“YOUR PERSONAL ARMY” ©
How Your Body Defends You Every Day!
Blog #5 ~PART ONE~
October 20, 2015
I want to share a little analogy with you today. I learned this from my Veterinarian about 32 years ago. It’s about the army of defenders that we all have in our bodies. They are called “Antibodies.” They are found in both animal and human bodies. They defend us against “Antigens”—The invaders (microbiological organisms primarily bacterial or viral and more).
Definition: “Antibody”–Wikipedia, dictionary.reference.com/browse/antibody specialized proteins that defend against foreign substances in the body. They are produced by white blood cells known as B lymphocytes (B Cells).
When an “Antigen” binds to the B-cell surface, it stimulates the B cell to divide and mature into a group of identical cells called a clone. dictionary.reference.com/browse/antigen Dictionary.com
Antigen definition: Immunology. any substance that can stimulate the production of antibodies and combine specifically with them.
This lays the foundation for understanding how our immune systems are designed to respond “individually” to the particular antigens that you as an individual will come in contact with. When an antigen (could be bacteria, virus, mycoplasma or other invader) enters your body having contact with your blood stream, your own personal army of antibodies become “coded” to that particular antigen. Then, the miraculous part is that the antibodies immediately replicate and clone millions more of the same coded antibodies that will target only that particular antigen (or invader). These would be from newly formed antibodies that have not yet been coded to have a receptor that is keyed to that antigen. They are “neutral” until such contact happens.
Once they have contact with an invader, they are ONLY able to fight and defend against that one particular invader and not any others. That is very important to understand that exposure to invaders programs your immune system to go after the specific invader that they first come into contact with which MIGHT leave you open to a second invader to grow its own army that gets out of control.
STREET EXPOSURE vs. FRANK EXPOSURE
~Understanding the difference between a “Street Exposure” and a “Frank Exposure” to an invader.~
If you go shopping and touch doors, pick up items, or try on clothing as examples, you most likely are going to have a “Street Exposure” to pathogens or antigens from other people that will be unlikely to cause you disease. Since they are likely lower in numbers, old, not nutritionally or environmentally encouraged, they may not have the strength to cause you to become sick. Their ability to multiply is diminished. But they might allow your body to have a smaller number exposure which will act like a vaccination and your body will mount a small reaction of antibodies to this exposure.
This street exposure is how children develop their immune system to accommodate many different pathogens that are common and frequently found in daily life. This actually builds the immune system and makes it more diverse and capable.
Let’s look at a “Frank Exposure” to a serious pathogenic antigen such as pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Strep, E-coli, salmonella and many others. These are considered pathogens because they have the ability to cause HARM to the host or person. A frank exposure such as “direct contact” with a person who is sick, or has been similarly exposed in a hospital or travel, or such, where the microorganism is fresh, strong, huge in numbers, reproducing quickly in a friendly environment. This is a serious problem for your immune system. If the army of the invaders is large and strong, it’s up to your immune system to mount a very strong defense very quickly by coding the new invasion, cloning very fast and getting your body ready to go after and target this very dangerous invader.
If you can’t muster the needed army fast enough, you may need to be temporarily put on an antibiotic (designed to slow the progress of growth and reproduction of a pathogenic invader). Antibiotics, in most cases do not kill the pathogen, but are designed to slow down the reproduction speed of it to build an army that your body cannot keep up with.
Even as you take an antibiotic for a while, your own antibodies are still working very hard to code and clone millions of antibodies to respond to the invader because when you stop taking the antibiotic, you will be depending on your own immune system, your own army of antibodies, now coded to that invader, to come to your rescue. That is its job.
It’s a numbers game, pretty much in every case. It’s your army against the invading army. While your army is coded specifically to the new invader, you should take every precaution to avoid exposure to any other invaders or microbiological pathogens. Since your primary army is coded to the first invader, that leaves you exposed to a secondary invasion if you get another frank exposure. Your army is dedicated to invader #1 and if invader #2 comes in with a big enough army, you will be vulnerable. This is why you should STAY HOME and avoid other people when you are sick. That’s the first reason, but you also do not want to expose other people to your pathogen.
See PART TWO coming soon~~~~
By Sandra Lemire
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