forbes.com – Does eating dirty food and being exposed to the elements strengthen your immune system? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
The question ‘Does eating dirty food and being exposed to the elements strengthen your immune system?’ exemplifies an all-too common flawed premise that strength is or should be a vaunted attribute of the immune system. For muscle function to range from strong to weak sounds reasonable. However, using the same analogy to envision immune system function as strong or weak is a mischaracterization. A strong immune response doesn’t necessarily indicate health. Consider autoimmunity and allergy, both examples of strong but inappropriate immune responses.
Damaging immune responses in allergies offers another example of misdirected strength where their triggers in the allergic are so-called ‘allergens’ that are nevertheless perceived as largely innocuous environmental antigens by the immune systems of the non-allergic.
I’ll tell you one thing..i’ll sure as hell never find the hell out. There is some interesting tidbits in this article though, like just because you have a strong immune system doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Some people definitely swear that isn’t the case.