How to Strengthen the Immune System
Agatha M. Thrash, M.D., FACP
Calvin L. Thrash, M.D., MPH
There is currently no effective standard treatment for AIDS and none is anticipated. Therefore any help for the AIDS patient must come from the application of natural laws that govern immunity. These laws should be studied and applied religiously in order to strengthen the immune system.
A thirty-four year old reformed homosexual married eight years ago and now has two children. He became very sick, was hospitalized, and discovered he had AIDS. We suggested that he use the routine given here. In the middle of the second series of fever treatments, he began to notice improvement each day. He maintains his weight well, has had a reduction in the size of the lymph nodes in his neck, and has experienced a general improvement in his sense of well-being. At the time of this writing he has been on the program for thirty-six months. At the beginning of the course of treatments he showed typical signs in his blood cells of HIV infection, but after forty-five fever treatments, he showed much improvement. He was still HIV positive, but he gained weight, went back to work, and felt fine.
The objectives of our treatments are to improve circulation to and oxygenation of the cells, to change the intestinal flora with a high fiber vegetarian diet, to discourage cancer cell growth with hot baths, to stimulate the immune mechanism for cancer and infection resistance, and to combat toxins, which cause anemia and loss of appetite.
The family and friends should have regular prayer for a miracle from heaven. Trust God that He is loving, forgiving, healing, and comforting. Trust Him that every trial is for our development somehow, even when it appears destructive. When Jacob was wrestling with the angel, it appeared that having his thigh go out of joint was a terrible calamity, which would disable him, and he would not be able to save himself and his family. But when his brother Esau looked at his limping twin brother, he became tenderhearted and his murderous wrath ceased. The trust exerted stimulates the endorphin system, and thus strengthens the immune system.
Use of the most excellent hygiene is an absolute necessity. A vegetarian diet, exercise, sunshine, regularity, early sleep and waking times, scrupulous cleanliness, orderliness, and other beneficial measures are important to begin and maintain, if improved health is desired.
The Ideal Diet
The diet should be totally vegetarian, leaving off all fats, all refined sugars, chemical additives, spices (but not herbs), and vinegar, emphasizing raw food and fresh juices, especially carrots and beets.
- Take two to three meals per day. Two are best. Never snack. Not a sip, taste, or morsel between meals.
- Have a set time for meals. Establish regularity and regimentation as far as meals and sleep schedules are concerned.
- Read labels for irritants, harmful foods, and additives, such as vinegar, monosodium glutamate, pepper (black, red, cayenne, “hot”), baking powder and soda, animal products, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
- Omit one to three meals weekly unless seriously underweight.
- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables uncooked.
- Eat slowly and chew well.
- Cook grains and legumes thoroughly. Grain preparations, such as cracked or whole kernel must be boiled gently for at least three hours. Rolled grains need one to one and a half hours. To use a good Crock-Pot is helpful.
- Omit liquid foods at meals, except on rare occasions. Liquid foods are pops, juices, watery soups, and other beverages. If juices are required in greater quantity than 8 oz, make a meal of them only, and sip them slowly, mixing well with saliva.
- Use frozen fruit blended with a little fruit juice, occasionally, as an ice-cream substitute on hot days.
- Shop at health food stores and produce markets that keep fresh food because of a rapid turnover.
- Let five hours pass between the end of one meal and the beginning of the next.
- Never use soft drinks, coffees, teas, medicines, and chocolate. May use herb teas.
- Drink an 8 oz. glass of fresh carrot juice daily and sip it slowly at the beginning of a vegetable, not fruit, meal.
- Eat fresh carrots, grapes, cabbage, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, beets, broccoli, dark greens, kohlrabi and cauliflower.
- Eat raw fruit or make fresh juice, including fresh lemon and grape or carrot juice. Don't eat or drink the juices of both fruits and vegetables at the same meal. If possible, 50-80% of the meal should be taken raw or only lightly steamed. Asparagus and garlic have both been ascribed antiviral, anticancer qualities. Aloe vera has a carbohydrate that may slow down the reproduction of HIV and boost the immune system. Licorice root tea also boosts immunity.
- Frequently choose cooked grains or vegetables from the list below. These foods are selected because of their low phenylalanine and lysine content:
~~Potatoes (white or sweet)
- Use immature legumes, such as field peas or green peas not more than twice a week, as they are high in phenylalanine and lysine. Select only one at a meal.
- Use whole grain cereals or quick breads without sugar, baking powder or soda, or excessive salt.
