Your immunity As it turns out, your adult immune system is not necessarily inherited, but crafted, fashioned, and acquired over your life. Cell, recently published a research article that examined the serologic differences between family members, including twins, and found that there was little relationship between your immune system and your parents or siblings. Rather, your immune system is built from your diet, health status, and past exposure to pathogens. In other words
Connecting Dots If you open up any anatomy book, you will see how remarkable the human body is. There are literally trillions of cells that are controlled and coordinated by one system of the body – the nervous system. A mathematician from Cornell University in New York has recently calculated that human brain can process up to 20 million billion calculations per second of conscious and unconscious “thought.” To put that in perspective, the world’s fastest computer can proces
Tobacco and Genes Most modern medical research assumes that inherited genetic predispositions underlie the current epidemics of (non-infectious) diseases and disorders. A partial list includes type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autism, various mental illnesses, myopia, and stroke. This research was originally funded by the tobacco industry’s need to deflect blame that smoking caused lung cancer. Rather, that people got lung cancer from a genetic tendency for cancer rath
Beddy Bye Nutrition Sleep is vital for a healthy lifestyle. The amount of sleep you need depends on many factors. Not everyone needs 8 hours of sleep according to a new University of California-San Diego study. In fact, the study proved that there is no statically significant benefit to sleep more than 6.5 hours. The data of 1.1 million people showed that those who slept 8 or more hours had shorter lifespans than those with 6.5 hours or less. But what if you don’t sleep well?