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The "mad scientist" seems to be Anatoli V. Brouchkov, one of the authors of Draft Genome Sequence of Bacillus cereus Strain F, Isolated from Ancient Permafrost, detailing the organism's name as "Bacillus cereus Strain F", not "Bacillus F" as so commonly plagiarised in connection with this sensational news bait. Other subjects beyond what he did to himself ...


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The one verifiable claim (assuming Mr. Brouchkov is not lying) made in the article is: Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State University, says he has not had flu for two years following his injection. Accurately estimating the incidence of influenza is difficult (since the majority of cases go unreported), and there is ...


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Latest study confirms that the chances increase due to a variety of factors diminishing immune response, at least in mouse cells: Temperature-dependent innate defense against the common cold virus limits viral replication at warm temperature in mouse airway cells (Ellen F. Foxman, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1411030112) ... To gain insight into the mechanism of ...


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Yes, a child's immune system develops and improves over time. However, the idea that the immune system can be "overwhelmed" by vaccinations is specious. An infant has both passively acquired and adaptive immune responses. Our immune system helps protect us from pathogens with its multiple layers of varying purpose and specificity. The immune system ...


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Yes, stress reduces the immune function. There are numerous peer-reviewed papers on the subject: Reduction of immune function in life stress and depression Reduced cell-mediated immune function has been found in depressed patients and in distressed persons undergoing threatening life events. Stress, emotion, and human immune function. Chronic ...


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I'll take it that having potent anti-cancer properties means enhancing the immune system. Vegetable extracts have been tried against various tumor lines. In this study Antiproliferative and antioxidant activities of common vegetables: A comparative study from 2009, garlic was found to completely inhibit all tested cell lines. In serial dilution testing ...


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While it is nearly impossible to carry out an experiment on whether hand sanitiser usage will cause the immune system to misfire/fail, there have indeed been peer-reviewed experiments carried out on the fact that significant reduction in exposure to infections/antigens (a likely result of overuse of hand sanitisers) may result in a hampered immune system, ...


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1) Yes. 2) Your immune system's memory response and capacity for leniency towards non-self antigens. Here's a nice, comprehensive look that contrasts cleanliness versus pollutants: D. Diaz-Sanchez Pollution and the immune response: atopic diseases – are we too dirty or too clean? I can quickly summarize some of the basics behind the theory (antigen is ...


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A search of PubMed articles using keywords "booger," "muchoid," "nasal discharges," and even "rhinotillexis" yields absolutely zero results that could support the cited blog post. Reputable medical research does however caution against nose picking. In an article in the Journal of the National Medical Association by Albert Seltzer, who writes that: The ...


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The evidence is somewhat mixed. Maybe. In summary, there is conflicting evidence. None of the evidence here is particularly strong. I conclude that cat exposure is neither associated with a strong benefits nor detriments, or we might expect to see more consistent results. None of these studies are sufficient to show causality - merely suggestive correlation....


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Not only is this not true, but it is explicitly disproved by the sources provided by that very site. LOL! Sharks do get cancer. Further down on the same page as the claim, it says: Also see: History of known shark tumors Clicking on that link we get: Gary K. Ostrander, Keith C. Cheng, Jeffrey C. Wolf, and Marilyn J. Wolfe, Shark Cartilage, Cancer ...


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Possibly yes, depending on your definition of "your immune system": I suspect that something like the following is their justification for the claim. Functional food science and gastrointestinal physiology and function includes, 3. The gastrointestinal immune system 3. I. Gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) (Brandtzaeg et al. 1989) The ...


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From JAMA: Influence of Attendance at Day Care on the Common Cold From Birth Through 13 Years of Age Conclusions Attendance at large day care was associated with more common colds during the preschool years. However, it was found to protect against the common cold during the early school years, presumably through acquired immunity. This protection waned ...


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How much antibiotics affect gut flora is open subject, there are studies showing there is long lasting negative effect. Eg. "Gut microbiota disturbance during antibiotic therapy: a multi-omic approach" This matters, because gut bacteria does help immune system. Part of an abstract of paper published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological ...