A Suggested Meal Plan
- Fruit Meal
- Breakfast main dish
- Raw fruit
- Other fruit
- Whole grain bread
- Fruit bread or spread
- Spreads & Side Dishes
- Crushed pineapple
- Fruit puddings
- Apple butter
- Stewed fruit puree
- Pear butter
- Bland fruits
- Thick apple sauce
- Avocado 1/4-1/3
- Fruit leather
- Olives 4-6
- Fruit butter or spread
- Vegetable Meal
- Dinner main dish
- Raw vegetable or salad
- Cooked vegetable
- Whole grain bread
- Side dish or spread
- Oil-Free Spreads and Side Dishes
- Coconut, seeds, nuts, and peanuts
- One tablespoon millet butter or avocado spread
Gravies and Sauces
- Cream sauce
- Millet spread
- Nut gravies
- Tomato catsup
- Brown gravy
- Tomato-pepper puree
- Bean puree
- Onion-lemon puree
(See the cookbook, Eat For Strength, Oil-Free Edition)
Spare Supper (or none)
- Fruit or fruit sauce
- Bread, crackers, cereal
- Herb teas
(These teas should be taken continuously)
- Echinacea and chaparral. Echinacea strengthens the immune system and chaparral is an antibiotic. Put one heaping tablespoon of echinacea in one quart of boiling water and boil gently for thirty minutes. Turn the flame off and add two tablespoons of chaparral. Let this mixture steep for twenty-five minutes. Drink one cup first thing in the morning and finish the remainder of the quart throughout the day. This is one day’s dose. You must make the teas fresh daily; they lose potency after twenty-four hours.
- Pau d’Arco, blue violet and red clover. These herbs strengthen the immune system and cleanse the blood. Add three tablespoons of Pau d’Arco to one quart of boiling water and boil gently for twenty-five minutes. Turn flame off, add two tablespoons of blue violet and two tablespoons of red clover to the Pau d’Arco and let the mixture steep for twenty-five minutes.
- Do not use sweeteners in your teas. Though they are medicinal and may not appeal to your taste, the herbs were given to us by our Creator for healing. Drink them faithfully!
- You may also use goldenseal and aloe vera.
- Licorice tea also boosts immunity. Glyke, a substance isolated from the herb Glycyrrhiza uralensis, or licorice root, was tested on sixty patients who were HIV positive. About seventy percent of the cases improved, and three cases were reported to have converted from HIV-positive to negative, two of which remained HIV-negative. The report was made by Professor Lu Weibo of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Consider the herb teas as part of your eight to ten cups of daily water intake.
- The herb teas should be continued after the fever treatments stop for one to three years.
- Evening Primrose oil: large doses (it incorporates into the viral membrane wall, increasing the susceptibility to the fever treatments). Use up to twelve capsules a day during fever series. Flaxseed oil can be substituted at a dosage of one tablespoon twice a day.
- Use of garlic: four capsules, eight tablets, or one to two fresh cloves taken three times daily at mealtimes.
- Give a three-week course of zinc supplementation, fifteen mg. per day.
Exercise should consist of walking and purposeful outdoor labor as much as possible. Never exercise or work to the point of exhaustion, however. Exercise suggestions include the following:
- Split wood.
- Cycle: Stationary, three-wheeled, etc.
- Walk, walk, walk.
- Jog on padded surfaces as appropriate.
- Use rebounders (small trampolines). Simply bounce if your strength is not sufficient to jump.
- Do gardening.
- Spas are useful, if you have no other exercise possibilities.
- Lawn care is excellent outdoor work.
- Do exercises daily, progressively, religiously—especially light exercise after meals which promotes good digestion.
- Get a minimum of 20 minutes, and up to 10 miles of walking daily. Exercise produces a brain substance (endorphins) that “do good like a medicine.”
- If you do not feel like exercising, massage can help as it is “passive exercise.” The range of motion exercises can also help.
- Wear simple, modest, healthful, clean, and attractive clothing.
- Natural fibers and blends are best.
- Keep your limbs as warm as your forehead.
- Do not have more layers on the trunk than on the feet and calves.
- Wear no tight bands or restrictive garments, especially around the chest and abdomen.
Water is a cleanser and a healer, used externally and internally.
- Eight to ten cups of water, as pure as possible, between meals each day. Regular bowel movements daily are very important. Two cups of very warm water upon arising in the morning are very helpful for this. Most of the water you need will be supplied in the form of the herb teas listed previously.
- A daily bath or shower is essential; personal hygiene is a must. Wear a clean change of clothes daily.
- Take alternating hot and cold daily showers every a.m. or p.m., when the fever treatments are finished.
- Cold mitten friction: This hydrotherapy measure can be done several times a day, as often as once an hour, as the energy of the patient or the availability of time permits. Use it at least twice a day. It is a good stimulant of the immune system. Continue cold mitten friction after the fever series.
(See below for method)
Fifteen fever treatments spread over three weeks constitute one series of treatments. Give two series of three weeks each, pausing for one week after the first three weeks before beginning the second series. There should be five treatments in a week, but not usually more than one fever treatment per day for adults. Interrupt the treatment program every five days with a two-day rest. In three months, using the same routine, go through another two series of the fever treatments. Every six months for two years give another round.
