It is kind of a general term which I don’t even think is just to characterize it or anything like that. If it is natural which means the molecule has to come from a natural source because sometimes you can have a modulator which is completely synthetic, the term “immunomodulator” means that it is something which either in the plastic tube or in our body will modulate or change individual parts of the immune system so it works differently.
You can basically consider even an immunosuppressive drug an immunomodulator because it modulates your system. It’s better to talk about if it is a stimulator or a suppressor. It is something which will affect the immune system and change its activities and abilities.
Yes, in our body we usually need a positive, we need a stimulation. Only in cases like we talked about, auto-immune diseases and transplantation, we need the opposite. We need to suppress the system so the system is not fighting the new kidney.
It is something which is usually neglected, but for a lot of our problems in the last decade, they are our problems. It’s a situation where we live, the conditions, how we live, what we eat, the pollution in the air, in our water, and so on. This is causing the diseases. It is a common knowledge even about allergy diseases.
There are dozens of studies from Iceland where for decades there were very little allergies in Iceland. They have no trees and the grasses they have don’t have the allergic pollen and so on. So the level of allergies in Iceland, particularly among kids was maybe 1/10th of what is found in Europe or the United States.
In the last decade the conditions changed there, they still don’t have trees and they still have the same grass, but they are eating differently, they have the bigger towns, factories and so on. Now over the last two or three years the level of allergies in Iceland’s kids is identical to Western Europe. If you change the condition or change the food you are just not healthy like you used to be.
So, we have to think about it, we can hardly change how clear the air will be. You might change the nutrition a little bit, you might change what we eat, we can go for better vegetables or something like that but the conditions of the life will be the same and that is where the immunomodulator can come and help.
~Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka