The New Science Of Immuno-Rejuvenation

Episode 105 1h 5m
Topics Overview


People have never been more curious about strengthening the immune system than they are right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has got us all thinking seriously about our health and what it means to have immune strength, now and in the future.

To get the most out of this trying time, we need to be open to looking at our health in ways we haven’t before. My guest today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. Jeffrey Bland, is a pro at that, and for this reason and so many others he is considered the father of Functional Medicine.

Dr. Bland has always been a major inspiration for me. I was thrilled to have a video-call with him to discuss new ways of looking at optimal health and immunity in the face of this pandemic.

In trying to better understand COVID-19, Dr. Bland went back to the basics of the immune system. He breaks down the processes at work, explains what the now often-heard phrase “cytokine storm” means, and talks about using food as medicine to promote immuno-rejuvenation. That means we’re not just supporting the current state of our immune system, we’re reviving it from the ground up. We talk about this and so much more on this week’s valuable episode.

Check out Dr. Bland’s article, Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic, here.

You can read my COVID-19 blog, A Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19, here.

Topics Covered

  • Acknowledging the psycho-physical effects of COVID-19 and the three zones of learning the disease offers

    (4:33 - 4:35)

  • Dr. Bland’s article, Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

    (8:14 - 8:17)

  • The flexibility and adaptability of our immune system

    (12:18 - 12:21)

  • Research from the HIV/AIDS epidemic showing dramatic effects of giving African women a simple multi-vitamin

    (16:32 - 16:35)

  • Immuno-rejuvenation and why our focus should not be on supporting our immune system but rejuvenating it

    (19:29 - 19:31)

  • How phytochemicals in plants impact the human immune system

    (24:00 - 24:03)

  • Himalayan tartary buckwheat and its immuno-potentiating compounds

    (28:03 - 28:06)

  • How food influences the function of our immune system

    (40:27 - 40:30)

  • My COVID-19 blog, A Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19, and what we should be eating now to protect ourselves

    (48:28 - 48:31)

  • Five significant changes Dr. Bland predicts in how we will see healthcare globally post-COVID-19

    (50:56 - 50:59)

  • The interrelatedness of our immune and nervous systems, and our control over the function of these systems

    (1:00:40 - 1:00:43)

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Ep. 105 - The New Science Of Immuno-Rejuvenation