Sydney: A harmonious mind-body connect, the key to good health, also seems to determine how your skin reacts to allergies.A team of neuroscientists have found that if someone does not care about a part of their body, their immune system will also respond accordingly, treating it as `non-self` rather than `self.`These findings could explain autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis (degeneration of nerves), neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as stroke, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, anorexia (eating disorder characterized by fear of weight gain and bulimia (binge eating among women).In two different experiments, Lorimer Moseley, professor from Neuroscience Research Australia and his team, delivered histamine to the arms of healthy volunteers believing that their real arm had been replaced by a rubber one, the journal Current Biology reports.Histamine is a chemical the body produces during an allergic reaction. They compared the size of the allergic response on the arm that had been `replaced` to the response on the other arm, and also the response on both arms during a control condition that had no illusion, according to a Neuroscience Research statement.
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