Innate and Acquired Immune System Optimization

Series 2 Ep 16
On this episode we explore the incredible world of the immune system. The immune system has become a major focus, and the medical orientation and approach only addresses one part of the immune system. Tune in to learn how this department for the body makes decisions about what to let in, what to keep out, and how nutrition assists with keeping our cells and immune system in balance. This will give you a better understanding of the immune system, allowing you to offer more to your patients and clients.


  • [06:00] The different types of T cells.
  • [11:00] What happens if there are nutrient deficiencies.
  • [14:00] Fatty acids are crucial for balance and to avoid inflammation.
  • [18:00] The importance of vitamin A and the formation of the dendritic cells.
  • [21:00] We need a healthy, innate immune response, as well as an adaptive immune response for the immune system.


  • The main purpose of the innate immune response is to respond immediately to prevent pathogens from spreading throughout the body.
  • The second line of defense the immune system has is the adaptive immune response, which lasts longer, possibly for life, and is highly specific and sustained by what’s known as memory T cells.
  • Using functional nutrition to balance hormones and body functions, and to have a healthy immune system, will assist your clients to achieve their health and wellness goals.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.