Our thymus gland, leader of the immune system’s world, starts out strong, but as the years go by, sayeth the poobahs, it becomes a shadow of its former self, ending as just a few, lonely fat cells with no power, no glory. And that’s when cancer and other bad guys take us down.

This is just the way it is, they claim, and nothing can be done. “Just normal aging,” they say.

Well, nuts to that!

Yes, the thymus does lose power with age–because it keeps getting whacked with toxins, bad diet and drugs. Not to mention the damage done by removing body parts needed by the immune system.

Such as? How about the tonsils? Adenoids? Appendix? Spleen? Most articles about the immune system don’t even include these organs, and medicine says they can be removed without any consequences to our health.

Losing the ability to protect our health is not a consequence? Is that what they’re saying? Yikes!

Let’s take a quick look at these supposedly optional organs.

  • Tonsils
  • Your tonsils stand as the first line of defense against disease. When polio comes along, they’re the only line of defense; in the 1990s, medicine quietly (but not publicly) admitted that tonsil removal played a huge role in the polio epidemic. It’s not about vaccines or any other so-called fixes, but about leaving our body parts intact.

    Tonsils get large when they’re grappling with bad guys who want to get in. Solid nutrition helps in the fight so tonsils don’t get all that huge, even in battle.

    Nutrition is the best way to fight any infection, but infection is the main reason given for yanking out tonsils.

    Sadly, popular understanding of nutrition is about as reliable as the reasons for removing tonsils. I write about understanding what nutrition your body needs in http://PepForThePooped.com.

  • Adenoids
  • Adenoids sit behind the tonsils and produce antibodies to protect us from any germs we swallow or breathe in.

    Any fight against allergies and infections can cause swollen adenoids.

    Air-borne allergies lead the adenoids to send out a SOS for histamine to join the battle, and things can get pretty drippy. However, taking antihistamines fights against our body’s attempts to protect itself. Plus, antihistamines make you gain weight, so they’re a double whammy.

    The answer to adenoid woes isn’t removal or antihistamines, but a solid foundation of good nutrition.

  • Appendix
  • Hoo, boy! More and more studies are shouting at us to stop the madness of appendix removal. Your appendix can save your life.

    It turns out the appendix stores and nurtures beneficial bacteria. When diseases such as cholera, or other severe gut infections–even diarrhea–attack us, the appendix replaces the renegade bacteria of disease with the beneficial bacteria of health. Without an appendix, then, you have a greater risk of disease, even death.

    The fact childhood removal of the appendix increases the risk of early heart attacks should inspire efforts to keep your appendix where it belongs–in your body.

    So how do we protect ourselves from appendicitis and the possibility of an appendectomy? Good nutrition, of course. Every single part of the immune system slurps up good nutrition. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to make good nutrition happen.

  • Spleen
  • The spleen is in the upper-left of the abdomen, inside the rib cage. The largest organ in the immune system, the spleen gets rid of worn-out red blood cells, sends white blood cells to battle against infections and removes foreign invaders from the blood stream.

    A ruptured spleen–from an accident, gunshot, stab wound, etc.–can cause significant blood loss, so the quick-fix answer is removal. And that may be the only option.

    Losing the spleen weakens your immune system and raises your risk of disease and decreased health for the rest of your life–unless you step in to help. With, of course, nutrition.

    An enlarged spleen is a symptom of an underlying health problem. The answer is to track down whatever is giving the spleen such fits.

    Five diseases known to whack the spleen are sickle cell anemia, malaria, lymphoma, mononucleosis and liver cirrhosis. Letting them run on and on can leave you with no option except spleen removal, but fight hard to make that unnecessary.

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, good nutrition gives us lots and lots of ammunition for our battle to save the spleen.

So there are the organs of the immune system, the most complicated system in our bodies–and probably in the world. More parts remain to be discussed–the lymphatic system, for instance–but this is a good start.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

Author's Bio: 

Bette Dowdell defines determination. In a really deep health ditch, with doctors who didn’t help, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. She never intended to be a health expert, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. You can subscribe to Bette’s free e-mails on how to solve health problems at http://TooPoopedToParticipate.com