The up-and-coming flu season:
As a recent news article reported the current flu shot has missed the correct strain again. Even though the pharmaceutical companies are trying to put a happy face on it don’t count on the flu shot being very effective this year again. I’m not sure if in the past five or so years they’ve ever gotten the strain right. If the theory of immunization is correct, and it’s still a theory because it can’t be absolutely proven, then you need to have a correct representation of the organism you are trying to develop an immunity to. They missed it again this year. The flu shot their offering does not have the correct strain of the flu for your body to react to.
What can you do for flu prevention?
First of all giving the flu shot is truly a shot in the dark. The fact is people that have gotten the flu shot still get the flu and people who don’t get the flu shot don’t get the flu. It’s a matter of resistance. Good health is the best resistance to the flu. Eating right for your body type and blood type is number one. Getting plenty of fluids, mainly water is important. Remember half your body weight converted to oz.s is your cleansing dose. A 100 lb. person should drink 50 oz. a day as a cleansing dose of water. 80% of your cleansing dose is the minimum amount of fluids per day. That same hundred pound person should drink no less than 40 oz. a day. So if you feel like you’re starting to come down with something drink your cleansing dose. Vitamin A&D and C. are key nutrients for the immune system. The best nutritional support would be one of the immune formulas that we carry. By Vega testing we can identify the best formula for you. These formulas support the immune system with the key nutrients that you would be lacking in order for your immunity to be low.
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Humidity is extremely important. During colder months home heating systems will dry the air out and thus your respiratory system. It’s essential to have a humidity gauge in order to determine your humidity, particularly in the bedroom. Healthy humidity is between 40 and 60%. During the wintertime the humidity could easily reach below 20%. As your sinuses and lungs dry out the barrier your mucous membranes supply is compromised and thus viruses can get into the system easier. The body’s response to this drying of the hair, skin and mucous membranes is to mobilize your vitamin A stores. As your vitamin A levels go down so does your immune system that’s why we recommend A&D more during the dry months of winter. I recommend an ultrasonic cool mist humidifier as it puts the most moisture into the air.
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Light deficiency can affect some people’s immune system’s. If you’re one of those people who get a little blue or depressed during the winter months you would benefit from full spectrum light bulbs in your house. As well as spending time outdoors during bright sunlight days. Full spectrum light bulbs can be purchased on the Internet or at the local health food stores. These light bulbs contain the full spectrum of light that the sun delivers. People with strong immune systems don’t get the flu. Stress is a big immune system suppressor. Exercise can help the effects of stress. Spinal adjustments are one of the best ways to distress your body and the immune system. Patients who get regular chiropractic adjustments have a 200% more effective immune response. We also have a homeopathic virus mix that helps tuneup the body’s response to viruses. Combining two or more of these principles can go a long ways to preventing the flu this year.
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: FLU AND TAMIFLU NEW STUDY A team of researchers who have been studying the flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza released a new report that they say raises new doubts about the benefits of the drugs. The report, published jointly by the influential Cochrane Review and the British Medical Journal, seeks to cast doubt on the widespread use of the two drugs, which doctors give to treat influenza and to prevent it in people who have a high risk of complications.“The balance between benefits and harms should be considered when making decisions about use of both neuraminidase inhibitors for either the prophylaxis (prevention) or treatment of influenza,” Dr.Tom Jefferson, Dr.Carl Heneghan and Dr. Peter Doshi of the Cochrane Neuraminidase Inhibitors Review Team wrote.
WELLNESS: GOOD VS. BAD BACTERIA – THE FLORA WAR How does consuming pesticide ruin your good bacteria in your gut that are responsible for maintaining 80% of your overall health, including your immunity? The answer is simple. An acidic environment starts the damage. Once your body is acidic, it welcomes inflammation, gastric issues and a weakened immune state. The “GMO Ocean” in your gut What kills the good bacteria in your system the quickest? Bug killer and weed killer. Pesticide destroys your good bacteria, sometimes in one fell swoop. Keep your gut healthy! “A healthy gut has about 20% bad bacteria and 80% good ones. Each of us has roughly 4 pounds of bacteria in their gut. That’s right, it’s a lot! And when some bad strains become more prominent, we get ill. So this is why it’s important to keep them in balance, with the good bacteria keeping the bad ones in check.” READ ABOUT KIFER
CHIROPRACTIC: Studies confirm chiropractic treatment prevents heart attacks and lowers blood pressure The popularity of chiropractic care has grown dramatically since the middle of the 20th century. Although most people seek chiropractic treatment to relieve musculoskeletal pain, certain types of pain may be indicative of the patient experiencing a heart attack just before or during treatment. Studies at Palmer Chiropractic College investigated the effects of chiropractic treatment on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in reference to an analysis of heart rate variability. Findings indicated that chiropractic adjustments do reduce pain and lower participant’s mean heart rate. Additionally, evidence indicates that adjustments of the atlas, or first cervical vertebra, may stop some heart attacks while they are occurring, according to chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Clarke of the Vibrance Family Chiropractic Center in Nashville. Chiropractic treatment also has a significant effect on blood pressure and anxiety levels, according to a study reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The study examined systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and patients’ anxiety levels before and after an adjustment. In all cases, those subjects who received active treatment experienced a distinct drop in blood pressure and a decrease of their anxiety levels. Results of this study provide evidence that chiropractic treatment offers support to the cardiovascular system.
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