KHashmi316 Posted March 13, 2020 Report Share Posted March 13, 2020 Several years ago, a private (email) exchange between myself and fellow CRONie -- "CR vs.immunity (a different hypothesis)" -- led to the discussion of CR vs immunity (as pertaining to common colds/flu). Because of the recent interest in pandemics and their consequences, I thought I might condense some of the highlights from the exchange. Does CR "boost" immunity? Or less susceptibility to colds/flu something else, but CR related? I argued that bugs leave the CR'd organisms alone because the organism is in poor (starving) condition and might not make it: (a) It could die taking you (bugs) with it (i.e., before you had a chance to spread); (b) better to wait the famine out, when organism is in better shape, and a more "meatier" host. I would support that argument with lowered WBC reported by many CR folks (on Main list, back in the day). That said, there are all sorts of bugs ... many are more "reckless" or have a different strategy. But, overall, it's better to have healthy, well-fed hosts that bugs can pimp every once in while. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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