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Thymus Therapy

Thymus Therapy is the most important building block for immune therapy. This initial therapy involves a series of thymus extract injections, which   activate and balance the body’s immune system.

The thymus gland is located just behind the sternum on top of the heart. This gland is the center of our immune system. The function of the thymus is to produce and “educate” T-lymphocytes (T cells). These cells are critical to the adaptive immune system. The thymus changes its size and function during our life cycle. It is largest and most active in newborns, infants and in the years prior to adolescence. By the early teens, the thymus begins to shrink and thymus tissue is replaced by fatty tissue. Nevertheless, a small amount of T -lymphocyte production and education continues throughout adult life.

Modern day Thymus Therapy was developed by the Swedish doctor Elias Sandberg in the 70’s.  Up until then, the classic method of L Cell Therapy developed by Professor Niehans was used. Sandberg switched from using live cells and created an extract made from the thymus gland of 6 month old calves. He was able to produce this thymus extract in a physiological concentration (i.e. the concentration of active ingredients is the same as would occur naturally). He called this new substance THX. This method has been used in Germany now for over 20 years

Due to the reduction of size of the thymus gland during our life cycle, the thymus -related immune response becomes less the older we get. When we reach 50 years old, only about 15% still functions. This leads to a significant increase in infections, cancer, and autoimmune diseases, which increase as we get older.

It is critical that enough of the thymus hormones are present in the extract. These are Thymosin Aphla 1, Thymosin Beta 4 and Thymolin. Many thymus products contain only minimal amounts of these hormones.

A typical Thymus Therapy program involves a course of injections using thymus peptides. This therapy is an important, if not the most important, non-specific immunotherapy. This therapy causes an activating and balancing of the cellular immune system. The method traces back to Dr. Elis Sandberg from Sweden, who was having promising results in treating chronic diseases and cancer as far back as 1938. He developed his own high-molecular extract called THX. By the 1980’s Sandberg had successfully treated more than 50, 000 patients. In addition to the positive results of his treatment, many of his patients experienced significant anti-aging effects

Dr. Sandberg performed his first treatment on a cow,which had developed a malignant sarcoma and was due to be slaughtered. After a short treatment with THX, the tumor was gone! This was the beginning of his research and therapy with thymus extract.

Only in 1960 did the Australian Immunologist J. Miller discover the function of the thymus. He also recognized the true importance of the lymphocytes that are programmed by the thymus gland. Since that time international thymus research has been increasing. Today we know that the thymus is the central organ of the body’s defenses. The white blood cells formed in bone marrow reach the thymus as immature lymphocytes.  Only 10% of these cells are trained in the thymus and deemed fit for use in the body’s defenses.

They are trained to monitor and patrol the body. The purpose of this system is to recognize the body’s own cells as its own and to recognize foreign cells, such as bacteria, viruses or cancer cells as alien. These foreign cells are then attacked and destroyed.

The most important cells in the fight against the invaders are:

Helper Cells

These cells are involved in the formation of antibodies. These activate natural killer cells and cytotoxic cells.

Suppressor Cells

These ensure that not too many antibodies are formed and prevent excessive immune reactions.

Killer Cells

These cells attack foreign cells and work together with the so-called cytotoxic cells to destroy them.

Memory cells

These cells store information for the immune system, enabling it to distinguish between foreign cells and their own cells.

The thymus gland is not present in the embryo.  Newborn mammals, including humans, are not able to survive without a thymus gland. Through contact with the environment, i.e. after being born, the body is able to build its own immune system. The more a growing child is exposed to outside factors such as dirt, the better the thymus and the whole immune system functions. By puberty, the thymus has reached its peak function. With increasing age the thymus shrinks, and so does the protection from the thymus hormones.

By giving Thymus Peptide Extract, the number of white blood cells can be increased and their functionality improved or restored.

There are over 40 different factors in the thymus extract, which cause it to be therapeutically effective, but not all have been adequately researched. For this reason, it is not advisable to use individual thymus hormones, but the entire Thymus Peptide Extract. The extract we use has the highest proportion of the most important immune-regulating thymus hormones available.

Live Cell Extract Therapy

Live Cell Extract Therapy uses organs from young or adult animals. The donor organs are ground to a fine paste in an electrolyte solution and mixed well. The cell structure is destroyed during this process. This solution is allowed to settle after which it is then strained and filtered to remove any solid matter. Only the soluble parts of the cells such as RNA and DNA remain in the fluid extract. The solution does not contain any parts of the cell membrane or any animal protein. This process greatly reduces the risk of allergic reaction by the recipient. The filtration process also removes any viruses or bacteria that may be carried by the donor animal.

This method is also called Organ Peptide Therapy, as only the water-soluble peptides or amino acids remain in the solution.

Typically, individual organ extracts are produced and administered according to the needs of the patient. Some therapists prefer to produce so called ‘cocktails’ containing a mix of organs. A typical example of this is a mix of thymus, spleen and liver.

Practitioners of Organ Peptide Therapy agree that this form of cellular therapy is just as effective as fresh cell therapy. They find no detrimental results from using “only” organ peptides.

One benefit to this approach is that the extracts can be frozen and stored. Freezing whole cells is very tricky and often leads to the destruction of the cells during the freezing process. As no whole cells are present, organ peptides can easily be frozen and stored, enabling the extracts to be produced in larger quantity rather than having to produce the extract for each individual patient.

Live Cell Therapy

Live Cell Therapy is the use of live or fresh cells gained from animal embryos, embryonic material, or very young animals. The donor samples are harvested and processed while the cells are still fresh. The selected organ is carefully ground into a paste. Much care is taken not to damage the individual cells. After processing, the cells are mixed with an electrolyte solution. This solution is then used for injection into the individual receiving therapy. The solution contains actual whole cells as well as parts of cells and animal protein. The use of embryonic material reduces the risk of allergic reaction by the recipient.