Here we begin with the discussion of tattoos. Yes, it is art on one’s skin and it consists of many shapes, colors, meanings, quotes, etc. Here we go…the now 18 year old adult asks his or her parents about whether he or she should get a tattoo. The 18 year old knows what he or she wants and the placement, but most of the time…it is all about the answer. For all of you concerned parents who are debating on saying “Yes,” or “No,” think about it. Tattoos are possibly good for your child’s health and it could boost his or her immune system! It looks awesome (depending on the tattoo) and makes the body feel awesome (after the painful experience of course)!
Initially, the null hypothesis within this article will be that tattoos do not boost the immune system and the regular hypothesis is that tattoos do boost the immune system. This article online by Tech times discusses how getting “inked,” is the way to go. There was an experiment conducted at a tattoo shop by the University of Alabama and they asked for tatted students to participate within the experiment. They checked how many tattoos each student had and took saliva samples from each student to test “stress hormones” and and “Antibody immunoglobulin A.” After conducting the experiment and running the tests, the students with the most tattoos only had a slight drop in the “Antibody immunoglobulin A,” unlike the students who only had 1 or 2 tattoos. Which means…their immune systems were stronger!
According to this journal article online, it displays an experiment conducted with 24 women and 5 men between the ages of 18 to 47. The experimenters were testing immunoglobulin A and Cortisol in saliva and stated beforehand that the levels of both would be an inverse relationship if one had more tattoos. After the tests, they concluded that the individuals who have tattoos have a healthier immune system and tend to “heal” more. Which would make individuals want to achieve more tattoos on their bodies? In this article online, Anthropology Professor from UA, Dr Christopher Lynn stated, “Our bodies become stronger and every tattoo one receives, his or her body is under a lot of stress and his or her body will then adapt to it over time.”
Based on the data and experiments tested, one can conclude that yes, tattoos do boost the immune system and the null hypothesis will be rejected. So when you really think about it…the more, the merrier. The more tattoos one gets, the more the body will get used to stressors and avoid a weak immune system.
@TechTimes_News. “Getting Multiple Tattoos May Boost Your Immune System.” Tech Times RSS. N.p., 10 Mar. 2016. Web. 21 Oct. 2016. <http://www.techtimes.com/articles/139962/20160310/getting-multiple-tattoos-boosts-up-your-immune-system.htm>.
Http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/reporters/lea-surugue. “Tattoos Fight off Infections: How Body Art Boosts the Body’s Immune Response.” International Business Times RSS. N.p., 15 Mar. 2016. Web. 21 Oct. 2016. <http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/tattoos-fight-off-infections-how-body-art-boosts-bodys-immune-response-1549600>.
Lynn, Christopher D., Johanna T. Domingues, and Jason A. DeCaro. “Tattooing to “Toughen Up”: Tattoo Experience and Secretory Immunoglobulin A.” Http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com. N.p., 4 Mar. 2016. Web. 21 Oct. 2016. <http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajhb.22847/full>.
“Getting Multiple Tattoos May Boost Your Immune System, But There’s A Catch.” Indiatimes.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2016. <http://www.indiatimes.com/culture/who-we-are/getting-multiple-tattoos-may-boost-your-immune-system-but-there-s-a-catch-255033.html>.