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This good information about fighting the flu comes from Florida Spine and Injuries.
How Chiropractic Adjustments
Can Help Fight The Flu
Chiropractic Care and the Flu in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population comes down with the flu each year. Of those, as many as 200,000 people are hospitalized for their flu-related complications.
For most of us, doing things like staying hydrated, taking probiotics, and getting extra vitamin C, iron, and vitamin D3 will get us out of the woods. There is, however, a treatment no one thinks of when talking about the flu: Chiropractic Care. Chiropractic care treats more than just back pain, and can actually help you prevent and fight off the flu.
Chiropractic Care And The Flu Have A Long History
It dates back all the way to 1918 when the flu pandemic helped contribute to the growth of the chiropractic profession. The flu pandemic of 1918 produced the deadliest infection in modern history. It infected around 500 million people throughout the world. That was one-third of the world’s population at the time. It ended up killing between 20 and 50 million people. That’s the equivalent to wiping out the entire state of California.
About a quarter of the United States population became ill, and over 500,000 Americans died during the pandemic. At the time there were no effective medications that could be used to fight the virus. There were no treatments or means of preventing the spread of the strain. The only thing people could do was wear masks over their face while they were in public. Public places and schools were closed during the pandemic.
However, not everyone succumbed to the virus. The people “lucky” enough to survive the pandemic started to get a lot of attention during and after the break out in 1918. Chiropractic research at the time led to pockets of communities where doctors would administer spinal adjustments that focused on the health and well being of the nervous system.
In Davenport, Iowa 4,935 cases of the flu were treated by 50 medical doctors. Two hundred seventy-four of those patients passed away. Approximately 150 chiropractors cared for 1,635 patients with the flu and only had one death occur.
9.2% of flu cases the sought medical attention died during the pandemic. H owever, only .0025% of patients receiving chiropractic adjustments died. The flu pandemic of 1918 thrust chiropractic care into the national spotlight as an alternative form of health care that focused on the power of your body.
Chiropractic Adjustments Increase Immune Cells
In 2010, a research study was conducted by the journal of chiropractic and Osteopathy. The study took 74 people of the same age and sex. Subjects received a spinal manipulative treatment.
Blood samples were obtained from the subjects before, 20 minutes after, and two hours after their treatment. Determinations of the levels of immune system fighters in cultures were performed by specific immunoassays.
Immune fighters were significantly increased in cultures from subjects treated with spinal manipulation. Twenty minutes after the manipulation, immune fighters was significantly elevated in subjects that received manipulation.
Two hours after the treatment, immune defenders was found significantly elevated in subjects who received manipulation relative to the control group.
This study explains why chiropractic should play a role in immune-boosting strategies for both children and adults. The same adjustments that saved countless lives during the 1918 flu pandemic are available today in Chiropractic clinics all over the world.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the best things you can do as a family is take a trip to see your chiropractor.
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