Dr. Erika Eckman DC

What To Do About The Flu and Other Viruses

Immunity is what we count on to ward off foreign organisms from taking hold and wreaking havoc in our body. Life-long immunity develops over time; as we are exposed naturally our body develops warrior like defenses to keep us from getting sick.

Flu shots by-pass this natural process, putting foreign viruses beyond our bodies natural intelligence mechanisms. This creates a systemic immune response that does not last. An example of long-lasting immunity can be found in the natural history of chicken pocks. The best way to never get chicken pocks as an adult is to get it as a child. This educates the developing immunity for long-lasting protection from the virus.

If the body becomes weakened due to poor diet, an over abundance of processed foods, high mental emotional stress, a lack of exercise, or subluxation complexes that inhibit the normal communication with the brain and the body through the nervous system, a person who is exposed to the chicken pocks virus may develop shingles, a more serious and painful manifestation of the virus. Our immunity is directly tied to the health of our bodies, not the absence or presence of a vaccine.

In his book Quantum Healing, Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD, cites a study where the influenza virus was isolated and implanted directly onto the mucous membranes of subjects, and only 12% of them got the flu! Flu shots put virus directly into the bloodstream, this is not how we are designed to respond to foreign invaders. This is why many people can actually get the flu directly after the shot or develop it later, when they otherwise would not have manifested the virus!

During the 1976 swine-flu scare more than 500 people developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) after receiving the swine flu (H1N1) vaccine, and an additional 300 reports were made citing injury from the vaccine. This is something we should take into consideration with what is happening now with Ebola.

According to the Department of Justice, the flu vaccine is the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S. based on settled cases for vaccine injuries! A weak body is more susceptible to harboring a virus than one with strong defenses. Lets stop thinking of ourselves as victims of scary germs and become proactive by strengthening bodies!

Did you know that 80% of your immune defense resides in your gastrointestinal tract? This makes what you put down the hatch a super big deal when you are around reservoirs of virus. Grains, dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol are all acidic, pro-inflammatory in nature, deplete the body of nutrients and dampen the immune system. Hydration is not only important for energy, because over 75% of our bodies are water, but also aids in eliminating toxins! Drinking at least half of your body weight in oz. per day is essential!

Including 2-3 cups of organic fruits and vegetables per meal is the best way to get the nutrients your body needs to function and fight at its best. Also, remember to include healthy fats and protein. Zinc which is key to immune function, is a mineral that is needed in over 100 different cellular processes. Vitamin C, you may have heard of it, also strengthens the immunity. Add this one to your regimen as well! Make sure you are getting quality supplements from a physician and not off the shelves of your local corner store. This may be the difference between getting nutrition from “an entire egg versus an egg-shell!” Also, during the fall and winter seasons we get progressively less sun exposure and therefore less vitamin D which is nature’s immune booster. Studies have shown there is a link between low vitamin D levels and colds, the flu and respiratory infections. If you do not go uncovered to the beach weekly, supplement with vitamin D!

Chiropractic adjustments restore optimal function to the nervous system, which controls all other body systems. Even if you have no pain in your back or neck you may still have a subluxation that needs to be corrected. When your brain can talk with your body in high-definition (subluxation free) instead of through white noise (subluxation) disease is resisted! Keeping your body in great shape structurally and athletically is necessary to resist infection.

If you do get the flu vaccine, please do not depend on it alone to keep you from getting the flu. Only certain strains of the flu virus are manufactured and you could still get the flu if you come into contact with another strain of the virus. Be pro-active and strengthen your body first!

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