The immune system is our body’s way to defend itself from the unknown, the unknown being diseases or anything that doesn’t belong in our body. The immune system can help us fight infections or diseases primarily caused by bacteria, parasites, and fungi. It also attacks viruses.
The health of our body is maintained by the equilibrium of redox control. Excessive external factors can disturb this equilibrium triggering disease and illnesses. Most of the diseases are caused by oxidative stress due to active oxygen, other free radicals, and lipid peroxides. Active oxygen, though vital to our body, cause considerable damage to the essential components of human body and disturbs the physiologically important functions of proteins, lipids, enzymes and DNA bearing the genetic code. DNA damage caused by oxidative stress is particularly dangerous and has the potential to lead to serious disorders. Continue reading
While these terms are often used to mean the array of health care approaches with a history of use or origins outside of mainstream medicine, they are actually hard to define and may mean different things to different people. Continue reading
Smoking has been linked to a set of chronic diseases, and cancers:
The conclusions from reports of general surgeons in the US have evolved from a few associations in 1964 to a robust body of evidence documenting the health consequences from both active smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke across a range of diseases and organ systems. In 2004 a report concluded that smoking affects nearly every organ of the body, and the evidence in this report provides even more support for that finding.
Nowadays, more and more people are turning to alternative and or complementary treatments to treat their diseases. Complementary and Alternative treatments are often interchangeable terms although initially alternative treatments was meant to be used instead of conventional treatments, it is now often used together with conventional treatments to treat illnesses, given the name Complementary Treatments .
The lymphatic system is a big part of the body’s immune system and a subset of the circulatory system. It is composed of lymphatic vessels, lymphatic nodes and of the body’s organs, most importantly the spleen. The main function is to carry lymph through the body’s lymph vessels in an upward motion towards the heart. Although the lymphatic system is responsible for transporting nutrients, proteins and white blood cells to fight infections, it can also be a method of transportation for diseases to spread such as cancer.