Cold & Flu Season is Coming!

It’s officially fall time… Which means winter, a.k.a “cold season” is right around the corner!!
More often than not, having a cold is seen as being “sick”. We sniff, sneeze, cough and blow our nose through the ache and seek medication such as NyQuil, DayQuil, Tylenol Cold & Flu, etc., Anything to help the misery.

Now wait… If you get a fever it’s bad, right?!! You should start alternating between acetaminophen and ibuprofen immediately! Well, what if it’s REALLY bad? You NEED antibiotics! Sorry… Even regular physicians and hospitals are on board. Antibiotics 1) do NOT help and 2) cause more harm than good.

Are we looking at the common cold wrong? Perhaps seeing the symptoms of a cold/flu as an intense state of healing as the immune system is doing what it’s supposed to do is a healthier perspective?!

Nervous about a fever? Many health care providers have long encouraged coming immediately to the emergency room at a certain temperature or starting acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Actually, a fever is a GOOD thing. You just need to work WITH the fever… Your body is doing exactly what it is supposed to do and medicating the fever only weakens the ability of the immune system to fight viruses in the future. The most important thing with a fever is hydration… Replace lost electrolytes with fluids such as coconut water.

One of the MOST important factors in a functioning immune system is a healthy ratio of bacteria in the intestines and a nervous system that is able to communicate freely with the body. Any misalignment in your spine interrupts this communication, causes inflammation and sends mixed signals both to and from your brain.

A well body depends on a healthy spine. Even if you’re seeing a chiropractor right now (which is GREAT!), don’t call and say you can’t come in because you’re “sick”. This is absolutely the time to come in and facilitate the natural healing process!!

Dr. John Bergman explaining the common cold… Dr. Bergman was one of Dr. Todd’s instructors at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, California. 🙂

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