Immune Response

Jay and Nancy Mone jaymone at PAONLINE.COM
Wed Mar 24 21:00:02 EST 1999


Ralph,
I think you are confusing issues a bit.
First, An inflammatory response is not the same thing as an immune 
response.  Inflammation occurs regardless of whether a substance is 
introduced for the first time or tenth time.  This response does not 
exhibit memory; rather, it is a non-specific reaction induced by tissue 
damage. Most vaccines provide excellant immunity with no inflammatory 
reactions at the injection site;  indeed, inflammatory reactions are an 
unwanted side effect, and have no bearing on the potency of the vaccine.
Your response to the "invader" sounds like a type 1 hypersensitivity 
reaction, similar to that seen in individuals who are allergic to bee 
stings, penicillin, or a thousand other foreign substances.
Vitamin C does not carry free radicals out of the body.  Instead 
antioxidants like vit C and vit E are free radical scavengers, whose job 
is to reduce oxygen free radicals to water before these radicals can 
oxidize vital cellular components.  But again this has no bearing on 
immunity.
I would say that you have a bit of homework to do on these subjects, and 
I would strongly suggest you read some recent texts, rather than relying 
on web articles and other sources of half truths and outright falsehoods.

Jay Mone



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