I'm currently getting over a cold. However, that current issue aside, I think I have a pretty strong immune system. I don't get sick often - in fact, I can probably count on one hand the total number of sick days I've ever taken in my life. I also don't have any allergies except one (I'm allergic to Mangoes. I know, it's very sad). I recently read an article in a magazine which brought up the theory that sometimes allergies are caused by a, shall we say, trigger-happy immune system. Your immune system is on the lookout for invaders in your body. In our current germophobic society with hand sanitizer at every turn and vaccinations for anything you can imagine, our immune systems get a bit bored since we're taking care of the bad guys for them and so they look for any little offender that gets in their way (sort of like the cops in Sunnyvale). Hence, your body overreacts to things, like peanuts or bee stings, etc, etc, etc. I'm not going to try to convince you either way - I'm just saying, that's the theory.
Back to me and my immune system. As I said, I feel like I have a pretty strong immune system, and I'll tell you why. When I was growing up, we didn't have vaccinations for everything. I didn't have a Chicken Pox vaccine like most kids today. I had the Chicken Pox. I didn't come home from school and wash/hand sanitize my hands before I ate or played with my siblings. I kindly shared and ingested all of the germs I picked up at school. So, my immune system had to work. And because it has had to work, it doesn't waste its time on little things like peanuts or a bee sting. It takes care of the real bad guys. And I am thankful for having had the Chicken Pox!
This is not to say that hand sanitizer is bad (I use it often) or that vaccinations are bad (thank goodness for the MMR and smallpox vaccines!). I'm just saying that maybe we should give our immune systems a little credit and let them do their thing. When I have kids, I think that instead of the doctor giving them a shot of the chicken pox vaccine, I would actually like him to give them a shot of the live virus to ensure that they get the Chicken Pox. I would like to prance them around the waiting rooms of hospitals during cold season so they catch some germs or two. I want their immune systems to work! Bacteria and viruses are evolutionary. They adapt to withstand the the medicines we create to destroy them. Now we have bugs that are resistant to many of our medications. I say, let our bodies adapt to become resistant to those bugs. We can become invincible!