Why are some people losing out to that Sneaky Virus?
By Prithu Nath
What’s Going Wrong Inside?
Now doctors and researchers are increasingly convinced that, in some cases at least, the cause is the body’s own immune system overreacting to the virus. The problem, known broadly as a “cytokine storm,” can happen when the immune system triggers a runaway response that causes more damage to its own cells than to the invader it’s trying to fight.
Cytokine storms occur when the immune system gets stuck trying to fight a disease. Cytokine molecules summon various immune cells to swoop in and attack an infection. Normally they turn on only briefly, then shut off when help arrives. But when a storm occurs, they keep sending the alarm long after it’s needed.
“Think about it like when the smoke alarm never goes off — you’re going to keep calling the firefighters over and over again and you’re going to have too many there.
But it’s also possible that the immune system is out of whack and continuing to call for help after the infection has died down or the infection is too wide spread and the immune system is destroying the body cells in very great numbers.
Regardless, the storm theory could explain the second-week crash when people seem to improve in the first week and suddenly crash thereafter.
“It may be that you need to wait until, actually, there’s a sufficient immune response going on that can drive this cytokine storm”. Some of the body’s most powerful immune cells, known as T-cells, take about a week to build up in the body. As they do, patients could start to improve, and then rapidly worsen as the cells continue to proliferate beyond the point at which they are helpful.
It could be due to a weakened immune system resulting from Obesity or genetic weakness towards this condition or one of the reasons enlisted below that has again weakened the immune system resulting in under performing Perforin, which actually is fired at the invading cells to punch holes into it by our immune NK cells and then the same cells fire Granzymes through these punched holes which may induce apoptosis. But the under performing Perforin maybe resulting in malfunction of Cytokine function which is a communication messenger that tells other cells to do certain things and it keeps on firing.
Cytotoxic CD8 T cells carry out their killing function by releasing two types of preformed cytotoxic protein: the granzymes, which seem able to induce apoptosis in any type of target cell, and the pore-forming protein perforin, which punches holes in the target-cell membrane through which the granzymes can enter.
BUT HERE INDIAN HERBS MAY WORK AS THEY HELP TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM FROM DAY ONE AND ALSO HELP TO FIGHT OFF THE INFECTION WHILE IT’S BUILDING UP RESULTING IN A MILDER AND MORE BALANCED OVERALL IMMUNE RESPONSE.
Some Causes of Low Immunity?
- Age: Immunity goes down with age, but our Rishi Munis knew better, and were able to improve immunity with herbs and food.
- Vitamin D: shortage results in a compromised Immune System? Viruses somehow know that Vitamin D is intimately involved in controlling your immune system and have developed the strategy to Block the Vitamin D receptors thereby blocking the absorption of Vitamin D which in turn compromises our Immunity. So maintaining higher levels of Vitamin D is Important.
- Obesity: is lowering your Killer NK cells Immunity? Lower NK Cells Frequency. Reduced Cytokine Production. Reduced Perforin and Granzyme Production. Reduced Cytototoxicity.
- Refined Sugar Intake: Refined sugar can reduce how white blood cells perform and increase inflammatory markers. In fact, obese people have fewer white blood cells with a reduced capability to fight infection. But as these factors reveal, sugar’s impact on the immune system can also be cumulative and far-reaching.
- Urban Living Syndrome
- Immunity Lowering Antibiotics and over indulgence of pain killers:
- Junk Food
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Low Minerals and Vitamins
- Refined Carbs
- Processed Foods
- High GI Foods
- Mundane Lifestyle
- Lacking Herbs
- Lacking Healthy Fats
- Potassium to Sodium Imbalance
- Leaky Gut
- Lack of Sleep
- Fatty Liver and High Triglycerides
- RO and non mineralised Water
- Lack of Pre and Probiotics in food
- Underlying Chronic Medical Problems
- Not Exercising Your Lungs