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  1. Introduction
  2. The Body's Response to Illness.
  3. Sneezing.
  4. Coughing.
  5. Watery Eyes.
  6. Nausea and Vomiting.
  7. Conclusion.

The onset of a cold of the flu often brings with it a host of maladies that are difficult for the individual to manage. Fevers, coughing, sneezing and vomiting are just a few of the things that take place when the body gets sick. While most of these problems wreak havoc on the individual's overall sense of health and well being, the reality is that these reactions are critical for the body to heal properly. Thus, even though the physical symptoms that accompany illness may appear to promulgate more harm than good, in actuality these reactions are a necessary part of helping the body overcome disease.
With the realization that the human body responds to environmental toxins in a host of ways, there is a clear impetus for individuals to understand what these reactions mean and how the help improve overall health. Using this as a basis for investigation, this research considers the reactions of the body when it becomes ill.

[...] When the immune system determines the type of toxin present in the human body, it is able to discern if increasing body temperature will help rectify the situation. If this is indeed the case, chemical signals are sent to the hypothalamus to raise the body's temperature and destroy the toxin. Once the body has gained the upper hand on the toxin, the immune system again sends out a chemical signal to reset the body's temperature. Thus, the physical feelings that are produced in response to a fever are actually to the benefit of the individual. [...]

[...] As such, while the results of tearing may be uncomfortable for the individual, this physiological response is necessary to preserve both the health of the eyes and the health of the body (Tearing, 2006). Fever While sneezing coughing and watery eyes represent some of first lines of defense to keep toxins out of the human body, there are instances when viruses and bacteria find their way into the human body. When this occurs, the body may respond by initiating a fever. [...]

[...] In both cases, the cough is designed to help the human body rid itself of environmental toxins. Although coughing can help the body protect its overall health, researchers have also noted that a cough can be a signal for a more serious underlying disease (Coughing, 2006). In some instances a cough may develop with no other symptoms. This cough may remain despite treatment with over the counter cold remedies. When this occurs, the individual is being given a signal that something more serious may be wrong. [...]

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