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If a person has a weakened immune system, are they more likely to get cancer?


My friend has just had a malignant tumor removed, and is planning on taking a trip to India in two months. I'm worried that her weakened immune system combined with the exposure to foreign diseases may make her immune system even weaker. I'm afraid such a trip could make her body even more ill, and that her cancer may return. What do you think?
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Exposure to diseases and disease-causing organisms actually strengthens your immune system in the same way as vaccines do, by stimulating the production of antibodies. Interferon is a substance used by the body against cancers, too. If her immune system is actually weakened (depends on what sort of neoplasm she had), the risk of contracting infections would be the main worry, rather then weakening the immune system further. This would also be the case if she had chemotherapy or radiotherapy, which damage the immune system as an inevitable side effect.

Psychologically, the sunny weather (not wise to go in Indian summer [April-July]) in November is like the British summer (Indian winter), and might generally help boost mood and morale.  (+ info)

What type of foods are good for my immune system?


Hi! My mom is sick and she needs to know what foods are good for her immune system. You know, the system that fights diseases.
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carrots,oysters,yogurt,astrgalus root,herbal tea,oatmeal,beans,fermented foods,like saurkraut or pickles, rice.sprouts,orange juice,pomegranite,meats,The amino acids that are found in protein(Meat) form the building blocks of all the body's cells -- including the cells that power your immune system.A balanced low fat diet is really the key I think.  (+ info)

Can a person have an almost perfect immune system?


I am trying to understand my own immune system. I don't get sick when viruses or diseases are spread and I was wondering if other people are like this.
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After you get vaccinations, does your immune system go on overdrive?


I just got my flu shot and my pneumonia shot. Does that mean that right now my immune system is really efficient and on over-drive, and is working very well, and creating antibodies galore?


After you get your vaccinations, will you feel any symptoms of diseases or symptoms that your body is going through changes?

How long does this process take?

If you ever get the flu or pneumona after you had your shot, would you know you're having it?

Are vaccinations in anyway dangerous?
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as said above, what a vaccination dose is injects your body with weak or dead cells responsible for creating a diesies.

this way the body can learn how to best fight against the invaders with minimal risk of loosing the fight, since the cells injected into you are either VERY weak or alredy dead.

the body remembers how it fought off the weak cells that were in the vaccination. This way, when the REAL diesies causing cells get inside, the body can fight them off much much easier.

now, since you are being injected with bad cells, after the vaccination it's not odd for you to feel a little bad, while your body fights of the weak cells, but 99.999% of the time everything turns out just fine and you can go about you life without worrying about that SPECIFIC illness again, asssuing you keep up to date on your shots

the problems is that things like the flu and AIDS can change so rappidly that each month or year or whatever, there is a new version of that cell that your body hasn't seen in the Vaccinations, so you are either out of luck witha vaccination for that diesies (AIDS) of you have to get one every season (flu)   (+ info)

Immune System Related Diseases.?


So spring break is here but the work never ends lol. My anatomy teacher has given us the opportunity to get an extra 25 points during our break. The paper is to be written about immune system related diseases.

The ones I have so far are: immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, hypersensitivity, cancer, infections, vaccine development, organ transplant and thats it. Actually, these were all examples given on our paper.

Can anyone give me any more topics? best one gets 10 points.
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If you just need immune system topics, there are so many. Here are some more specific immune system diseases: Thyroidits, Lupus, Sjogren's, Renaud's Phenomenon, Rheumatiod Arthritis, Fybromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, Crohn's disease... there are so many. E-mail me if you want more.  (+ info)

Vegetarianism: weakened immune system, yet less prone to diseases?


I have been vegetarian for about 7 months now. I never want to go back to eating meat because I am very big on animals' rights and it means a lot to me that I'm a vegetarian. However, I usually get a cold once every year, and so far this year I have gotten four colds. I suppose this is due to a weakened immune system in regards to being a vegetarian; the same thing happened to my sister when she was a vegetarian (she went back to eating meat) and several other people I know.
Studies show that vegetarians are less prone to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. So my question is this: If vegetarianism supposedly means a weakened immune system, how could it also mean you are less prone to diseases? Does a weak immune system only apply to colds and little viruses, or does it have anything to do with major illnesses?
If vegetarianism makes me get colds more often, I guess I don't mind so much, but if it makes me more prone to diseases like cancer and the like, then I am a little iffy about the vegetarianism thing. Please help?
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I've tried the vegetarian diet for 6 mons. and that was the best feeling 6 mons of my life.. I felt light, healthy and energetic.. I don't recall getting sick at all during that time. But I know the major issue with vegetarians is once they become a veggie they don't realize that eating all kinds of vegetables, fruits, legumes even fats are essential in having a balanced diet.. As well as eating freshly.. It doesn't work to be a vegetarian and eating processed foods. Make sure everything you eat is fresh.. Thats the true meaning of vegetaranism.

