By Jessica W, Maddie S, Mudit T, Block One
Intro to the Immune System
Major Functions of the Immune System
The Immune system is a group of organs that protects the body from sickness. To work right the Immune system needs to kill germs or pathogens. From a simple fever to a blood thirsty parasites the immune system does it all. We got this from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immune_system
Organs in the System are
Bone Marrow, Thymus, Breast Bone, Lymph nodes, Spleen, and Tonsils. We got this from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0010388/
Interesting facts about the Immune System
Some people have little to no immune system. Your immune system will suffer from lack of sleep. Sunlight has complex effects on the immune system. The main type of immune cells are white blood cells, there are two types of them- lymphocytes and phagocytes. Studies show that people who lack humor in their lives tend to have a less protective immune system. We got this from
https://sites.google.com/site/immunesystem305/interesting-facts, and \http://www.livescience.com/40712-immune-system-surprising-facts.html
Disorders/Diseases of the system
The Immune system is a very complex system. But its task is simple: Kill the germs. If a person is born with a bad Immune system then they will have a higher chance of getting sick. If you have a bad Immune system it will lead to death, decay, and diseases such Digeorge Syndrome. You should be careful to do things to help your immune system and not hurt it. We got this from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK22243/
Positive and Negative behaviors that can affect the Immune System
You can do a lot of stuff to either help or hurt your Immune system. Drinking every day for more than a month will hurt your Immune system, making your body a much easier target for sickness. things like smoking and not eating healthy will make your body very easy to penetrate.
We got this from: http://www.simplypsychology.org/stress-immune.html
Things you can do to help your Immune system
Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Control your blood pressure.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get adequate sleep.
Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category