The infant under three years of age should have the temperature very carefully controlled, bringing the mouth temperature or rectal temperature up to 103, but not holding it there. That may take only five to six minutes for the baby.
Technique for Fever Treatment
- Use a hot bath of 108-110°F to accomplish this “Fever” or “Hyperthermia” treatment.
- Obtain at least 102 and aim for 104°F orally and maintain it for 20-40 minutes, as tolerated.
- When the oral temperature goes above 100°F or the patient begins to sweat, keep the face and head very cool with an icy cloth changed often.
- Keep the bath water 110-112°F while the oral temperature is 102-105°F. Do this by draining off some of the cooling water and adding hot water.
- Follow the hot treatment with a tepid shower, friction rub drying, and one hour of bed rest with an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the forehead.
- Prevent chilling after the treatment.
- Abort the treatment if the heart rate rises above 160 in a person under 50 years of age. Abort the treatment if the heart rate rises above 140 in a person over 50 years of age. For more details on fever treatments. See the book Home Remedies.
A 20- to 30-minute daily period of being in the sun is helpful. You may be fully clothed, exposing only the face and arms. Always avoid the sun as much as possible between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as it actually reduces the immunity.
God will supply power and help for all your needs once and for all: overeating, snacking between meals, indulgence of unhealthful habits, (caffeine, nicotine, and marijuana), purging, prescription or non-prescription drug usage, masturbation or any expression of sexuality. Conserve your strength.
- Fresh, outdoor air. Avoid smog, motor exhaust, hydrocarbons, tobacco smoke, hairspray, and other toxic substances.
- Keep correct posture.
- Keep sleeping rooms well aired, summer and winter, being careful not to sleep in a draft.
- Spend more and more time out-of-doors.
- Take 20 deep breaths outdoors or near an open window 2-4 times per day.
- Blow up balloons to encourage oxygenation of tissues.
- Hike in the fresh air and the beauties of nature; especially healthful near running water, after the rain, and/or amongst the trees.
- Spend time out of cities as much as possible.
- Remember that prayer is the breath of the soul.
- Reinstate regularity, routine, order and predictability of daily activities.
- Simplicity, quietness of living is the goal.
- Stop overworking, hectic pacing.
- Quit your overly stressful job, and whittle various involvements out of your life.
- Prioritize your life with much prayer.
- Keep the Sabbath holy. God made the Sabbath for man and specially blesses those who commune with Him that day by spending every possible moment in Bible reading, meditation, prayer, and studying spiritual lessons in nature. You need a day of rest, and you also need the blessing of knowing that particular segment of the week is a memorial to man's creation. We are that special to God.
- Rise and retire at set times. If you work afternoon or night shifts, change job assignments, if at all possible.
- Omit TV, Rock n' Roll, novels, love stories, idle talk, frivolity, and any other neurologically exciting but depleting activities. Just as things we see can cause profound mental and emotional changes, so can what we hear. Give yourself every advantage.
- Learn to live simply, spending less money on yourself, more to help others.
- Refuse to defend yourself, argue, worry or complain.
- If you are not sleeping well at night, do not nap during the afternoon. You may take a short nap (less than an hour) before dinner.
- Try to have one day off each week besides Sabbath. Use this day for personal chores and private projects; this is not selfish. Your first duty to God and to others is that of self-development.
Trust in Divine Power
- Reevaluate your relationship to God.
- Begin each day or end each day with a quiet hour or so alone with God in prayer and Bible reading.
- Keep your joys, thanks, needs, sorrows, sins, cares, and fears before God.
- Talk to Him all day. Recognize that a divine being, a guardian angel, is always with you.
- Read Desire of Ages, Ministry of Healing (Health and Happiness), and Counsels on Diet and Foods. These books may be obtained from an Adventist Book Center or a Seventh-day Adventist Church. Take seriously any lessons learned, even if they seem unimportant.
- Participate in morning and evening family devotions.
- Become a committed Christian anew every day.
- Accept the circumstances of daily life, even if they are not what you may have planned or chosen. Everything God allows to come to you is an education, even the trials. If accepted graciously, all trials bring joy.
- Pray for God's will to be done, and do not insist on healing. He doesn't heal everyone, but He desires to save every living soul—all who give their full allegiance to Him. Have faith that God will accomplish the very best thing for your life.
- Be thankful, cheerful (not playful or joking), prayerful. These attitudes produce the endorphins. These are merry hormones and happy chemicals that fight cancer and promote a sense of well-being.
- Consider being anointed by the church elders.
- You will need our Lord to help you make these lifestyle changes and to maintain them. When Paul wrote, "The very God of peace sanctify you wholly" (1 Thess. 5:23), he did not exhort his brethren to aim at a standard that was impossible for them to reach; he did not pray that they might have blessings, which it was not the will of God to give. He knew that all who would be fitted to meet Christ in peace must possess a pure and holy character.
"Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air, but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Cor. 9:25-27).
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Cor. 6:19, 20).
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