What is Natural Immunity?
Natural, or innate, immunity is part of a homeostatic, balanced state of the body. Natural immunity occurs when the body’s biological defenses work together to fight infection or dis-ease, keeping pathogens in balance and preventing unwanted biological invasion. This type of immunity is a pre-existing and natural defense mechanism that is inherited by offspring from their parents. Various factors such as nutrition, fitness, even social and emotional conditions, influence immunity.
The immune system has been designed to constantly fight off dis-eases. Some aspects of immunity are passed on from the sire and dam (and even grand sires and dams) to their offspring. However, what puppies encounter throughout their lives is what makes the significant difference. Immunity is gradually learned throughout life; it is not something instantly set in stone at or after birth.
The immune system is a powerful weapon; it has been proven to eliminate the body of serious disease. Illness and dis-ease are simply disruptions of the body’s normal state of harmony and balance. Therefore, it is the fundamental nature of any living organism to heal itself of illness, disease, and injury and to return the body to its natural and balanced state.
Immunity is the body’s ability to resist attack or overcome infection by invading microbes, viruses or larger parasites.
Immunity is based on the proper functioning of the body’s immune system. Cells, cell products, organs, and structures of the body involved in the detection and destruction of foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Immunity is based on the immune system’s ability to launch a defense against such invaders.
In natural or innate immunity, immune mechanisms present at birth work against a wide variety of microbes whether or not they have been encountered before.
Learn more about natural immunity: There is an entire chapter in the book: Natural Rearing: Breeding & Raising Dogs The Way Nature Intended.