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1 16th November 06:37
jhunter
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For instance, my husband never, ever gets the stomach virus that I get,
and we sleep very close to one another...among other things. How can
we, well you know, "sleep",and then the next morning I wake up with a
103 fever, chills, and horrible vomiting...but he walks away with
nothing but a smile on his face. And, please...don't tell me it's my
immunity vs his immunity because there has to be something more. This
has happened too many times to excuse it. If it is an immunity
problem, and I don't think it is, what can I do? I might add we are
both in our early 50's (I'm earlier than he is), and this "Superman"
effect has also happened in bacterial illness (strep throat is a good
example). We are both professionals in our field (I'm a MT(ASCP)) and
both pretty healthy. I hope no one was eating while they read
this....Does anyone have any info, and don't tell me to check my life
insurance policy for any unexplained changes. I'm way ahead of you.
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2 16th November 06:38
jhunter
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Default Why do some people never get sick with a virus (strep throat)


For instance, my husband never, ever gets the stomach virus that I get,
and we sleep very close to one another...among other things. How can
we, well you know, "sleep",and then the next morning I wake up with a
103 fever, chills, and horrible vomiting...but he walks away with
nothing but a smile on his face. And, please...don't tell me it's my
immunity vs his immunity because there has to be something more. This
has happened too many times to excuse it. If it is an immunity
problem, and I don't think it is, what can I do? I might add we are
both in our early 50's (I'm earlier than he is), and this "Superman"
effect has also happened in bacterial illness (strep throat is a good
example). We are both professionals in our field (I'm a MT(ASCP)) and
both pretty healthy. I hope no one was eating while they read
this....Does anyone have any info, and don't tell me to check my life
insurance policy for any unexplained changes. I'm way ahead of you.
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3 16th November 06:38
jhunter
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Default Why do some people never get sick with a virus (strep throat)


For instance, my husband never, ever gets the stomach virus that I get,
and we sleep very close to one another...among other things. How can
we, well you know, "sleep",and then the next morning I wake up with a
103 fever, chills, and horrible vomiting...but he walks away with
nothing but a smile on his face. And, please...don't tell me it's my
immunity vs his immunity because there has to be something more. This
has happened too many times to excuse it. If it is an immunity
problem, and I don't think it is, what can I do? I might add we are
both in our early 50's (I'm earlier than he is), and this "Superman"
effect has also happened in bacterial illness (strep throat is a good
example). We are both professionals in our field (I'm a MT(ASCP)) and
both pretty healthy. I hope no one was eating while they read
this....Does anyone have any info, and don't tell me to check my life
insurance policy for any unexplained changes. I'm way ahead of you.
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4 16th November 06:38
mike mcwilliams
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well, do you smoke? does he?
do you drink/do drugs? does he?
do you get 30 minutes of aerobic excercise per day? does he?


your immunity vs his immunity is important

what are your MHC vs his? his may be more diverse and present more
unique peptides and yours may not. Who knows?

are you exposed to environmental toxins? is he?

The list could be pretty long
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5 16th November 06:38
bryan heit
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Why not? It's pretty obvious that is the difference. He is immune or
not exposed to the pathogens you are contracting; hence, no disease.
Also, given the symptoms you've described it is more likely that you are
contracting a bacterial infection rather then viral.


No, it doesn't. In fact, it's almost guaranteed this is an
immune-system related issue. The number of things which could explain
the differences are enormous, but here's a few common ones:

1) Cleanliness. Contrary to popular belief, most stomach "flues" (which
are not actually flues) are not readily transfered via the air, but
rather through physical contact with contaminated surfaces. This is why
it is so important to wash your hands after using the toilet, before
handling food, etc. In fact, most stomach "flues" can be directly
linked to hand -> mouth transfer of fecal bacterial from contaminated
surfaces. If you are failing to take proper precautions, while your
husband does, it would explain the problem. Most of these "flues" are
actually low-level infections with bacteria which cause food poisonings.

2) Lack of immunization. Is your husband getting an annual flu shot,
while you are not? Are your vaccinations up-to-date?

3) Immunodeficiency. Do you have an immunological disorder - be it some
form of immunosuppression (AIDS, CGD) or autoimmunity (MS, diabetes,
leupus)? Do you frequently take mediations - most will affect the
immune system in some manner, even over-the-counter pain killers.

4) Chronic stress. Stress weakens the immune system. If you are more
stressed then your husband, or handle stress more poorly, that could
explain the difference.

5) Exposure to environmental toxins. Do you work in a place where you
are exposed to a lot of allergens, toxic materials, or irritants? Do
you spend a lot of time in building(s) older then 30 years? Long-term
exposures to these kinds of things can impair immunity.

6) Contact with children. Children carry diseases like rats carry
fleas. If you are exposed to children a lot more then your husband you
are more likely to contract disease, especially if you don't keep your
hands clean.

7) Genetic makeup. Our immune system relies on a diverse set of genes
to control pathogens. Different people have different sets of genes.
And some simply better then others at allowing our bodies to detect
certain pathogens. It could be simply that you lack the appropriate
genes, or lack sufficient diversity in these genes, to readily identify
these pathogens.

8) Chronic infection. Perhaps, rather then catching various infections
you are actually experiencing flare-ups of a chronic infection.
Alternatively, a chronic infection may be suppressing your immune
system, thus allowing other pathogens to infect you.

9) Different immunological histories. Did your husband grow up
somewhere different then you did, particularly somewhere dirtier (farm,
for example). It may simply be that your husband contracted all of
these diseases when he was younger, and is now immune. If that is the
case you are essentially playing "catchup".

And that's just the tip of the immunological iceberg.

Bryan
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6 18th November 08:43
jhunter
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Mike, thanks for the feedback. However, we neither smoke, drink very
lightly, we are both runners, and I 'd bet that most people in their
20's don't have labs that look as good as both of our labs. Maybe this
virus is not contagious in the way I would expect to be. All I do know
is that 5 days later and 10 lbs lighter (I don't need to lose any
weight), I'm finally feeling better. Hopefully, this virus won't be
visiting your town.
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7 18th November 08:43
jhunter
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I was kicked off.Must have been the FLU bug. In closing, I appreciate
your help, and you did bring up several solid theories. My theory on
this killer FLU bug is like other viruses, their means of infection may
not be as communicable as once thought. Thanks for the thoughts. Maybe
one of these days I'll meet you in a foot race...and I'll kick your ass.
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