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Activating the Lymphatic System to Boost Immunity

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I recently wrote about the vestibular system and all of the benefits from large motion activation. This isn’t the only bodily system that large movement helps. We also have a lymphatic system that is closely tied to our overall wellness and immunity to illnesses.

And this time of year, a little extra immunity comes in handy!

What Is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system includes organs and tissues that help eliminate waste products, toxins, cancer cells, and other substances. The parts of the lymphatic system are:

  • Lymphatic vessels – These vessels are all over the entire body, typically close to the skin.
  • Lymph nodes – These are where invaders go to be filtered. White blood cells attack and destroy these invaders in the lymph nodes. That’s why they are often swollen when we have a cold.
  • Lymphocytes – These are a type of white blood cell and the main cells of the lymphatic system. There are two main kinds of lymphocytes: T cells and B cells.
  • Tonsils, adenoids, appendix, and Peyer’s patches (found in the intestines) – These are lymphatic tissue with the main job of protecting against bacterial infection.
  • Thymus, spleen, and bone marrow – These produce various white blood cells.

The lymphatic system works by moving fluid (called lymph or lymph fluid) around the body. This fluid sweeps away cellular waste, invaders, and toxins to the liver and kidneys to be processed and eliminated.

The lymphatic system supports every system in the body including the digestive system, nervous system, and respiratory system. It has an important role in:

  • The immune system – The lymphatic system produces, stores, and carries white blood cells through the body in the lymph fluid.
  • Fluid balance – It maintains fluid balance between tissues and blood. The cardiovascular system leaks fluid and the lymph system absorbs and redistributes excess fluid.
  • Fat and fat-soluble vitamin absorption – The lymphatic system regulates this absorption and delivers nutrients to the cells).

The lymph system does not have a built-in pump to move lymph fluid through the body the way the cardiovascular system does. Instead, it is squeezed through the body by muscle contractions and other movements.

Signs of Lymphatic Congestion

The main function of the lymph system is to remove waste from cells and dump it at the kidneys and liver for elimination. If the system is congested and not flowing well, it doesn’t eliminate cellular waste. Cells can become overwhelmed by the buildup of waste.

Symptoms of lymphatic congestion can include the following:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Fatigue
  • Infection (e.g. more frequent colds)
  • Obesity
  • Development of cancer
  • Constipation
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain
  • Skin issues
  • Inflamed tonsils

Because the lymphatic system relies on bodily movement to pump lymph fluid, a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to lymphatic congestion. Other things that can contribute are a toxic environment, poor diet, stress, and dehydration.

Ways to Activate the Lymphatic System & Boost the Immune System

The lymphatic system is responsible for moving white blood cells through the body. When the lymphatic system is congested the immune system can’t use those white blood cells to fend off illness. Activating the lymphatic system can help move the lymph fluid through the body so white blood cells and other immune cells can do their job.

Here are some ways to activate the lymph system:

Rebounding

Rebounding has gained popularity since the 1980s. At that time NASA was coming out with studies that showed rebounding was more gentle on the body then running on a treadmill. Their studies also showed that rebounding was more beneficial than treadmill running.

When you bounce on a rebounder, several things happen:

  • An acceleration action as you bounce upward
  • A split-second weightless pause at the top
  • A deceleration at an increased G-force
  • Impact to the rebounder
  • (Repeat)

As mentioned earlier, the lymph system doesn’t pump on its own. It needs physical movement to pump the fluid. Rebounding is one way of doing this since the up and down allows gravity to help with the circulation of lymphatic fluid. Additionally, studies show that the increased G-force of rebounding helps increase lymphocyte activity, which helps the immune system.

If you don’t have a rebounder, these are some of my favorites.

Walking

Exercise is always a great thing to include in a healthy lifestyle but it can be especially important for the lymph system. Since the lymph system moves in reaction to muscle contractions, exercise is a perfect way to keep the lymph system moving.

While it’s generally understood that exercise can help lymph move in the body, it wasn’t understood what intensity of exercise was best. It turns out, according to a 2010 study that just 1 minute of 1.5 mph walking can improve lymphatic flow. (I’ll bet playing with kids in the backyard does the same!)

Dry Brushing

Many of the lymph vessels run just below the skin. Proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.

