Questions tagged [immune-system]

A system of biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease.

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Does being cold increase your chances of catching the common cold?

"Everyone knows" - a scary statement - that you get "a cold" from being cold. Now it seems to be a fact that you don't, because you get a cold from a (rhino)virus, not from the temperature. But is ...
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Is it possible to “boost your immune system”?

I often hear claims that some activities, nutrients, ... "boost" your immune system. My understanding of the immune system is that it is a finely tuned machine with enormous destructive power. If ...
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Do “probiotics” have health benefits?

One of the only things that natural-food aficionados and food products mega-corporations agree on is that "probiotics" are good for you. I'm wondering if there is any reliable evidence to support the ...
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Does stress weaken one's immune system?

This claim is very widespread, but I haven't seen it in any sources I'd consider trustworthy.
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Does eating trans fatty acids affect immune response?

A viral message about margarine (seen in Is margarine "one molecule away from plastic"? ) claims [Margarine] decreases immune response. truthorfiction.com (no link - I'm not sure if the ...
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Does intermittent fasting improve immune function through autophagy?

Does intermittent fasting improve immune function through autophagy? Intermittent fasting (also known as, "IF") is the practice of periodically going without food for a period of time, ...
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Is Autism in Children frequently due to low Glutathione Levels?

GlutathioneForHealth: Autistic children have 50% less intracellular glutathione than other children), which is why they have so much trouble detoxifing vaccines, medications, environmental toxins, ...
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Are pediatricians immune to common communicable diseases?

This morning, our pediatrician cited "a study" where novice and seasoned pediatricians were tested for immunity to common communicable diseases (cold virus, strep bacteria, etc). He said that the ...
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Do onions enhance immune system?

The claim that onions boost your immune system is pretty widely held. Examples: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/onions-good-immune-system-3954.html http://healthfree.com/blog/blog/5-natural-foods-to-...
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Are sharks immune to almost all known diseases?

According to Did You Know.org: Sharks are the only animals that almost never get sick: they are immune to almost every known disease. Is this true or is it a myth?