Immune boosters

Various medications and supplements have been described as “immune boosters” - substances which are stated as activating the immune response.

There are several reasons why a Marshall ProtocolA curative medical treatment for chronic inflammatory disease. Based on the Marshall Pathogenesis. (MP) patient should be hesitant to use these substances:

  1. Very few MP patients need any kind of an increase in immune response. In fact, most patients need to slow their immune response.
  2. The molecular actions of immune boosters including the ways in which the substances interact with the nuclear receptorsIntracellular receptor proteins that bind to hydrophobic signal molecules (such as steroid and thyroid hormones) or intracellular metabolites and are thus activated to bind to specific DNA sequences which affect transcription. is relatively unknown. These substances may interfere with the MP medications.
  3. Many have limited evidence of efficacy.

Types of immune boosters

  • allergy shots (immunotherapy)
  • gamma-Globulins
  • glyconutrients (D-mannose, D-ribose)


Some researchers have concluded that Borrelia burgdorferi use sugars as part of their metabolism, which would mean that consuming glyconutrients benefits bacteria.

An effort to determine which carbohydrates Borrelia burgdorferi consumes revealed that the organism utilizes the monosaccharides glucose, mannose and N-acetylglucosamine, as well as the disaccharides maltose and chitobiose.

Robert Bradford et al.1)

Notes and comments

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Bradford, RW and Allen, HW. (2006). Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine. Biochemistry of Lyme disease: Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete/cyst.
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