The Immune System serves as the body's greatest defence mechanism; immunity is designed to protect the body from any kind of pathogen or other foreign substance. Yet it's much more than a system fortress; immunity represents an ecological interface between the inner and outer environments.
The immune system is the absolute key to homeostasis. It's comprised of a series of glands and organs which promote the immune response which is controlled by the nervous system. The majority of the immune system comes from the gut tissue, yet it all rests upon the vitality of the nervous system. As a whole, it should work harmoniously together like cogs in a wheel.
The immune system, the nervous system, and all the different senses communicate together with the outside world, all paying attention to every detail. It’s actually a difficult system to define anatomically – the immune system as a ‘whole’ is involved in all the body’s systems and in all aspects of the body – it’s not just in the gut or the liver, and so on.
All the organs even have their own immune systems; i.e. when a liver is dissected, the naked eye can actually see blue cells, the macrophages, which are the liver’s own white blood cells (the killer army) which are the liver’s own immune system.
The whole immune system is monitoring and modulating every activity inside, and outside, the body; the body’s response to what’s going on everywhere, how it's feeling, what's being eaten, drunk and inhaled. It’s a regulatory mechanism; something comes in, the immune system rises to meet it, deals with the visitor and settles back down again.
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