The biggest issue is iron. Meat has alot of iron in it, so I would suggest eating lots of beans to replace the iron deficiency.. Being a veggie does not weakened the immune system.. Just start exploring different types of beans, veggies and fruits. Drink alot of water and make sure you consuming enough fats.. U can get fats from peanuts, almonds, etc.

Take a supplement pill everyday (made for vegetarians at a healthfood store..) You shouldn't have any problems with sickness, but you have to realize this world is full of bacteria and versus and being a vegetarian only helps majority of the time.

Also, I've found that our blood type can determine what foods are good for us.. Meaning can help us stay at a healthy weight range, decrease illness and help us be at our best.. Being a vegetarian is not meant for everyone, so I would suggest getting on this website: www.dadamo.com.. You will learn so much there..

Good Luck !!  (+ info)

why do cancer patients receiving radiation have weakened immune systems? and what diseases can they develop?


what are the dangers a weakened immune system can have on the body?
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Your question and Chris' answer relates to chemotherapy, not radiation. Radiation targets cancerous cells; chemo doesn't differentiate between healthy and damaged cells.  (+ info)

How does kidney disease affect the immune system?


I know a lot about kidney disease (renal failure), but can't seem to find the answer to one question: how is the immune system affected by kidney disease? I would like to know if people with kidney disease are more likely to catch colds, flus, etc. than those without it? If anyone knows the answer to this question, I'd appreciate your answer! Thanks.
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I just had my kidney transplant about 4 months ago and now that I am on tons of medicine to prevent rejection, my immune system is SO low. Before the transplant though I was never told my immune system was low, even while on dialysis. The only thing I had to watch was my diet, mostly sodium intake, but as for my immune system before the transplant, it was the same. Now though I have to be very careful around kids and anyone who even has a minor cold due to my medications effecting my immune system.  (+ info)

Have you heard of GBS Or CIDP? The diseases causes your immune system to Attack your nerves?


I've been wondering if anybody has ever heard of these diseases. There not that common, but people should know about it, because it can kill. GBS Is the same as cidp except Cidp is chronical. It makes your immune system attack your nerves, adn over time it can stick you in a wheel chair, unfortunately my mother has this. I went to the Mirical mile" with her. Its amazing how many people have lived through this. GBs Will stop anytime, When your in a wheel chair, or when you don't know you've had it. I thought people might want to know about this, and I wondered who already knew about it?
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What is Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)?


CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy) is a rare disorder of the peripheral nerves characterized by gradually increasing weakness of the legs and, to a lesser extent, the arms. It is caused by damage to the covering of the nerves, called myelin. It can start at any age and in both genders. Weakness occurs over two or more months. Characteristics of CIDP that help support its diagnosis are described below.


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How is CIDP Diagnosed?

The CIDP patient typically presents with difficulty walking which progressively worsens over a few months. Tingling or other abnormal sensations may also be experienced if the patient’s sensory nerve myelin is damaged. Physical examination will usually show loss of reflexes, such as the knee and ankle jerk. Evaluation by a neurologist will often include an electrical test, a nerve conduction velocity-electromyography study. It shows slowing of conduction of electrical signals or even blocked conduction. A spinal tap, to analyze cerebrospinal fluid, will typically show elevated protein with normal cells to help confirm the diagnosis. Patients with variants of CIDP, such as multifocal motor neuropathy, may only show slowing of conduction in some motor nerves to muscles. Your doctor may obtain blood and urine tests, including analysis of proteins, to look for causes of CIDP.



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How is CIDP Treated?

Several treatment options are available. Prednisone, similar to protective anti-inflammatory corticosteroids that are normally made by the body, may be used as an initial treatment for several reasons. It often improves strength, can be conveniently taken by mouth and is inexpensive. Side effects can limit its use. Two other approaches have often been found helpful. High dose intravenous immune globulins (IVIG), protective blood proteins obtained from healthy volunteers, can be readily given through an arm vein. In another treatment, called plasma exchange (PE), or plasmapheresis, some of the patient’s blood is removed and the blood cells returned without the liquid plasma portion of the patient’s blood. It may work by removing harmful antibodies contained in the plasma. Treatment of CIDP is somewhat of an art. If a patient shows good improvement with an initial treatment but again evolves weakness it may be repeated or another therapy may be tried.



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What Causes CIDP?

Current theory holds that the body’s immune system which normally protects it, perceives myelin as foreign and attacks it. Just what starts this process is not clear. Some patients are found to have abnormal proteins in their blood, and these may facilitate damage.  (+ info)

does having negative feelings/depression cause your immune system to weaken and eventually physical illness?


if so, what types of illness? what are the physical signs? does a weak immune system make someone more prone to diseases/cancer or only minor illness like colds/flu? so a weak immune system causes a person to catch viruses easier? what types of foods keep your immune system strong? does a positive attitude strengthen your immune system or it's irrevelant? are weak immune systems hereditary?

explain as best you can.thanks.
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Great question, or should I say questions.

Not sure if I will answer all your questions, but I think I could get you some answers.

