Summary of The Shock Tactics Set to Shake Up Immunology

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Science writer Douglas Fox adeptly describes what the human vagus nerve does, how it might interact with the immune system and inflammation (no one is quite sure) and how a little electricity may make it work better. Holding a magnet to your throat to get your immune system back on track might sound like science fiction or witchcraft, but Fox explains why it is at least plausible. He concedes there are some gray areas about how it works. While never giving medical advice, getAbstract recommends this to anyone curious about alternative approaches to achieving good health.

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Douglas Fox is a freelance science and environmental writer.



The vagus nerve links the human brain to various organs. After using electrical vagus-nerve stimulation to help epilepsy patients in the 1990s, and those with depression early this century, researchers are exploring its effectiveness for autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and lupus. Patients use a magnet to activate a device implanted under their skin that sends small shocks to the nerve.

In patients with autoimmune disorders, nerves stop controlling immune cells, then regrow in dysfunctional ways that promote inflammation...

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