Your immune system’s job is to protect you. Your bone marrow produces the soldiers – your White Blood Cells (W.B.C.). These young W.B.C.s must be trained, so they go to the thymus for boot camp. Then your trained W.B.C.s travel around your body looking for invaders.
They depend on your tonsils, appendix, and lymph nodes to hold onto any suspicious organisms.
Once your W.B.C.s capture the invaders, they travel to your spleen. In your spleen, your W.B.C.s are debriefed. The information regarding the safety of your body is then communicated to the thymus via cytokines – the tiniest of hormones.
The white blood cells are specifically programmed by your thymus to know the difference between you and other.
Your hypothalamus controls your immune system. At night your hypothalamus triggers your pituitary gland to produce a hormone called prolactin. Prolactin triggers your thymus to program white blood cells known as lymphocytes to know the difference between you and other. [Read more…] about Your Body Tries To Protect Itself