I don't have "scientific" proof, but common sense and my experience with many people verify that having negative feelings/thoughts can effect your health. I have seen people who are angry, bitter, depressed, worriers effect their physical health negatively.

A weak immune system does lead to minor illnesses, but over a prolong period of time could lead to more serious diseases like cancer.

If interested, here is some other reasons why the immune system gets weak. (skip this part to see some good news below)

Toxins: Most people today have excess accumulation of toxins and waste material in their bodies causing their body to be acidic and adding stress to their immune system function. The two main reasons for this is
1) People are putting huge amounts of toxins (mostly unknowingly) in their bodies on a regular basis and
2) their elimination channels are clogged, slow or sluggish.
3) toxins like "junk" food, medications(drugs), sugars, excess alcohol, allergens all stress your immune system, thus making it weak and unable to fight the germs when exposed to them.

Nutritional Deficiency:
When your body lacks nutrition, you will have a weak immune system.
Since our bodies can not produce nutrients needed for optimal health, quality food plays a major factor in keeping our cells healthy and our immune system strong. Food not only provides energy to your body, but all the nutrients that are essential for a healthy immune system.

Lack of drinking healthy water:
Dehydration means the cells just simply do not have enough fluid. Dehydration cause medical problems including pain, arthritis, asthma, and allergies, among other medical issues. It can affect your energy and your sleep, and the ability to get toxins/waste material out of the body.

Lack of physical activity:
Lack of regular, moderate exercise appears to slow down cleansing the body of certain toxins and waste products

Lack of sufficient rest:
lack of sleep will stress your immune system and thus increase the risk of catching a bug.
The good news is that I think you can help control or reverse your condition by doing as many as possible of the following list.

Chronic stress
People who are under chronic stress have lower than normal white blood cell counts, are more vulnerable to colds and other viruses and take longer to recover from them. They are more likely to experience more severe symptoms than people who are not under a great deal of stress.

The good news is you can strengthen your immune system by doing as many of the following list as possible....

1) keep practicing good personal hygiene care, wash your hands! Much of the great plague could have been avoided if general hygiene care was used.

2) get plenty of rest. During deep sleep, our body release potent immune-enhancing substances that strengthen your immune system function. By not allowing our body sufficient rest, the immune system will sputter, and as a result, not function at full capacity. We then are more likely to become ill with common illnesses. A healthy, deep sleep allows our body to release a significant amount of growth hormone that boost the immune system and aids in the growth and repair of the body.

3) get moderate and regular exercise
An increase in blood flow associated with moderate exercise helps to circulate antibodies along with white blood cells necessary to fight infection more quickly. As a result, this provides our bodies with an early warning system to ward off potentially damaging germs. In addition, the increase in body temperature as a result of physical activity may aid in inhibiting the growth of bacteria; thus allowing the body to fight infection more effectively.

4) Receiving a Regular Body Cleansing.
Body cleansing is essential because our bodies need to properly eliminate the toxic build up that has formed in our intestines (colon), which may lead to sickness and disease. Our body organs and tissues must be free of toxins for the immune system to function optimally thus enabling our bodies to receive the essential nutrients our bodies need.

5) Boost immune system by drinking plenty of filtered water.
Water is essential for all living things and keeps our immune system operating optimally while improving the way we feel, look and live. Without sufficient amounts of water, you may experience routine fatigue, dry skin, headaches, constipation, and a decrease normal bodily function which may lead to your body unable to fight off diseases. Without water we would literally dehydrate which could result in the shutting down of vital organs and ultimately end in death.

6) Eliminate all sugar and allergens from your diet.
Just a small amount of sugar has been proven to impair white blood cells up to 50% for very short periods of time. By discovering what our personal food allergies are, then eliminating or desensitizing them will help strengthen your immune system. By removing these triggers, our immune cells are strengthened in order to combat other invaders such as influenza rather than the allergen. The elimination of sugar from your diet can also strengthen immune system.

7) Eat nutritiously
Good foods to eat include organic fruits and vegetables, chloretta, medicinal mushrooms like maitake, shiitake, reishi, or turkey tail. Besides water, wheatgrass juice, aloe vera juice, or green tea are good drinks. My favorite is MonaVie juice.

8) Take supplements
Supplements are needed because our bodies can not produce the nutrients necessary to maintain optimum health. There are many nutrients needed in order to maintain a strong immune system. It is very challenging in the world we live in to obtain sufficient nutrition with the foods available to us. They are over processed and void of many essential nutrients. Additionally, food is grown in soils that have been over-planted and saturated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Vitamin and mineral deficiency subjects us to more diseases, aging, sickness, and the weakening of our immune system.

Best herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, olive leaf extract, elderberry, or astragalus.

Best vitamins include Vitamin A, C, or E. These are a good source of antioxidants, which will boost your immune system.
The minerals zinc and selenium also help with boosting your immune system.

As you can see, there is no one magic cure, one supplement, or one way to boost your immune system, but there are many things you can do to help prevent getting sick.

More details can be found at the website in the source box.  (+ info)

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