Thymus – When the Immune System Falls
What in the world is PANDAS?
An ordinary, run-of-the-mill strep infection can lead to absolute disaster. One day your adorable child has a minor infection; the next day, your adorable child morphs into something out of a Stephen King novel.
One little girl changed from happy-all-the-time to screeching-rages-all-the-time. And it went on, and on, and on, as doctors tried to find answers.
Another child, a boy, went from normal to all-but-catatonic, frequently lying on the floor talking about death.
It’s called pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder, caused by strep. PANDAS, for short. It shows up after a bout with strep throat, and it turns the world upside down.
Medicine is thunderstruck by PANDAS, but they shouldn’t be. When PANDAS shows up, it means the thymus, the leader of your immune system, and also a part of the endocrine system, has fallen, and it can’t get up.
And PANDAS isn’t the only possible outcome of an overwhelmed thymus. All diseases involve abnormal thymus action. Well, now that I’ve scared your socks off, let’s talk about this.
Here’s what’s going on
Medicine doesn’t have much regard for the thymus. Working from an evolution model, they once said the thymus was vestigial-no longer necessary because we’ve moved beyond such primitive body parts. Well, no.
As a matter of fact, the thymus leads our immune system into battle against any and all diseases. And when the thymus dies, so do you.
After all, our Natural Killer T cells, cells that kill anything foreign to our bodies, come from the thymus. Without T cells, the bad guys win.
Nowadays, medicine says we’re born with a healthy thymus, but it shrivels up as the years go by, and by middle-age or so, it can’t do much. Which, they say, is why disease overtakes the aging body. In reality, the aging thymus can’t do much because it has never received the support it needs to keep chugging along.
Solving the Problem
Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet for a quick fix. The thymus is complicated. The functions of the immune system add to the tangle. Plus, the thymus is part of the very interactive endocrine system, so we’re talking complexity in all its glory.
Energizing the thymus is a step-by-step process. Some things happen quickly, while other results slow-walk their way to the finish line, but getting on the right road means you’ll end up where you need to be.
Solid nutrition makes your thymus sing hallelujah! Since medicine doesn’t do nutrition, and most of what we’ve been taught about nutrition is wrong, our bodies celebrate when they get the help they’ve been needing.
We see ads about making sure our pets get good nutrition. Even reading ingredient labels, for heaven’s sake. Well, what about old mom and dad? How about reading ingredient labels for the stuff in our diets?
We need supplements
Besides a good diet, we need supplements. Specifically, the supplements needed to provide some energy. How do we figure it out? We listen to our bodies. It talks in symptoms, so learn the language (which is what I talk about). Then follow through.
Want some general rules? Don’t take iron supps; they don’t behave themselves. And just say no to Resveratrol; it’s based on mold, which most of us are allergic to-whether we know it or not. But we need vitamin C. Most mammals make whatever C they need, but humans can’t make C, so we need to supplement.
Obviously, we have a lot to learn. Since the immune system, while essential, isn’t particularly glamorous or exciting, we don’t hear much about it.
Moving to Health (link below) covers not only the care and feeding of your thymus, but also the rest of your immune system, as well as the other endocrine glands. How to strengthen your T cells. And keep the lymph swooshing along at a good clip so it takes out the garbage. Plus, get all your endocrine glands moving in the same direction.
Well, that sounds daunting, but, once you know how your body works and what it needs, you can do this.
Yes, it takes some effort, but would you rather live your days in bad health or make the effort your body needs for you to live in good health?
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.