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Immune System Fight
Complex: The immune system has many arms in fending off outside invades and cancer cells. The innate one is less specific or nonspecific , the acquired ones target specifically an agent. Then there are antibodies, killer cells. cytotoxic lymphocytes, complements etc .Our immune system is akin to our defense department using multiple tools to meet a specific threat. We are in trouble when it fails. ...Read more
Why does the immune system fight & heal physical illnesses but most likely not or never mental illnesses?
Mental illness: This is a very good question and the answer has eluded the medical profession for a long time. Not all mental illness is based on a immune imbalance though and some is related to hormonal imbalances. The workings of the brain are still pretty mysterious. Stay tuned. ...Read more
Can your immune system fight chalmdyia there is mixed info on the net one person says yes the other say no so what's the truth?
Depends: The truth is- it depends on your immune system and everyone is different. If your immune system recognizes the infection and is able to launch the right white cells and antibodies, it should be able to do it. ...Read more
Two stages: Natural Killer cells are the first immune step that seeks out the malaria to mark it for the body to "kill" it. A second step is the T cell that also seeks the genetic marker of the malaria to flag it for a "kill". Since malaria invades natural cells of the body it can begin to hide from the immune system and replicate. Consider vaccination if traveling in high risk areas with malaria. ...Read more
Heard to simplify.: Like a complicated orchestra plays a difficult score. Different germs produce different responses. There are is nonspecific and specific immune responses. Even the skin oils, saliva, stomach acid tears and sweat are important here. It is much to difficult to quickly answer which is why i taught a course taking 20 hours on the subject to medical students. ...Read more
What's your thoughts are on using Echinacea? Does it really work to boost immune system, fight colds? Dose/strength/name brand?
Inconsistent studies: Many studies show echinacea modestly reduces cold symptoms while others show no benefit-they've used diff. Varieties ; preparations- see http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/981.Html echinaforce is one type shown to work. Other herbs are more impressive for boosting immunity, like andrographis ; astragalus. Pelargonium sidoides (umcka) has much better evidence for treating colds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complicated: Natural killer cells can recognize tumor cells and virally infected cells and destroy those. T-cells and antibodies to markers on tumor cells may also destroy tumor cells. Unfortunately, most of the time, some cancer cells evade this destruction and continue the disease process. The hope and potential of immune therapy remains to be realized. ...Read more
Nothing specific...: There are no specific foods studied in the scientific literature that boost the immune system but eating a healthy diet in general is good for all aspects of health. A diet rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats will certainly make you feel good. ...Read more
Immune defense: TheRe are textbooks written about this, this is not the right forum for your question. ...Read more
Is it possible that if a person become in contact with HIV through sex and the virus is at a low level, can the immune system fight it off?
HIV: There is a rare subgroup of individuals who have an altered version of the viral attachment site for the cell. Generally this means that the infection progresses less rapidly, but prevention is conceivable. Transmission is never 100% and the lower the viral load the lower the risk of infection, but not because the immune system fights it off. ...Read more
Need clarification: If you're talking about pyelonephritis, an actual kidney infection, then antibiotic use is absolutely essential to management. If you're talking about a urinary tract infection like what most people get, then it depends. Asymptomatic women don't need to be treated but asymptomatic men should. Both symptomatic men and women should get treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer