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What are some holistic cures to boost my immune system?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not proven effective

Many "non-medical" supplements, foods, herbs, and techniques are claimed to "boost" the immune system, but none have been proven effective.
The immune system is complex, and "boosting" it to make it act stronger is not always a good thing. In conditions like arthritis, thyroid disease, diabetes type 1, lupus, eczema, etc..., the immune system is over-acting and damaging the patient's own organs.

In brief: Not proven effective

Many "non-medical" supplements, foods, herbs, and techniques are claimed to "boost" the immune system, but none have been proven effective.
The immune system is complex, and "boosting" it to make it act stronger is not always a good thing. In conditions like arthritis, thyroid disease, diabetes type 1, lupus, eczema, etc..., the immune system is over-acting and damaging the patient's own organs.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Randy Baker
I agree that boosting is not always wise, but that was not the question. Many are proven effective.
Dr. Randy Baker
Proven effective: http://www.christopherhobbs.com/website/herbal/mushrooms/medicinal_mushrooms.html
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: No magic pill

Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system".
There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet.

In brief: No magic pill

Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system".
There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Nutrtion, herbs, etc

A good multivitamin & healthy diet helps.
Many vitamins & minerals like vit a & d & zinc boost immunity. Avoid sweets and fried food. Many herbs like astragalus & ashwagandha help, as do medicinal mushrooms like reishi & shiitake. Reducing stress & getting adequate rest is crucial. Homeopathy & acupuncture help.The road to immunity by kenneth bock md is a wonderful book on how to boost immunity.

In brief: Nutrtion, herbs, etc

A good multivitamin & healthy diet helps.
Many vitamins & minerals like vit a & d & zinc boost immunity. Avoid sweets and fried food. Many herbs like astragalus & ashwagandha help, as do medicinal mushrooms like reishi & shiitake. Reducing stress & getting adequate rest is crucial. Homeopathy & acupuncture help.The road to immunity by kenneth bock md is a wonderful book on how to boost immunity.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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