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Turn your Immune System Dial up to 11 !!!

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Your immune system can be bulletproofed if you know these secrets to super immunity.

Most people who struggle with infections from respiratory to urinary tract to skin, are depleted and exhausted in immune function. This can happen because you were exposed somewhere along the way to an overwhelming infection and nowhere along the way in school did any teacher tell you the things that build immunity and the things that damage immunity. Our culture as a whole, prefers to wait until we are sick and then have medicine hopefully save the day with cutting edge antibiotics, immunotherapy (you can’t watch TV without seeing 3 drugs per hour, with names you can’t pronounce, for autoimmune diseases) or chemo and radiation. This is not health nor does it build health. Health is your body’s ability to adapt to the environment. Disease happens when it can’t respond or adapt.

All dis-ease states can be defined as the inability of the body to adapt. Let’s focus on adapting to a virus for today. All the media, the governors, the president and the CDC are all working on plans for yout to avoid the virus. Masks, gloves, staying away from everyone…. Let’s assume that those measures helped. The answer is not clear just yet. But let’s say it does. That’s going to work for a bit, but eventually you must leave your house. You DO have to go back to making a living. Your kids DO have to interact with others at some point. How are you going to get your body to defend itself when you can get out and about again?

You can wait for the vaccine. Vaccines “work” by the way. Many think I am anti-vax because they think they don’t work. They “work” but they are unsafe. Nobody tests, nobody measures the safety. But, let’s talk about efficacy. how well will it or could it work? In the case of a single stranded RNA virus, they kind of work. Because it’s easier for a single strand to change its makeup, any vaccine may seem to help initially, but once the virus mutates or evolves, it won’t any longer. This has been shown already with other coronaviruses. Maybe not this one, but that is a concern. The other concern is what vaccines are intended to do in the first place, “prime” the immune system. In this particular pathogen, one main mechanism of death is a hyper response by the immune system (cytokine storm) causing respiratory distress or other organ failure. An example of a vaccine for single stranded RNA virus causing even worse hyper response of the immune system is the Swine Flu vaccine. Many suffered neurological damage as the immune system was kicked into overdrive when the vaccinated came in contact with the virus. Thousands were left permanently partially paralyzed by Gullain Barre Syndrome. So, the upshot of this is waiting for a vaccine to protect us isn’t going to be a bulletproof or completely safe solution. I will not be signing up.

I WILL work on my immune system.
Dial up your immune system to 11.

  • Is that a 100% guarantee? Nope.
  • Is it safe? Yes. 100%.

It also has other benefits in addition to a concern about this particular virus. So, there does not seem to be a reasonable argument not to do these simple things I’m going to lay out for you.

Here they are in short list and I’ll explain after:

Sleep
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Probiotics
Omega 3
Nervous System

Sleep
Your nervous system goes between sympathetic and parasympathetic dominance to keep you alive. Sympathetic to dial up your skeletal muscles and blood sugar to run away from a lion. And parasympathetic dominance to procreate, growth and repair. Parasympathetic is your immune system. It is dominant when sleeping. That’s when you repair. So, sleep is essential. Figure our your pillow and mattress so you can sleep uninterrupted. Go to bed at the same time everyday. 8 hours or as near to it as you can get. Supplements that help include 5 HTP for serotonin production. It is safe because it is an amino acid, food basically. It is a precursor to serotonin, the sleep and happiness chemical in your body. And magnesium, which helps skeletal muscle relax.. Well, all muscle really. It will lower blood pressure a smidge and calm the brain down that doesn’t want to quit talking to you at 2am.
Lots of people ask about melotonin. It’s a hormone. I’m not a fan of adding hormones to the bloodstream. It’s not terrible. I’ve used it for jet lag for a day or two to get back to this time zone when I’ve been 9 hours off for a month. But, don’t recommend for long term tool to sleep. Rely on 5 HTP , magnesium and exercise as the main tools.
Lavender essential oil helps some relax.

Vitamin C
It’s an antioxidant. If your body is fighting off germs, there will be lots of “dead germ bodies” laying around that need to be oxidized in cleaning up after a fight with bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin D
D3 really, but nobody uses D2 anymore so just D will suffice. This helps your immune system in many ways. Not just for colds and strep throat protection. But also helps in your body identifying and killing cancer cells. No reason not to include this inexpensive supplement in your daily routine.

Probiotics
There are books being written everyday about this new frontier and understanding of how “bugs” interact with our own physiology. We know now that bacteria help us digest our food, make neurotransmitter chemicals for us, make vitamins for us in our gut, create mass for stool so we don’t get constipated, but mostly what we are learning lately is the makeup of the strains of bacteria on us and in us, we call the microbiome, protect us from bad bugs and viruses. Like a healthy lawn won’t have much room for dandelions, a healthy microbiome won’t let pathogens set up house in your body.
There are so many strains of bacteria and we are only just beginning to learn how they interact with our own physiology, for now, we are just using a “shotgun” approach. More is better. In the future we may be able to tell you which bacteria do what for you. That’s not today.
Today, we recommend using 50-100 billion “bugs” of multiple strains per day. I use Visbiome. 112.5 billion per capsule and its 8 different strains. It’s about the most economical. Helps regulate bowel and I just don’t deal with any coughs or colds etc… Perhaps I’m just fortunate.

Omega 3
The virus that has the world turned upside down activates an immune response that for some gets out of hand and suffocates them because they can’t exchange oxygen or causes body wide inflammation resulting in kidney failure or cardiac failure. We are now hearing of a system wide inflammatory condition in children called Kawasaki Syndrome, a system wide inflammation.
So, mitigate inflammation by cleaning up your diet. We all eat too much inflammatory foods. Sugar and things that turn to sugar. It’s not table sugar. It’s bread, pasta, mashed potatoes, french fries, crackers, bagels, chips, rice…. anything in a box. If it says “low fat” that means high sugar.
Use grass fed or range animal proteins. Add omega 3 supplement. 1,500 mg of EPA/DHA daily. See previous video on this.

