Flu season is upon us, and we are inundated with reminders, advice, and advertisements advising us to “Remember your Flu Shot”. In fact, I have been reading about healthcare workers who must submit to mandatory flu shots or lose their jobs (link). Protection from influenza is an important topic. As adults responsible for the care of ourselves and our families, we want protection from the hazards of influenza. But, the question remains: What is the best way to do this?
A scientific study published in The Lancet reveals that influenza vaccines only prevent influenza in 1.5 out of every 100 adults who are injected with the flu vaccine (study link). And the risks are great. Serious reactions to the flu vaccine include, but are not limited to:
· Life-threatening allergies to various ingredients
· Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a severe paralytic disease that is fatal in about 1 in 20 cases)
· Encephalitis (brain inflammation)
· Neurological disorders
· Thrombocytopenia (a serious blood disorder)
So, what is the alternative? A healthy immune system is strong and can often prevent influenza from being overcome by influenza. In fact, Vitamin D3 has proven far better than vaccines at preventing influenza infections. (study link)
Thankfully, our patients are Besso Clinic of Chiropractic are on the right track. Our gentle chiropractic technique aims to bring the spine into proper alignment, especially in the area of the upper cervical vertebrae. When this proper alignment is achieved, the nerves are able to properly communicate with each other. And since the nervous system controls all functions of the body- including the immune system- Chiropractic care can improve immune system function.
Of course, getting plenty of Vitamin D, eating right including avoiding sugar, regular exercise, getting adequate sleep, and avoiding stress are also important. Try to incorporate these into your life during this season, and make time to visit Besso Clinic- and stay healthy through this flu season.