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The underlying emotion program

People possess a regulatory program that lies in wait, scanning for indicators that infectious disease is present. If it detects signs of infection: 

  • The program sends a signal to various functional mechanisms in the brain and body.
  • In turn, they change their patterns of operation in ways that are useful for fighting infection.
  • These changes together produce the experience of being sick.

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Activating the immune system to fight germs costs your body a lot of energy.

  • In order to avoid additional infections or injuries that would increase the immune system's energy requirements, your body increases sensitivity to nausea and pain.
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Illness comes with a distinct set of psychological and behavioral features. You feel fatigued, maybe a little depressed, less hungry than usual, more easily nauseated and perhaps more sensitive to pain and cold.

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