The immune system defends the body against infection. Although it works effectively most of the time, sometimes our immune system fails, and we become sick. Are there ways we can boost our immune system and prevent illness? We find out. The immune system is a network of special cells, tissues, proteins, and organs that work together to protect the body from potentially damaging foreign invaders and disease. When our immune system functions properly it detects threats, such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses, and it triggers an immune response to destroy them. Our immune system can broadly be divided into two parts: innate and adaptive. Innate immunity is the natural protection that we are born with and our first line of defense to combat infection. Upon detecting an infection, our innate response acts quickly to try and flush out the invader by producing extra mucus or cranking up the thermostat to blast it with a fever. Adaptive immunity is protection that we gain throughout life as … [Read more...] about Tips for a healthy immune system
Autoimmune diseases result when the immune system
The human body is a very vulnerable organism, except for the very strong line of defense that the immune system has thrown around it. Without the natural defense system provided by the immune system, the bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins, parasites, etc., would reduce the body to its chemical components in a few days. That is what happens when the body dies and the immune system is no longer there. The human immune system works 24X7, though its work never comes to the limelight. The failure of the immune system is easily noticeable, though. Although we inhale and eat thousands of germs every day, the immune system prevents them from causing diseases. When a germ breaks through the immune system occasionally, we wind up with a disease. Once the immune system learns about these germs, it will fight them, and we get over the malady. The major parts of the immune system are the thymus, spleen, lymph system, bone marrow, white blood cells, antibodies, complement system, and hormones … [Read more...] about Your Immune System Needs Support Too
(Natural News) Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld is an Israeli clincian who has been extensively studying the human immune system for more than thirty years. Some say he is at the pinnacle of his profession, and that he is at the core of its foundation. He’s written 25 textbooks on the subject — some of which are key to the backbone of clincial practice. Dr. Shoenfeld has even been referred to as the “Godfather of Autoimmunology.” Autoimmunology is the study of the immune system when it is has turned against itself, resulting in a myriad of conditions including ulcertive colitis, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes.Lately, Dr. Shoenfeld has been shaking up the world of immunology with evidence that suggests that vaccines may indeed be playing a role in the onset of autoimmune disease. Specifically, some of the star ingredients found in vaccines — like aluminum, a toxic metal — are likely at the helm of the worldwide increase in autoimmune disorders. Evidence … [Read more...] about Top doctors reveal that vaccines can trigger autoimmunity, turning our immune systems against us
Autoimmune diseases are some of the most complex and hard-to-treat immune system-related diseases. They occur when the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. The immune system is a network of tissues, organs, and cells. Its role is to defend the body from invaders, protecting against infections and disease. An autoimmune disease results from a mistake made by the immune system. The body's immune system accidentally recognizes healthy cells as foreign invaders and begins to attack them. Research shows that autoimmune diseases tend to have underlying genetic, racial, and gender components. Autoimmune disorders are difficult to diagnose and often share symptoms. In this article we outline some of the more common autoimmune diseases and how they are treated. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 24 million Americans have at least one autoimmune disease. The NIH only include 24 diseases in this statistic, so this number may be a … [Read more...] about Autoimmune diseases: All you need to know
An autoimmune disease is where the immune system mistakenly creates antibodies that attack healthy tissue. The underlying processes of antibody production are not clear, although we know it involves a group of cells called B cells. Now, a new study reveals that autoimmune disease may be the result of previously unknown rogue versions of these cells creating autoantibodies. The study - led by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia - is published in the journal Immunity. The discovery surrounds the role of a "death receptor" molecule called FAS that sits on the surface of cells and triggers them to commit suicide when they start to malfunction. The team suggests that in the case of B cells, when FAS is faulty - perhaps because of mutations in its gene - it allows rogue versions of B cells free reign to produce the wrong kind of antibodies, including some that react with the body's own tissue - autoantibodies. Mutated FAS has already been … [Read more...] about Likely trigger for autoimmune disease found in newly-discovered rogue cells
According to a study published in Nature, a key step into how the immune system powers inflammation has been discovered by Klaus Ley, M.D., a scientist at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. Ley's finding provides new insights into the vital biological mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease and other disorders. neutrophils - important immune cells which play a vital role in many diseases. Dr. Ley, a pioneer in vascular immunology and head of the La Jolla Institute's Division of Inflammation Biology, explained: "Neutrophils are the body's first line of defense and the main cell protecting us from bacterial infections. While their protective function is very positive, neutrophils also have inflammation-producing properties that cause problems in heart disease and a host of autoimmune diseases, for example lupus. This makes understanding how to manipulate these cells extremely important in disrupting disease." According to Shu Chien, M.D., Ph.D., a UC San Diego … [Read more...] about How Does The Immune System Power Inflammation?
