The S Word & Your Immune System

seasonal allergies

Change of seasons can be a challenging time for your immune system. Millions of Americans struggle and end up sick, red eyed and non-productive and then struggle through the season with the flu, colds, allergies, sinus problems and other nagging immune related conditions that just don't seem to go away. 

Pharmaceutical companies know this and profit big time, while you suffer - physically and financially. It's estimated that allergies alone, not including the other list of immune related conditions, costs the US $7.9 billion annually. All that money goes to merely covering symptoms as opposed to correcting the cause of your immune system breakdown, and so the cycle repeats itself every year, year after year. Unfortunately the cost of covering those symptoms has been shown to cost more than just dollars and cents. Fever reducing medications, antibiotics and antimicrobial products have all had an unexpected negative effect on our immune system function, and have lead to resistant microbes, more infections and even suggested that they lead to greater transmission of infections. In addition, fever reducing agents have been found to not only slow down the recovery process but also inhibit the production of important immune substances in the body that have known cancerous cell killing abilities. So instead of using drugs and medications, we have seen more and more people turning to the use of natural supplements and products to address symptoms - and the pharmaceutical companies have taken note. More and more pharmaceutical companies are buying up natural supplement companies. The problem is not only are there concerns over the supplements being contaminated with drugs, but it is still only treating symptoms. 

Symptoms are effects, not the cause of your sickness. As long as you continue to treat symptoms, whether with a drug or natural supplement you'll unfortunately always be chasing health, being re-active and always treating disease.

That's the downer.

Here's the upper - you can boost and support your immune system on a daily basis so that you don't get sick. Yes, being proactive can keep you from getting sick, and if you do find yourself under the weather once in a while, this proactive way of life, can have you rebounding quicker and with added benefit.

One of the keys to taking control of  your immune system function, is to understand what breaks it down. It's a six lettered S word...
 

stress and immune function

Stress.

Did you know that the stressors you face on a daily basis, and how you adapt or don't adapt to them and the associated stress hormones have been linked through numerous studies directly to a host of diseases including but not limited to cancer, glaucoma, bi-polar disorder, type I & type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, osteoarthritis, excessive body weight, hypertension, asthma, immune system function. (“Autonomic and Autocoid Pharmacology” 2009)

How prevalent is sickness and stress? It is estimated that over 90% of all Dr’s visits are due to stress. That should come as no surprise once you understand that stress is behind the majority of diseases that are plaguing and killing us – silently.  A better understanding suggests that although it leads to sickness, disease and even early death, we also can’t live without this 6 lettered word. No amount of medication will change this, in fact just the opposite; it may actually worsen the effects of stress. So, how can you stop it from affecting you and your families immune function and health?

There are many different things that you can integrate into your daily life, some of which you may already do (or actually be over doing) that can support your bullet proof immune system. A change in seasons shouldn't knock you out of the game.

In the next post, I'll start to uncover timeless wisdom and cutting edge research that teaches us what and how we can Bulletproof our immune systems and be the Superhumans we were designed to be.

In the meanwhile, you can resister for Bulletproof Immune Function hosted by Sevananda Natural Food Market on Saturday, March 21st at 12pm. You can register at the store, or by emailing info@reconnectchiropractic.com. All attendees will receive a $10 gift card with your ticket ($10). 

For the past ten years, without fail, I have gotten allergic bronchitis in September and March, but this March?! NO BRONCHITIS. In fact, I haven’t even gotten sick once since coming to Dr. Chris. This time last year, I was on FOUR different allergy medications; this year, I’m on one, and I don’t have to take it everyday.

Learn what she did. It could change your life.