Healthy Immunity Foreword

This book is truly a labor of love for Lorna Vanderhaeghe. Lorna has been an editor, writer, and health researcher for over twenty years. She has always practiced what she preaches, and brought up four children using a philosophy of natural healing and wholesome nutrition. She has been one of the pioneer educators in the natural health world.

After the outstanding success of her first book, The Immune System Cure, which she co-authored with Professor Patrick Bouic, a leading immunologist at Stellenbosch University, she received emails from hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. Many were testimonials about how her immune support program had greatly improved their health. And many more were desperate appeals for help from people suffering from serious and challenging health problems.

Lorna has written this book to address the need for clear and concise health information. Drawing from a wide variety of sources, and a solid background of scientific data, Lorna has distilled this information into a comprehensive manual for health maintenance and restoration.

The book is divided into eight chapters, including an A to Z listing of conditions. The first chapter deals with the digestive system, which is critical to immune function as well as to hormone function, a fact of which few are aware. The second chapter provides information on the cardiovascular system, and the third is an elegant explanation of the intricacies of the immune system.

Immune system abnormalities can involve either a depressed or an overactive immune response. When the immune system reacts against the body's own tissues, this is known as an autoimmune reaction. There are few popular books available on autoimmune diseases. Lorna has delved deeply into this whole area, studying the mechanisms by which autoimmune diseases have taken hold in the body and illuminating the specific ways that natural remedies can correct faulty pathways. She explains the specific actions of plant sterols in modulating or balancing the immune system, and documents the research behind them. She has made a major contribution to our understanding of autoimmune diseases.

In addition, Lorna devotes three chapters to mini-courses on nutrition, supplements, herbal remedies, healthy cooking, stress reduction, and exercise. She breaks down a large amount of information into highly digestible bite-size formats useful both for the beginner and for the expert. Finally, the book gives specific and practical protocols for over 100 conditions, neatly summarized in tables. Conditions include thyroid disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, bowel disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, all the autoimmune diseases, as well as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's and other degenerative neurological diseases are now affecting a younger population. Lorna gives the latest nutritional data as well as highlighting the exciting work of Dr. David Perlemetter, who has been getting excellent results using intravenous glutathione.

A topic I find fascinating is the link between stress and osteoporosis. Lorna found new research indicating that calcium and vitamin D won't halt osteoporosis if your immune system is dysfunctional. The research showed that under sustained stress, our immune cells release certain types of interleukins that deplete calcium from the bones, thus contributing to osteoporosis. Lorna has been meticulous in presenting treatments that are backed by scientific evidence, with preference given to human studies. Each nutritional prescription is backed by recent references from the scientific literature published in the last ten years.

These days, family doctors are much more interested in natural medicine, although their education is often lacking in many areas. This is a handy book to take along to your doctor so they can become more informed and check out the journal articles for themselves. The recommendations in this book can also be used along with more conventional treatments. Any possible drug interaction with either herbs or supplements is carefully described.

In today's world, the public as well as the professional caregiver can be overwhelmed with information on the newest and latest natural cures. It is difficult to separate fact from fantasy and hype. In this book, Lorna has provided a solid basis of evidence based both on suggestions and on common sense advice stemming from her personal experiences.

Carolyn DeMarco, M.D.
Author of Take Charge of Your Body and
Dr. DeMarco Answers Your Questions
(content of both books available at demarcomd.com)