen immune system in a person with immunodeficiency?

It depends: Western medical doctors typically look for a deficiency (such as Vit D) or conditions which impacts the immune system. Therapy is then directed accordingly. In Washington State Naturopaths might have some other ideas and if you have a good Chinese Medicine Herbalist nearby check them out. Hopefully, there are biomarkers which can be followed to better assure effective therapy. ...Read more

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Help please! is animal protein a powerful cancer promoter?

Help please! is animal protein a powerful cancer promoter?

Of course not: Whoever told you this was simply lying. It makes no sense biologically, and vegetarians have no advantage over meat-eaters in terms of longevity or any category of illness including cancer as shown in the last few big studies. Ignore zealots like this -- they're almost always offering disinformation. If you want to become a vegetarian, just acknowledge it's for moral reasons and supplement wisely. ...Read more

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Will having good immune system help prevent cavity and gum disease?

Yes but...: It will not be a substitute for good oral hygiene, a good diet, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. ...Read more

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How can we improve our immune system? What is the diet we should follow? Which. Food increase immune s ytem

Balanced immunity: Nutritious diet: limiting processed sugar, fats, along with probiotics; maintain ideal body weight with restful sleep, drinking plenty of water, & regular exercise (brisk walking, 3 times/week, e.g.) helps maintain a balanced immune system= no hypersensitivity/ allergies, the ability to fight off infections. Good diet = needed minerals. Vit. D supplement if you can't get daily, safe sun exposure. ...Read more

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ITP being an auto-immune disease, would a diet with less vitamin A, C and B6, proteins and probiotics to reduce the immune response be useful?

ITP being an auto-immune disease, would a diet with less vitamin A, C and B6, proteins and probiotics to reduce the immune response be useful?

No: ITP is an autoimmune disease in which platelets are destroyed and maybe even inhibited in production. Depending on the platelet count and clinical findings treatment can range from observation follow-up to multiple drug regimens. Dietary changes other than a well balanced and nutritional diet do not help. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Rheumatoid arthritis - auto-immune disease - does it boost or suppress immune system?

Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more