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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Could cold showers weaken your immune system?

Could cold showers weaken your immune system?

No: There is no data that would support the assertion that cold water weakens one's immune system. ...Read more

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Dr. Buck Parker
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Does switching back and forth from a warm to a cold environment (going outside in the winter then stepping back in) weaken the immune system?

Immune system: I know of no evidence that this weakens a persons immune system. To the contrary some cultures e.g. The finnish and swedish peoples practice sitting in a hot sauna and then swimming in cold water which they feel improves their health. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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She is getting really sick from minor colds. What home remedies can help boost her weakened immune system and cancer treatments?

She is getting really sick from minor colds. What home remedies can help boost her weakened immune system and cancer treatments?

Diet and rest: A varied and balanced and diet are key to boosting a patients immune system. Make sure she gets plenty of rest. If vitamins are taken, make sure they are as inexpensive as can be found. Keep sick people away from the patient, but make sure she gets out of the house, at least for a while, each day, weather permitting. And, a positive environment will also help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. David Hicks
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Dr. Al Hegab
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What can weaken your immune system?

What can weaken your immune system?

Unhealthy lifestyle: sleep deprivation, not enough rest, not enough exercise or fresh air, unhealthy foods, not enough fruits and vegetables, apart from other reasons such as certain medicines given to suppress immunity to control some conditions, ...Read more

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Dr. Joram Seggev
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Please tell me what are some things that can weaken your immune system?

Please tell me what are some things that can weaken your immune system?

Quite a few: Poor nutrition, stress, lack of exercise, poor sleep can weaken the immune system. Old age is another factor. Diseases, such as diabetes and kidney failure, severe burns markedly weaken it. Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs (cortisone-like) and medications used to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases are potent immune suppressants. ...Read more

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Dr. Mahmoud Shoib
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Does having no spleen weaken your immune system?

Does having no spleen weaken your immune system?

A litltle bit: It weakens your immune response against encapsulated bacteria "s. Pneumoniae and haemophilus influenzae" , you should receive a vaccine against those organisms, discuss that with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Lauren Stegman
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Can all cancers weaken your immune system?

No: Liquid cancers of the blood (leukemia and lymphoma) can weaken the immune system and predispose a patient to infections. Other cancers only affect the overall immune system when they are very advanced and have spread throughout the bone marrow. It is true however, that all cancers have activated mechanisms in the body that shield them from the immune system and allow them to survive. ...Read more

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Does having had cancer and being treated for it did it weaken your immune system?

Does having had cancer and being treated for it did it weaken your immune system?

That would depend on: the type of treatment. Having surgery would not necessarily weaken immune system - however chemotherapy might. Was there a specific type of treatment that you had in mind? ...Read more

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