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by admin - March 23rd, 2009.
Filed under: Herbal.

Within minutes of arriving to the human body, most of the viruses will inhale human’s nostrils. Many will immediately be trapped, like flies on a flypaper, by the wet, sticky mucosa lining his nasal passage. Legions of cilia – whiplike hairs beating continuously in unison at 600 sweeps per minute—then pushed these trapped invaders steadily toward human’s gullet and down his digestive tract to be destroyed by stomach acids.

But about half the invaders managed to evade the beating cilia. They lodged against some of the millions of body cells lining human’s nasal passages.

Immediately, human’s nasal cells sensed the presence of a hostile invader and they began to signal for help. They did so by releasing microscopic amounts of a prostaglandin— a hormone-like substance—into the bloodstream. This particular prostaglandin serves as an emergency chemical messenger to alert the immune system. Within minutes, all nearby macrophages and helper T cells began to head for human’s nasal passages.

Consisting of a mere 600 atoms, and so small it can be detected only in an electron microscope, a virus is nothing more than a bundle of genes encapsulated in a protein coat. While not actually alive or able to move, a virus exists in a twilight zone between the largest complex carbon molecules and the smallest mammalian cells.

The rhinovirus is the type most frequently responsible for the common cold. Over 120 varieties of cold-precipitating rhinoviruses have been identified, which explains why a cold vaccine has never been produced. The rhinovirus is shaped like a geodesic dome, composed of twenty triangular-shaped surface facets. This tough micro-organism possesses the unique ability to shuffle the amino acids in its protein coat so that its twenty surfaces are constantly changing their antigens (cellular fingerprints).


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