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Boosting Your Immune System with Chiropractic

Boosting Your Immune System with Chiropractic Care:
What you should know about your Amazing Immune System

Would you like to take the wisdom of your body to the next level?  Would you like to live knowing that you can trust your body to properly respond to the stress of the next flu season, or to future “allergy” seasons?  Does it make sense to free your body to be full of health so you can rely more on the strength of your own immune system to keep you healthy?  Then  you don’t feel you have to resort to medication and  wonder what the side effects - short term or long term - will be for you or your children? Do you want to teach your kids how to be stronger than germs, so they can grow up learning about and trusting the power of their body to heal, grow, and be well?

Hey there, I am Dr. Norm - Helping people improve their health and their immune systems is the passion in my life.  Many people are needlessly living in a disempowered state where they feel victim to a weakened immune system, allergies or germs.  There is another way.  There are natural solutions to help you rebuild and restore this most amazing part of you.  I hope you enjoy re-discovering your amazing immune system, your ability to be stronger than you have been told, and that you recognize the amazing power you have to be well in the world of bacteria and viruses.  Following the end of the article you will find a top ten list of immune boosters. 
Inside of you are an astonishing 70,000,000,000,000 (Seventy Trillion) cells all living in perfect order and harmony.  You are a living community of cells.  Wait, there is more.  Inside you there are an additional 700,000,000,000,000 (Seven Hundred Trillion) viruses and bacteria.  Wow! You are not only a living community but you are a living ecosystem!  

99.9% of bacteria and viruses are good or do no harm, which means that only 0.1% are harmful.  Have we ever been focused on a select minority!  These good bacteria and viruses do many important things that help to keep us alive; in fact you wouldn’t be here without them.  They help us to digest our food, they release vitamins and nutrients, they help to digest old diseased tissue (like garburators), and they take up residence so the really bad bacteria and viruses don’t overtake us. (like planting a crop to crowd out the weeds).

“Sterility is the property of dead things”.     
~Dr. Norm Detillieux

Every immune system has the same function, in this case I will specify “me” and “mine” to stay consistent in language.  My immune system has two primary jobs to carry out.  The first job is to determine who I am and who I am not; a state of the art, ecosystem surveillance.   The second part of the immune system’s job is to determine whether or not what is “not me” is good (or at least harmless) or if it is bad (threatening).  Just imagine how sophisticated our bodies are for this to happen all day long, with all 700,000,000,000,000 good germs inside you leaving your healthy cells alone, and focusing on only the small bunch that truly needs to be eliminated.  Your immune system has been evolving since the beginning of time; it is encoded in your DNA.  It learns and grows each and every time you come in contact with a new germ (via a natural, T-cell dominated response), and is passed down from mother to child through her blood and her milk.  Wow, how amazing you are!   Imagine what this means to staying healthy as an adult; growing up in a world that takes your strengths and maximizes them, and increasing your self reliance when it comes to flu, colds and everyday germs.

Your immune system is on a delicate balance, controlled by your nerve system.  If the immune system is functioning too little, meaning that it doesn’t respond enough, this leaves you more likely to develop colds and flus and even more vulnerable to serious infections.  It is also important to remember that the body’s first line of defense against cancer is the immune system. 

Did you know that when you have a fever the world’s most powerful cancer fighting chemical, interleukin 2 is released naturally from your body!

All of us have cancer cells inside of us.  The difference between those people who develop a serious cancer and those who are able to destroy the cancering cells early depends on how well the immune system is working.  On the other hand, if the immune system is over-functioning, meaning that it is responding too much, this leads to things like asthma and allergies where a tiny dust particle can cause a giant reaction in the body. This uses a large amount of energy, causes symptoms and can lead to exhausting the immune system down the road. Another concern for an immune system functioning too much is auto-immune diseases, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.  This happens when the immune system is so hot wired it actually starts to see itself as being foreign and mounts an all-out immune system attack on itself!   

Your nerve system is the connection between your inner and outer environment. Having a balanced nerve system is key to keeping communications clear and your immune system functioning optimally.

