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All this Noise about the Flu Shot What Can I Do To Stay Healthy

Posted: February 14, 2018
By: John McAtamney DC
About a week ago my 14yr old son and I were watching the evening news. There were multiple news stories about the flu and the danger and the people dying! It became as I think intended -- scary. MY son then asked a question that exposes how we think at home and the way they have been raised. "Dad the news just had all this scary stuff on the flu and how dangerous it is, but they did not give any information on how to stay healthy so you have less chance of getting sick?"
This gave me pause and when I thought about it I decided that he was right and I needed to be part of the solution rather than bury my head in the sand.
Whatever your position is on the flu shot that is not what we are discussing or writing about here today. I do think there has been much confusion and fear about the flu.
Sometimes these viruses and bacteria are here to strengthen our immune system.The immune system is like every other part of the body--- it only gets stronger when exercised. There are things you can do to increase your own resistance and make yourself less susceptible. What to do after you get a viral infection may be discussed in a different blog post.
Remember the five steps to staying healthy.
1. Sleep well. This mean 7hours per night for the average person. Any less than this will over time weaken your immune system.
2. Eat well. Remember that sugar in any form whether liquid or baked or processed will weaken your immune system for a period of time.
3.Exercise. There is very few things you can do that will have such an impact on your immune system as exercise. 3 days a week for 30 minutes is minimal.
4.Positive mental attitude. If you are a negative Nelly which is easy in today’s environment. All you hear is this is bad and this is worse.Turn off the radio and the TV and read something empowering. Visualize yourself as a strong and healthy person. Don’t forget the power of affirmations. Work on protecting your thoughts since thoughts become chemistry and chemistry becomes you.
5. Get your spine checked! Your nervous system has a direct impact on your immune system. If your nervous system has tension and stress then your immune system will be stressed and may not be as efficient.
Also wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can for at least 30 seconds. Research shows that 30 seconds is the magic number for how long you need to do it
5 simple steps you can take to influence your own wellness. That is what we are about at INSPIRED CHIROPRACTIC!

Chiropractic and the Immune System

Posted: November 26, 2014
By: Dr John McAtamney

Are There Any Studies That Support The Claim That Chiropractic Can Improve Your Immunity?

Yes, there are… in fact dozens of them. One of the most important studies showing the positive effect chiropractic care can have on the immune system and general health was performed by Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York's Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University. Dr. Pero 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. In his initial three-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more, the chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases.                      

The immune system superiority of those under chiropractic care did not diminish with age. Dr. Pero stated: “When applied in a clinical framework, I have never seen a group other than this chiropractic group to experience a 200% increase over the normal patients… we have never seen such a positive improvement in a group…”1               

In 1991 Patricia Brennan, Ph.D. and other researchers conducted a study that found improved immune response following chiropractic care. The study demonstrated changes in white blood cells. The “phagocytic respiratory burst of polymorphnuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes were enhanced in adults that had been adjusted by chiropractors.”2 In other words, the cells that act like "Pac-Man" eating and destroying bad cells are enhanced through chiropractic care.      

1.    Pero R. "Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results." The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989; 32.     

2.    Brennan P, Graham M, Triano J, Hondras M. "Enhanced phagocytic cell respiratory bursts induced by spinal manipulation: Potential Role of Substance P." J Manip Physiolog Ther 1991; (14)7:399-400.

Holiday Preparations to Stay Healthy

Posted: November 26, 2014
By: Dr John McAtamney

Why Are the Holidays Stressful?

During the holidays we become very busy. Although many of our activities are joyous we also experience great stress from all of the social obligations that we are now a part of. Parties, family gatherings, shopping and over indulging in foods and alcoholic beverages can all strain our immune system. Add that to the regular everyday factors such as lack of sunlight, poor air quality and bad diet and you have a recipe for health problems. When the immune system experiences too much stress it can lead to a breakdown which makes us more susceptible to disease and infection. So during this time of year it is very important to incorporate strategies to keep your immune system strong and healthy. 

What Foods Can Help Us Boost Immunity During the Holidays?

Garlic:This incredibly wonderful member of the onion family can pack a big punch to strengthening the immune system. This is due to the sulfur compound found in garlic which is known as allicin. Eating garlic can increase white blood cell count and reduce free radicals in the bloodstream.

Ginger: Ginger contains substances that help fight infections and aid in digestion. Particularly during the holidays when many people maybe overindulging, having a delicious cup of hot ginger tea will treat stomach aches and fight off the flu.

