Immune System:Use it or Lose it? 
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 Immune System:Use it or Lose it?

The doctrine of use-it-or-lose it applies to many human functions
such as musculature and intelligence. From an efficiciency/survival
standpoint the reduction of muscle mass to a necessary minimum
is useful. Does anyone know, or have thoughts about, whether
the immune system, generally, suffers from a dimunition through
disuse? I know you need booster shots for some diseases-tetanus
for example. If the speculation is true would that mean that we
should maintain a low level of exposure to infectious agents, just
to keep exercising our immune system? How would that apply, say,
to personal hygiene? Or housecleaning?


Tue, 05 Dec 1995 16:55:37 GMT
 Immune System:Use it or Lose it?

Quote:
> If the speculation is true would that mean that we
> should maintain a low level of exposure to infectious agents, just
> to keep exercising our immune system? How would that apply, say,
> to personal hygiene? Or housecleaning?

You probably don't need to worry about hygiene or housecleaning, etc.
There are enough {*filter*}s out there to keep the immune system running
well for the normal person.  Things that come to mind:  stuff growing
on common doorknobs, those keyboards in public access areas :-),
dirt kicked up by cars and inhaled by you in your car, anytime you
eat out, the kitchen probably wasn't spotless, etc., etc., etc.

Unless you live in a bubble, you probably are continuously exercising
your immune system to the level it needs to be.  (And I'd say it
changes based on your location.  Witness the "montezuma's revenge"
for people who do not live in Mexico, but doesn't affect natives.)
                         - tom
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Tue, 05 Dec 1995 23:40:04 GMT
 Immune System:Use it or Lose it?

Quote:
>The doctrine of use-it-or-lose it applies to many human functions
>such as musculature and intelligence. From an efficiciency/survival
>standpoint the reduction of muscle mass to a necessary minimum
>is useful. Does anyone know, or have thoughts about, whether
>the immune system, generally, suffers from a dimunition through
>disuse? I know you need booster shots for some diseases-tetanus
>for example. If the speculation is true would that mean that we
>should maintain a low level of exposure to infectious agents, just
>to keep exercising our immune system? How would that apply, say,
>to personal hygiene? Or housecleaning?

Unless you a placed in a sterile bubble, you can not avoid
exposure to infectious agents.  You are continuously being
exposed to viruses, bacteria (in your own intestines), fungi, etc.
Without a competent immune system (as is seen in AIDS patients),
you will literally rot in a matter of a few days.

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Thu, 07 Dec 1995 09:31:33 GMT
 Immune System:Use it or Lose it?

Quote:

>> If the speculation is true would that mean that we
>> should maintain a low level of exposure to infectious agents, just
>> to keep exercising our immune system? How would that apply, say,
>> to personal hygiene? Or housecleaning?

>You probably don't need to worry about hygiene or housecleaning, etc.
>There are enough {*filter*}s out there to keep the immune system running
>well for the normal person.  Things that come to mind:  stuff growing
>on common doorknobs, those keyboards in public access areas :-),
>dirt kicked up by cars and inhaled by you in your car, anytime you
>eat out, the kitchen probably wasn't spotless, etc., etc., etc.

>Unless you live in a bubble, you probably are continuously exercising
>your immune system to the level it needs to be.  (And I'd say it
>changes based on your location.  Witness the "montezuma's revenge"
>for people who do not live in Mexico, but doesn't affect natives.)

Don't forget Worcester Mass, one year we got a notice saying that
it was illegal to serve Worcester water to people from out of town :-)
I left the city for several years and came back, in that time I lost
my immunity to it and had to readjust all over again....

Maybe its time to do a study and see if Worcester residents all have
superior immune systems from all that exercise :)

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Fri, 08 Dec 1995 11:43:13 GMT
 Immune System:Use it or Lose it?

Quote:
> >The doctrine of use-it-or-lose it applies to many human functions
> >such as musculature and intelligence. From an efficiciency/survival
> >standpoint the reduction of muscle mass to a necessary minimum
> >is useful. Does anyone know, or have thoughts about, whether
> >the immune system, generally, suffers from a dimunition through
> >disuse? I know you need booster shots for some diseases-tetanus
> >for example. If the speculation is true would that mean that we
> >should maintain a low level of exposure to infectious agents, just
> >to keep exercising our immune system? How would that apply, say,
> >to personal hygiene? Or housecleaning?

> Unless you a placed in a sterile bubble, you can not avoid
> exposure to infectious agents.  You are continuously being
> exposed to viruses, bacteria (in your own intestines), fungi, etc.
> Without a competent immune system (as is seen in AIDS patients),
> you will literally rot in a matter of a few days.

  I knew nail-biting was good for something!  Any studies on this?      

-jm-



Sat, 09 Dec 1995 23:13:20 GMT
 
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