Webinar Replay:
Immunity: The Innate Immune System

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Check out our introductory blog post + short video on Immunity: The Innate Immune System with Dr. Zach Bush.

Webinar Summary & Resources


Welcome & Intro Panelists >

Dr. Cindy Fallon shares her history working at chemical industry Dupont >

Dr. John Gildea shares his experience + findings from military diagnostic labs >

Dr. Lee Cowden alleviated his personal health issues with holistic medicine >

Panelist discussion on developing a strong immune system >

Welcome & Intro Panelists

(0:00) Dr. Zach Bush welcomes you to the webinar and highlights the radical shift we are in the midst of in regards to human health and understanding how biology thrives on this planet.

The revolution that we are in the midst of — the massive paradigm shift that is one of the biggest scientific discoveries of human kind — is that human health does not reside within the human cell. Human health is dictated by the biodiversity that is at the center of our vitality, the biodiversity of the microbiome.

– Dr. Zach Bush

(8:20) – Four additional experts in their field make up our panel for this discussion. Dr. Cindy Fallon has a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry and spent 25 years working in the chemical industry at Dupont and was involved in the rollout of over 400 consumer products. Dr. John Gildea has a Ph.D in microbiology + genomics, and he has been very responsible for showing us this extraordinary world of the microbiome communication network and its capacity to interface with the barrier system inherent to the innate immune system. He is also an expert in mRNA, which is the new field of epigenetics.

Dr. Lee Cowden is a cardiologist and one of the forefathers and front runners in the integrative medicine world. Dr. Cowden is president of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine. He and his network are now over 4000 physicians in over 60 different countries around the world. Dr. Peter Cummings is a triple board certified neuro pathologist. Today, he’ll share some of the extraordinary new science around the gut-brain axis in regards to the immune system — how the innate immune system within the brain and the peripheral nervous system of the gut really functions in league with these other elements of the innate immune system.

(11:55) Dr. Cindy Fallon shares her history working at chemical industry Dupont where she worked in new product development working alongside regulatory agencies + formulators.

(13:18) Dr. Fallon also talks about her personal health journey and how she healed herself from symptoms of fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, extreme eczema and debilitating allergies by changing her lifestyle habits and healing her gut.

Food, Hormones + Women’s Health

(28:39) Dr. Mindy Pelz has a background as a chiropractor and specializes in women’s health and nutrition. She emphasizes how important it is for women to eat according to their hormonal cycle. Within this cycle, there are moments when it’s appropriate to go into restriction and other moments where it’s important to eat more to build hormones. For women with a typical 28-day cycle, around day 21 the body needs progesterone; and carbohydrates are the foods that supply and build progesterone — beans, squash, potatoes, wild rices, seeds and nuts. On Day 12 of a typical cycle, there is a surge of estrogen; and it’s important to feed the gut bacteria which break down the estrogen into something usable for the body. These foods are the leafy greens, prebiotic foods, fermented foods. If we don’t eat appropriately for these pivotal moments in our cycle, then we will deplete our hormones.

(34:10) Dr. Pelz also says that fasting needs to be cycled as well, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Every woman needs to find the rhythm to her eating that suits her hormonal profile. Fasting is a nourishing part of this cycle just like food is. Often, women don’t realize their hormone imbalances until menopause, and it’s important for women to change the way they eat at this time in their lives. Because progesterone is declining, they need to eat to match this change in their hormonal profile.

Dr. Bush explains that for menopausal and post-menopausal women, the sex hormones that were previously produced in the ovaries are then produced in the adrenals. Because of this shift, the body can’t tolerate stress in the same way because it will over-tax the adrenal glands. When the stress hormones increase, the sex hormone production decreases. Menopause is designed to increase the longevity of women, and it is an important transition in life and not a disease.

(38:41) Dr. Bush does not support the use of bio-identical hormones during menopause because that’s not how the body was designed to interact with these hormones. Applying these growth hormones (such as progesterone) on a stressed body is a recipe for cancer. At this phase in life, women need to eat to support their adrenals and monitor their stress levels so that their bodies can maintain these systems.

Dr. Newman says we should reframe menopause as an opportunity that marks the beginning of a new possibility in life. She encourages women to limit excess hormones in food and to keep their diets higher in tofu, tempeh, edamame, and miso since they deliver phyto-estrogens as well as selective estrogen receptor modulators. These foods also help men better regulate their hormones as well. Dr. Newman reminds us that it’s best to work on gut health gradually. Take time to build up the gut lining and the microbiome just like you would when you are building strength with weights at the gym.

