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    a simple question

    Would someone tell me, "its environment"in the following sentence means the environment "outside the body" or " inside the body"?

    At biological levels the body often produces its own "preventative medicine," or "inoculations," by seeking out, for example, new or foreign substances in its environment that are due to nature, science or technology; it assimilates such properties in small doses, coming down with an "illness" which, left alone, would soon vanish as the body utilized what it could [of it], or socialized "a seeming invader."


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    I am trying to put this simply but without some illnesses, the body could not endure. First of all, the body
    must be in a state of constant change, making decisions far too fast for you to follow, adjusting hormonal levels, maintaining balances between all of its systems; not only in relationship to itself the body but to an environment that is also in constant change. At biological levels the body often produces its own "preventative medicine," or "inoculations," by seeking out, for example, new or foreign substances
    in its environment that are due to nature, science or technology; it assimilates such properties in small doses, coming down with an "illness" which, left alone, would soon vanish as the body utilized what it could [of it], or socialized "a seeming invader."

    The person might feel indisposed, but in such ways the body assimilates and uses properties that would otherwise be called alien ones.It immunizes itself through such methods.

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    Re: a simple question

    You say you are writing this, yet you don't understand what a passage means? - Strange.
    Anyhow, allergens occur in the external environment of the body until they are incorporated into the internal environment. I'm not sure whether 'assimilated' is the right word for this. If an external substance was assimilated, it wouldn't be recognised as foreign, so would not evoke an allergic reaction.

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    Re: a simple question

    "I am trying to put this simply".

    Here's my suggestion: state your point in technical, scientific language. We can then try to help you simplify it for non-scientific readers.

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    Re: a simple question

    Laujenny-
    The title of your post should bear some connection to your actual question. Therefore, 'In its environment' would have been a more appropriate title.

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