Health Tip - Brought to You By KAM Animal Services
Monday, September 20, 2010
Tip of the week - The Power House Called the Immune System
Without the immune system we die! However it causes a lot of health problems when it is not working properly.
The immune system’s job is to protect us from and eliminate external pathogens (bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites, and allergens) and internal pathogens (cancer cells, toxins, metabolic waste, and damaged cells/tissues).
Approximately 70% of the immune system is surrounding the GI tract, leaving very little to protect the skin, respiratory tract, and all other tissues. An unhealthy GI tract leads to an overloaded stressed immune system that can lose its ability to respond properly when challenged.
When it over responds we see allergies (hives, heaves-COPD), autoimmune diseases, and/or inflamed tissues (laminitis, sore muscles & joints). When the immune system is fatigued and can’t respond, the horse is more prone to all types of infections.
Products that stimulate the immune system are not always beneficial and may be more harmful in some cases. Decreasing immune system stress by healing the GI tract while supporting the immune system and balancing its response is always good. Vaccinating horses with immune problems and over vaccinating can lead to more problems, so be careful and be aware.
"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." - Hippocrates, 400 B.C.
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