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The Secrets to Creating a Healthy Immune System

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The immune system: we hear about it all the time, especially this time of year as cold and flu season is in full swing. But there’s a lot more to it than just your susceptibility to a runny nose. 50 million people suffer from immunologic diseases, ranging from an overactive immune system (autoimmunity) to an underactive one (immunodeficiency), and many stages in between. The field of immunology is much more expansive than you might think, spreading into neurology, gastroenterology, epigenetics, psychosocial health, and even mindfulness and gratitude.

My guest on this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. Leonard Calabrese, is an expert in immunology and rheumatology. In fact, he is a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Vice Chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. Dr. Calabrese is the director of the RJ Fasenmyer Center for Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic and holds joint appointments in the Department of Infectious Diseases and the Wellness Institute.

Dr. Hyman is an 11-time New York Times bestselling author, family physician and international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. His podcast, The Doctor's Farmacy, is a place for deep conversations about the critical issues of our time in the space of health, wellness, food and politics. New episodes are released every Wednesday here on YouTube, and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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8 Comments on The Secrets to Creating a Healthy Immune System

  1. We need to educate more dumb MD doctors so they can actually become better for a nation

  2. Enjoyed your show today! Great information! Thank you! We have to get this information more main stream. As a health nurse, who worked with a lot of stressed out and unhealthy nurses over the last 43 years on tons of medications and poor diets. They need this information to make healthy changes.

    • Lisa, you are so correct!! I’m not a health professional but I am an avid self-experimenter using:Exercise, nutrition, intermittent fasting, meditation, yoga, detoxing relationships, therapeutic massage and more reaching out to those around me and hugging them. This has worked great for me and I think there are many merits to these approaches. I tell everyone who will listen about Dr. Hyman and also Dr. KenDBerryMD, and Dr. Eric Berg. All pioneers in exploring new and great ideas. People like you are the backbone of healthcare. Best to you!!

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  4. As a longtime armchair psychoneuroimmunologist, I found this conversation exciting! Looking forward to hearing more from Dr. Lenny in this space. P.S. to Dr. Mark, you forgot to include the portion of the interview in which you ask him what he would change if he were King for a Day. Hopefully next time!

  5. Keep a gratitude journal. Hug each other often. Exercise. Get quality sleep.

  6. Great!!

    – EXCEPT; “You know” must have been said 40,000 times. Every time I heard it again, my stress level rose. Rose…and…..rose……and rose……Until I exploded. I hurled my laptop on the floor and collapsed in a coma. Otherwise, this vid was great!

  7. I always enjoyed old videos of the Dr Mark as they’re concise and precise informative videos… As a layman in this field I don’t understand large part of these discussions if they’re not accompanied by a summary

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