Detox Basics

How to Fix a Weak Immune System

Dr. Charles Kwang - Natural Health Detox
By Dr. Charles Kwang

Dr. Kwang is a certified nutritionist, master herbalist and detox expert specializing in effective, natural solutions for inflammation, pain and unresolving illnesses. 

The immune system plays a key role in preventing illnesses and diseases. How to fix a weak immune system starts with getting rid of toxins, chemicals and other harmful substances in the body.

What is the immune system?

Your immune system is made up of various organs, tissues and cells located throughout the body. It fights infections and diseases by identifying and eliminating toxins, viruses, bacteria, and other germs. If it isn’t functioning properly, you can end up with serious health issues.

There are two parts to your immune system, your innate immune system and your adaptive immune system. They work together to keep the body healthy.


The Innate immune system

The innate immune system repairs cell damage and replaces severely damaged cells with new cells. It acts quickly to eliminate harmful substances in the body.

The innate immune system is made up of:

1. Physical barriers, like the skin, respiratory tract hairs, an air filtration system in the throat, eyelashes and hair.
2. Secretions including mucous, bile, gastric acid, saliva, tears and sweat.
3. Cells with special germ-fighting abilities.


How the innate immune system works

When a germ breaks through your body’s physical barriers and other protective mechanisms, its presence is picked up by cells (cell receptors). The germ is identified and then attacked by the immune system. The cells that help eliminate germs are specialized white blood cells in your blood, organs and tissues.

Cells damaged by invading organisms will also send out an alarm (histamines) to trigger an immune system response.

In addition to the alarm, these cells create a physical barrier (inflammation) to prevent the infection from spreading.


Attacking germs

Your immune system fights germs by producing cells to eliminate the pathogen directly. This attack is coordinated by cytokines, a chemical the cells produce to coordinate the fight.

Your immune system will also produce antibodies, which help identify and naturalize foreign bodies.

The antibodies travel around the body, finding and attaching themselves to the invading germ. When an antibody binds to a germ, it’s easier to eliminate.

The damaged cells are pushed out of your body through the lymphatic system.


The lymph system

The lymphatic system consists of bone marrow, thymus, and lymph nodes. It is a network of vessels that drains a colorless fluid called lymph from the tissues into the bloodstream. The system not only distributes nutrients and proteins throughout the body but also collects and eliminates harmful substances and damaged cells.

While the damaged cells are removed, your innate immune system grows new cells to replace them.

If any pathogens remain after 2 weeks, your innate immune system will activate your adaptive immune system.


Cellular repair and scar tissue

Cells that are minimally damaged can often repair themselves. A severely damaged cell will need to be replaced.

The replacement process starts with a protein called collagen. It creates scar tissue, which is a boundary for new cells to form.

Without scar tissue, new cells won’t know where to grow and when to stop. Once the new cells have grown over the scar tissue, it will be removed.
If a germ isn’t removed quickly, the area will stay inflamed and scar tissue will continue to form.

Chronic inflammation and scarring can cause significant health problems.


The adaptive immune system

When cell damage continues for 2 weeks the adaptive immune system is activated. It is called “adaptive” because it adapts to the cause of the problem and eliminates it.
This system gets better the more it is used. Not allowing children to get sick keeps the adaptive immune system weak.

Vaccines, drugs and certain types of food can also contribute to a weak immune system.

When you have chronic conditions like fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis, it means your adaptive immune system is damaged.


How the adaptive immune system works

There are many parts of the adaptive immune system, including different types of white blood cells, each with different functions. Some white blood cells fight parasites, others eliminate yeast or make antibodies. Each white blood cell must learn how to eliminate the pathogen and complete the healing process.

Antibiotics are often prescribed to kill some of these germs but will also suppress the adaptive immune system.

Strong antibiotics cause kidney damage. When antibiotics don’t work, doctors use steroids. This completely shuts down the adaptive immune system. The germ is still there and continues to cause damage.

When germs multiply, as in the case of yeast, they create more toxins. These toxins cause psoriasis and other skin problems diagnosed as autoimmune diseases. Applying creams to the skin won’t fix the problem.

The toxins will also start accumulating in the lymphatic system. When germ-specific white blood cells stop working, another type of white blood cell will start creating antibodies.

The body can no longer heal if the white blood cells that create antibodies get damaged.


Fixing a weak immune system

Toxins, chemicals and pathogens can weaken an immune system. Toxins include environmental pollutants (air, water, and soil), which can “alter immune responses.” –

Indicators of a weak immune system include fatigue, joint pain, digestive problems, and other health conditions.

To fix the immune system, you must eliminate the harmful substances preventing your immune system from functioning.

Chinese medicinal herbs have unique properties that can get rid of toxins and pathogens. Properly prepared, they are extremely powerful and effective.

Once removed, your innate and adaptive immune systems will start working properly. Damaged cells will be repaired or replaced, and their ability to interact with themselves, other cells, and/or the environment is restored. Your health will improve naturally…and permanently.


  • A weak immune system cause health issues
  • The innate and adaptive immune system work together to prevent illnesses and diseases
  • Toxins, chemicals and other harmful substances can prevent the immune system from working properly.
  • Chinese medicinal herbs can detox the body and help repair your immune system.

Note: A weak immune system can cause chronic health conditions. Call us today at (213) 999-5577 or schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kwang if you would like to find out how to repair your immune system naturally.

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