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I don't think the viruses responsible for the common cold can hide in the bone, though CMV can hide in the bone marrow. You mentioned rhinoviruses, and these infect epithelial cells. As to the question as to whether some of the viruses responsible for the common cold can hide, and then emerge to reinfect people, then the evidence seems to be yes where ...


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For some conditions where immunity is boosted by regular exposure, then it would seem that paediatricians might well have a more robust immune response. In this small study of 11 paediatricians they showed a more robust response to zoster antigens than controls, and a larger response to CMV antigens. However, there was no difference for Adenovirus 5, or ...


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A causal relationship between glutathione and autism couldn't be proven. It is a risk factor (not a determinant factor) and it may be a potential treatment for autism. Glutathione is involved in neuro-protection against oxidative stress and neuro-inflammation in autism by improving the anti-oxidative stress system [1]. Children with autism have ...


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A 2008 article published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology states, "The crucial position of the gastrointestinal system is testified by the huge amount of immune cells that reside within it. Indeed, gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is the prominent part of mucosal-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) and represents almost 70% of the ...


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In short: There is no evidence to claim that high intake of refined (or other) sugars impairs the digestion of proteins, but may stimulate inflammation via other mechanisms. The most commonly used refined (added) sugars (glucose or dextrose, fructose, HFCS, invert sugar, corn syrup) are monosaccharides, which do not need to be digested, so they do not ...


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Antibiotics are designed to either kill or stop the growth of bacteria by targeting specific traits/functions of the bacteria (bacterial cells are prokaryotes) and not to target eukaryotic cells (human cells), which is rather easy due to the many differences between eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Some antibiotics target the cell wall of a bacteria (eukaryotes ...


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There is little to no evidence supporting the claim that regular tongue scraping improves anything except bad breath and oral hygiene; however, very little research has been done to credit or discredit such treatment. Let's examine the talking point in her article, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Needs A Tongue Scraper: You want to boost your immunity. Notice ...


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The article you link to quotes Debby Herbenick for this statement. There are studies showing the levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA) are increased after morning exercise and studies that indicate increased levels of IgA correlated with sexual activity. IgA has been shown to be vital in mucosal immunity. In general, immunization or infection at mucous ...


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I can't find much re: arthritis but this paper covers allergies and some more general auto-immune diseases. There appears to be some support for the hypothesis in the form of animal models and epidemiological data but the interventions appear to do poorly in clinical trials. The Hygiene Hypothesis and Its Inconvenient Truths about Helminth Infections ...


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Numerous meta-analyses show various benefits in addition to the effects on digestive health and diarrhea that were posted before. Meta-analysis of probiotics for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: While our analyses suggest that probiotic use may be associated with improvement in IBS methodological limitations of contributing studies. ...


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There has been an article about probiotics on sciencebasedmedicine.org, that was (quite surprisingly given the sites record) cautiously positive. The article contains references for most if not all claims it does make. Scott Gavura concludes: There’s reasonably good evidence that probiotics, when taken with antibiotics, will reduce the risk of antibiotic-...


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Psychoneuroimmunology is the research field relevant for your question, where research indicates that the feeling of optimism is good for work success, financial success, and good health. Optimism and the Immune System give you an overview of the subject. Optimism and immunity: Do positive thoughts always lead to positive effects? says that "empirical ...


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At this time, there is insufficient data to prove this. Onion has, indeed some benefic health effects: Compounds from onion have been reported to have a range of health benefits which include anticarcinogenic properties, antiplatelet activity, antithrombotic activity, antiasthmatic and antibiotic effects [1]. This is supported by another study: From ...


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Trans fatty acids do not affect cellular immune response but do stimulate immune cells to produce some cytokines involved in atherosclerosis. Consumption of diets high in hydrogenated fat/trans fatty acids has been shown to have an adverse affect on lipoprotein profiles with respect to cardiovascular disease risk. Dietary fat and cholesterol play an ...


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Yes, there are treatments that are specifically designed to boost the immune system. One such is intravenous immunoglobulin therapy, where antibodies are infused into the bloodstream to increase immune function (ironically--talk about having your cake and eating it too-- it also can repress autoimmune diseases!). Gamma globulin injections have been used ...


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