Your Immune System Decoded

Hay House Radio Episode Recap

  • Episode Name: “Your Immune System Decoded”
  • Live Broadcast: November 7th, 2018 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time
Episode Replays: Tuesdays at 9:00 pm Pacific Time / 12:00 am Eastern Time, Saturdays at 2:00 pm Pacific Time / 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Sundays at 4:00 pm Pacific Time / 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Episode Summary Re-cap

How is your immune system supposed to work and what steps can you take to get back on track?
Immunity seems to be suffering everywhere we turn. From cancer to Lyme to autoimmune and neuroimmune, rates are rapidly rising. What went wrong? Why is this happening? How is your immune system supposed to work and what steps can you take to get back on track? Joining Heather is renowned molecular biologist with a specialty in immunity, epigenetics, methylation, and strategies for cancer and brain health recovery, Dr. Judy Mikovits. She will reveal key solutions for strengthening your immune system naturally.

Judy MikovitsSpecial Guest: Judy Mikovits, PhD

Judy A. Mikovits, PhD has focused her life as a research scientist on curing cancer to honor her grandfather who died of cancer when she was a teenager. Dr. Mikovits earned her BA from University of Virginia and PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from George Washington University. In her 35-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has studied immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, virology and drug development.

In just over twenty years she rose from an entry-level lab technician to become director of the lab of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute before leaving to direct the Cancer Biology program at EpiGenX Pharmaceuticals in Santa Barbara, California where she had met and married David Nolde in 2000.

There in 2006, she became attracted to the plight of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism. In only five years she developed the first neuroimmune institute from a concept to a reality and is primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between immune based inflammation and these diseases. She has published over 50 scientific papers and the book, Plague.

Dr. Judy A. Mikovits recently founded MARC,  Consulting Inc. with her collaborator Dr. Frank Ruscetti.

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Healthy Immunity Relies on Open Communication

Your immune system communicates with every organ and system in your body. Open communication is critical for your health and well-being. 24/7, your immune system scans your body and the environment to distinguish between what’s safe and what’s a threat. Another way of looking at this is: your immune system discerns the difference between self and non-self. This is how it protects you.

You were designed to be naturally protected by this system of communication and discernment. However, modern life has thrown a lot of challenges into the mix to break this subtle system. Some examples are:

Processed Food, Sugar, Gluten, And Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)

All of these create problems for gut health and upset the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. Since 70% of your immunity is in your gut, this particular disconnection is a major contributor to poor health and disease. On top of this, 50% of your neurons are in your gut, so when your gut is compromised, the inflammation compromises your brain function. This is why we see memory issues, mood problems, dementia and Alzheimer’s originating as gut problems. Dr. Judy has never seen an immune compromised person that doesn’t also have leaky gut.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)

EMFs from things like electronics, WiFi, 5G and powerlines vibrate at a frequency that stresses the body and immune system, creating inflammation and a whole host of mind-body symptoms.


Vaccines are full of ingredients that can suppress the immune system and take the body’s focus off important developmental functions, like brain development. Dr. Judy recommends avoiding “preventative” vaccines like the flu, shingles and HPV vaccines in all cases. For other vaccines, she recommends avoiding key stages in life like ages 0-3 (key ages of immune, brain and organ development), 9 – 21 (puberty), menopause and andropause (hormonal events) and elder years (when brain function is critical to protect).

Beware: the Flu Shot is a Decoy – Dr. Judy mentioned that the idea of a “flu season” was something our culture made up. What happens is that each year, scientists guess about which flu strains will be the problem for the coming year. Unfortunately, they often guess wrong, like they did in 2018. Here’s the problem…if you get a flu shot with the wrong strain of flu, it’s like sending a decoy into the body. This is tricking the body and teaching it about something that doesn’t even exist. It therefore, does not teach the body to be immune to the actual flu strain going around. Now, while your body is focusing on dealing with the decoy (the bit of wrong-strain-flu that was injected into you), it doesn’t even see the real deal flu strain show up. Next thing you know, you have the flu, even after being vaccinated. On top of this, you received a dose of mercury in your flu shot, which is an immune system suppressant (slows your immune system down) and a neurotoxin (bad for your brain). The benefits don’t even come close to outweighing the risks, she explains. The same is true for the shingles vaccine and the HPV vaccine (Gardasil, which by the way, does not make one immune to cervical cancer).

Environmental Pollution

Toxins in the air and water also stress the body and add a burden on your immune system and organs.


In our 24/7 fast-paced world, it often feels like there’s no time for rest and self-care. However, chronic stress is a major immune-inhibiter. Stress, including the stress of trauma, depletes the body of important minerals and B vitamins, responsible for all of the enzymatic functions in the body. If you suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, you may find that you experience fatigue, depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, gut symptoms, memory issues, and more.

Here Are 3 Key Tips to Support the Health of Your Immune System

#1 – Take Time for Yourself and Listen

Your immune system is constantly looking inside and outside your body to be educated about what is self and what is “other” or not self. This process should happen naturally, but when there’s a lot of noise in the system from the challenges listed above, it significantly impairs your immune system’s ability to tell the difference. Slowing down and taking care of yourself can make a huge difference. Set aside time for yourself to relax. Exercise, meditate, do some deep breathing, make a home cooked meal and sit down with your loved ones to eat. Pray. Take time to slow down, get still and quiet things down. Move at a slower pace. As you do this, listen to your body and notice the symptoms you are experiencing. Your body speaks to you in symptoms. To learn more about how to listen, read: How to Listen to Your Body and Intuition.

To learn more about how medical cannabis, hemp CBD oil, and terpenes support immunity and immune system communication, read: Is Medical Cannabis A Holistic Health Solution?

#2 – Go Outside in Nature

Studies show that spending time in nature reduces stress and calms your nervous system. Dr. Judy talked about allowing your body to get some natural sunshine without sunscreen so that you could receive that education from nature, giving your body critical vitamin D and serotonin (the feel-good hormone). If you can take off your shoes and walk barefoot, you’ll also get educated by the soil’s micro-organisms. The soil is full of bacteria that is beneficial for humans and reminds our immune system about self and other. Many functional medicine doctors are advising parents to get their kids out in the soil and visit farms to teach their immune systems about the variety of bacteria out in nature.

#3 – Honor Your Lineage

Dr. Judy reminds us that the beneficial aspects of nature are different for everyone, depending on where you or your family grew up. Where you grew up determines the microbes that existed in your environment, water, and food and this is different for everyone. This means that your immune system was educated based on your upbringing and lineage. Healing at the DNA level often involved honoring what your genes require for nourishment. The keys are in your culture, your homelands, and your traditional foods. This means healing can also be an opportunity to reconnect to your ancestry, making it a very profound process.

For more tips on supporting your immune system naturally with food and supplements, read: Switching Off the Energy of Disease.

To Join Dr. Judy and Heather Dane on our upcoming Facebook Live as part of The Wellness Project by Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, go to the Price-Pottenger Facebook Page

To Join Dr. Judy and I on our upcoming Facebook Live as part of The Wellness Project by Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, go to the Price-Pottenger Facebook Page

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Heather DaneTune in next week to 21st Century Medicine Woman, when I will talk to you about the holidays. Even though the holidays are supposed to be a time of love and joy, many people feel stressed and depressed. Whether it’s family challenges, cold weather, sugary foods, lack of sleep, or too many responsibilities, the holidays can be trying times. This year, let’s focus on solutions for making the holidays a time of self-care, renewal, and fun!


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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!