Tag: immunity

How should we measure immunity in children? Hint; its not just about antibodies.

How should we measure immunity in children? Hint; it’s not just about antibodies. Immunity requires much more than antibodies. During the covid-19 pandemic, news services were telling us that our antibody levels had to be high to prevent infection from the virus.   We were also told that we needed a booster to maintain antibodies to protect ourselves. Then, we were told that we needed to be vaccinated or else we couldn’t see a Broadway play, or get on an airplane.   Then those who were vaccinated were getting covid-19 anyway.  Then came the variants and anyone who did not have the Read More »

Immunity from covid variants, natural immunity to covid variants and future immunity according to the latest science.

Immunity from covid variants, natural immunity to covid variants, and future immunity according to the latest science. All animals have evolved over thousands of years to help them withstand their own environments.   Our immune systems are one of the results of this evolution. Once our body fights something off with the development of antibodies and other immunological elements, it will continue to fight it off and remember it for years to come. With covid19, those who had the virus developed natural immunity to it. While some of us may have had it more than once due to variants, the majority Read More »

Is a covid-19 booster needed to maintain immunity for the immunocompromised or for the general public?

Is a covid-19 booster needed to maintain immunity for the immunocompromised or for the general public? The debate over covid-19 boosters has resulted in the US and Israel offering boosters based on the idea of waning immunity. Scientists are not buying the latest gambit from big pharma to increase their sales by having wealthy countries offer a third injection while many poorer countries have yet to offer their citizens the first dose. The WHO has voiced their concerns as covid-19 is an international problem. The idea of a booster was strengthened recently when an Israeli study showed that after 146 Read More »

Does strenuous exercise reduce our immunity? Check out this recent NY Times article.

Does strenuous exercise reduce our immunity? Check out this recent NY Times article. It has been believed for years that too much exertional exercise may actually reduce our immunity resistance. Recent studies are debunking this idea according to the NY Times. The idea of a weakened immune system from strenuous exercise became popular in the 1980’s, because exercise caused an abundance of immune elements in the blood that quickly dissipated after exercise, .giving the appearance that exercise reduced immunity. A new article in the NY Times debunks the idea of the immune system being weakened by strenuous exercise How Strenuous Exercise Read More »