Yogurt: The healthy bacteria in yogurt is known as probiotics. Eating yogurt helps to maintain a healthy balance of good flora in your intestinal tract. This is important because a compromised intestinal tract can allow bacteria and viruses to flourish. Try to stick to the yogurts that are not loaded with extra sweeteners.

Fruits: Fruits are fantastic for strengthening immunity. One of the best is the orange. Remember the old saying, "an orange a day can keep the cold and flu away?" It is true. Oranges have a very high vitamin C content which of course strengthens immunity. Additional good fruit choices are kiwi, strawberries and papaya.

Turmeric: This fragrant spice is widely used in Asian cooking. Tumeric is a powerful cold and flu fighter due to the curcumin compound that it contains. It is also an anti-inflammatory and will boost your immunity. 

Green Tea: Numerous studies have shown that the antioxidant polyphenols in green tea help to fortify the immune system. A delicious cup of green tea can keep the flu and cold bug away

Surgical Methods for Knee Pain Questioned

Posted: October 30, 2014
By: Dr John McAtamney

Surgery No Help For Mild Knee Osteoarthritis

An August 27, 2014 study published in the online edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal says that arthroscopic surgery for degenerative meniscal tears in patients with mild knee osteoarthritis (OA) had no benefit for function or pain.    

Moin Khan, MD, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and colleagues conducted a systematic review of the literature, identifying seven randomized trials involving 805 patients 

Five of the trials assessed longer-term function, up to 2 years after the procedure, and the knee outcome scores did not meet the threshold of minimally important difference to patients.

Another tool for evaluating function, the Lysholm Knee Scoring Scale, also found no improvement with surgery in three trials.

    "The [minimally important difference] is the smallest effect that an informed patient would perceive as valuable enough to justify a change in therapeutic management when weighing the anticipated benefits against the possible harms of an intervention," the researchers explained.
Three trials considered long-term pain, and once again found no improvement in pain scores.

Two of the trials studied included information on adverse events. In one, there was an infection in the surgery group, and in the second, three patients in the surgery group and two controls had serious adverse events, including one death in each group.

    "In the context of limited healthcare resources, clinicians must carefully select patients with degenerative meniscal pathology who would benefit from surgical intervention," Khan and colleagues wrote.
In a related news release, co-author Mohit Bhandari, MD, PhD, also of McMaster University, said "arthroscopic debridement or washout of knee osteoarthritis has come under lots of scrutiny based upon trials that suggest patients get no benefit from the procedure. We're concerned that many surgeons worldwide may still be doing this procedure."

Vaccination and Autism

Posted: December 26, 2013
By: Dr John McAtamney

Vaccinations Linked to Autism in Two New Studies

A direct link between certain vaccinations and autism was shown and discussed in two published studies.  The first of these studies is a scientific article published on August 27, 2014, in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration, that exposed a link between Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination and autism in African American boys. The study is titled; "Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data."

John McAtamney DC Chiropractor Floral Park, Elmont, Stewart Manor, Alternative Health CareThis study suggests that the data showing the link between MMR and autism was available for a number of years but was evidently covered up by the CDC and influences in the vaccine community. The results of this study state, "When comparing cases and controls receiving their first MMR vaccine before and after 36 months of age, there was a statistically significant increase in autism cases specifically among African American males who received the first MMR prior to 36 months of age."

Not long after this first study was released, many pro-vaccination forces voiced their concerns. After what must have been intense pressure, the CDC study was retracted from the journal and suggestions were made that the author, a senior researcher for decades at the CDC, had a conflict of interest and his research was flawed.

The second study linking vaccinations to autism centered around the chicken pox, Hepatitis-A and MMR vaccines. Published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology  (JPHE) is a study that reveals a clear correlation between autism disorder (AD) and MMR, Varicella (chickenpox) and Hepatitis-A vaccines.

The results of the JPHE study state, "When comparing cases and controls receiving their first MMR vaccine before and after 36 months of age, there was a statistically significant increase in autism cases specifically among African American males who received the first MMR prior to 36 months of age."

Lead author and scientist for the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, Dr. Theresa Deisher, pointed out that many of these vaccines are made using cells from aborted babies. This type of vaccine creates additional health issues.  She stated, "Not only are the human fetal contaminated vaccines associated with autistic disorder throughout the world, but also with epidemic childhood leukemia and lymphomas."

"What we have found is that across continents, and across decades, change points in autism disorder are clearly associated with the introduction of vaccines produced using human fetal cell lines," Deisher said. "Each time we inject our children with one of these vaccines, we are also injecting them with residual fetal human DNA."