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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 6. 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

CHIROPRACTIC: Why do we get sick, why does our body experience pain?There isn't a simple answer to this because there are multiple answers from faulty diet, genetics, toxic environment, injuries etc. etc. How do our bodies function normally? Grey's Anatomy book says the nervous system controls and coordinates every organ, part, and system of the body and relates the individual to their environment. For your stomach to properly digest it is told what to do through the nervous system. To maintain the normal blood sugar in your body the nervous system has to coordinate several organs to properly control blood sugar. For a minute let's just focus on the nervous system and forget about diet, exercise, stress reduction, and detoxification. To put it one way you have a doctor inside, you can cut your hand and if you clean it properly the cut will heal over time without any outside help. That ability to heal itself is important for our ability to stay healthy. The nervous system literally keeps track of thousands upon thousands of incoming impulses that tell it your hormone levels, your cholesterol levels, your protein levels, the number of digestive enzymes that you have produced etc. etc. The brain analyzes that information and formulates appropriate information to send out to the body to maintain homeostasis. Your ability to maintain homeostasis is your ability to stay healthy. Sure you need to give your body the building blocks by eating properly and there are other laws of health but maintaining the proper balance of the nervous system is fundamental to good health. The body's intelligence works through the nervous system to keep you healthy and if that information is blocked by stress on the nerves from misaligned vertebra then your body cannot properly adapt to the ever-present changes taking place inside. This blockage of information leads to malfunction at the cellular and organ levels and over time this leads to dysfunction and eventually to disease if not corrected. It's been said that a chiropractic patient has an immune system 200 times more efficient than the average person on the street. Regular adjustments help maintain a higher level of function of the organs, systems, and glands of the body. Unfortunately, you don't always feel pain when you need to be adjusted. That's why chiropractic physicians have several diagnostic tools in order to determine where misalignments are and how to correct them. There are 5 laws of health that we encourage our patients to follow one is diet (eating right for your genetic makeup), exercise (exercises that are consistent with your genetic makeup), rest and relaxation (you should sleep between 7 and 9 hours depending on different factors), a positive mental and spiritual attitude (studies show those who practice spiritual disciplines are healthier than the general population) and the last thing is maintaining a healthy nervous system. When you get adjusted you clear the interference of the necessary information to maintain normal function. People who get regular adjustments have a better sense of well-being because nerve pressure sends stress signals to your brain. Stay regular with your chiropractic care! In today's reality of a pandemic, a healthy nervous system is crucial. A healthy nervous system equals a healthy immune system.

WELLNESS: immune-enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc and Effect on Clinical Conditions  Vitamin C concentrations in the plasma and leukocytes rapidly decline during infections and stress. Supplementation of vitamin C was found to improve components of the human immune system such as antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities, lymphocyte proliferation, chemotaxis, and delayed-type hypersensitivity. Vitamin C contributes to maintaining the redox integrity of cells and thereby protects them against reactive oxygen species generated during the respiratory burst and in the inflammatory response. Likewise, zinc undernutrition or deficiency was shown to impair cellular mediators of innate immunity such as phagocytosis, natural killer cell activity, and the generation of oxidative burst. Therefore, both nutrients play important roles in immune function and the modulation of host resistance to infectious agents, reducing the risk, severity, and duration of infectious diseases. This is of special importance in populations in which insufficient intake of these nutrients is prevalent. In the developing world, this is the case in low- and middle-income countries, but also in subpopulations in industrialized countries, e.g. in the elderly. A large number of randomized controlled intervention trials with intakes of up to 1 g of vitamin C and up to 30 mg of zinc are available. These trials document that adequate intakes of vitamin C and zinc ameliorate symptoms and shorten the duration of respiratory tract infections including the common cold. Furthermore, vitamin C and zinc reduce the incidence and improve the outcome of pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea infections, especially in children in developing countries.

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