Colds, Flu, Covid and Vitamin D. Covid-19 Update, Pregnancy Prenatal Info

As the seasons change and the weather turns from warm to colder, the days get shorter with less health boosting sunshine.  In a pre-emptive strike on the cold and flu season (and more importantly, the Covid-19 virus), now is the time to pay attention to your body’s immune system needs.  It is time to pay attention to what is needed to enhance the way your immune system responds to the colder environment and the different viruses that will be floating around this winter.  As you are aware, there is a flu season.  The flu season is in the winter time.  Winter is the season when are bodies have less exposure to sunshine.  Sunshine is nature’s health tonic.  Sunshine creates vitamin D3 in our body.  Vitamin D enhances immune system function, which in turn allows the body to better handle germs and viruses, keeping us healthy.  In addition, and off topic, vitamin D3 has also been shown to help prevent cancers (another topic for another day).  Less sun exposure to our bodies results in a less than optimal functioning immune system.  That is why in the summer time there is less sickness and almost zero flu cases.  Our bodies, in the summer, have higher levels of vitamin D3 and more efficient immune systems.  That being said, when the seasons turn, it is important to supplement the body with vitamin D3.  Multiple new research papers have recently been published showing the correlation to low vitamin D3 levels and severe cases of Covid-19.  Recommended doses for optimal health are 35 units per pound of body weight.  For instance, it is common for a person to take anywhere from 4000-8000 units per day based on body weight.  To help your body to be healthier, it is very important to pay attention to daily diet and nervous system function.  Diets made up of processed foods (foods from boxes, bags or cans) have been shown to lower immune system function and lead to illness.  Sugar is toxic to the immune system and lowers resistance to diseases, such as the flu and 24 hr viruses (also, off topic, cancer cells feed, thrive and grow on diets with sugar).  As far as the nervous system goes, the nervous system controls the function of the immune system.  Therefore, impeded or disrupted nerve flow from the spine can decrease the function of the immune system.  Restoring the proper flow of the nervous system, via chiropractic spinal adjustments is a very viable way of keeping the immune system functioning at a higher level, helping the body to be healthier and helping to prevent colds and the flu.  The 3 most important things you can do to keep your body healthier this flu season are supplementing the diet with Vitamin D3, eliminating processed foods and sugar from the diet and receiving regular chiropractic adjustments from your chiropractor.

Thought for the Week:  An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so does vitamin D3 and your chiropractor.

Chiropractic Thought for the Week:  Here is the science.  Research shows that chiropractic care increases the rate at which the body’s DNA repairs itself.  This is an important marker for immune system health.  In addition, science shows that when the middle back is adjusted there is an immediate increase in white blood cells.  White blood cells are the infection fighting, immune system blood cells.  Lastly, in blood serum lab testing, chiropractic patients are shown to have higher levels of resistance enzymes.  The higher the level of these enzymes, the better your immune system functions and the healthier you are. 

Pregnancy / Prenatal Chiropractic Care Info:  Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. It includes your checkups and prenatal testing. Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. It lets your health care provider spot health problems early. Prenatal chiropractic care is important as pelvic alignment is vitally important to a less painful birthing delivery. As well as ensuring a proper nerve impulse flow to the reproductive organs and the baby helping to support a healthy pregnancy.

Covid-19 Update:  In the latest from Toxicology Reports , 9/14/21 A team of scientists from five countries including the U.S. is questioning the push to give children the COVID-19 vaccines, especially since the risks of death for children from COVID are “negligible.”  According to the study authors, the elderly are at the highest risk for severe cases and death. The vast majority of children who contract Covid-19 have mild cases. Since the vaccine has not been studied properly in children and there is no long term data, the scientists referenced in the report state, “where is the data to justify inoculation of children?”  In my experience with Covid-19, when my daughter contracted the virus, the doctor told us not to worry that the vast majority of people in our area who have had the virus, have had mild cases.  In addition, two weeks after contracting the virus, the board of health called to ask about my daughter’s condition and symptoms (which was mild) and told me that he makes these calls to patients every day and the majority of people (not just kids) have mild cases of Covid-19.  As the New York Times pointed out in an article published last week, “studies have shown that unvaccinated children who contract the coronavirus tend not to get seriously ill, leading some parents to wonder whether the potential risks of a new vaccine outweigh the benefits.”  A doctor on NBC nightly news this week, promoting the childhood vaccine for all children stated that “The vast majority of children are not severely affected by Covid-19 and only have mild symptoms. It is the children who have underlying health conditions and or are overweight by 30 or more pounds who have severe cases and end up in the hospital.”  He went on to say that the vaccine was developed for these children with health conditions (which contradicted his opening statement that said all children should get vaccinated.) SMH.

Atlantic County, NJ and Covid-19:  Atlantic County has 1,510 new cases of Covid-19 over the last two week period, down from 1,633 cases the prior 2 weeks. Our 7 day average cases reported per day is 95 cases per day, down from 115. Atlantic County has had 14 deaths in the last two week period, up from 13 the prior two week period.    On 9/26/2021, there were a total of 980 people admitted in all of New Jersey’s hospitals for care of Covid-19 infections, down from 1,068 a week ago.  In the USA, 392 million doses of the vaccine have been given out.  184 million people are fully vaccinated. 43.5 million people have contracted the Covid-19 virus in the USA.

Vaccine Informed Consent Information:   Informed consent means that the person to be vaccinated has to be informed about all the risks, the risk benefit ratios, the potential dangers and what is known about side effects. For example, informed consent takes place in all drug advertising.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded one-year supplemental grants totaling $1.67 million to five institutions to explore potential links between COVID vaccines and menstrual changes, after thousands of women reported menstrual irregularities after vaccination. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System data released 9/17/21 by the CDC showed a total of 726,000 reports of adverse reactions from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 15, 386 deaths. Serious injuries reported in this time period totaled 99,410 between Dec. 14, 2020 and September 17, 2021. According to the CDC, as of September 17th 2021,   This week’s data for 12- to 17-year-olds show 20,238 total adverse events, including 1,213 rated as serious and 21 reported deaths among 12- to 17-year-olds.  3,058 cases of anaphylaxis, 502 reports of myocarditis and 108 reports of blood clotting disorders in the 12-17 year old age group. This week’s data for pregnancy /prenatal vaccination shows pregnant women had 3,726 adverse events reported including 1,099 reports of miscarriage or premature birth.  VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database contains information on unverified reports of adverse events following immunization. Reports are accepted from anyone and can be submitted electronically.

Author
Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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