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by 5 · October 10, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Why do we get colds after doing sports and when we are sweaty and go out then, and its cold and windy (or same when we did sports outside and then stay there) when its actually the most natural thing? I mean to Grok (or any other caveman too... (more)

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danno 0 · October 10, 2013 at 8:56 PM

your immune system is either too weak or you may also be over exercising but i'm guessing it's the former, prepare yourself kefir and take it every day starting with a quarter cup and up it gradually to a cup a day in total 1/2 before breaky,... (more)

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by 0 · October 09, 2013 at 5:53 AM

Could anyone share some more light on this. I started Paleo because of immune-system problems and skin issue. They put on of those permeant retainer things in my mouth when I first got my braces out during my adolescent years. I specifically... (more)

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jammies 0 · October 09, 2013 at 5:53 AM

If you decide to have them removed, be sure your dentist uses measures to protect you. The biggest increase in mercury levels from amalgams apparently occurs during placement and then again during removal. I would try the autoimmune paleo... (more)

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by 188 · July 09, 2013 at 2:09 AM

I'm doing a small survey just for documenting purposes. The question is have you gotten a cold or been ill while on 100% Paleo? and if so do you incorporate raw: veggies? how much? fruit? how much? cultured foods? how much? From what the... (more)

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joanna_4 0 · July 08, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Been paleo for 11 months and i am always sick. Ive had c diff infections three times and my ulcerative colitis is not in remission. However, i havent gotten a cold yet. Go me!

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by 15390 · May 04, 2013 at 7:10 AM

I don't understand anything - I admit it. I used to think I did, but now I know I don't. Well, I am gluten intolerant and sensitive to all kinds of foods. I always attributed it to my gut problem, some kind of dysbiosis and SIBO. A crazy doctor... (more)

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August 0 · May 02, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Yeah, so you have no symptoms because you shut off your immune system. So the damage still gets done, but your immune system just doesn't respond. If you get exposed to a virus or bacteria after one of these shots, the immune system won't... (more)

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by 66 · January 27, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Vaccines are something made "necessary" because of world travel - virus can take a plane ride around the globe quickly. So vaccines are a "good for mankind". They simply alert the immune system that, if it sees anything like this benign substance,... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · January 27, 2013 at 8:31 PM

My personal opinion is that vaccines make sense for dangerous diseases like polio, but I really question their effectiveness for things like the flu. My opinion (obviously not shared by most of the medical establishment) is that, if you are... (more)

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by 10 · January 10, 2013 at 1:47 AM

I'll keep this as precise as possible. My job involves me being on my feet for 9 hours of the day and working with many cleaning chemicals. Once i began to eat more paleo and cut our dairy and white carbs I knew I had to start taking probiotics.... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · January 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

As far as lactic acid in home ferments causing muscle soreness or fatigue....no. Have a read http://www.active.com/mountainbiking/Articles/It_s_not_about_the_lactic_acid__Why_you_re_still_sore_after_yesterday_s_ride Heck if anything its an added... (more)

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by 213 · November 29, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Does consuming more omega-3 as whole fish significantly strengthen one's immunity?

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Mscott 0 · November 29, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Good question, I'm also curious about this. I've found mixed things while looking into this myself. It probably matters what type of infection you're talking about and what omega-3 displaces in the diet. These are some of the rodent studies I've... (more)

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by 423 · March 18, 2013 at 6:02 AM

I was wondering what, if any, foods and/or supplements that help to boost your immune system. I have been getting reoccurring (group a) strep infections in my leg since 2001, when I had a super severe strep infection that got in my blood stream... (more)

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KellyBoBelly 0 · October 02, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I have strep throat right now. Yay! But seriously, I almost never get sick. Here are some ideas you may take or leave which may hopefully be of some help: May sound weird but don't over wash. Don't be a Howie Mandel and use so much hand... (more)

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by 2854 · August 10, 2014 at 7:02 AM

hello there. i've had digestive issues for a long long time (bloating, constipation, random vomiting, immune issues). i've done fodmaps, zero carb, elimination diets, digestive enzymes, you name it- most with an improvement but not a 'cure'. So... (more)

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Undercurrent 0 · December 01, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I have been making milk kefir for two years, and few weeks ago I decided to cut dairy (go full paleo) and switched to water kefir. Both kefirs significantly improved my digestive health, plus cutting dairy makes me more energetic, and I keep... (more)

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by 1786 · August 26, 2013 at 6:57 AM

so jaminet & others say some amount of carbs (glucose) is needed for immune health. we all know that active people need more carbs, and probably even plenty of fructose to stay healthy. yes, ray peat makes plenty of sense when you try out his... (more)

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Walcott 0 · July 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I'm actually very curious about this as well. Right now I'm doing the Keto diet, and have been generally low-carbing for the past year. I've also recently been diagnosed with Tinea Versicolor, a skin fungus. Apparently this fungus thrives on... (more)

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by 10 · July 09, 2012 at 6:34 AM

I've tried twice now to slowly switch over to a paleo diet. I usually do this on the weekends and switch half of my 5 or 6 meals to non-cereal meals, but still eat lots of fruits and veggies and plenty of protein. Both times now either the first... (more)

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trjones 0 · July 08, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Yup, this is a common and well known effect called the low-carb flu. It's your body converting from running on carbs to running on ketones (i.e., you are going into ketosis). It's nothing to worry about, but it's a bit of a drag when it's... (more)

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by 1017 · January 18, 2013 at 5:08 AM

I'm curious to know if immune suppressant drugs would reduce or maybe stop the bodies auto-immune response and subsequent inflammation/etc in people who have auto-immune disorders. I don't know anything about the drugs or the science behind how... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · June 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Synthetic steroids (prednisone, cortisone, etc) are often prescribed for autoimmune conditions, specifically as pain relievers, for exactly the reason you described -- they suppress the immune system. As for the long-term effects, however, I... (more)

