Healthy Immune System
Evaluation of Individual Objectives
To assess the effectiveness of the course material, we ask that you evaluate your achievement of each learning objective on a scale of A to D (A=excellent, B=good, C=fair, D=unsatisfactory). Please indicate your responses next to each learning objective and return it to us with your completed exam.
After completing the course, you’ll be able to:
- Give an overview of the immune system, its complexity and its remarkable ability to distinguish between “self” and “nonself.”
- Describe how the immune system is able to distinguish between self and nonself.
- Explain how T cells contribute to the immune defenses.
- Contrast between humoral immunity and cellular immunity.
- Indicate the role played by immunoglobulins in the immune defense strategy.
- Identify different ways antibodies work in the immune system.
- Describe how the complement system works to destroy bacteria.
- Explain how the body mounts an immune response to infections produced by bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
- Outline the role played by biotechnology in the development of vaccines.
- Discuss autoimmune diseases and list various factors that may be their cause.
- Provide an explanation about immune complex diseases.
- Provide an explanation about immune complex diseases.
- Describe the causes and course of various autoimmune diseases.
- Identify various immunodeficiency diseases.
- Name at least four cancers of the immune system.
- Describe how the science has tackled the problem of body rejecting the transplant of foreign tissue.
- Describe what an idiotype is and explain the interaction between idiotypes and antiido-types.
- Describe the connection between the immune system and the nervous system.
- Outline the research that’s being carried out using hybridoma technology.
- Describe innate immunity and explain how the immune system protects against invading organisms.
- Identify four portals of entry and explain how each provides innate immunity.
- Define and explain the following terms: host defense, natural resistance, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, and immune deficiency.
- Discuss the ways microorganisms may enter the human body and the mechanisms of natural resistance the human body has to resist infection.
- List the various types of white blood cells (WBCs), differentiate them as lymphoid or non-lymphoid and describe the function of each type.
- Briefly describe the immune response discussing the roles of macrophages, B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes, and the interactions between these cells.
- Compare and contrast humoral and cell-mediated immunity.
- Compare and contrast “active” and “passive” immunity.
- Discuss how the immune response accomplishes “recognition,” “specificity,” and “memory.”
- Describe the three primary methods of preparing a vaccine.
- Discuss the problems associated with preparing a vaccine against HIV.
- Describe what an immunodeficiency is and how someone can acquire an immunodeficiency.
- Review the history of the development of immunology.
- Describe functions of the organs and cells of the immune system.
Rev Up Your Immune System to Prevent Disease
- Explain how we can improve our immune function by adopting good nutrition, stress reduction, plant nutrients, and vitamins and minerals.
- Describe how free radicals can damage the immune system, resulting in the formation of cancer cells, premature aging, etc.
- Describe the role of vitamins– vitamin A, E and C and beta-carotene in enhancing the immune system.
- Explain several ways that scientists are exploring to repair the damage done to the body’s immune system due to HIV.
What Are Sterols and Sterolins?
- Answer questions about plant fats–sterols and sterolins–and their impact on our immune system.
Aiding Immunity: Plants to the Rescue
- Select several fruits, vegetables and cereals that are rich in plant sterols.
Stress, Aging and Cortisol: The Immune/Endocrine Connection
- Describe the deleterious effect of stress on our immune system.
- List several stress-busting tips and administer a stress test to determine the immune status of a patient.
Ten Nutrients to Support Immune Function
- List 10 nutrients to support immune function.
Anxiety and Stress Disease Therapy Protocol
- Identify five types of anxiety disorders and list general symptoms for each of these disorders.
- Describe conventional treatment for anxiety and stress and provide an overview of pharmaceutical approach to reducing anxiety and stress.
- Describe the use of Adapton in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression.
Move Over Prozac: Depression and Immunity
- List some common symptoms of depression.
- Make the connection between depression and overactive immunity.
- Suggest some natural remedies in prescribed dosages that may be effective in the treatment of depression.
- Explain how endurance/distance exercises performed at intense levels can suppress the immune system.
Bacteria That Strengthen the Immune System
- Identify two breeds of “friendly” bacteria and expound upon their effect on the ability of white cells to attack and destroy hostile microogranisms.
