I read in the Sunday newspaper about an interesting small study: "People who have more brain activity in their left prefrontal cortex also appear to have a stronger immune response, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported. The scientists asked 52 volunteers to write about their worst and best times, then measured the subjects' brain activity. The volunteers were then given flu shots and tested two weeks, four weeks and six months later for flu antibodies. Those who had more activity in the right prefrontal cortex--which is associated with strong emotional responses and depression-- had FEWER flu antibodies, indicating a weaker immune response." The findings were released last week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That makes me think that if a person is slightly depressed, maybe even by everyday things or is "emotional" by nature (or both? always hear more women with these DD's?) you have a much higher risk of any illness because of the weak immune system. Our bodies don't benefit as much from immunizations, leaving us more susceptible to whatever is out there, stealth pathogens, viruses and bacteria, maybe paving the way for fibro and CFIDS? Heck, immunizations or not, we are more likely to get something from a having a weaker immune system, if this story is true. We obviously don't "do" medicines well, same reason? For instance if taking antibiotics, and don't have the immune system doing its part, it wouldn't work as well. To me it seems to say a lot for researchers looking into the "right brain, left brain" orientation to see if right brain people need extra vaccines, stronger meds, etc. Input? I'm really foggy today, so I don't know if I explained it like I wanted to, hope you can wend your way through it! SjVa Sandy J.