Our last post shared with you the reality behind influenza research dating back as far as 2003. 1
I began with how The British Medical Journal reported that at least 6 research studies did not support the paranoia that was stirred up to convince governments to stockpile millions of doses of flu shot.
Rather than focusing on how deceptive this is, I’ve chosen to share with you the strategies my family uses to avoid the flu shot all together — and that goes for my elderly parents as well.
Because quite frankly, the science is not significant enough to justify all the fear around getting the flu. And, as I posted last week, ultimately the decision is up to you but for me and my family the science for the flu shot is weak at best and deceptive at worst.
“The fact of the matter is that if your immune system is operating optimally, your chances of contracting a cold or flu-like illness or influenza are very slim.” Dr. Joseph Mercola
The Science of Movement
A review of studies stretching back to 1981 concluded that regular exercise can improve mood in people with mild to moderate depression. It also may play a supporting role in treating severe depression. 2
Another study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2009) showed that adults that exercised regularly had fewer flus and colds than those who didn’t.
According to brain researcher, Roger Sperry (1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology), this research is connected.
Body movement stimulates the deeper centres of the brain to release chemicals that elevate mood and stimulate immunity.
Sperry went on to be more specific: 90% of the stimulation to the centres of the brain that boost immunity and help with depression comes from movement of the spine. So exercise that helps with spinal mobility is the key.
Many people think that you need to be out jogging for hours or hitting the weights hard to get a good work out but that’s not what we’re talking about here.
It may give you the lungs and legs to run a marathon or be super strong, but that’s not the kind of exercise we’re talking about.
We’re talking about mobility classes you may see at your local gym that have people rolling around on the floor on foam rollers or a stretching class.
Full body mobility looks a lot different than what most people call exercise.
Of course today’s chiropractic is perfectly positioned to help here.
As a postural and spinal expert your chiropractor will restore full mobility to your spine so your mobility exercises will have the greatest impact.
100+Living Advanced Mobility Workshop
Of course there is more that can be done then what we covered in that class but it’s a great start on supporting your spinal mobility and stimulating your brain to boost immunity.
A great immune response is an inside job.
As much as our society wants to short cut the necessary work to build a healthy immune system (with things like the flu shot), it is clear that the only way to get the kind of health that will create 100+Living is if we do the work.
If you are having trouble finding a chiropractor in your area that specializes in postural correction then connect with us. Leave a comment below or contact us at our office (250-870-9136) and we’ll try our best to connect you with a chiropractor in your area that does corrective work.
I hope you enjoy our workshop on You Tube, and I hope even more that you actually do the workshop:)