Can someone help me explain this immune stuff....

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kops2da
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   Posted 3/7/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I know 6MP is an immunesuppressant.  I have read a lot on here and the internet - understand some of it but realize what it does - and that I am more lifely to get an infection, etc.  THEN, why do I drink a yogurt drink - Dannon - that is supposed to BOOST my immunity?  Sounds like one goes against the other.  Also, what about probiotics, etc.??
ElaineNY
 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc.  Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse. Cannot tolerate mesalamine!
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far. Starting 6-MP Feb. 28 along with 20 mg. prednisone.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
 
 
 


basa0806
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   Posted 3/7/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I think they "claim" to boost your immune system. I wouldn't believe it until I saw scientific support with it but that's the biologist in me. There are SO many pieces to your immune system that I doubt the yogurt would give you a substantial boost.
Probiotics are just good strains of bacteria that should be found in your gut anyway. Bacteria is what helps break down your food into waste and package it and adding probiotics helps the body digest easier. That's also why when you fart it sometimes smells bad lol
This is a good website for learning the basics of the immune system. It doesn't really use any big medical words or anything.
http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/infectious_diseases/immunesystem/Pages/index.aspx
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
4 400mg Asacol 2x daily, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"
John Lennon


kops2da
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   Posted 3/7/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Sam - thanks so much.  I bookmarked it and will read tomorrow.  I have a son who is a biologist but he can't explain anything in my terms!

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc.  Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse. Cannot tolerate mesalamine!
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far. Starting 6-MP Feb. 28 along with 20 mg. prednisone.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
 
 
 


basa0806
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   Posted 3/7/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope it helps! :)

remember to change your clocks too!
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
4 400mg Asacol 2x daily, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"
John Lennon


James l
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   Posted 3/7/2009 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
yea. probiotics just help your intestine bacteria growth(good ones) and also can help you recover from food poisoning as well. but with 6mp you are more likely to catch viruses and because your white blood cell count is reduced the ability for your system to fight off outside bacteria/virus is lowered.
JAMES - 19 Years old. 2nd year in college.
5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. still crapping out yeast.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, garlic, aloe vera

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