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What Have Your Lymph Nodes Done for You Recently?

Saturday, December 23rd 2023 10:00am 3 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Here’s a topic you might not have pondered recently: have you ever thought about lymph nodes?

If you’re scratching your head, don’t worry, many are in the same boat. Yet, silently and diligently, our lymph nodes tirelessly address a range of health issues, from ordinary viruses to menacing bacteria and even malignancies.

Dive in to uncover the mysteries of these immune system champions that safeguard us from external threats and internal malfunctions.

What exactly are lymph nodes?

Think of lymph nodes as the body’s defense outposts. These small, bean-like structures are distributed in clusters throughout our body and play a pivotal role in the immune system. They sieve through the lymphatic fluid (or simply, lymph), a pale yellow liquid that originates from our blood.

We have hundreds of these nodes scattered within us. The most prominent collections are in the neck, underarms, and groin regions. Deep within the chest and abdomen, they can be visualized using advanced imaging techniques like CT or MRI scans.

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