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  • What can I do for the Cold and Flu Season?

  • What can I do for the Cold and Flu Season? This is an important and often asked question. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Clinical Nutritionist and educator I am frequently asked, in my Mesa AZ chiropractic office and in the classroom of ways we can avoid getting sick. Doctors and chiropractors all over the United States are gearing up for the season. Like most viruses, the Swine Flu caught most Doctors and experts off guard last year. Last year there was not enough vaccine to go around. Yet we discovered later that that was not a problem. But this year, the Government and national drug store chains are touting the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine as readily available. This year there is plenty of vaccine available for last year’s H1N1. Hum! Does that make sense?

    As your chiropractor, I felt it important to share my thoughts and feelings regarding the Swine Flu and its vaccine. So, when you ask yourself  “What can I do for the Cold and Flu Season?” it is my hope this post will be of some value to you.

    As I am sure you have heard by now, the Swine Flu, which originated in Mexico, has spread across the entire United States. This was a very aggressive influenza virus that spread rapidly as it was highly contagious. However, this year’s strain will most likely be a variant or mutant of last year’s as most viruses naturally mutate frequently. This means that the vaccine may or not be helpful.

    Last year there were some who did require hospitalization and sadly, the most susceptible among us experienced death. However, that number was statistically small and not much different than the ordinary winter flu. The Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Homeland Security planned for a serious pandemic that could potentially wipe out millions. Gratefully, the high death tolls never happened.

    I was taught in high school, college and chiropractic school history, as it pertains to diseases and the masses. Throughout the course of history, there have been numerous incidences of serious, even fatal outbreaks of disease. Some have been nothing more than a “scare”. Many of you can remember the fear of the Swine Flu a few decades ago that never materialized. There was the bird and pig flu too. The H1N1 and its possible variant has caused many to suffer and a few to die.

    As I have research this subject a lot I have personally chosen to avoid receiving and recommending this vaccine to most of my chiropractic patients for a number of reasons.

    I tell my chiropractic patients and students that there is absolutely no reason to over react; to this or any potential flu outbreak. In fact, you should just use some basic wisdom and common sense to help keep your family and yourself safe and to minimize the effect of this or any illness. Here are but a few things to remember when asking “what can I do for the Cold and Flu Season?”.

    Wash your hands frequently. Avoid people who are regularly coughing or sneezing, or that may complain of fever of generalized achiness. If you get sick, stay at home. If you become ill and absolutely must go out, use a surgical mask. This will protect you from becoming infected with another illness due to your own compromised immune system and equally important, it will help minimize the spread of the illness you may carry. Drink plenty of water! I cannot over state this point. Avoid stress and get plenty of sleep.

    But most importantly, boost your body’s own ability to fight infection in advance. I am recommending the following for my chiropractic patients, family and myself:

    1.      Epimune – 1-2 tablets per 100lbs. twice daily

    2.      Congaplex – 1-2 capsules per 100lbs. twice daily

    3.      Echinacea-C – 1 tablet per 100lbs. twice daily

    My Mesa AZ chiropractic clinic has ordered extra of these supplies for the Cold and Flu season. Tell your friends that they can purchase these as well without being chiropractic patients of mine.

    As your chiropractor, I trust you know that it is not my intent to frighten anyone. Because I believe in preparation and prevention it is my desire to pass along my personal insights.

    Preparation and prevention is the best medicine.

    Dr. Mark E. Lee is a Mesa AZ chiropractor, clinical nutritionist and educator. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him at his email address: drlee@drmlee.com, on line at this link or call 480-644-0644.

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