Health report, April 21st, 2014.

We hear the question in the office:
"What is the difference between vaccination and immunization? Aren't they the same thing?" The terms immunization and vaccination are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two.

Webster's dictionary defines vaccination as "the introduction into humans or domestic animals of microorganisms that have previously been treated to make them harmless for the purpose of inducing the development of immunity". Immunization is defined as "the fact or process of becoming immune, as against a disease". Whether you're stomping through the showers in your bare feet after gym class or touching the bathroom doorknob, you're being exposed to bacteria. Fortunately for most of us, the immune system is constantly on call to do battle with bugs that could put us out of commission. The immune system, which is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs, defends people against bacteria and other microorganisms every day. In most cases, the immune system does a great job of keeping people healthy and preventing infections.

Some people never seem to get sick while others seem to be sick all the time. Adults and teens tend to get fewer colds than kids — their bodies have learned to recognize and immediately attack many of the viruses. We can also help boost the immune system by getting regular adjustments, especially before and after an immune system assault such as vaccinations. There have been numerous studies showing the many benefits of regular adjustments. The nervous system and immune system are hardwired and work together to create optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. We want to help as many people as possible to live a happy, healthy life. Let us help your body, and that of a friend, be the healthiest that it can be because that is a part of our purpose!

Have you had a chance to join us for our Ganoderma class? No....? Well, if that is the case we happen to have a few openings for our next two classes in May! May 1st and May 15th at 7pm we would love to have you join us to learn all about the benefits of Ganoderma and how it could possibly help you. We will be providing dinner and samples of our Organo Gold coffees and teas. Space is limited. So, give Wendy a call at 964-9114 or tells us the next time you are in the office that you will be joining us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our next home healthcare class will be held on Tuesday, May 13th, at 6:30pm. We will be talking about trigger points and how they affect your life, how they reduce your stress, and how to treat them at home and at work with a little help from a friend and family member. We know that many people are interested in joining the class, and seats are limited. Let us know as soon as possible that you will be attending and how many you will be bring with you. It is here at the office and we will be providing dinner so that you have one less thing to worry about. We will save you a seat!

“Optimal functioning of the immune system, it turns out, is dependent upon feeling good.” ― Marcey Shapiro, Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well-Being

Volume 11 - Issue 136

One of the many benefits of Chiropractic care is that it can provide excellent benefits
toward fighting against and warding off the flu. Spinal adjustments provided by chiropractors have an excellent track record in increasing the immune function of the body and helping it to stay healthy – especially during cold and flu season.

The reason for this success is because Chiropractic works to increase the function of the
immune system. It does so by correcting spinal abnormalities known as subluxations (minor
dislocations of the vertebra). These subluxations are known to cause interference with the
proper function of the nervous system by placing undue pressure on the nerves themselves.

As the nervous system controls all bodily functions, including those of the immune system,
Chiropractic adjustments go a long way toward contributing to overall health and wellness.
The interaction between the nervous and immune systems has been shown to be positively affected by Chiropractic adjustment. “Through research, we know that Chiropractic
has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins (a naturally occurring antibody), B-lymphocytes(these are the white blood cells), pulmonary (of the lungs) function and other immune system processes,” said Dr. Matthew McCoy, who serves as the editor of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

One such study tested the response of white blood cells as important infection fighters. When Chiropractic manipulation was applied to the middle of the back, it was found that white blood cells were present in significantly higher number than prior to the adjustment. What this study demonstrated was that the adjustment provided an “enhanced respiratory burst” that helped immune cells to destroy invading viruses and bacteria. In so doing, they provided greater resistance toward the invasion of the flu virus.

Another large study examined the overall improvement of people who had experienced Chiropractic care. A wide variety of benefits ensued, showing between 7 and 28 percent improvements to people suffering from spinal discomfort, fatigue, incidence of colds and flu, headaches, allergies and physical pains. Specifically of interest to cold and flu sufferers is that a 15% reduction in colds and flu was achieved by this group of 2,818 individuals who received regular Chiropractic care.

In addition to providing needed adjustments, chiropractors are concerned with the total well-being of the individual and educate their patients toward positive health and lifestyle practices. Getting ample rest, drinking adequate water, exercising regularly, choosing a proper diet and correctly using multivitamins and minerals are essential to staying resistant to colds and flu.

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