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How Infections Can Lead to Chronic Diseases

Updated: Jul 14

When we think of our immune system, we often imagine an impenetrable bubble shielding us from foreign invaders. However, this metaphor can be misleading. In reality, our immune system is a dynamic system, constantly balancing its responses to outside threats to avoid overreaction.

Immune Response and Digestion

After meals, our immune response temporarily drops as the body focuses its energy on digestion. Parasitic infections, like hookworms or pinworms, can exploit these brief windows of lowered immunity to establish themselves. As they feed on blood, they reproduce and spread, gradually overpowering the immune system in localized areas.

Impact on Health: How Infections and Chronic Diseases Are Connected

Over time, these infections can lead to significant health issues:

  • Anemia: Parasites steal iron and nutrients, causing anemia.

  • Inflammation: Triggers overproduction of immune cells and mediators, straining resources like bone marrow.

  • Blood Pressure: Infected blood thickens, increasing strain on the heart and kidneys.

  • Kidneys: Fatigue as they struggle to filter infected blood, sometimes mimicking diabetic markers.

  • Bone Marrow: Overworked stem cell production leads to osteoporosis.

Chronic Diseases

Many diseases commonly attributed to aging may actually be caused by chronic parasitic or other infections that gradually wear down various body systems. Conventional medicine often overlooks these root causes, leading to misdiagnoses and ineffective treatments.

Stay Vigilant

Understanding how infections take hold is crucial to avoid dismissal and seek appropriate treatments. Tiny invaders can have systemic effects if left unchecked. Our immune system works hard, but it can become overwhelmed. Stay vigilant against threats looking to break through the bubble!

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