EP 37 | Antibodies 101: How Our Immune System Protects Us From Viruses and Other Invaders with Dr. Susan Blum


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We are back for the 4th and final season of the SIBO Made Simple podcast—and man, what a different world we’re returning to. I could have never predicted when I recorded my last episode on February 20th that all anyone would be thinking about in the health space was viruses. But here we are.

To satisfy all your burning questions about Covid-19 and further educate ourselves on how the immune system interacts with our gut, I’ve got Dr. Susan Blum returning to the show to discuss all things antibodies. As someone with an autoimmune disease (and the host of this here podcast), I thought I was pretty hip to this line of immune defense, but all the recent discussion of viral antibodies has revealed that there are some major gaps in my knowledge on how these immunoglobulins are produced, what functions they serve, and why they sometimes hurt rather than help.

Dr. Blum is the author of the iconic book The Immune System Recovery Plan and more recently, Healing Arthritis. She is also our featured guest on episode 8 of the podcast discussing leaky gut and the SIBO-autoimmune connection. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to how the immune system works.

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:
  • The difference between T-cells and B-cells
  • How long different types of antibodies stick around for
  • Antibody testing and why there have been problems with Covid-19 results
  • Other ways our body develops defenses to viruses besides antibodies that makes a second infection less likely
  • How antibodies to foods form and what IgG food sensitivity testing tells you about your long-term tolerance to certain ingredients
  • Whether SIBO or other forms of dysbiosis make you more immunocompromised or susceptible to viruses
  • Immunoglobulin supplements and other ways to fortify your immune system
  • And so much more…
Resources, mentions and notes:

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Disclaimer: The information in this podcast does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, or treatment. The information discussed is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or professional care.

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