The Body Is the Hero
by Ronald Green

An explanation of the human immune system told like a detective story in historical context. Each researcher who devised an alternative theory was ridiculed by the orthodox medical profession. Time after time the most important breakthroughs were made by individuals who worked in isolation. The body generally heals itself. Medicine can sometimes help, but, in the long run, the only cure for any infection is for the immune system to seek out and destroy every infected cell. The amazing ability of the immune system to recognize alien cells and mount a multilevel attack against them is explained in exciting terms and put in an evolutionary perspective. He explains how vaccination works - by taking advantage of the innate ability of the body to develop antibodies to alien cells. He describes auto-immune diseases, organ rejection, and cancer.

The final chapter is about biofeedback and seems out of place.

Year Read: 1987

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