Nervous System
It runs everything. It is fact that if your nervous system can’t communicate from your brain to your body or vice versa, you will experience health problems related to the specific area of nerves impaired. We recognize numbness and tingling as a nerve problem. Sciatica, stress headache, carpal tunnel…. etc…. everyone gets that. But, nerves are responsible for chemical balance, heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, serotonin levels…. well, everything. There is no cell or process in your body that can operate independent of your nervous system’s control. Impaired nervous system due to spine misalignment causes disease. It’s that simple.
Does that mean a misaligned spine causes impaired immune system? Yes. Either directly or by virtue of wasting energy trying to work around it and adapt. Does that make you more susceptible to THIS virus? Maybe. Nobody knows anything about this virus.

Government and other health officials are doing their best with what they know. But, they know very little about what keeps us healthy. So far it has amounted to advising us to wrap ourselves in bubble wrap and stay inside until the threat passes. When will it pass? Oh, we don’t know. Not only when, we don’t know IF it will pass.

In conclusion it seems reasonable to Turn up the Dials on your immune system. If you feel better staying home, wearing a mask and gloves, do so. You can still do these things in addition.

Stay safe by improving your immune system.

Sincerely,

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Back To School

 

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

Back To School

Depending on the age of your Back To Schooler, you will have different concerns and activities.

Here are some Tips and Thoughts.

 

Backpacks

No more than 10% of their body weight.   So, your 105lb, 7th grade girl should have no more than 10lbs total.  That’s not much.  Put it on the scale to check it because the backpacks that I see on many kids are seriously over the limit for child size.  Even if the weight is within limits, make sure they’re using both shoulder straps too.  Not slung over one shoulder like a heavy purse.  The damage that will occur affects their upper back and neck.  The upper back damage will not present itself as back pain like in an adult, it presents as exercise induced asthma, respiratory infections and the very common teenage “slump” posture.

 

Sleep

This is HUGE.  The body uses sleep time to recover, grow and regenerate.  Kids are doing a lot of growing.   Research has shown that high school kids need even more sleep at that age.  9-11 hours.   In fact, the research shows they should be going to school later, not earlier than younger students.  The earlier start times for high school frequently results in sleep deprivation symptoms for students.   It has been impossible to get school districts to go along with a later start time despite the evidence that the early start times in high school are harming health of the students.    It’s going to be difficult, but for high schoolers, 9pm would be ideal, but 10pm is absolutely it.  Earlier would be better, but having had a couple of high schoolers myself, I know that’s just not going to be practical for most.  Settle for what’s possible here and save the friction for another topic.

Younger kids can go to bed at 9-9:30 and not give you too much grief.  That’s going to keep them much healthier than their night owl classmates.    Kindergarten / 1st grade?  8-8:30 isn’t a bad idea.  This takes discipline throughout the summer though.  Lest, they will associate this “punishment” with school.

 

Lunch

Large institutions such as schools and corporate daycares as well as hospitals and nursing homes, are the worst for nutrition.  They count calories but they don’t count quality.  For my kids, quality was and is the goal.  We would use the school’s lunch program a couple times per month if we were in a bind and didn’t get food made ahead of time.  Like getting home Sunday night from a trip and already… it’s Monday morning.   Really, you have to figure out how to sidestep what they’re serving at schools.  There’s a couple in the country that are figuring this out with good, healthy foods… but I haven’t heard of that in Minnesota yet.  They’re still serving what they served when I went to school.  Lots of carbs, fruit cocktail, pizza, burgers ( I have no idea what’s in those, do you?).  It’s not the end of the world to eat this stuff… but not on a daily basis.   Two things happen.  It makes your kid sick and, when you try to teach your kids about healthy foods or heaven forbid, NOT have Doritos or energy bars (candy) in your house… you will have a mutiny on your hands.

 

Vaccines

The law requires you to hand in the form.  The Superintendent of the district must report the overall student body’s vaccine status to the state’s Commissioner of Health.   That’s it.  It never HAS been “No Shots No School” for any individual child.   In addition, for the last 20 years, there is a law that requires schools to include your right to opt out of any and all vaccines, on any communication they print or email you.  The law requires this be done in “equal font size”, so it’s not in the fine print and one can miss it.   I’ve seen evidence that school districts are not up to speed on this or intentionally ignoring this law.   Just know, whether you vaccinate or not, it is up to you.  Not the school.

 

Keep your child healthy

Going back to school exposes them to all kinds of new germs that they didn’t “see” last year.  So, plan on them dealing with something in the first month.  The best way to make sure they don’t end up on antibiotics is by making sure their nervous system is working as well as possible.  That means regular adjustments.   Summer has camp and vacations, which can get things off track.    Once school starts, that’s the perfect time to regroup and get back on track with adjustment schedules.

If your kid is an athlete, they really need to be checked regularly.  The most significant sports for damaging the spine are hockey, football and wrestling.  These are contact sports with significant lifelong consequences for those kids who are not being checked regularly.   Other sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball, swimming, lacrosse and track are definitely easier on the spine and less damaging but can still cause issues with their alignment.  Certainly, kids benefit from some kind of exercise and sport to learn about their talents and teamwork.   But, not at the cost of their health.  So, getting kids adjusted regularly, to keep them at their best is the easiest and smartest thing to do to stay ahead of any residual illnesses or negative effects.

Sincerely,

 

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