We’ve confused doing what’s legal with doing what’s right.

– Dr. Cindy Fallon

(19:03) She discusses the internal structure of regulatory agencies such as the EPA + FDA and how they are not designed to center public health and environmental health because of how they measure success and because Pharma underwrites over half their budget. (22:33) Dr. Bush + Dr. Fallon talk about their experience submitting evidence to the EPA on the harmful effects of glyphosate to human + animal biology and how our consumer choices can help change these systemic issues.
(34:00) – Dr. John Gildea shares his experience + findings from military diagnostic labs where he worked detecting retroviruses and testing for airborne pathogens. (38:20) In this research, he discovered that the human nose was better than man-made meshes or masks at detecting + filtering out harmful pathogens, and (43:45) he talks with us about the behavior of viral particles when they are aerosolized. (46:51) – Dr. Zach Bush explains how this information constructs an innate immune system that is integrally connected to the environment.

It’s exciting for us to expand our concept of the innate immune system beyond the word human. When we talk about innate immunity, we’re talking about a planetary event. We’re talking about an ecosystem event in which we stay in balance with ecosystems and, therefore, we have human life.

– Dr. Zach Bush

(47:45) Dr. Gildea summarizes his studies in research genetics and cellular memory and how they relate to chronic disease and age-related diseases. He also describes how toxins disrupt our body’s innate barriers. (57:08) Dr. Gildea explains what an exosome is and how it communicates between cells to change genetic expression.

(1:01:26) Dr. Lee Cowden was introduced to holistic medicine when it alleviated his personal health issues, and he shares the current global trends in integrative medicine as well as the harmful effects of electromagnetic pollution. (1:06:57) Dr. Cowden identifies the current best practices in integrative medicine to curb some of the side effects of environmental toxicity and how we can build resilience in the face of chemical + electromagnetic pollution. (1:13:46) Dr. Cowden explains the difference between Pasteur’s germ theory + Beauchamp’s terrain theory and how these theories inform our understanding of disease.

(1:15:23) Dr. Peter Cummings explains our innate system as more of a filtration system than a barrier system because it allows us to integrate with our environment. Everything we encounter in our environment is filtered through our central nervous system; so we could think of our nutrition as not just food but also light, sound and air. (1:19:17) The vagus nerve regulates our emotional state as well as our inflammation. So it is important to mitigate stress and anxiety because stress changes our genetics and creates loss in microbiome biodiversity. (1:26:01) Dr. Cummings explains how the brain functions as part of our immune system and describes how the blood-brain barrier relates to neurodegenerative disease + chronic brain disease.

Because when we’re stressed out, we’re more susceptible to all kinds of different things, not just this particular virus that’s affecting our society right now. But all the other comorbidities that come along with stress.

– Dr. Peter Cummings

(1:30:35) The panelists take a few moments to react to each other’s information, and Dr. Cummings describes the problem with the bias inherent to this idea that we “believe in science.”

(1:32:37) Dr. Fallon remarks on the appreciation of the human body’s complexity and how it is impossible to reduce this complexity to a single test within a regulatory agency. (1:34:49) Dr. Gildea describes how the blood pressure is sensitive to the environment and relationships and (1:38:11) how we can create a healthy nasal environment based on how the nose interacts with viruses in the air. (1:41:45) Dr. Cowden + Dr. Bush discuss how EMF’s affect our body’s ability to handle viral exposure and COVID.

(1:46:09) Dr. Bush summarizes the journey of how we arrived at these current issues and describes the new scientific paradigm we need to embrace to move forward. (1:48:33) Dr. Cowden highlights the key nutrients needed to support your immune system and how the largest integrative medicine practice in the U.S. saw zero COVID-related deaths among its patients.

(1:51:57) Dr. Zach Bush explains why it’s important to be in a healthy relationship to all viruses, not just one virus and what that means for masks and vaccines. (1:55:53) He explains how to get the most out of this information and encourages you to use your own judgement, discernment and intuition as you make these crucial health decisions.

When you believe in science you become biased… It’s not a faith. It’s not a religion, not a philosophy. It’s a process… Science should always be openly debated and discussed.

– Dr. Peter Cummings


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