Well, we are about to be freed from our isolation, and, like most things, it has positive and negative effects.
In reality, all of us will be or already have been exposed to the virus.
The important thing is to keep ourselves and our family’s immune systems as strong as possible.
Research studies are showing that the people hardest hit have decreased immune function and a multitude of co-morbidities.
So what steps can we take to get healthy and stay healthy and boost your immune system?
Keep your Vitamin D3 levels optimal.
Three studies coming across my desk show that the patients hardest-hit have low Vitamin D levels. I am taking 5,000 IUs/day until I can get out in the sun. Once we are able to be outside daily with some skin exposed then your dosage of vitamin D3 can be decreased. That also means without getting some sun without sunblock. Sunblock does what it says blocking our absorption of the sun’s rays. Don’t get a sunburn but do get some sun.
Most of you don’t know this, but during the 1918 flu, chiropractic patients had much much higher survival rates than medical patients. That is what caused most states to license chiropractors! From an article on https://getwellnj.com/immunity/:
During that 1918 flu, researchers in Davenport, Iowa found that out of the 93,590 patients treated by medical doctors, there were 6,116 deaths — a loss of one patient out of every 15. Chiropractors at the Palmer School of Chiropractic adjusted 1,635 cases, with only one death. Outside Davenport, chiropractors in Iowa cared for 4,735 cases with only six deaths — one out of 866. During the same epidemic, in Oklahoma, out of 3,490 flu patients under chiropractic care, there were only seven deaths. Furthermore, chiropractors were called in 233 cases given up as lost after medical treatment and reportedly saved all but 25. In another report covering 4,193 cases by 213 chiropractors, 4,104 showed complete recovery.3,4,5 These results are part of the proven, critical link between the body’s central nervous system and the immune system.Every chiropractic adjustment helps boost the production of your immune cells.
Get a good night’s sleep.
Many of you have thrown off your waking times due to working at home. Do your very best to get back to a regular schedule.
Watch your sugar and alcohol intake.
Both sugar and alcohol depress immune function. Eat and drink healthy foods and liquids!
Stop watching the news and turn off social media.
Fear sells. Unfortunately fear raises our cortisol and adrenalin levels which both depress immune function.
Take a walk, enjoy your garden, ride your bike, read a book, hug your kids, pet your dog.
The very best thing you can do to fight off this virus (or any virus) is to keep our immune system healthy!
Come on in, we are keeping it safe and clean and we’re here to help!
Dr. Julia Keiser