Definition of Interferon:

A protein formed by the cells of the immune system in the presence of a virus, etc.  It prevents viral reproduction, and is capable of protecting noninfected cells from viral infection.  Several kinds of interferon exist including alpha, beta, and gamma.

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Astragalus Root a treatment
“...Astragalus root appears to induce production of interferon, a chemical that is an essential part of the immune system and has been widely studied for its ability to fight the development of cancer...”

Breast Cancer

...recommendation Melatonin
“...Positive results have been shown with melatonin on its own and in combination with interferon, tumor necrosis factor, and tamoxifen...”
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Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

...the condition
“...Interferon helps the immune system combat cancer cells...”

Chronic Neutrophilic Leukemia (CNL)

...the condition
“...Varying success has also been reported with the use of traditional chemotherapies including hydroxyurea and interferon.”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...For example, hepatitis-related cirrhosis is treated with the different types of hepatitis medication, such as interferon for viral hepatitis and corticosteroids for autoimmune hepatitis; cirrhosis caused by Wilson's disease, in which copper builds up in organs, is treated with medications to remove the copper...”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

...the condition
“...Researchers have tested many drugs, including amantidine, steroids, interferon, acyclovir, antiviral agents, and antibiotics...”


...related topic
“...There are at least 17 different kinds of interleukin and 3 classes of interferon called alpha, beta and gamma and various subsets...”

Germanium a treatment
“...It activates the production of Interferon, Macrophages and NK-Lymphocytes...”


...the condition
“...Indirect evidence for the importance of high NK cell function in limiting chronic hepatitis C infection was demonstrated by two studies of infected patients treated with alpha interferon.  Patients that responded clinically to therapy also demonstrated significantly greater enhancement of NK activity than controls after the initial dose of interferon...”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“...In a preliminary study of people with hepatitis C, 544 IU of vitamin E per day for 24 weeks improved the response to interferon/antioxidant therapy, although the results did not reach statistical significance...”

Immunotherapy a treatment
“...Topical immunotherapy utilizes an immune enhancement cream (imiquimod) which is an interferon producer causing the patients own killer T-cells to destroy warts, actinic keratoses, basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, cutaneous lymphoma, and superficial malignant melanoma...”
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Kaposi's Sarcoma

...the condition
“...The compound used most commonly in immunotherapy is interferon, usually injected three times a week under the skin or into a lesion...”


...the condition
“...Treatment depends on the type of leukemia present ... Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML): Treated with specific drugs, radiotherapy, corticosteroids, bone marrow transplant, interferon...”

Ozone / Oxidative Therapy a treatment
“...Bio-oxidative therapies increase the production of interferon and Tumor Necrosis Factor, which the body uses to fight infections and cancers...”

Peyronie's Disease

...the condition
“...Injection medications include steroids, collagenase, verapamil and interferon.  It is not yet clear which of these substances works best, although collagenase and verapamil appear the most promising at this time.”

Prostate Cancer

...recommendation Melatonin
“...Positive results have been shown with melatonin on its own and in combination with interferon, tumor necrosis factor, and tamoxifen...”


...the condition
“...Interferon, amantadine, anti-viral drugs A number of non-psychotropic drugs can create psychosis...”

Shiitake Mushrooms a treatment
“...These so-called lymphokines, such as interferon and interleukin, stimulate the defense system through the proliferation of phagocytes, including macrophages and other immune fighters that attack cancer cells, bacteria, and viruses...”

Therapeutic Fasting a treatment
“...During an acute viral illness, fasting activates white blood cells and causes more interferon to be produced...”

Thymic Factors a treatment
“...This gland secretes special chemicals called cytokines (i.e. interferon, interleukins) that influence the specialization and migration of T-lymphocytes throughout the body...”
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