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Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Check this out!
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Sun, 04-08-2012 - 10:24pm

A new study involving the common cold may help explain why stress, which dampens the immune system, seems to trigger inflammation in many people.

That would appear contradictory, because the immune system creates inflammation (for example, the redness around a wound) to help the body heal. But the research suggests that high and long-term levels of stress contribute to inflammation.

In turn, the inflammation can lead to conditions such as heart disease, asthma and autoimmune disorders, in which the immune system turns against the body.

Nightangel
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2003
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 11:58am
I totally agree with this - I've got colitis which is an auto-immune related disease, and it definitely gets worse when I'm stressed. I really thought the explanation of why our bodies might think inflammation is a good thing (to help heal potential battle wounds) was interesting.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Wed, 04-18-2012 - 7:14pm
Thanks Miranda,
Sorry it took me so long to respond to your reply.
I am glad you found it interesting, I did to.
Nightangel