When I was 15, I woke up with acute appendicitis and had an emergency operation to remove my appendix.
Like most people, until recently I'd thought my appendix was nothing more than an ancient remnant; a useless organ that served no purpose. After all, surgeons have routinely removed them. But - it served a purpose and you don't have yours, it's important you know what to do!
David, our Managing Director, went to the Antarctic for three years with the British Antarctic Survey, and until just before he left, it was routine to remove the appendix and tonsils to avoid possible complications. After all, they didn't seem to serve a purpose but can cause severe symptoms - especially when marooned by sea ice for many months at a time. This practice was only stopped when a big, strapping, healthy chap died on the operating table from these routine operations. So, luckily, David still has both his appendix and his tonsils.
Even so, many people have their appendix removed and it's a routine operation. Sometimes, of course, it's necessary. For example in the case of acute appendicitis, when it can become life threatening if the appendix isn't removed and bursts.
In a breakthrough study, U.S. scientists discovered that gut microorganisms influence immune cell function and support the production of immune cells that form the first line of defense against infection. Your gut makes up two-thirds of your immune system, to be exact.
Your gut is so complex and regulates so many bodily functions it's often called the body's "second brain." About 80 percent of the neurotransmitter serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract—not the brain. Since large quantities of neurotransmitters are manufactured in the gut, that means your GI tract is largely responsible for your general physical and mental wellbeing.
"The bacteria that are in our gut help regulate metabolism, they talk to our genes," explains Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN, academic director of nutrition and integrative health programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. "When that's in balance, we have energy and our brain works better."
• We have 10 x more bacteria in our digestive system than cells in our body
• 99% of the DNA in our bodies is bacterial DNA
• As a result of the Human Genome Project, scientists discovered we have fewer genes than a fruit fly, carrot, or pineapple! Instead, the genes we have are always talking to the microbes in our gut
• Your gut lining is only one cell thick—thinner than your eyelid—and replaces itself every few days.
It's clear a healthy gut is essential for happiness and health. But as it stands, about one-third of people today have some sort of digestive problem on a weekly or monthly basis.
I was speaking with the lovely Linda from Phoenix recently, who was in despair about her recurring "strep throat" and tonsillitis.
Linda's Doctor has said she can have those troublesome tonsils removed... but the problem with that is, tonsils are useful too.
As part of your immune system, your tonsils fight infection.
Your tonsils are the first line of defense in your throat, and when they are doing their job, fighting infections, you get a sore throat.The tonsils usually swell a bit and become red when that's happening.
The study, led by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James), could improve the understanding of T-cell cancers, autoimmune diseases and the importance of first line of immune defence mechanisms such as the tonsils.
The study identified T cells at five distinct stages of development in the tonsil. These stages, identified using molecular signposts on the cells, were very similar to the stages of T-cell development in the thymus, although some differences were found as well.
The study also discovered that the cells develop in a particular region of the tonsil, in areas near the fibrous scaffold of the tonsil, a very sensitive and important area for primary immunity.
The findings are published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
This raises a number of questions. Caligiuri notes that it's still unclear whether T-cells that develop in the tonsil also mature there or whether they leave the tonsil to mature elsewhere.
Since the complete implications are not entirely known, removing the tonsils should certainly be considered as a very last resort.”
So what are some possible solutions for tonsillitis?
Good luck with boosting your immunity, reducing inflammation and "hanging on to your body parts!"
Here's to living your best,
Angela Wright MBE
Cofounder, Get Your Boom! Back - regenerative supplements with genuine ingredients at the right dose
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