Author Julie Casper, L. Ac., is a classically trained Oriental medicine physician, a C.H.E.K. Institute certified exercise therapist, and a nutritional balancing therapist (hTMA). She educates and supports health professionals who are interested in learning clinical hTMA therapy. She can be contacted through her website: healthelite.org
Author: Julie Casper, L. Ac., C.H.E.K. Certified, hTMA
The immune system is not one specific thing, but involves the interaction of specific molecular, chemical and cellular processes, along with psychological and neurological affects. In physiology, the immune system is generally recognized as having two main controlling systems, cellular and humoral.
The research of Dr. George Solomon (UCLA professor and pioneer in the field of psychoneuroimmunology) has found that people with balanced and resilient immune systems have the following personality traits. They all are signs of effective stress response ability.
A nice, short, introduction to immunology, created by Armando Hasudungan (a student). For more on the role of phagocytes in innate or nonspecific immunity, please visit the Kahn Academy.
The immune system is generally recognized as having two main controlling systems, cellular and humoral. The cell-mediated immune response involves specific cells that detect and destroy invading viral and bacterial organisms. This parasympathetic system is the primary defense against viral and fungal infections, tumor antigens and intracellular organisms. The humoral-mediated immune response involves macromolecules found in extracellular fluids (humours, or body fluids). This sympathetic system is the primary defense against bacterial infection.
|(Increased Humoral Response)||(Increased Cellular Response)|
|Allergies (Histamine)||Allergies (Low Histamine)|
|Cushing's Disease||Addison's disease|
|Juvenile Diabetes||Adult Onset Diabetes|
|Bacterial Infections||Viral Infections|
|Multiple Sclerosis (true)||Multiple Sclerosis (False)|
|Parkinson's Disease||Yeast and Fungus|
|Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis||AIDS|
|Malignancies (fast growing, metastatic)||Malignancies (slow growing tumors)|
A fully functioning and resilient immune response requires that there is a balance between these two main controlling immune responses. If one is dominant over the other, the body becomes susceptible to infection. The nutritional status of the body determines the competence of the immune system. This balance is achieved largely through optimum nutrition. hTMA, when properly performed and interpreted, can substantially contribute to the assessment and maintenance of optimum nutritional status of the individual. hTMA may also contribute to the determination of sympathetic or parasympathetic dominance, thereby, providing an easily obtained and economic test for determining individual susceptibility to disease, reaction to xenobiotics, and immune regulation.
Further reading: The Immune System and hTMA PatternsLearning Center ↵
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