Your best D-Fence against Seasonal Illness
With winter is full swing around the Elm Grove area comes the threat of “seasonal” illnesses like colds and flus. Why do viruses and bacteria only come around in the winter and fall? It’s a MYTH—they don’t!
The truth is that we are exposed to viruses and bacteria every day, all year long. What determines who gets sick and who stays well? It’s the state of our IMMUNE FUNCTION. One of the best known studies on this was by Cohen et al. in 1991 where they exposed ALL subjects to the cold virus, but only those who were “stressed” developed a cold! (Cohen, S. et al. Psychological Stress and Susceptibility to the Common Cold. N. Engl. J Med 1991 Aug 29; 325(9); 606-612.)
The state of our immune system is influenced by the stressors in our lives. Clearly, the amount of stress in our lives is not seasonal, that’s why people get colds and flus in summer months too. What is a seasonal variable that can explain a significant change in our immune function? VITAMIN D! Vitamin D is essential to maintain immune function and we get most of our vit. D from the sun. So in those cold winter months with shorter days and less time spent outside, we become deficiency in Vit D. There is an easy solution to this….Vitamin D supplements. Besides taking vitamin D to boost your immune function, research has shown that getting chiropractic adjustments can lower stress hormone levels and increase immune function. So give colds and flus the 1-2 punch with chiropractic care and the correct supplements this winter!
Dr. Madalyn Perry is a chiropractor at Performance Chiropractic. She works with people to achieve their health and wellness goals through natural means. Performance Chiropractic is located on Bluemound Road on the border of Elm Grove and Wauwatosa, WI.
This article is a summary of an article written by Dr. James Chestnut. To read the full article by Dr. Chestnut please follow the link: https://www.wellnessandprevention.com/index.cfm/2010/10/4/DSufficiency-Your-Best-DFENCE-Against-Seasonal-Colds-and-Flus