[Leslie Carol Botha: Circadian rhythms and the endocrine system are crucial to women's health and being. And yet, we suppress our hormones with synthetic contraceptives unaware that the suppression of the endocrine system affects our sleep stimulates weight gain, maybe the cause of mood disorders, as well as a variety of diseases. Myco-author, H. Sandra Chevalier- Batik and I address this very issue in out book, Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle.'
Not only is vaccinating at the right time of day important, women also need to be aware that vaccination during the paramenstrum when immunity is at its lowest is placing their health in jeopardy. This is one of the reasons why the Gardasil HPV vaccine is so dangerous. Girls are being vaccinated at the most fragile time of their life - menarche and they are being vaccinated without regard to whether or not they are premenstrual or menstruating.]
Ignore This Essential Habit and Your Health Will Eventually Decline
By Dr. Mercola
June 2, 2012
Researchers have learned that circadian rhythms—the 24-hour cycles known as your internal body clock—are involved in everything from sleep to weight gain, mood disorders, and a variety of diseases.
Your body actually has many internal clocks—in your brain, lungs, liver, heart and even your skeletal muscles—and they all work to keep your body running smoothly by controlling temperature and the release of hormones.
It’s well known that lack of sleep can increase your chances of getting sick. A new study shows just how direct that connection is.
The research found that the circadian clocks of mice control an essential immune system gene that helps their bodies sense and ward off bacteria and viruses. When levels of that particular gene, called toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9), were at their highest, the mice were better able to withstand infections.
Interestingly, when the researchers induced sepsis, the severity of the disease was dependent on the timing of the induction.Severity directly correlated with cyclical changes in TLR9.
According to the authors, this may help explain why septic patients are known to be at higher risk of dying between the hours of 2 am and 6 am.
Furthermore, they also discovered that when mice were vaccinated when TLR9 was peaking, they had an enhanced immune response to the vaccine. The researchers believe vaccine effectiveness could be altered depending on the time of day the vaccination is administered…
“These findings not only unveil a novel, direct molecular link between circadian rhythms and the immune system, but also open a new paradigm in the biology of the overall immune response with important implications for the prevention and treatment of disease. Furthermore, patients in the ICU often have disturbed sleep patterns, due to noise, nocturnal light exposure and medications; it will be important to investigate how these factors influence TLR9 expression levels and immune responses.”