Darren Rowse from Problogger challenges bloggers from around the globe about the goals of blogging with a group writing project. Well, I think it is time to step out of my introvert comfort zone and actually participate in a good thing. Darren's group writing project. I almost passed this one up, filed under: no time, what's the use? and any other excuse I could think of. I started to blog in March of 2006 with one simple goal:
The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
We have been busy behind the scenes updating and playing with different formats, styles, layouts and widgets to bring you an easy to navigate, easy to follow blog. I know that you will agree that our activities have dramatically improved the Alternative Medicine Blog dramatically.
The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don’t worry.
Robert Hutchison, 1932
Immune Modulators and Chemical Messengers Summary
Cytokines or immune modulators are the chemical messengers of immune cells. Cytokines are composed of hormone-like lymphokines, which are soluble proteins released by activated T-cells, and monokines that are released by macrophages. To name some of the cytokines:
An imaginary ailment is worse than a disease.
Neuropeptides typically affect the neurons they targeted at lower concentrations than the usual neurotransmitters. Neuropeptides are short strings of amino acids having a great variety of effects. They can act as hormones, neurotransmitters, and neuromodulators. Some of the neuropeptides take action as neurotransmitters at some synapses and as neuromodulators at other synapses.
We do have chemical messengers in our system that the brain and the nervous and immune systems use to relay signals to each other.(1) These chemical messengers journey throughout the lymphatic system and blood to deliver their communiqués. These chemical couriers are:
The Stress Response
Anxiety, fear, and other powerful emotions can signal the sympathetic nervous division of the ANS to elicit the stress response. As a result blood flow to skeletal muscles is increased and endocrine gland activity is adjusted. (1) To repeat again, the only two pathways of the stress response are the HPA axis and the SAM axis. Once these routes are activated, a myriad of neuroendocrine changes are launched.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.