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Overview of Functional Immune Deficiency
Functional immune deficiency is a condition in which the immune system seems to mount an
inadequate defense, resulting in frequent illnesses, but in which conventional medicine has
not recognized an underlying cause.
This excludes acquired immune deficiencies such as AIDS or immune-suppressive chemotherapy,
as well as certain genetic disorders.
Some researchers have suggested that functional immune deficiency is associated with
hypothyroidism in the majority of children
who suffer frequent infections [Barnes], [Starr2005, pg 53]. Other causes of chronic childhood
infections include overuse of antibiotics, and food allergies that prevent proper drainage
of the ear.
Dr. Weyrich recommends
functional assessment of thyroid status in any patient suffering from functional immune
Differential Diagnosis of Functional Immune Deficiency