It’s Thanksgiving in the US, and for the rest of the world it is never a bad time to give thanks for all of our blessings.
There are many who count vaccines as one of the major blessings of the modern age, as they allegedly save thousands from the threat of harmful diseases.

Yet our confidence in the effectiveness of vaccines is apparently waning; in a survey conducted by the University of Michigan, 74 per cent of American parents said they would remove their vaccinated children from a day-care centre if there was a possibility that they would encounter non-vaccinated children.
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Not everyone’s immune system is the same, but no matter how yours works, if it’s causing you problems with diseases like cancer and diabetes, scientists may be able to find a way to switch that part of it OFF.

Recent studies suggest that intentionally infecting people who have auto immune disease (in which the body attacks itself) with parasites relapse rates in people with diseases like MS, lupus and fibromyalgia.
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…than men do – There’s something different about girls (and no, it’s not what you’re thinking!) New research suggests that women’s immune systems are stronger than men’s, probably because the XY chromosome arrangement is more fragile that the female XX. Also, the female hormone estrogen helps to block the disease process. But women maybe more susceptible to the lung damaging effects of smoking.

BBC News quotes researcher Leslie Knapp as saying, “Women are well known to be able to respond more robustly to infections, and to recover more quickly than men. In evolutionary terms it only takes one male to reproduce with lots of females, but females are much more important in terms of producing offspring.”
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