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The Importance of Boosting Your Immune Function in the Age of Contagion

Influenza killed more people in the 20th century than both World Wars combined. According to the CDC, it continues to hospitalize an estimated 140,000 to 810,000 people in the US every year.


The “flu” is caused by a coronavirus and there are four variants currently circulating in the US, but in the minds of the general public, “coronavirus” will forever be associated with the highly virulent strain that arose in China in late 2019.


Alpha and Beta variants of COVID-19 swept the globe in 2020/21, leading to widespread lockdowns and panic. Cases climbed, deaths followed, and governments scrambled to find a solution. Unfortunately, every time there was a plateau in the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, another variant emerged and panic ensued.


Over 220 million Americans are now vaccinated and over 60% have previously been infected, but as new strains continue to emerge and cases increase, it’s clear that there is no such thing as 100% immunity. In the words of the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over”. 

The Next Pandemic?

After 2 years of fear and uncertainty, a period in which depression skyrocketed and we all became a little more fearful, it’s no wonder that people are concerned about monkeypox.


Monkeypox is in the same family as smallpox, a virus thought to be responsible for over 300 million deaths (over three times the number of people who died from the Black Death and Spanish Flu pandemics).


More commonly associated with West and Central Africa, the disease spreads through contact with infected rodents and began circulating in May 2022. By the end of the month, over 200 cases in more than 20 countries were reported by WHO.


Worryingly, as many of the infected have not traveled to Africa, it’s possible that the disease is now spreading from human-to-human contact and even aerosolized transmission, much like COVID-19.


Diagnosis may be challenging since the first signs are often subtle flu-like symptoms including fever, body aches, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. A few days later, a typical rash occurs and monkeypox is suspected. The CDC emphasizes that there is no proven treatment specific for monkeypox although smallpox vaccine, antivirals, and immune globulins may be administered.


Fortunately, WHO has designated this disease as a “moderate global public health threat”, which means it’s unlikely to result in a pandemic.

The Importance of Immunity

In the current environment of increased exposure to infectious diseases, it’s imperative to build and maintain the strongest immune system possible.


After all, not only have we witnessed first-hand just how important a strong immune system can be during a pandemic, but we only need to look at our history to see the catastrophic effects of weakened immunity.


For instance, many experts now believe that the unusually high morbidity seen during the Black Death was caused by the Great Famine several decades earlier. The famine robbed growing children of vital nutrients and those children then grew up to become carriers and victims.


One of the ways that we can boost our immunity is through supplementation with ingredients known to enhance immune function and support optimal health.


Pathogens may produce excessive amounts of free radicals that affect organs and tissues. These tissues initiate inflammatory reactions, the products of which are particularly damaging to the immune system.


A properly formulated nutrient complex can deal with those free radicals and reduce oxidative stress and the resulting immune dysfunction. The right nutrients could support the body’s response system, enhance immune function, and may diminish the onset, incidence, and severity of infection.


To address this issue, Healthy Extracts, Inc. has developed Clinical IMMUNE™ based on laboratory, in vivo, and clinical research. It’s a complex of 11 ingredients that has been scientifically formulated to combat today’s environmental realities, address infectious conditions, and, as an added benefit, improve cardiometabolic health.


Clinical trials have shown that Clinical IMMUNE™ can support immune and respiratory function and could play an important role in the fight against infection.


In an increasingly hostile global environment, it’s important to maximize immune function and ensure we are adequately prepared to deal with infection, whether that be a new COVID variant, monkeypox, influenza, or something yet to make headlines.