Your immune system: a simple summary for the non-scientist

If you have ever wished you knew more about the immune system, this moderate sized article published in 2007 by the National Institute of Health (USA) is recommended reading. It explains very simply commonly used biological terms and supports them with beautiful illustrations. With so many immune diseases being discussed, it has become important for the non-scientist to become familiar with basic human biology. My personal favorite are two paragraphs on page 35 which says that your brain and health are connected. In addition, if you read the earlier page discussing what is the first line of “defense” inside your body, you might be fascinated by this machinery inside your own body which works like clockwork, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It runs on a biological clock which controls when your body machinery “switches off” for “rest”.  I wonder if it should be required reading for all who wish to study “Organizational management”.  You may want to click here to read it.

If you enjoyed this article then you will also really enjoy my articles on your immune system. My suggestions are: “My immune system and my G-protein ” and “Role of your CD-14 gene in your food allergy“.

An excerpt from page 28 is below. If you are comfortable reading this excerpt, then you will enjoy the article:

Disorders of the Immune System

Allergic Diseases

The most common types of allergic diseases occur when the immune system responds to
a false alarm. In an allergic person, a normally harmless material such as grass pollen, food particles, mold, or house dust mites is mistaken for a threat and attacked.

Allergies such as pollen allergy are related
to the antibody known as IgE. Like other antibodies, each IgE antibody is specific; one acts against oak pollen and another against ragweed, for example.

Autoimmune Diseases

Sometimes the immune system’s recognition apparatus breaks down, and the body begins to manufacture T cells and antibodies directed against self antigens in its own cells and tissues. As a result, healthy cells and tissues …….



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