Is there war?

Within minutes of infection, the innate intelligence of the body summons a wave of neutrophils which arrives at the site, the advance guard of the body’s professional “eating cells”.  Each neutrophil convulsed by the chemical signals sent by the innate intelligence of the body, thrusts a portion of its cell body between the crevices in the blood vessel walls, squeezes through, and slithers toward the microbes.  A struggle ensues.

The bacteria, dodging their attackers, spew powerful toxins that can disable or kill the neutrophils and surrounding cells.  A persistent neutrophil seizes a bacterium and wraps a portion of its own cell membrane around the microbe.  But sucking the membrane inward, deep into its body, the neutrophil creates a miniature sac for its prey.


Organisms that eat cells?

Patrolling phagocytes, the body’s “eating cells”, often intercept foreign substances that find their way into the body’s lymph, blood, or tissues. The two most common typer of phagocytes, the smaller, short-lived neutrophils, and the larger, tougher macrophages, seek out viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and other invaders.  Doesn’t this make you feel good to know that this kind of wonderful system is working within you right now?

Each day, some 100 billion neutrophils leave the bone marrow and enter the bloodstream  Nearly half of  them circulate with the blood; the rest, known as the marginal pool, cling to the walls of the blood vessels.

Almost any kind of stress to tissues in the body triggers a rise in the number of blood-borne neutrophils.  During severe infections, their number may increase more than fivefold, some originating from the marginal pool, others arising fresh from the bone marrow.

At the appropriate signal from the innate intelligence of the body, the neutrophils leave the bloodstream and migrate into the tissues to pursue invading microorganisms.


Are you glad?

The innate intelligence of your body is currently running your EXACT blood pressure, body temperature, number of red blood cells, white blood cells, basophils, neutrophils,  insulin production, adrenalin, dopamine….

You’re not even thinking about it  and it happens anyway!

Amazing isn’t it?