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Monday, December 05, 2005

It's Not the Flu: It's Over Indulging

Each year at this time we are bracing for the flu season. We pull out the heavy winter coats, sanitize every phone and door knob, and hope the correct strain was predicted for the chemical injection called the flu shot. I always wondered why the virus was so choosy. Why does it like the winter so much? What is so different about the summer? No one gets the flu in the summer, and if they do, they call it the “24 hour bug.” What about Florida? It is still 85 degrees but people there are just as cautious about the flu.

Part of the chiropractic approach to health is that the body will maintain health and heal itself as long as it is given optimal conditions through nutrition, exercise, rest, and chiropractic.

Allow me to share a different view point about sickness. It is believed we should build up the body, because there will always be viruses and bacteria. In other words, concentrate on the body, not the disease.

Did you know chiropractic patients had better outcomes during the flu epidemic of 1918?

Chiropractic and the Flu

Here’s another link on Chiropractic and the St. Louis flu

More on Chiropractic and the Flu

Did you know there is a large group of people who do not take the flu shot?

Why I Never Take the Flu Shot

Your Food Causes The Flu!!

If we look at what else is happening during the winter, we realize the germ count is no higher than the rest of the year. We have let our immune systems get run down. During the holidays we work too hard, rush too much, worry too much, eat too much, drink too much, and ignore what our bodies need to stay healthy. Increasing carbohydrate intake causes an increase in white blood cells which causes fever and decrease in appetite. It feels like the flu, but it is not the flu. It is a reaction to over indulging. After the holidays are over we are exhausted. Lack of exercise doesn’t help either. December is the most stressful month of the year and our culture has made it something of a phenomenon. Each year we try to do more. We try to outdo each other. It is overwhelming to the body. For a better winter season, try to maintain a healthy balance with your activities and keep your regular chiropractic appointment.

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