Max Your Immunity

How to Maximize Your Immune System When You Need It Most

IBPA logo  APSS logo
Max Your Immunity
Square One Publishers


6.0 X 9.0 in
280 pg

HEALTH & FITNESS / Diet & Nutrition / Nutrition

$16.95 Paperback (Trade paperback (US))
New Release
Buy From Amazon Buy From Barnes & Noble Buy From Bookshop

By:  Pamela Wartian Smith


The word immunity has unfortunately become an all-too-common term in our vocabulary, and for good reason. When the pandemic hit, many of the major drug companies created vaccines that offered us “immunity” against this specific virus. Yet, few of us understand that almost all these vaccines work based upon their activating our own built-in systems of defense. It is our very own immunity to these viruses that can make the difference between illness and health. To help clarify what each of us can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones, Pamela Wartian Smith, MD has written Max Your Immunity. Here is a complete guide to understanding and maximizing your natural defenses against various infectious diseases.

Max Your Immunity is divided into three parts. Part One explains how our innate and adaptive immunity systems work. Our innate immunity system is based on our built-in barriers designed to fight or separate us from infectious agents. Our adaptive immunity, also called acquired immunity, is composed of lymphocyte cells that are triggered when a specific pathogen enters the body. These cells learn to identify the invading pathogens and hunt them down. In this section, each component in both systems are clearly identified and explained. Part Two provides ten important things that you can do to increase and strengthen all of these components. And Part Three provides specific nutritional plans to increase your body’s immunity to help defend against the most common health disorders.

By simply having a clear understanding of how our internal defenses work and what we can do to increase our immunity, we can play an important role in maintaining good health. Max Your Immunity can help show you what you need to know to protect yourself and your family.


Author Biography

Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH, MS, is a diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and past co-director of the Master's Program in Medical Sciences, with a concentration in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, at the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. An authority on the subjects of wellness and functional medicine, she is also the founder of the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. Dr. Smith is the best-selling author of ten books, including What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & So Much MoreWhat You Must Know About Women's Hormones; and What You Must Know About Memory Loss.

Table of contents


Acknowledgments, vii

Introduction, 1

How Your Immune System Works

1. What Makes Up Your Immune System?, 5

2. What Is an Autoimmune Disease?, 17

3. How Is Your Immune System Measured?, 23

4. Does Your Immune System Change With Age?, 27

Lifestyle Changes to Strengthen Your Immunity

5. Alcohol: Moderation Is the Key to Health, 33

6. Exercise: Whether You Like It or Not, 38

7. Your Gut: A Healthy Gut Equals a Healthy Immune System, 54

8. Inflammation: Its Effect on the Immune System, 86

9. Sleep: Get a Good Night’s Sleep, 110

10. Smoking: How It Affects the Immune System, 123

11. Stress: Manage Your Stress, 129

12. Sugar: Minimize Your Intake for Healthy Eating, 138

13. Thyroid: Optimize Its Function, 146

14. Water: Stay Hydrated, 164

Herbal and Nutritional Therapies for Immune Building


Astragalus, 172

Cordyceps, 173

Echinacea, 175

Elderberry, 176

Garlic, 177

Ginseng, 179

Goldenseal, 183

Glycyrrhizin, 185

Olive Leaf Extract, 189

Oregano, 190


Arginine, 193

Carnitine, 196

Chromium, 199

Cysteine, 199

Glutamine, 201

Manganese, 203

Selenium, 206

Vitamin A, 208

Vitamin D, 210

Zinc, 212


Beta Glucans, 217

Carnosine, 219

Colostrum, 220

Glutathione, 222

Sulforaphane, 224


Aloe Vera, 226

American Skullcap, 227

Boswellia, 228

Cayenne Pepper, 229

Chinese Skullcap, 232

Curcumin, 233

Feverfew, 235

Fish Oil, 236

Ginger, 237

Green Tea, 238

N-Acetyl Cysteine, 240

Pomegranate, 244

Pycnogenol, 246

Resveratrol, 247

Rosemary, 249

Thyme, 251

White Willow Bark Extract, 252

Conclusion, 255

Resources, 259

References, 263

About the Author, 264

Index, 265