Lactoferrin: The Bioactive Peptide That Fights Disease
- Describe the immune-enhancing anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties of lactoferrin.
- Identify several natural sources of lactoferrin.
- Describe the function of adrenal glands and name the steroid hormones produced by these glands and their usefulness in regulating the body’s various physiological functions.
- Make an assessment of adrenal fatigue in a patient listing various symptoms.
Phytosterols for Hepatitis C, Stress, Prostate, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol and Cancer
- List foods that are rich in phytosterols.
- Describe how phytosterols can help fight hepatitis C, stress, prostate, heart disease, high cholesterol and cancer.
Why Antioxidants Aren’t Enough
- Define “glycation” and explain its effect on age-related diseases such as arterial stiffening, cataract, and neurological impairment.
Free Radicals Beware: There’s Garlic Present
- Describe the antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties of garlic and garlic’s role in boosting body’s immune capacity.
Protein Power Protection
- Emphasize the importance of protein in the diet to prevent cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.
- Explain how eating too much can depress immunity.
- List 10 richest sources of amino acids.
- Describe the mechanism of infection and list 3 factors that influence infection.
- Describe the treatment of cold using 3 alternative and complementary medicinal approach.
- Describe 4 types of immunological reactions to allergens.
Stop Allergies Where They Start In Your Immune System
- Explain why some people are affected by allergies and others are not, and the role played by our immune system in fighting off allergic symptoms.
Osteoporosis An Immune System Disease?
- Describe the role played by the immune system in the development of osteoporosis.
Plant Sterols–The Missing Key in the Battle Against Herpes
- List the symptoms of herpes and outline immunologic approach to preventing herpes attacks.
Shingles: The Herpes Virus Strikes Again
- Prescribe an alternative therapy regimen for the treatment of shingles.
Fight Cancer And Win
- Explain what cancer is and why we get cancer.
- Name several fruits and vegetables that are especially rich in cancer-blocking agents.
New Blood Test For Breast Cancer
- Compare the relative merits of breast self-examination, mammogram and Mammastatin Serum Assay in detecting breast cancer and identifying women at risk of developing breast cancer.
- Describe how the phase of the menstrual cycle at the time of surgery affects the survival rate of women with breast cancer.
Asthma, More Than A Bad Air Day
- Describe the epidemiology of asthma and identify several asthma “triggers.”
- Describe how the herbal tonic RespirAction can help relieve symptoms of allergies and asthma.
- Identify various anti-asthma nutrients and vitamins.
- List five types of eczema, their symptoms and causes.
Stopping HIV-1 and AIDS Through Total Health Management
- Relate the impact of negative factors such as smoking, drug abuse and environmental toxins on the progression from the asymptomatic HIV to the life-threatening AIDS disease.
- Describe the adverse side effects of the anti-HIV drugs.
Autoimmunity When Your Body Attacks Itself
- Explain how plant sterols and sterolins help fight autoimmune diseases and restore the balance in the body’s immune system.
Autoimmune Diseases Therapies Protocol
- List environmental and personal factors that can impair immune function.
- Recommend a regimen of natural supplements and lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases.
- Define anemia, thrombocytopenia, and leukopenia, and describe their general causes.
- Describe the pathophysiology of three types of anemias–pernicious anemia, folic acid deficiency anemia and iron deficiency anemia–and review their common treatments.
- Describe the treatment for preventing and treating chemotherapy-induced leukopenia.
- Compare CFIDS with other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, neurally mediated hypotension (NMH), chronic lyme disease and intestinal cystitis.
- Provide answers to common questions about CFIDS, such as what it is, its diagnosis, who gets it, its symptoms, its treatment, etc.
- Provide a case definition for CFIDS and list eight primary and several other common symptoms of CFIDS.
Fibromyalgia: The Invisible Illness
- Identify the symptoms of fibromyalgia, process of diagnosis and nursing interventions.
- Compare and contrast the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Preventing Cryptosporidiosis: A Guide for People With Compromised Immune Systems
- Answer questions of a patient with compromised immune system concerning preventing Cryptosporidiosis.
- List steps a person should take to reduce the risk of getting Crypto.
- Define ITP and describe the cause and pathophysiology of chronic ITP.