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The Immune System

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

The Immune System is a complex and powerful mechanism. The primary function of the immune system is to defend the body from pathogens, which are disease-causing organisms such as viruses and bacteria. Tissues, cells, and proteins in the immune system work together to achieve this function. To fight infections, the immune system must be able to identify pathogens and distinguish pathogens from the body’s own cells and tissues. When a pathogen gets into the body, the immune system reacts.

Immunodeficiency results when the body does not have enough of certain kinds of immune cells or the cells do not function properly. When that happens, a person is more vulnerable to infections. Immunodeficiency can be primary (genetic) or secondary due to other conditions. Secondary immunodeficiency can be caused by medications such as steroids, chemotherapy drugs, and other drugs that suppress the immune system. Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system overreacts against the body’s own cells and tissues. Lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease are all types of autoimmune disease.

I think the immune system is going to play a big part in the treatment of cancer.

Ways to boost your immune system:

Get enough sleep, avoid tobacco smoke, drink less alcohol, good diet of vegetables, fruits and nuts. Catch some rays of sunshine for Vitamin D or take a supplement and exercise.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” –the 14th Dalai Lama

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