The Flu Season

It’s flu season again, no surprise the message is how bad it is going to be and that you need to get the flu shot. On the CDC website, there is a section devoted to steps you can take to help prevent getting the flu. Their predominant message is to get the flu vaccine. I have read statistics linking brain cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s to accumulated exposure of aluminum and mercury due to repeated flu shots. That’s all I need to hear. My position is to not receive or recommend getting a flu shot.

I do however agree with other CDC suggestions which include washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Additionally, they recommend avoiding close contact with sick people, and to clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. Okay, sounds good. There was however, no mention of health building measures.

The flu season is considered to be October through May. That’s over half the year! That is a long time to avoid exposure to sick people. Especially in my business. Makes more sense to commit to being healthier rather than trying to not get sick. To avoid getting sick does not build health. But committing to be healthier does help to avoid being sick. It just makes sense.

There is always another side to every story, but I believe most people don’t get fair exposure to both sides. For example, did you know last week was the Annual National Vaccination Awareness Week? Probably not, but I’m sure you heard it was flu season and to get your highly recommended shot. Here is a great link where you can get educated on all types of vaccines.

Many of you who receive chiropractic care know it works, and do not need a detailed scientific explanation of why it works. You just feel better and healthier in many ways after getting adjusted. But you cannot talk about the flu without also discussing the immune system. There has been numerous studies linking the immune system response to spinal adjustments. I want to bring your attention to this one. Of course you are welcome to read it, but here is a summary of the findings.

This study, conducted by Patricia Brennan Ph.D and her team, found that when a chiropractic “manipulation” was applied to the middle back, the response of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (white blood cells) taken from blood collected 15 minutes after the manipulation was significantly higher than blood collected 15 minutes before and 30 and 45 minutes after the chiropractic procedure. This research demonstrated an “enhanced respiratory burst” following the chiropractic adjustment. This “burst” is needed for our immune cells to destroy invading viruses and bacteria. In other words, get adjusted!

As we move through the next six months, here are some additional action steps I recommend. Obviously, the top two action steps are to get adjusted and have your metabolism balanced so your immune system can be as vigilant as possible. Supplement with Activator and a well designed pro and prebiotic every day. Mighty Mins for children. Refer to this chart to better navigate through the symptoms.

For additional prevention, start taking Lauridicin, 1 scoop/day. If you begin to experience suspicious symptoms, then increase that dosage to 3 - 4 scoops/day until you feel better.

For immediate “first aid” flu therapy, I like Viracid. A synergistic formula that significantly boosts immune cell function, including antibody response and natural killer cell activity. At onset of symptoms, start dosing with 2 capsules every 2 hours, for 6 servings. Also available as a pleasant tasting children's formula too.

Regarding Vitamin D:

I’m sure most of you know how important proper vitamin D level is for our health, especially for the immune system. The best way to increase vitamin D levels is with sun exposure to our skin. This time of year brings shorter days and November 4 is daylight savings (more like losings). All that being said, I believe this is the best time of year to get updated on your vitamin D level. F.Y.I. we can get your vitamin D tested at Quest for $33.

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