Sustaining Your Immune System Through The Winter

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Sustaining Your Immune System Through The Winter

Sustaining your immune system is imperative every part of the year.  There just so happens to be a big push and advertisement swing during the winter months in the northern hemisphere for several reasons.  The first reason is the most obvious yet often blurred due to the fact that buying the latest and greatest immune system “boosters” is a money maker.  Are people really trying to help you “boost” your immune system with the latest and greatest? Remember capitalism is the name of the game. Instead of the latest and greatest ways to boost your immune system, stick with what works and has worked for very  long long long long (you get my drift) period of time.

Who Do You Trust

Take, for instance, something off the shelf. Do you read labels of these claims, that your immune system will become “75% better after consumption”, and yet it’s  sold at the local gas station? Do you trust that everything is safe because it wouldn’t be sold if it wasn’t? This responsibility of making sure something is safe to consume comes down to the hands of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  According to the 2003 report of the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, a survey of CDER reviewers revealed that 66% lacked confidence in the FDA’s safety monitoring of marketed prescription drugs, and 18% had felt pressure to approve a drug despite reservations about its quality, efficacy, or safety.

David Graham, Associate Director of the FDA’s Office of Drug Safety stated, “The FDA is inherently biased in favor of the pharmaceutical industry. It views industry as its client, whose interests it must represent, it views its primary mission as approving as many drugs as it can regardless of whether the drugs are safe or needed.”, recorded in an interview that appeared in Fraud Magazine (September/October 2005 issue).

Normam Shealy, MD, PhD, International Institute of Holistic Medicine, MO:  “Interestingly, the ‘PharmacoMafia’ has to find evidence of only 5% above average placebo of 35% to claim a drug is ‘effective.’  No drug is 100% effective and virtually all produce complications called side effects. The bottom line is: What does effective mean? What does evidence – or science – based mean?”

You’ve Got To Nourish To Flourish

You’ve got to nourish the inside of the body to take care of the outside.  Sustaining the immune system is a YEAR round project. The immune system does choose to take days off and begin functioning during the winter months.  The central nervous system plays a major role in immune function. Do whatever you can to keep your immune system working properly by removing any source of irritation and keeping your spine healthy and aligned. Nature needs no help, just no interference – B.J. Palmer.

 

It’s Actually NOT Doctor Recommended

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It’s Actually NOT Doctor Recommended

Most of us in some place and some time have heard of this tag line before “It is doctor recommended”.  Well, what is actually being recommended?  In this day and age, the newest recommendations have no ethical standards of what is being recommended, YET!  If you put the tagline “it is doctor recommended”, then automatically people think it is a good thing to do.  Speaking as a doctor and from a doctor’s perspective, here are some thoughts to consider…

We Did Not Go To Sales School

Buy this, use this, and double down on this?  Doctors did not go to school to sell you things.  There was no classroom that was solely and specially based on learning the art and craft of selling things to patients.  Be weary when things are “suggested” or “recommended” in the doctor’s office.  Why?  That is not the doctor’s responsibility.  As a doctor of chiropractic my job is to be a teacher and inform patients of what health is and what it is not; what your health needs and what it does not need and more importantly how and why it does what it does.  Health does not come in form of lotions, potions, or ‘snake-oils’ that are constantly being invented as the newest and latest health craze.

Always Be The Thinker

Think for yourself and, as my mother always taught me, always consider your source.  When considering your health and the doctor’s recommendation, consider this.  Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art of things NATURAL.  Lines become often blurred when ethical boundaries are mixed with compensation and things that are not natural.  Take for instance cigarettes.  Google the wording ‘doctors and cigarettes’ and click on images and see what pops up; comical to say the least.  You could say in that day and age they did not know any better.  Which is a false statement.  The recommendations have not changed.  Instead of the wording ‘cigarettes’, we are substituting that for pills, diets, lotions, and potions that are “safe” because they are Doctor Recommended.  Be a thinker when it comes to your health and avoid sales tactics.

Are You Doubting Your Newest Trend…Stick To What Works

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Are You Doubting Your Newest Health Trend?…Stick To What Works

The newest and latest trends will always be just that…trends!  They will only last an instance, yet they still seem to draw some people in.  Why?  Sometimes it’s easy to get sidetracked and some people are just susceptible to trying to find the easy way.  The Health Industry will always attempt to sell you the newest and latest trend.  They prey on people that are looking for the “easy way.”  It’s not like we are talking about the car industry.  In the car industry you can upgrade to a new car, downgrade to an old beat up junker, add accessories, fix it up yourself, or even better, just continue to lease and not even own it.  With your health, you own it and you only get one shot.  There is no trading, leasing, accessorizing, or upgrading.  Yet, the health industry wants you to believe it’s possible.

Create Your Health Trend Time Capsule

History is available to teach us and it’s our responsibility to learn from it.  Health trends are no different than clothing styles or the latest and greatest hair-do.  Save your Shake – It – Weight and other health claims in a time capsule and I guarantee in some way, shape or form they will reappear in the future.  The same can be said for your drugs.  Save them, they will be around in another form or a new name later on in the future.  Why?  Simple.  Pharmaceutical companies don’t create cures, they create customers.  The health industry creates the illusions of the newest and latest.

Stick To What Works

Chiropractic is not new.  Hippocrates said, “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”  This is the Chiropractic mantra due to the fact that it is the truth.  Basic, entry level physiological textbooks, whether chiropractic or medical, (they are completely the same) state that your Central Nerve System is the master system.  The CNS is housed and protected via the spinal column and skull.  A healthy spinal column entails a healthy body.  BASIC.  What else works?  Exercise and eating clean…basic fundamental lifelong principles that are hard to do.  Take the road less traveled much?