In many parts of the world, alchohol is one of the most important controllable risk factors for serious illness. It depresses the immune response and is clearly associated with heart disease, hypertension, stroke, gastritis, pancreatitis, peptic ulcers, serious liver damage and deterioration of mental function. As with hard-drug use, it is a major cause of poor nutrition, which further damages immune competence. Tobacco smoke contains high concentrations of dangerous chemicals including benzene, carbon monoxide and cadmium ( a powerful immuno-suppressant also found in fungicides, fertilizers and rubber tyres). Cannabis inhibits both T cell and macrophage activity. Put simply, drinking, smoking and recreational drug use are not compatible with a healthy immune system.
Article sourced from and with kind thanks to The Complete Guide to Nutritional Health.
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