Neuro-immune Syndrome: The Missing Link

Recent research suggests that the brain/CNS central nervous system and the immune system are more connected than previously thought. When exposed to foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and tumors, the body’s immune system stirs up a surge of activity: inflammatory response; white blood cells burst compromised cells and devour invading pathogens; and antibodies tag outsiders for destruction. Except, in the brain or so we thought.

Until now the brain was considered to be free of normal immune surveillance, "immunologically privileged,” if you will, which was considered necessary, because the brain was thought to be too vulnerable to host an onslaught of angry defensive cells plus swelling (a normal immune response) inside the brain can be deadly. But now researchers have uncovered lymphatic vessels that were not previously known to exist. This discovery is a game changer in the world of neuro-immunology and offers a greater understanding of diseases such as:

  • Migraines, headache;

  • Vertigo

  • Dizziness

  • Chronic fatigue;

  • Fibromyalgia;

  • Chronic pain / neuralgias / neuropathies;

  • Adult attention deficit disorder (ADD);

  • Anxiety disorders / depression / bi-polar;

  • Autism

  • Auto-immune disorders (e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis);

  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementias;

  • Chronic immune dysfunction (e.g. yeast infection, viral infection, Lyme disease);

  • Infertility;

  • Hormonal regulation issues.

The CNS, central nervous system regulates the immune system via hormonal and neuronal pathways. And the immunesystem signals the CNS through cytokines, which are cell signaling molecules that aid cell to cell communication in immune responses and moves cells towards sites of inflammation, infection and trauma. We also know that pro- inflammatory cytokines or mediators may induce a series of mood and behavioral changes so conditions such as: autism, ADD, anxiety disorders; dementia; mood instability; poor focus and concentration; sleep disorders; hormonal regulation; fatigue; and even bowel motility issues. No wonder we get grumpy when we get sick. Severe allergies and/or food and chemical sensitivities; are also a direct result of CNS/immune response.

Someone who is genetically or otherwise predisposed to developing a neuro-immune syndrome will not do so until they experience a triggering event. Unfortunately, there are a large number of factors that can act as a triggering event, from vaccines (live viral), severe infections, environmental exposures, trauma, and surgery, to emotional states such as stress. Microbes in Your Gut Influence Your Brain, Too. Gut bacteria are linked to brain disorders in the way that gut bacteria can alter how the immune system works, which can affect the brain. 

In order to prevent neuro-immune syndrome it’s always a good idea to have your Genomix Nutrition profile taken to be sure you are reinforcing the cracks in your genetic foundation. People who are most vulnerable to neuro-immune syndrome are genetically poor methylators. These folks need to be on a good Methyl Complete formula such as Neuro Immune Stabilizer™ or Methyl Complete™. The products that Dr. Stewart uses for immune support are Immune Restore™, Neuro-Immune Infection Control™, and GI Hist™. And don’t forget a good probiotics such as Probiotic Boost Daily™ to maintain health gut flora. I’ll go into the differences between these products in my next blog. So check back!