diabetes is in the process of being redefined as an autoimmune disease rather than just a metabolic disorder, said an author of a new study published in Nature Medicine this week, the findings of which may lead to new diabetes treatments that target the immune system instead of trying to control blood sugar. cancers in humans, but more research is needed to see if it will work against diabetes in humans. insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes (unlike type 1 diabetes where it is the insulin-producing cells that are destroyed), is the result of B cells and other immune cells attacking the body's own tissues. obesity, and will likely impact medicine for years to come as physicians begin to switch their focus to immune-modulating treatments for type-2 diabetes," he added. insulin, the hormone that mops up dietary glucose and transports it to cells to convert into energy. inflammation in the fatty tissue that surrounds and protects internal organs. cholesterol, high … [Read more...] about Is Type 2 Diabetes An Autoimmune Disease?
Addison's disease, or adrenal insufficiency, occurs when the outer layer of the adrenal glands are damaged. Most commonly, it is caused by the immune system attacking the glands as if they were harmful bacteria or viruses. However, it can be caused in other ways. The adrenal glands, which form part of the endocrine system, are situated just above each kidney. They produce hormones that affect every organ and tissue in our bodies. The adrenal glands consist of 2 layers, the medulla (interior) and cortex (outer layer). The medulla produces adrenaline-like hormones, while the cortex secretes corticosteroids. Disruptions to the hormone production of the adrenal glands cause Addison's disease. This disruption can be caused by a number of factors, including an autoimmune disorder, tuberculosis, or a genetic defect. However, approximately 80 percent of cases of Addison's disease in industrialized nations are caused by autoimmune conditions. The adrenal glands stop producing enough steroid … [Read more...] about Addison’s disease: What are the causes?
Genetically modifying the seeds of staple crops like corn and soybeans has been increasing the yields of many farm factories across the country. This is despite the agricultural industry’s challenges in keeping sustainable farmlands amidst rapid urbanization. While many are celebrating this feat in agricultural science, a lot of experts are extremely alarmed about the proven link between GMOs and autoimmune diseases, among many others. Immune System vs. Healthy Cells As you may already know, an autoimmune disease develops when your immune system fails to recognize the body’s healthy cells, and treats them as alien bodies instead. As a result, the immune system attacks your healthy cells as if they need not exist in your body. This leads to an autoimmune disease, the type of which depends on the tissue damaged by the immune system. Some of the known autoimmune diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, anemia, vitiligo, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, … [Read more...] about The Link Between GMO and Autoimmune Diseases
The following is a guest post by Linda-Anne Kahn. Immunity is understood to be the protection we have against a 2nd attack of an infectious disease The immune system constitutes a vital protective system of the body and is responsible for getting rid of infectious pathogens. Antibodies, formed in the lymph nodes, react against invaders and are vehicles of the defense function. Macrophages, phagocytes and lymphocytes render substances harmless. Thus, the immune system is responsible for identifying those things that naturally belong in the body and those that are foreign or harmful. When an invader is present, the immune system kicks in, and neutralizes or destroys, that which it perceives to be its enemy. There are many factors which compromise the immune system’s ability to function properly including stress, poor diet, antibiotics and environmental pollutants. The ability of the immune system to respond to pathogens is diminished in both the young and the elderly, with … [Read more...] about Boost your immunity by supporting the lymphatic system