How to Dry Brush the Skin

  • Choose a brush. A soft one usually works well for those new to dry bushing.
  • Starting at the feet, I brush the bottoms of my feet and up my legs in long, smooth strokes. I always brush toward the heart where the lymph system drains.
  • Brush toward the center of the body so that fluid doesn’t get caught in the limbs.
  • Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart.
  • Brush in a circular clockwise motion on the stomach and armpits.
  • Repeat the process on the abdomen and back.
  • Switch to the face (use a softer brush).
  • Don’t brush too hard though! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. The skin should never be red or sting (slightly pink is okay).

See this post for my full dry brushing routine as well as the brushes I use.

Wave Vibration

Wave vibration therapy is gaining popularity and has been heavily studied for its health benefits. During wave vibration therapy you stand on an oscillating plate that produces low-level vibrations. These vibrations activate multiple systems in the body including the circulatory, nervous, lymphatic, and muscle systems. Wave therapy can help get the lymphatic system moving which helps detox the body. These are found in many gyms and are even available for home use.

Sauna

Saunas have been part of traditional cultures for centuries for good reason. Saunas have a number of benefits including helping improve circulation and detoxification. Heat and sweating mimic the benefits of exercise in some ways. Heat triggers the circulatory system to move faster (to eliminate heat). This increased circulation also helps the lymph system move and excrete toxins. Infrared saunas are especially good for this.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Many natural health gurus agree that lymphatic massage is a good way to help move fluid through the lymphatic system. This helps the body detox, heal injuries, and protect the body from illness. A 2009 systematic review found that lymphatic massage may be beneficial in reducing swelling and drainage issues after sports injuries. However, they concluded that more research is needed.

Of course it’s not every day that massage is in the weekly schedule, so I try to get the benefits of massage at home whenever I can.

Hydrate

It’s important to stay hydrated for many health reasons but drinking enough water can also help with the lymphatic system. The lymph fluid holds the majority of the water that is in the body. If we’re dehydrated, our lymph fluid can become thick and can’t move as easily through the body. So, drinking enough water (to thirst) is a good way to keep the lymph system working well.

Tip: Try an electrolyte drink if water isn’t enough to keep you hydrated.

Hydrotherapy Showers

Just like blood vessels, lymphatic vessels contract in response to cold and dilate in response to heat. Alternating the two can help these vessels move through the body. Alternating hot and cold water in the shower (hydrotherapy) is one way to do this.

Essential Oils

Research published in Industrial Crops and Products show many essential oils are antibacterial and antioxidant which may help the lymphatic system function.

Some of the essential oils best for lymph drainage are:

  • citrus oils like grapefruit, lemon, and orange
  • bay laurel
  • oregano
  • clove
  • ginger root
  • peppermint
  • rosemary

(Note: choose a quality brand and don’t use essential oils undiluted or on children unless they are kid-safe. I use this brand of essential oils since they have a kid-safe line.)

To use essential oils for the lymph system dilute 2 to 4 drops of essential oil in .5 oz of carrier oil and use as a massage oil on the body. Two benefits in one!

Diet and Lifestyle

No healthy living list is complete without a note about diet and lifestyle. A healthy diet is generally one of the most influential changes we can make to improve health whether we’re talking about lymph drainage or weight. Because the lymph system is responsible for sweeping away toxins, it makes sense to avoid putting these unsavory substances into the body as much as possible.

  • Choose healthy protein (grassfed, organic, wild-caught, etc) as much as possible.
  • Buy organic produce when possible. If you can’t buy all organic choose organic from the dirty dozen produce list. Additionally, you can use a produce wash to remove some of the pesticides from conventional produce.
  • Choose low-VOC furniture and household paint.
  • Eat the rainbow (but especially red!) – A study published in Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences found that beetroot and carrot juice helped lymphocytic leukemia patients have increased vigor. It also improved biochemical parameters.
  • Choose natural household cleaners (or make your own!).

Deep Breathing

It’s amazing how many people don’t breath deeply but it’s so important for health. One interesting way that deep breathing can be beneficial is that it helps move lymphatic fluid through the body. Deep breathing improves oxygenation. Shallow breathing and low oxygenation can cause stress on the body which can mean lower energy, increased muscle tension, and lowered cellular metabolism. But relaxation (from healthy oxygenation) is good for lymph flow. Additionally, the act of breathing itself acts as a lymph pump.

Deep-Breathing Exercise

  • Breathe in through the nose and fill the abdomen with air, then the chest
  • Keep shoulders down
  • Breathe out through the mouth and empty the chest first, then the abdomen
  • Repeat

Bonus: Deep breathing can also help improve relaxation and reduce stress!

