Apr 25, 2017
Heal Your Immune System In Four
Antibiotics are supposed to help our immune system recover from
viruses, diseases, and other illnesses, but what if they leave us
feeling fatigued, unwell, or even worse over time?
With long-term use,
can antibiotics actually hinder, not heal our immune
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Besides antibiotics, pesticides and processed food ingredients
are also all too common in our modern society. Unfortunately, these
three can be the culprits behind health, mind, and autoimmune
If we've developed an
autoimmune disease over time, how can we fight back to regain our
vibrant health, clarity, and strength?
On this episode of Wellness Force
Radio, Preventive Medicine and Chronic Disease Specialist,
Founder and Director of The Blum Center for Health,
and author of both The
Immune System Recovery Plan and the upcoming
Arthritis, Dr. Susan
Blum helps us discover how we can get to the the root of our
autoimmune disease and recover our immune system in four steps:
- Using Food As
- Understanding Our Stress
- Improving Our Gut
- Supporting and Detoxifying
Listen to Episode 109 as Dr.
Susan Blum Uncovers
- How we can live a healthier life with the Four Fundamental
Steps in her Immune System
- The importance of discovering the root causes of modern
- What is a healthy immune system? How does the gut, stress,
food, toxins, and other factors come into play?
- The power of
functional medicine to heal the mind and body.
- How is it possible that the number of people with an autoimmune
disease has grown from 9 million to 24 million people since
- The constant amount of stress that we are facing as a society
and how it's affecting our bodies and minds.
- Dr. Blum's experience with hypothyroidism and
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and what she's doing to help other
people discover and treat their autoimmune disease.
- The danger of eating fish from the sea especially after
- How to know if your
thyroid and overall health is actually helping your mind and
- How can long usage of medications or antibiotics affect the
- What can food do to improve our health after taking antibiotics
for so many years?
- Why are plant-based diets and cultured foods so great to help
- How can dairy affect our bodies? What can we eat if we're
unable to digest dairy products?
probiotics can help the inflammation throughout your entire
- The connection between having both an autoimmune disease and a
- What is dysbiosis and how does it affect the stomach?
- What is glyphosate in products such as Roundup
pesticide and how does it affect our gut's health?
- Wheat Sensitivity vs
- How an Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) test can help you
discover if you have a general systematic autoimmune disease.
- How stress can really take a toll on our bodies and how it can
lead to autoimmune diseases.
- The two stress systems: Hormonal stress and Acute stress
- How we can we detox
our liver to live a healthier life.
Top 3 Takeaways From The Show
- We've all had moments when we say "I'm too stressed" or "I'm so
busy with everything." Fortunately, we have the power to recognize
that stress and turn our feelings around. We don't have to allow
stress to take control of our lives. Instead, we can find
productive ways to use it and handle it.
- Regularly check in with your mind and body to see how you're
doing. Taking a couple of moments each do to be mindful can help
you recognize what your emotions or literal gut feelings are
telling you. Meditate, walk, or journaling can help you get in
touch with yourself and discover what you need.
- Following the Four Fundamental Steps in the Immune System
Recovery Plan, be conscious about what you eat and drink as well as
your stress levels. Treating our bodies naturally is possible
without taking so many antibiotics for long periods of time.
Power Quotes From Dr. Blum
[tweetthis] "Functional medicine can heal the
gut, detoxify the body, and help manage and measure stress levels."
- "Autoimmune disease is a malfunction in our immune system and
there have been studies done to prove that certain factors disrupt
our gut, stress and overall health. Functional medicine is an
approach to treating and repairing the body. With functional
medicine, we can heal the gut, get the toxins out of the body, and
manage and measure stress levels." - Dr. Susan Blum on the
power of Functional Medicine to heal our
- "Today, babies aren't developing the healthy microbiome that
they need to support their bodies. According to the Hygiene
Hypothesis, babies don't need to be so clean because it tones their
immune system. They should get an exposure to dirt to help their
microbiome be strong. Kids should be playing outside. It's okay for
them to eat dirt and parents don't have to make everything so
clean." - Dr. Susan Blum on how a healthy microbiome and
gut system can develop when we're young.
- "You're eating what the animal ate." - Michael
Pollan on how what animals we consume, such as fish our poultry,
can affect us because of the mercury in the ocean or pesticides in
the animal feed.
- "We don't have medicine for viruses, except for herpes. How can
we recover from a virus? Our immune system naturally puts the virus
into remission and that virus continues to live hidden inside our
bodies. However, sometimes those viruses don't stay quiet and they
can come back. That's when we have a problem with the immune
system, but these four steps can treat that. By treating the immune
system, you can also treat the virus." - Dr. Susan Blum on
how viruses can be treated the same way we'd treat an autoimmune
- "The number one most important influence on your gut microbiome
is food. Vegetables and foods with fiber and vital nutrients feed
the good bacteria and help it flourish. Think of your gut like a
garden and what you feed it will determine what will grow in it. So
you can either grow flowers with good food or weeds with bad
food." - Dr. Susan Blum on how food influences our gut
- "A plant-based diet and cultured foods are still king for
encouraging the growth of good bacteria. If you eat cultured foods
or take probiotics, you have a better chance at recovering the
gut." - Dr. Susan Blum on how a plant-based diet and
cultured foods or probiotics can really help our gut
- "We all know that stress has this great control over us, but
the fact is that we really have to take it to heart. We really have
to believe that it's having an affect on us so that we can take
steps to change what's happening. Try to think of it as if we have
these 'stress auras' around us, but stress is actually the way our
bodies are responding to them and we do have control over that."
- Dr Susan Blum on the importance of recognizing how stress
is affecting us and that we have the ability to take
- "Keep practicing your self-care and keep it a priority. Check
in with yourself to make sure that you're being true to who you
are. We all have a North Star that's within ourselves that's there
to guide us and that's also our intuition." - Dr.
Susan Blum on the best piece of advice she received to keep her
health strong while working hard at her career.
- "Wellness is really about balancing our mind, body, and spirit.
It's learning about who you are and finding happiness. Wellness is
charting a path towards health with a positive outlook. It's about
living your life to the fullest." - Dr. Susan Blum on what
wellness means to her.
About Dr. Susan Blum
A true pioneer in Functional Medicine,
Dr. Susan Blum has been treating, healing and preventing chronic
diseases for nearly two decades. She has a voluntary faculty
appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of
Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root
causes of chronic illness through the groundbreaking whole body
approach known as Functional Medicine, is helping to transform our
As the Founder and Director of Blum
Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, Dr. Blum’s crusade for
personalized medicine is paramount for treatment and prevention. A
Preventive Medicine and Chronic Disease Specialist, Dr. Blum is a
member of the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. She has
appeared on Fox 5 News, ABC Eyewitness News, and is regularly
quoted in Real Simple, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook. Dr. Blum’s mission
for Blum Center for Health is to facilitate a personalized healing
experience by creating a partnership with her patients while
providing cutting-edge Functional Medicine and teaching self-care
skills for changing health habits.
Through Dr. Blum’s medical practice,
education efforts, writing, research, and advocacy, she empowers
her patients to stop covering up symptoms in order to actually
treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby combating—and most
often curing—the chronic-disease epidemic.
Resources Mentioned By Dr.
Blum & Josh
[tweetthis] "Treat self-care as a
priority. Check in with yourself to make sure that you're being
true to who you are." [/tweetthis]
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