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How Your Immune System Helps Direct Your Social Interactions

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  • Your brain, immune system and gut microbes are intricately linked, affecting each other in surprising ways
  • Research suggests the immune molecule interferon gamma — a cytokine produced by your immune system in response to pathogens — may also play an important role in your social interactions
  • By blocking interferon gamma in the brain of a mouse, researchers were able to induce hyperactivity and abnormal behavior. When they restored the molecule, both problems disappeared

By Dr. Mercola

That your immune system is your first line of defense against disease is nothing new. Interestingly, recent research suggests your immune system may also play a role in your social interactions. In fact, researchers now believe your immune system may actually be a controlling factor in your behavior.

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