Lymphatic System: Bottom Line

The lymphatic system has an important role in the health of the body. A healthy lymphatic system can help support a healthy immune system. Activating the lymphatics system so it can do its job is fairly easy but can make a huge difference!

Have you ever tried any of these remedies? Which works best for you?

Sources

  1. Desai, P., Williams, J. R., Prajapati, P., & Downey, H. F. (2010, September). Lymph flow in instrumented dogs varies with exercise intensity. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20863266
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    Chemical composition and antibacterial and antioxidant properties of commercial essential oils. (2012, August 31). Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926669012004475?via=ihub
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Bill Gates: Third Shot May Be Needed to Combat Coronavirus Variants

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With more than 40 million Americans having received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, a third dose may be needed to prevent the spread of new variants of the disease, Bill Gates told CBS News Tuesday.

Gates’ comments come amid growing concern that the current vaccines are not effective against the more contagious Brazilian and South African variants.

Pfizer and Moderna have stated that their vaccines are 95% and 99% effective, respectively, against the initial strain of COVID. However, some scientists have questioned those statements. Additionally, the World Health Organization and vaccine companies have conceded that the vaccines do not prevent people from being infected with COVID or from transmitting it, but are only effective at reducing symptoms.

Gates told CBS Evening News:

“The discussion now is do we just need to get a super high coverage of the current vaccine, or do we need a third dose that’s just the same, or do we need a modified vaccine?”

U.S. vaccine companies are looking at making modifications, which Gates refers to as “tuning.”

People who have had two shots may need to get a third shot and people who have not yet been vaccinated would need the modified vaccine, explained Gates. When asked whether the coronavirus vaccine would be similar to the flu vaccine, which requires yearly boosters, Gates couldn’t rule that out. Until the virus is eradicated from all humans, Gates said, additional shots may be needed in the future.

AstraZeneca in particular has a challenge with the variant,” Gates explained. “And the other two, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, are slightly less effective, but still effective enough that we absolutely should get them out as fast as we can while we study this idea of tuning the vaccine.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the studies being conducted in Brazil and South Africa, CBS News said. The foundation has also invested in the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the Novavax vaccines, which are being tested against new variants. Once the AstraZeneca vaccine is approved, the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative or GAVI, founded by Gates, will distribute it globally.

“Gates continues to move the goalposts,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chairman and chief legal counsel of Children’s Health Defense. “Meanwhile the strategies he and others have promoted are obliterating the global economy, demolishing the middle class, making the rich richer and censoring vaccine safety advocates, like me.”

Kennedy said that the exclusive focus on vaccines has prevented the kind of progress required to actually address and recover from the pandemic:

“From the pandemic’s outset, clear-headed people familiar with the challenges inherent in the vaccine model have understood that the path out of crisis would require multiple steps. Those steps would need to include the development and/or identification of therapeutic drugs, the sharing of information among doctors to hone improved treatment models that reduce infection mortality rates below those for flu, and the kind of broad-spectrum long-term herd immunity that protects against mutant strains and that only derives from natural infection.”

Instead, Gates and vaccine makers are proposing a lifetime of boosters, supporting insufficient testing to determine safety and failing to address the inadequate monitoring of vaccine injuries, Kennedy said.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children’s Health Defense.

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Young nurse suffers from hemorrhage and brain swelling after second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

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(Natural News) A 28-year-old healthcare worker from the Swedish American Hospital, in Beloit, Wisconsin was recently admitted to the ICU just five days after receiving a second dose of Pfizer’s experimental mRNA vaccine. The previously healthy young woman was pronounced brain dead after cerebral angiography confirmed a severe hemorrhage stroke in her brain stem.

Her family members confirmed that she was “breaking out in rashes” after the vaccine. She also suffered from sudden migraine headaches, and got “sick” after taking the second dose of the vaccine. At the very end, she lost the ability to speak and went unconscious. The migraines, nausea, and loss of speech were all symptoms of a brain bleed and brain swelling, something her family did not understand at the time, and something nobody would expect after vaccination.

While on life support, neurologists used angiography to image the damage inside the brain. They found a subarachnoid hemorrhage, whereas a bulging blood vessel burst in the brain, bleeding out in the space between the brain and the tissue covering the brain. The ensuing swelling cut off oxygen to the brain and caused brain death. On February 10, 2021, Sarah reportedly had “no brain activity.” Some of the woman’s organs are now being procured, so they can be donated to other people around the world.

