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Your Immune System And You

28.01.2016 (10:33 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

isBeginning in the weeks before your birth, a special miracle takes place inside your body. Specifically, your immune system is encoded with a basic message telling it whether each cell is “self,” and therefore friendly, or “not self,” and therefore a possible danger.

This important piece of information is key in the development of your body’s defense against disease. From this point on, any virus or bacterium that enters your body is seen as “not self” and the immune system rallies various defenses against it. Part of this defense involves “reading” the surface of the invading cell and calling for the reproduction of specific cells — antibodies — designed to fight that invader. If this works well, the foreign substance is destroyed and the new antibodies hang around in case it ever returns.

This important attack and counterattack happens nearly …

Trauma And First Aid… What To Know

22.01.2016 (9:59 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

tafa“Alert! Alert! Pressure dropping! Fluid delivery inadequate. Seek cause.”

“Engine room reporting–pump is functioning adequately. No problem here.”

“Storage compartments reporting–pressure way down and volume dropping.”

“Bow reporting. We have a severed fuel line here. Fuel loss is heavy. Need assistance repairing fuel line or all power will be lost.”

What’s happening here? A disaster at sea aboard a ship, or could this communication be happening inside the human body? If the “fuel loss” were changed to blood loss and the “fuel line pressure” were really blood pressure, this could be a description of traumatic shock in progress. If the “severed shock in progress. If the “severed fuel line” (artery) is not repaired, the delivery of oxygen to cells could fall too low to support life.

Traumatic shock is a condition resulting from a dramatic drop in blood pressure, causing …

Summer Problems Can Turn Into Fall Nightmares

07.01.2016 (3:23 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

spBoy, this summer is going to be great,” said Rick as he cleaned out his locker. “It has to be better than last summer, when absolutely everything went wrong.”

“What do you mean?” asked Shelly.

“Well, we planned a driving trip from here to Seattle to camp at Mt. Rainier and then at Olympic National Park. The first crisis was that on the drive we got food poisoning from some lunch meat that wasn’t kept cold enough in our cooler. That ruined about three days. Then my little sister got burned when my younger brother poured charcoal starter on a fire while it was burning.”

“Was she burned badly? asked Shelly.

“No, fortunately. But while at Mt. Rainier, we took a trail that went up the mountain and nobody realized how strong the sun could be when it reflects off …