Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Even the common cold hyperstimulates our immune system

Jennifer Ackerman reports in the New York Times that  when we come down with the common cold,
the symptoms are caused not by the virus but by its host — by the body’s inflammatory response. Chemical agents manufactured by our immune system inflame our cells and tissues, causing our nose to run and our throat to swell. The enemy is us.
Multiple viruses, including the HIV, other than the rhinoviruses that initiate the common cold act in a similar fashion. This hyperactivity can be ameliorated by the administration of 5-HTP in conjunction with levodopa.