How To Fight Off Year-round Viruses | Remington Chiropractic News
One of the things I enjoy most about being a Doctor of Chiropractic is that I have the opportunity to get to know you, and often, your families. We look forward to seeing our “regulars” who choose to come in for for wellness care, and those who come in “as needed,” often with an interesting story to tell! We enjoy hearing about the activities that got you into trouble and those you want to be able to return to. And we enjoy watching your families and children grow. Whenever Chiropractic students come to my office to observe, they tell me, “You have the nicest patients!” Indeed I do! Thank you for entrusting us with your Chiropractic care and allowing us to be a part of your lives.
Dr. Pamela Wells
Affordable Family Care
Children's bodies are naturally resilient but even they need Chiropractic care at times. We want to encourage the whole family to get the care they need with our free Kid's Check-ups and new Family Plan. Call Marcia for details. Need a Health Expert?
Dr. Wells is available to lead exercise classes and speak on a variety of topics at local companies, church and civic groups. Call to schedule your group.
A Gift of Life
Are you looking for a way to really make a difference? Your donation of blood can save a life. It’s so easy to do and you get treated to juice and cookies afterward! Stanford Blood Center has mobile units that will likely be in your neighborhood soon. Find out more at http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu.
The 100 Year Lifestyle
In a Discover magazine article, scientists concluded that a child born today has the potential to live to 150 years, possibly longer. In fact, today more and more people are reaching the ends of their natural life spans.
How you spend your later years is largely up to you. Many health conditions that we take for granted (hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s) are not a normal part of aging elsewhere. They are largely brought on by our lifestyle…our choices.
If you knew you would live to be 100, how would you change your life? That is the question posed by Dr. Eric Plasker in his best-selling book, The 100 Year Lifestyle. In May 2009, Dr. Wells began a 50 hour certification program by the same name. The program, sponsored by the California Chiropractic Association, includes classes to help Doctors of Chiropractic support healthy aging in their patients and address the healthcare needs of people at all stages of life.
So, what kind of lifestyle choices are you going to make? Look for our healthy lifestyle tips and insights in future newsletters and feel free to ask questions at your appointments. Dr. Wells wants to be your wellness expert.
Fight Off Year-round Viruses
The flu, especially the Swine Flu has received a lot of media attention. Yet, most of us remember being sick with the flu more than once in our lives. Yes, it was miserable, but we weren’t particularly scared. Both the common cold and the flu (influenza) are caused by viruses that affect the respiratory system. They both cause congestion and coughing, but the flu may also cause fever, body aches, chills and extreme fatigue. Serious illness and death, while rare, occurs from complications of the flu such as pneumonia and dehydration, and from aggravation to existing conditions such as asthma.
Antibiotics have no effect on viruses, and most over-the-counter medications are not recommended for children. According to the CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases, Anne Schuchat, in the September 8, 2009 Wall Street Journal, “Most people just need “mom’s chicken soup, rest and lots of fluids.”
Vaccines for the flu are available, but their benefit is questionable. A recent article published in the Lancet medical journal suggests that the flu vaccine is having little or no effect on the number of elderly people developing pneumonia each year. And since flu viruses mutate constantly (the Swine Flu is one such mutation), it is very difficult to include the right strains in the vaccine.
You can bolster your body’s natural defenses by following some of the tips below.
* Get a good night’s sleep. This is crucial for the production of essential hormones. * Manage stress. * Wash hands with old fashioned soap and water. Our skin covered with good bacteria…part of a complex defense system. Hand sanitizers kill 100% of the bacteria on your skin…good and bad. * Avoid too much processed comfort food (refined flour, sugar, fat) and add probiotics to enhance your immune function from the inside. * Add garlic to your diet. It is naturally anti-bacterial and antiviral. * Get regular chiropractic adjustments. Your nervous system directly controls your immune system and Chiropractic care will help your body maximize its immune system response.