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by 5043 · June 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Here are a few links to scientific studies that caught my attention in just the past week: 1) a whole special issue of Science magazine dedicated to the gut microbiome (subscription or buy it in a good bookstore):... (more)

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by 156 · April 01, 2012 at 4:16 AM

My lymphocyte count has been depressed for at least the last couple years. So far no cause has been discovered. The main evaluation I've had done is screening for lupus and Hughes' syndrome (various antibodies, CRP, ESR, lupus anticoagulant),... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · April 01, 2012 at 4:16 AM

As far as immune system physicians go, there are several types depending on the problem: allergy/immunology, rheumatology, hematology/oncology, and some internal medicine specialists. Because you are concerned about lymphocytes, I would say the... (more)

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by 15 · March 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Yay, fun times, so a throwaway account. I'll be clear here- this is HPV genital warts. I have been pretty paleo for awhile, but when the outbreak occurred recently I hadn't had the best diet. Now I know it's here to stay for awhile, but I'd like... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · March 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Short-term high doses of D3 (40,000 IUs/day for 2-3 days) has kicked other viruses for me, so it is definitely worth a try.

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by 468 · March 21, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Just read this new research in Science Daily today: "Tonsils make T-cells, too." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120305173657.htm If T-cells are like the security force of the immune system, and if the tonsils are a type of "factory"... (more)

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Jen_19 0 · March 21, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Tina is correct. One of the coolest things about the lymphatic system is that is has so many 'stations' throughout the body- from bone marrow to lymph nodes to the spleen to the thymus, which is a small lymphatic organ behind the sternum that... (more)

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by 1448 · February 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old. I started Paleo in September and have been 80% to 90% paleo and have not gotten sick since I started. My 2year old gets sick every other week. I used to get sick too when ever he would bring a cold home,... (more)

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jj_2 0 · February 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I'll be blunt, when my son was that age and in daycare he got sick a lot, same thing happens with my friends and co-workers. The kids are still very young immunologically speaking, their immune systems haven't been exposed to a lot of bugs yet,... (more)

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by 0 · January 14, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I am a 35-year-old woman, in "quite good" health. The qualifier comes because I have two small children and thus have some stress and disruption of sleep. Otherwise, active, fit, and well-nourished. I have been transitioning to paleo over the past... (more)

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cerement 0 · January 14, 2012 at 7:54 PM

From what I understand, shingles and chickenpox are the same virus. Initial infection is chickenpox and it enters your body through the nervous system, creating itchy pustules spread all over the body. Once the initial infection is over (after... (more)

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by 971 · January 07, 2012 at 12:24 AM

So since starting Paleo, my body's reactions to foods is standing out to me more, which I think is a very good thing. I'm eating simply enough to be able to tell how I feel. I'm wondering if anyone had info on chitinase/latex type food reactions.... (more)

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Amanda_11 0 · January 07, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Since you ask, "What foods have you reacted to (not stomach/digestive issues so much as low grade itchiness, runny nose, foggy headache, etc...) and how have you handled/improved things?" Here's my response: I have had itchy/runny nose reactions... (more)

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by 2565 · November 15, 2011 at 11:58 PM

I've had digestive issues for a while now, and I've tried changing my diet to one with no grains, small amounts of fruit, and mostly meats and fats. I've tried a bunch of different probiotics, but I actually feel significantly worse after taking... (more)

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grace 0 · November 10, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Great answers above! Have you seen this: http://www.metametrixinstitute.org/post/2010/08/02/Heal-that-Leaky-Gut!.aspx Most progressive integrative practitioners, coaches and MDs use metametrix to assess degree of leaky gut or intestinal... (more)

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by 9948 · May 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

In our pursuit of a paleo lifestyle, many of us...me included...advocate supplementation with Vit D3 or suning ourselves with 20 min a day half naked in full sun at midday. I have seen references from Stephan Guyenet and others that it... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · March 21, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Reading.......the data is overwhelming. But reading it and putting in a framework is key. I am fortunate because I read it.....I prescribe it and then I see the outcomes. Seeing is believing but seeing a persons life change......well I cant... (more)

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by 20 · October 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM

I've been reading this site for about a month, but this is my first post! This question is related to, but different from a previous post: http://paleohacks.com/questions/10269/do-you-get-sick#axzz12M6vHGh7 I've been Paleo for about two months... (more)

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Tim_Rangitsch 0 · October 14, 2010 at 5:53 PM

No one is "bullet proof". Do the things that support healing; rest, hydration, and eat nutrient dense foods. Paleo may mean fewer or shorter illnesses, but it may not mean zero illness. Slipping back into SAD eating sure won't do any good!

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by 821 · October 12, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Since childhood, I have suffered from common colds at a much higher frequency than others. I'm not sure if my paleo diet over the last few months has brought about an improvement or can. Any pointers?

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Jay_9 0 · October 11, 2010 at 5:35 PM

There are a lot of things that may increase your immune system and/or decrease your overall level of inflammation. Both should reduce the number of colds you experience. Get 25(OH)D levels up to 40ng/ml (aka 100nmol/L) Take a probiotic... (more)

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by 22913 · January 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I used to get sick monthly, not always major.. But icks cruds colds etc... In 2 years I haven't gotten a sniffle excepting crud feeling from gluten/excess fructose that I can tie directly back to a poor meal choice Is your immune system on... (more)

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JoeBranca_at_paleoplusone_com 0 · December 02, 2010 at 9:54 PM

I've wondered the same thing lately. I've been on mostly paleo (except some raw milk, heavy cream, keifer) since early summer and I haven't been sick since last winter. It's unheard of in my life. By this time of the year, with the weather changes... (more)