TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR - "TNF" - The Orchestra Leader Inside Us Who Can Really Overdo Things!
Health and Long Life SERIES
The amazing thing about psoriasis and associated immune disorders such as psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis, rheumatic disorders and the like is that in today's world, you don't need to think you are CURSED.
I begin as a fellow traveler with many on the trail of human maladies. A new phrase I have learned about has helped me understand much. I invite you to shake hands with my friend - my psoriasis, or my ???!$#% immune disorder --- and learn how TNF has provided understanding and helped explain the effectiveness of Humera, Enbrel, and other such drugs.
TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR - "TNF" - "The Magnificent Orchestra Leader Inside Who Can Really Overdo Things!"
Not so many years ago, medical researchers did not know about this "Orchestra Leader" inside the body. They started observing immune reactions in many differing places, organs, systems and circuits in the body. The immune response in the human body is INDEED magnificently orchestrated. These responses, though somewhat understood in a large systemic way, were observed inside a tumor. The body was dealing with a tumor by actions that were "necrotic", or killing. So the name stuck, even though the specific moment of observed activity, that was only a part of the body's whole response to immune system stimuli.
Now they had a name - TNF - and now they could observe this orchestration all over the body in all of its different aspects. INFLAMMATION is the body's way of dealing with emergencies and fighting disease. But inflammation can get out of hand, overdone, and indiscriminate. Inflammation is involved in heart attacks, lung disease, skin disorders, virtually every place in the body can be affected by the inflammatory response. TNF is the dominant inflammatory cytokine (mad immune cell) in psoriasis and these other conditions. Science has nailed what it is and Pharma has come up with a marvelous response that through ingenious construction, has created a protein that stops this response from occurring inside the receptor.
The phrase IMMUNE DISORDER is one that we all talk about now, but it used to be, that that phrase was not really understood. Like the word "antioxidant", "oxidation", "free radicals" and others, "immune disorder" has truly become far more completely understood.
The body has a communication system inside it, which researchers are understanding more and more that polysacharides seem to be deeply involved in. This communication system is constantly helping the immune system 'UNDERSTAND" what an enemy is, and what is its own darned self. Like a suicidal person slashing its wrists, the body can actually start attacking its own cells. Why? They are looking at this all the time. Rhematoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Spondylitis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Coeliac disease, Chron's disease.
I had a raging inflammatory case of psoriatic arthritis. When the doctor asked for my blood work to be done he asked for a test of the RA Factor and HLA B27. I did not have the RA factor, and I did NOT have B27. " But you do have a strong genetic factor. The whole human genome has been done, but its going to take the research community some time before they locate the genetic cause of psoriatic arthritis. You have had spondylitis since you were a young man. This is very genetic."
After my xrays and blood work, I saw him again. We were talking about using Enbrel, a drug that has tremendous results with these kinds of conditions.
It was almost as if the Doctor smiled, and I had this look of open eyed wonder. So, I have this genetic marker that virtually ensures, (along with stress elements, familial patterns, nutritional elements) that I would get an inflammatory immune disorder like the one I have had "all my life"?!
People have gone through these similar circumstances. But if you are a sufferer who has not yet come to grips with a group of symptoms; stop and find out about a POTENTIAL IMMUNE DISORDER, in which TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR and Inflammation could cause a need for a special BIOLOGIC.
One of the wonders of living in a world in which pharmaceutical companies have spent BILLIONS of dollars in drug research and come up with new technologies (called BIOLOGICS) that take your breath away in their power to change your life after only 8 injections. Of course, there are side effects, but those side effects you hear on TV are a result of legal requirements on drug companies. They may apply to you, or not. But they all bear checking out.
Wholeness is a state that people can truly work toward in our modern era. With the rise of nutritional knowledge, new drugs, psychological approaches (ancient and new) and our own self-guided techniques to harness all of these elements into internal heartfelt coherence, we can literally have WHOLENESS, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, like we have not had in the past.
TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR - A BODILY RESPONSE
The "Orchestra Leader" that when it is "in control" does a job of DEFEATING tumors---
A highly salubrious and beneficial result!
However, when bodily balance is lost and certain resident, inborn genetic factors are in play,
TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR can wreak havoc on human health, in the form of
© 2009 Christofer French