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Doctor insights on: Function And Structure Of The Immune System

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Are there ways to keep the immune system functioning and up during chemotherapy?

Are there ways to keep the immune system functioning and up during chemotherapy?

It's Tough: The essentials are a good diet rich in proteins, and some luck. Some chemo therapies really cause profound decreases in the white blood cells and this can be battled with medicines such as Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) or neupogen. There will be peaks and valleys in your white cell counts. When low, stay away from crowds and sick people and uncooked foods. ...Read more

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Which body system is needed to help the immune system function?

Which body system is needed to help the immune system function?

Many systems : The immune system functions well if the body is in good health. If there is protein loss in the urine or through the stools then the immune system can suffer. If there is chronic anemia causing fatigue then the immune system can suffer. If there is significant congestive heart failure of untreated thyroid disease then overall health is at risk and the immune system can suffer. ...Read more

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What should I do to improve my health and the function of my immune system?

What should I do to improve my health and the function of my immune system?

Several ways!: Adequate sleep. Regular exercise. Maintain a good weight! avoid stress, which weakens your immune system-this is true for both physical and emotional stress! make sure you get adequate nutrition. I do recommend supplemental zinc (50mg). But even doing all of these, if your genetics are wrong, you still may be prone to autoimmune disease! ...Read more

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When testing the immune system can bloods test. B cells t cells nk killer cells, what is the best way to test immune function in depth?

When testing the immune system can bloods test. B cells t cells nk killer cells, what is the best way to test immune function in depth?

Good start: Yes, the parameters you mentioned can be tested easily, and there are numerous other tests which may help to assess "immune function" which can be utilized depending upon the clinical situation and indices of suspicion. You might see either an infectious diseases expert or an immunologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does the human body use fat to be energetic and heal the immune system, heal cancers and viruses, and make body functions more efficient?

Does the human body use fat to be energetic and heal the immune system, heal cancers and viruses, and make body functions more efficient?

It's source of Ener: Fat just like other 2 main nutrients of our diet(Carbohydrates and Proteins) is a source of energy to run the body machine. It does not have any specific or selective role for the other functions(immunity, healing of cancer etc) that you have listed. In this reference we can be healthy/ normal with small amounts of Fat intake unless you do physical labor requiring extra energy. ...Read more

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14yr old son. Had 6 doses HepB since infant. Labs levels still too low. If immune system not functioning what can be done? Vomits & sick very frequent

14yr old son. Had 6 doses HepB since infant. Labs levels still too low. If immune system not functioning what can be done? Vomits & sick very frequent

Consult allergist: Consult an allergist/immunologist who may consider an immune evaluation on your son before embarking on the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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If my lupus is "in remission" does that mean my immune system is functioning normally? Or will it still funct differently than a normal immune system?

If my lupus is "in remission" does that mean my immune system is functioning normally? Or will it still funct differently than a normal immune system?

Still abnormal: Lupus in remission does not equal normal immune seem. Unfortunately, the system is now primed to react to various proteins in the blood, and the disease pattern will be heterogenous. Good medical care can substantially reduce the morbidity associated with lupus so even if you feel reasonably well you need to keep up with your physicians! ...Read more

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Does resveratrol work to circulate blood better, increase immune system and brain function?

Does resveratrol work to circulate blood better, increase immune system and brain function?

Not exactly: Reseveratrol is an anti-oxidant which may help in lowering bad cholesterol and reducing the risk of blood clots. It does not boost immune function or brain function as far as research has demonstrated. ...Read more

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If the immune system can aggressively attack and kill all peripheral nerves could the human body function with just the central nervous system?

If the immune system can aggressively attack and kill all peripheral nerves could the human body function with just the central nervous system?

No: The central nervous system relates to the brain and spinal cord. To reach the targets (skin, muscles, blood vessels, etc) you need the peripheral nervous system. You would be paralyzed and die without it. ...Read more

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Help please! is fish oil or cod liver oil better for immune system function?

Help please! is fish oil or cod liver oil better for immune system function?

Fish oil: Refer to this wiki for lots of information on fish oil: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/fish_oil. ...Read more