The core access point to balancing your immune system is gained by balancing your nerve system.   Research is now demonstrating the intimate link between the immune system and the nerve system as the nerves are the messengers between the brain and the immune system via tiny neuropeptides.   Chiropractors are doctors who specialize in balancing your nerve system.  In my office I have seen many people’s immune systems improve through chiropractic care.  One man, who had allergies for the previous twenty years, was so excited to spend a spring without ‘hachoooing’ during this year’s rag weed season!  Research shows that those under regular chiropractic care have up to 200% BETTER IMMUNE FUNCTION THAN THOSE WHO DO NOT GET ADJUSTED.  Chiropractic adjustments coupled with a healthy lifestyle in accordance with your body’s needs is your best course of action in taking proactive steps to build your immune system naturally. And it ain’t rocket science – you really can do this! 

If you want to build your immune system to the next level I can assist you and your family in your desire and quest for a naturally adaptive, strong immune system.  If you would like further information, or to begin your chiropractic journey with us, please give our office a call at 250 740 0333, mention that you want to improve your immune system and you will receive $40 off your initial visit (offer expires August 31, 2010)  or you can visit our website at for more information.   Until next time, be well and know that you can live in the world in harmony with bugs the way nature intended you to live.

Dr. Norm Detillieux

Immune Boosters Top 10:

1.  LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Your body will warn you with subtle signs when your immune system is fighting something off.  Most early signs are behavioural (especially in children) like being more tired than usual, feeling inexplicably cranky, appetite changes, etc.  Pay attention and increase the preventative measures listed below.

2.  Keep stress in check. Slow down your pace when needed.  Try going to bed earlier and take an epsom salt bath.  Chronic stress directly decreases the strength of your immune system.  If you are under a lot of stress, you MUST take extra efforts to boost your system.

3.  Get exercise & fresh air daily (20 minutes minimum).  Movement keeps the lymphatic system flowing, which is responsible for clearing out the “garbage” (dirt/germs) your immune system is dumping to keep you healthy.

4.  Eat healthy whole foods.  Start by increasing your fresh, in-season local produce.  Add foods that have natural decongestant, anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties to your daily food or in teas (onions, garlic, ginger & honey are the best time-proven natural cold & flu fighters)

5.  Minimize sugar, caffeine, preservatives & food additives.  All of these decrease the effectiveness of your immune systemDid you know that 1 teaspoon of sugar can shut your immune system down for 8 hours?! It is especially important to cut these out when symptoms are beginning to surface.

6.  Take high quality supplements:  Take the time to buy directly from a health care provider or health store, as many “drugstore” vitamin brands are less potent, and contain many fillers.  The list below is important for everyone at all times of the year.  Breastfed Infants can take an infant-formula probiotic and they will receive the benefits from their mother when she takes the following three supplements:  
a)    A Multivitamin / multi-mineral combination
b)    Essential fatty acids (omega 3,6,9)
c)     Probiotics/acidophilus

7.  Drink purified water daily.  Dehydration decreases the immune response, and limits your body’s ability to flush out any toxins.

8. Choose natural approaches before medications (especially suppressants) when possible.  The easiest step is to notice the early signs and nip symptoms in the bud.  ALL symptoms in a healthy body are working to keep you healthy.  A fever is your body’s means of raising the temperature to “cook off” bacteria and viruses and keep them from multiplying.  Coughs, sneezes, diarrhea and runny noses are all ways your body eliminates bacteria and viruses.  Look first to boost your body through food & teas, and then consider herbal or homeopathic remedies with some guidance from a knowledgeable health care provider.

9.  Establish a healthy sleep routine.  When your body says to rest, LISTEN to it.  Sleep is when your body restores itself and does most of its healing.

10. Get adjusted by your chiropractor.  Remember that the purpose of an adjustment is to open up communication between your brain and your body – this is ALWAYS necessary for optimal function in every system of your body, including your immune system.  Adjustments stimulate immune responses for quicker, more efficient healing.   To utilize chiropractic to strengthen your immune system, you should be adjusted on a regular basis for general health, at the first signs of a cold or flu and once symptoms have started to help your body’s immune system work more efficiently.