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Build Up Your Immune System

By Dorte Bladt

Winter heralds lots of little people with runny noses, coughs and colds, and big people as well. Do most of you prefer to stay at home to keep viruses in check?

Having a cold means runny, snuffly noses, watery eyes, sore throats, coughs, achy joints and possibly running a fever. These are all signs that you have been infected by a virus a few days ago and now your body is counter attacking.

So these symptoms are not due to the virus, but signs that our bodies are trying to kill it, trapping it in mucus and getting rid of it, and increasing the body temperature to make our immune system - our white blood cells work more efficiently.

We don't want to stop the body's attempt to fight the virus; we want it to fight better and faster to stop the multiplication of the virus.
Chiropractic therapy helps a cold and building up your immune system by finding and removing interference, so your body can work, fight and heal as quickly as possible.

Dr. Pero has a PhD and is chief of cancer prevention research at New York's Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University. He measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases.

Chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than those people who had not received chiropractic care, and they had 400% greater immune competence than those people with cancer and other serious diseases.

So when mums call and say their kids are unwell and can't make it today, we tell them not to worry; to come in straight away, and we will gently and safely give the child a chiropractic adjustment to the spine. This will remove interference to the nervous system, which will help the immune system and help the child to function as well as they can to fight off the viruses.

Checklist for Helping the Body Fight a Cold & Get Better Faster

  • Rest! The body heals better when it is not challenged from too many directions. Having a day at home gives the body some energy to do what it is supposed to, and there is really no reason to go and be miserable at school or work and share the bug around.
  • Exercise is not beneficial when you are unwell - you will not recover as fast and tend to be more injury prone. Gentle movement is fine, but save the strenuous program until you are feeling better.
    Vitamin C is useful as it strengthens the immune response by increasing the number and activity of the white blood cells, neutralises free radicals and killing viruses. It is thought to be the most powerful of all anti-oxidants. Vitamin C strengthens connective tissue thereby increasing the tissue resistance to viral infections. It also has an effect as an anti-inflammatory through its effect on the adrenal cortical hormones. Normally families get plenty of Vitamin C through a diet containing fruits and vegetables: citrus, kiwi, broccoli and sprouts. But when cold symptoms set in, a vitamin supplement is recommended.
  • Zinc is an excellent immune enhancer mineral and is essential for the proper functioning of your body and to fight a virus.
  • About 70% of our immune function comes from the gut. If the gut is unhealthy for example due to previous antibiotic use, it is important to build up the normal natural bacterial flora again to be able to break down foods and absorb nutrients properly. There are different strains of probiotics used for different situations and ages: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifid bacteriumlactis.
  • Using a vaporiser or leaving a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the floor of the shower can help relieve the stuffy nose and make it easier to breathe.
  • Keep up the fluids in the form of water, herbal teas and/or lemon/ginger drinks and avoid caffeine and alcohol as it dehydrates and makes symptoms worse.
  • Honey is a natural antimicrobial and makes a sore throat feel a whole lot better. Make a drink of juice from ½ a lemon, boiling water and 1-2 teaspoons of honey.
  • Garlic and chillies have been shown to be effective in relieving cold symptoms and there is evidence that the old chicken soup is helpful as well.

About Dorte Bladt

Dorte specialises in paediatric spinal and nervous system health. She checks your spine to assess if the bones, muscles or ligaments are working properly and will gently, safely and naturally correct it to allow the body and the nervous system to function better. Dorte also provides advice on which exercises would be beneficial as well as which position to sleep, stand and sit in for the best possible posture.

More Information

Dorte Bladt
Doctor of Chiropractic
Family Chiropractic Centre Charlestown
2 Lincoln St, Charlestown NSW 2290
P: 02 4942 4842


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