before that one of the most meaningless claims that alties
make for their therapies is that they "boost the immune system." Apparently Dr. Eric Hoy agrees with me, and Paul at Confessions of a Quackbuster
has with permission reprinted a letter by Dr. Hoy
that provides five questions you should ask any altie practitioner who claims that his or her treatment "boosts" or "strengthens" the immune system. Dr. Hoy has challenged at least 50 websites or individuals to answer these questions. Unsurprisingly, not one has managed to do it yet. As Dr. Hoy points out, the immune system is a finely tuned network of immune cells and signals. Indiscriminately boosting the immune system can be potentially disastrous to the host, resulting in various autoimmune diseases.
Fortunately, I've yet to see an altie
remedy that actually does boost the immune system in any detectable way. Whenever you hear a vague claim such as "boosts the immune system" without a detailed description of how this is accomplished, you should run, not walk, away from the practitioner. He's very likely a quack.