INFLAMMATION & IMMUNE RESPONSE

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Brief background and definitions on several issues related to the immune system, inflammation, infections, pain, and fatigue.

Inflammation and infection are two closely related but separate phenomena. The definition of inflammation is much broader than infection. (Which usually produces an inflammatory response.)
The gastrointestinal tract is the primary non-sterile internal system, thus forcing the immune system to fight relentlessly to prevent overgrowth of pathogens.
Physical pain is an alert mechanism of the body designed to protect us from deterioration.
After eating a big meal, we often feel the need to fall asleep. It may suggest that the liver and the immune system are working hard! (Metabolic fatigue)
Fever is a natural mechanism to fight infection as most bacteria, viruses, and parasites do not tolerate high temperatures.
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