Unlocking Nature's Mysteries
Our immune system consists of the innate immunity we’re born with and the adaptive immunity that we acquire during our lifetime. One strategy of our innate immune system is to create antibodies that patrol the bloodstream in search of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells.
When a gene mutation disrupts the function of a normal body cell, that cell could grow out of control and become cancerous, affecting other, healthy cells. Traditionally fought with chemotherapy or radiation, scientists are now developing immunotherapy treatments that modify a patient’s adaptive immune system to battle cancer cells:
- Antibodies can be created in a lab and used to target certain types of cancer
- Researchers have found ways to fight cancer cells that previously were able to avoid detection
- A vaccine could be created to prevent cancer from invading other parts of the body
A series of articles by health experts at Webmd.com explain the process of immunotherapy and the types of cancer it most effectively fights and even cures.
Healthy Foods Near You
Fruits and vegetables lose some of their nutrients when they’re canned or frozen, but processing fresh vegetables when they’re in season means they can be enjoyed at reasonable prices all year.
Search www.seasonalfoodguide.org for nutrition information about seasonal produce, including recipe ideas and how to grow or preserve foods yourself.
Finding the Time
We know that exercise is good for our health, but how much of a metabolic boost is needed to reap the benefits?
Researchers with Medical News today have found that just 20 minutes of physical activity a day gets the heart beating and kick starts the immune system, preventing it from overproducing certain types of leukocytes that target healthy cells in the body and cause inflammation.