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How come my immune system doesn't attack the gut bacteria?

How come my immune system doesn't attack the gut bacteria?

Good question: simply put, the gut is technically outside the body ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How does immune system work in intestine nematode infection?

How does immune system work in intestine nematode infection?

Intriguing: We don't know how or why infection with nematodes minimizes the chance of developing autoimune diseases such as crohn's or ulcerative colitis. Preliminary research indicates an interacton between t-helper cells (part of immune system) and nematodes. More research is underway. ...Read more

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How can I boost my immune system to fight infections?

How can I boost my immune system to fight infections?

No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. ...Read more

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How long does it take the immune system to respond to an ear infection?

How long does it take the immune system to respond to an ear infection?

Respond or cured ?: If you mean in the middle ear, that varies. Once there is any fever or pain there are local chemical factors released that are part of the immune response. Viral agents would likely be cleared within a week, while bacteria could be walled off & cleared in 8-12 weeks. However, sometimes these become chronic, can erode bone or form an abscess. ...Read more

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Does Crohn's cause an overactive immune system or does an overactive immune system cause Crohn's? Stay away from foods that boost the immune system?

Does Crohn's cause an overactive immune system or does an overactive immune system cause Crohn's? Stay away from foods that boost the immune system?

Roque immune system: I think one need to think more about a rogue immune reaction thereby causing autoimmune disorder instead of an overactive one. An autoimmune problem happens when the immune system malfunctions and starts attacking one's own tissue thereby leading to illnesses such as Crohn's disease, lupus etc. ...Read more

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How does sinus infection affect the immune system? Can sinus infection give you coldsores?

How does sinus infection affect the immune system? Can sinus infection give you coldsores?

Complicated: The reasons that herpes simplex reactivates is not known, but almost any form of stress, whether emotional or physical may cause it in some individuals. Yes, sinus and other infections can result in cold sores, although they are not necessarily a direct cause. ...Read more

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How can I regenerate my immune system?

How can I regenerate my immune system?

Health: Healthy diet, exercise, water,sleep,stews resuction and replacement of nutrient deficicencies are a great. Start . ...Read more

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I keep having canker sores while my immune system is good. What other than a weakened immune system can cause this?

I keep having canker sores while my immune system is good. What other than a weakened immune system can cause this?

Spicy foods.: Most people will get a canker sore at some point during life... It is normal, an inconvenience, but normal. One of the most common canker sore cause is spicy or acidic food: spaghetti sauce, orange juice, salsa. Canker sores become concerning only if the same one persists greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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To cure viral infection, does it depend on our immune system?

To cure viral infection, does it depend on our immune system?

Yes: Our immune system is constantly fighting off invaders . If you already have the antibodies in the system for that particular organism, you will likely recover sooner. That's why you should be sure that your immunization be updated. If your immune system is really abnormally, you may need regular gammaglobulin replacement. ...Read more

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How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis?    Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

The Microbiome... : Great thought question. However, it isn't all about the immune system - we recently are beginning to understand the role of the community of micro- organisms in the gut (the microbiome). By altering the natural composition and exposure to certain foods early in life, our immune system over-reacts to certain proteins and microbes that would otherwise be harmless. ...Read more

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How can I improve my immune system?

How can I improve my immune system?

Fitness: There's no magic food, pill or herbal product. Get enough sleep and don't overdo mind-altering substances or use tobacco. The one intervention that repeatedly is shown in controlled studies to enhance people's responses to antigen challenges is re-committing to aerobic fitness. You'll be glad. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How does ebola affect the respiratory system? How does the disease kill you?

How does ebola affect the respiratory system? How does the disease kill you?

Ebola Virus: A person with Ebola infection may develop cough, chest pain, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), respiratory distress as well as Interstitial pneumonia and pulmonary edema with attempts to hydrate. Shock with capillary leakage, seizures, coma & respiratory distress herald death. ...Read more

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How can the immune system really deal with tuberculosis?

How can  the immune system really deal with tuberculosis?

The lymphocyte: Whether the body can fend off TB or not is highly depend on the cell-mediated immunity as opposed to the antibody circulating in the blood stream. This is a complex subject and I have just given you a very simplistic answer. ...Read more

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What does Align probiotic do? How does it help? Does it boost your immune system?

What does Align probiotic do? How does it help? Does it boost your immune system?

Probiotics: Align is a strain of the Bifidobacter bacteria. We don't quite know how probiotics might work. They likely have several effects. They could occupy their own niche in the microbiome, stimulate the immune system to be more tolerant, influence the growth and metabolic activity of surrounding bacteria, produce their own products to improve gut health by fortifying tight junctions, etc. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect my immune system?

Many ways: Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs. ...Read more

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How do diseases affect the nervous system? How does it deteriorate?

How do diseases affect the nervous system? How does it deteriorate?

Multiple Ways: Deceases can affect the nervous system in many ways the central nervous system interrupting the circulation what supplies do you want; they can trigger early early death of cells by affecting us can because metabolic disorders by mental conditions such as defoliants, metal intoxication ; nutritional deficiencies or excessive alcohol use. ...Read more

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How does the endocrine system work with the immune system to get diabetes?

How does the endocrine system work with the immune system to get diabetes?

Antibodies: In type one diabetes, our own body's antibodies go haywire and attack the islts of langerhans of the pancreas. Islet of langerhans cells produce insulin. By the antibodies destroying the panceatic cells, no or little Insulin is produced and diabetes occurrs. ...Read more

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What's an impaired immune system do to longevity?

What's an impaired immune system do to longevity?

Decreases: Poor immunity increases inflammation in the body. This causes increased oxidation. This promotes atherosclerosis, and other degenerativ processes. ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause heart pain? & does it weaken the immune system

Does anxiety cause heart pain? & does it weaken the immune system

Panic attacks: Panic attacks can often seem like one is having a heart attack, when in all actuality the chest pains are the body's reaction to unprocessed stress overload, and not a cardiac even of one sort or another, which can be ruled out in either your general practitioner's office or in the Emergency Room. And yes, the immune system can weaken as a reaction to prolonged stress combined with sleep loss. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Gastrointestinal (Definition)

Definition: anything pertaining to ...Read more