The more careful we have become about totally sterile food, the more
auto-immune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc.) we have seen
in the population. Is it possible that the human immune system,
deprived of its normal work, turns on itself by default?
Having worked around manure for years, I found myself much less
susceptible to digestive problems in South America than the average
gringo. Since nevertheless adding a substantial tropical component to
my personal ecosystem, I find that I almost invariably can throw off
colds, flus, and the usual run of North American maladies.
If there's someone on this list who knows about such things, please
educate me and the rest of us.
i feel that a large part of
an individuals susceptability to microbes depends on the entire "ecology" of
microbes present within them. just as a healthy, diverse, robust, "balenced"
biota is more stable and resistant to massive damage from new pressures upon
it, weather it is the soil in a given feild, a forest, or a planet. any
ecosystem is more stable the more components it has. if you have a healthy
immune system to maintain checks and balences, and a strong diverse stable
community of microbes, a new disease has a fight on it's hands just competing
for a toehold no matter how virulant. once it's got it's foot in your door
you've had time to develop immune response, so you never even notice the new
addition. now your inn is even more full, your ecology that much more
i'm no expert so this is no education, but i'm
not to sure who is an expert. the lack of experts seems to define the need
for such. new
here, i like it, monte.
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