Cancer is, with a few exceptions, a typical disease of old age. The thymus, the central organ for our immune system, is largely responsible for this. The thymus gland is a relatively large organ at birth that continues to increase in volume until puberty, but then slowly disappears and is still difficult to find in an 80-year-old. Due to the continued disappearance of this organ, all kinds of disorders are increasingly affecting our body.
The thymus, the hub of our immune system
The thymus (or thymus) is a gland located behind the breastbone and for many years this has been an organ to which hardly any function was assigned. Until the beginning of the last century, it was thought that the thymus only grew and remained active until puberty, and then shriveled up. People therefore wondered what the function of an organ that is hardly present in adults could be. The big mistake, however, lay in the fact that the thymus gland was examined in people who had died of some disease. Only later was it discovered that people who had died from an accident or suicide often had a thymus gland that had not shriveled up at all.
Long-term illness causes the thymus gland to shrivel
It turned out that the atrophy of the thymus gland was usually accompanied by a state of long-term illness.
Scientific interest in the thymus only arose when it was observed in 1938 that removal of the thymus from young laboratory animals resulted in growth retardation, weight loss, decline in health and death in a large number of the laboratory animals. It was also determined that replacing the gland could prevent these problems. Later, only the soluble cells from the thymus gland were administered and it was discovered that this had the same beneficial effect as replacing the gland itself.
Thymus gland crucial for our immune system
The thymus gland is one of the most important organs in our immune system. An important part of the lymphocytes, the so-called “T lymphocytes” (T for Thymus) become “mature”. In addition, the thymus also plays an essential role in the production of “memory cells” that remember the recipe for how to produce antibodies against previous diseases.
It is not always clear why this important organ often shrivels in adults. What we do know is that certain factors contribute to the attrition:
- deficiencies of certain minerals and vitamins;
- long-term stress;
- radiation treatments;
- heavy metals;
- and long-term intake of “classic” medications (such as cortisone).
This shriveling results in a permanent weakening of our defenses and opens the way to other diseases. It is therefore obvious that thymus extracts were used in medicine, both to prevent illness and to treat existing illness. After all, it has been shown that disease is almost always accompanied by atrophy of the thymus and that the effect of the thymus gland can be largely imitated by administering the soluble substances contained in this gland.
Areas of application for a thymus treatment
The best area of application for such therapy is primarily in the field of prevention. By occasionally taking a course of thymus extracts, we can prevent our immune system from weakening and thus prevent many of our current ailments and signs of aging. Of course, we can also use these extracts in case of illness and debilitation.
The main areas of application are considered:
- Chronic conditions such as rheumatism, asthma, cancer .
- General debility and poor resistance to disease
- Premature aging, arteriosclerosis, impotence
- Multiple Sclerosis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease
- Other so-called “autoimmune” diseases.
- In case of weakening after major operations, radiation
- After prolonged use of antibiotics
How is a thymus extract administered?
The best results are obtained with fresh extracts, prepared from thymus glands of vital, healthy and specially bred calves. These preparations are only prepared in 2 places in the world, one near New York and one near Munich. The preparation is injected subcutaneously several times a week for several months. Such a treatment can then be repeated 1 to 2 times a year and is generally well tolerated by patients. All high molecular weight proteins are removed by a special method, which minimizes the risk of allergic reactions.
Possible side effects of thymus treatment
However, mild reactions such as local redness and itching at the injection site, temporary fatigue or even the appearance of a mild fever are possible. These reactions should be seen as the result of the activation of the immune system and are therefore not signs of intolerance.