Doctors warn FDA about COVID vaccines causing autoimmune attacks in the heart and brain

Experimental COVID-19 vaccines may cause inflammation along the cardiovascular system, leading to heart attack and/or stroke. This serious issue was brought forth to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Dr. J. Patrick Whelan, M.D., Ph.D. and further confirmed by cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. The two doctors warned that a recently-infected patient who is subject to COVID-19 vaccination is likely to suffer from autoimmune attacks along the ACE-2 receptors present in the heart, and in the microvasculature of the brain, liver and kidney. If viral antigens are present in the tissues of recipients at the time of vaccination, the vaccine-augmented immune response will turn the immune system against those tissues, causing inflammation that can lead to blood clot formation.

This severe adverse event is likely cause of death for the elderly who are vaccinated despite recently being infected. There is no adequate screening process to ensure that this autoimmune attack doesn’t occur. The elderly are not the only people vulnerable to vaccine injury and death. Pfizer’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine could be the main cause behind the sudden death of Sarah Sickles, a 28-year-old nurse from Wisconsin. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System has captured five permanent disabilities in Wisconsin, 58 ER visits, and eleven deaths in just one month. This is the first case in Wisconsin of someone under 44 years of age suffering from severe COVID-19 vaccine side effects and death. There are now more than 1,170 deaths recorded in the U.S. related to the experimental mRNA vaccines, a reality that the FDA and CDC continue to ignore.

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Powering hypersonic weapons: US armed forces eyeing dangerous 5G tech

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(Natural News) Much of the conversation surrounding the benefits of 5G is geared toward the consumer side of the technology. People will be able to download videos at lightning speed and will be more connected than ever, proponents claim, although there are serious questions regarding its safety. However, some of the most important 5G applications are not civil at all – the technology will be used extensively in the military domain.

Some of its military uses are outlined in the Defense Applications of 5G Network Technology report, which was published by the Defense Science Board. This federal committee gives scientific advice to the Pentagon. Their report states: “The emergence of 5G technology, now commercially available, offers the Department of Defense the opportunity to take advantage, at minimal cost, of the benefits of this system for its own operational requirements.”

The 5G commercial network that is being built by private companies right now can be used by the American military for a much lower cost than if the network had been set up exclusively for military purposes.

Military experts expect the 5G system to play a pivotal role in using hypersonic weapons. For example, it can be used for new missiles that bear nuclear warheads and travel at speeds superior to Mach 5. These hypersonic weapons, which travel at five times the speed of sound and move a mile per second, will be flying at high altitudes on unpredictable flight paths, making them as hard to guide as they will be to intercept.

Huge quantities of data need to be gathered and transmitted in a very short period in order to maneuver these warheads on variable trajectories and allow them to change direction in milliseconds to avoid interceptor missiles.

5G for defense

This type of technology is also needed to activate defenses should we be attacked by a weapon of this type; 5G automatic systems could theoretically handle decisions that humans won’t have enough time to make on their own. Military bases and even cities will have less than a minute to react to incoming hypersonic missiles, and 5G will make it easier to process real time data on trajectories for decision-making.

There are also important uses of this technology in combat. 5G’s ability to simultaneously link millions of transceivers will undoubtedly facilitate communication among military personnel and allow them to transmit photos, maps and other vital information about operations in progress at dizzying speeds to improve situational awareness.

The military can also take advantage of the high-frequency and short-wavelength millimeter wave spectrum used by 5G. Its short range means that it is well suited for smart military bases and command posts because the signal will not propagate too far, making it less likely that enemies will be able to detect it.

When it comes to special forces and secret services, the benefits of 5G are numerous. Its speed and connectivity will allow espionage systems to reach unprecedented levels of efficiency. It will also make drones more dangerous by allowing them to identify and target people using facial recognition and other methods.

Like all technology, 5G will also make us highly vulnerable. The network itself could become an attractive target for cyber-attacks and other acts of war being carried out with cutting-edge weaponry. In fact, the 5G network is already viewed as critical infrastructure and is being carefully protected before it is even fully built.

While the focus on 5G’s dangers to human health and the environment is absolutely warranted, it is also important not to lose sight of the military implications of 5G. After all, it is not just the United States that is developing this technology for military purposes; our enemies, like China and other countries, are also making great strides in this realm.

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