Now more than ever we need to improve our health because contrary to “popular” belief, #ourimmunesystemsendpandemics
Here are some simple things you can begin doing today to ensure yours is working at peak performance.
✨Exercise every day, even if it is just a walk outside.
✨ Get plenty of vitamin D from the sun as well as a daily supplement
✨ Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night
✨ Get adjusted! Several clinical studies have proven the positive effects adjustments have on your immune system, including a three year study showing regular chiropractic care can result in a 200% improvement in immune response competency (Studies linked here).
✨Take a daily multivitamin
✨Stress less! Try yoga, meditation, therapy, whatever you need to develop good coping methods when under stress. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system making it harder for you to fight off viruses 🦠 and has many negative physical effects on your body as well
✨Reduce sugar and dairy from your diet. Not only will this help you lose a few pounds but bacteria and viruses thrive on sugar
✨Additional supplements/oils to add to your daily routine, especially during winter months or if you feel a cold coming on.
We proudly sell both Standard Process Supplements and Rocky Mountain Oils in the office. If you ever need to discuss what options are best for you/your family or would like to place an order of something we do not have in stock, Dr. Clugston will gladly discuss at your next appointment.
There is a growing body of research that has proven the direct correlation between regular chiropractic care and better functioning immune systems... 200% better in fact!
"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. This is why it is so dramatically important. We have never seen such a positive improvement in a group".
Pero R. "Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results." The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989; 32.
Read the full article here
This goes without saying, but at Clugston Chiropractic our patients' health and well-being is our number one priority. We are taking all the necessary precautions at our office to keep our patients and staff healthy during this cold and flu season, especially now with the recent spread of the Coronavirus. Counters, and bathrooms are being thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant spray several times each day and adjusting equipment before and after each patient. As always, hand sanitizer is available for patients and staff to use. We are following the guidelines recommended by the Governor for the State of Michigan. WE WILL REMAIN OPEN to serve the community SAFELY for as long as possible! Additionally, we would like to recommend a few ways to be extra cautious and stay healthy:
*Stay home if you are sick! Please don't risk getting worse or infecting others. If you have a cough, fever or runny nose please stay home. Call the office and we will gladly reschedule your appointment.
*Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
*Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.
Arguably the most important thing to remember right now. Do not panic. Remain calm and stay positive. Despite hearing terms like "outbreak" and "pandemic" your actual likelihood of catching this virus remains extremely small, and you are not helpless in protecting yourself and your family and improving your immune response in times like these. Here are some easy changes you can make to stay healthy.
1. Stay calm. Many studies show stress can actually weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses and disease. Try implementing yoga, running, meditation or a massage into your daily routine and TURN.OFF.THE.NEWS :)
Click here for a study showing the connection between stress and your immune system
2. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Bottom line: sleep deprivation suppresses the immune system. Need proof: Here is an excellent article showing the link.
3. Stay hydrated. There are many different recommendations for how much water you should consume each day. The easiest to remember is approximately eight 8 oz. glasses each day (8 x 8). Read about the immune benefits of drinking water here.
4. Vitamin D supplementation can help reduce the occurrence and symptoms of cold and flu. We also recommend a daily multivitamin along with a healthy, colorful diet! Read more here.
5. Continue with your chiropractic care plan. Now more than ever you need the benefits a healthy, aligned spine can offer. The purpose of an adjustment is to remove any interference with the nervous system so it is able to communicate with the rest of your body. When you are adjusted regularly your immune system is able to function at its best, allowing you to fight off viruses you may undoubtedly encounter in your daily lives. Multiple studies have proven this to be true. Here is a great article that dives into this topic a bit more.
Elderberry syrup has been around for ages and used as an immune booster due to its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. A study from 2009 proves what many of us have believed all along to be true. Elderberry syrup can actually cut your flu symptoms in half, significantly reducing fever, muscle aches, headaches and nasal congestion within 24 hours. In a more recent 2016 study, the same can now be said about treating the common cold. Luckily, elderberry syrup is relatively inexpensive and easily attainable. We buy elderberry syrup for our toddler on Amazon and give to him on a pretty regular basis during the winter months and double up the dosage at the first sign of a cold. We have seen it take affect multiple times, preventing the cold from ever rearing its ugly head (other than the sniffles for a day or two).
Preventative measures are important, so other than elderberry syrup we also follow this regimen during cold and flu season: We juice regularly especially at the onset of a cold, REGULAR ADJUSTMENTS, vitamin D drops, regular exercise and healthy eating.
Read the full article here.
Below are the elderberry syrups we prefer. Look for organic, pure elderberry syrup and buy for kids or adults. Always follow the suggested use listed on the bottle.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) may be the pain solution treatment you have been looking for. Quick, easy and affordable. No prescription pain killers, no incisions and no side effects! LLLT reduces chronic pain symptoms by repairing the damaged tissue. When LLLT is placed over damaged cells, it stimulates them to increase their energy production, which improves blood flow and restores the cells into healthy active cells and heals the damaged tissue. LLLT has been researched and used for years. In fact, 6000 research papers have been submitted to PubMed and more are being written on the amazing benefits of cold laser therapy every day.
Professional sports teams in the United States rely heavily on LLLT to help their athletes recover quickly from injuries. NASA; over 3000 hospitals; French, Canadian, US and Russian National teams use it, along with US Air, Army and Navy Bases; the US Veteran Administration; and Harvard Medical School.
Used to treat a wide variety of ailments:
Most insurance carriers cover Low Level Light Therapy, so it is more affordable than ever now. Ask Dr. Clugston and the staff at Clugston Chiropractic if LLLT is right for you!
Working out is an integral part of staying healthy and living your best life. Dr. Clugston makes fitness a regular part of his day and always recommends his patients begin a fitness routine as well. In fact, did you know that Dr. Clugston can work with you to create your own dietary and fitness plan included in your chiropractic consultation?
A simple exercise with almost immediate returns, Battle Ropes works your arms, back, chest, legs and core. It is an excellent cardio alternative to running or swimming. Dr. Clugston does a 30 minute Battle Rope routine two or three times a week and says it's a great way to burn fat and pack on lean muscle mass. Read more about battle ropes and how you can include them in your fitness routine in this article from Men's Health Magazine
*You should always consult with your doctor before beginning this or any other fitness routine.
Have you been told spinal surgery or injections are your only hope? You may be a candidate for Spinal Decompression which works to rehydrate the disc and relieve pressure on your nerves or spinal cord. If you have had an MRI and want a second opinion before making the life-altering decision of spinal surgery, please call us for a free consultation!
Today's back pain sufferers can effectively treat their pain before having to face surgery. Clugston Chiropractic’s spinal decompression
patients have had excellent results and were able to relieve their shooting pain, numbness and tingling caused by herniated or degenerated discs. Bulging, herniated or compressed discs often trigger pain and cause nerve interference that can greatly diminish quality of life. Spinal decompression therapy uses cutting edge technology to gently stretch the spine, creating space for compressed spinal discs to absorb vital nutrients.
Our goal is to help as many people as possible live happy, healthy lives without invasive surgeries and expensive, addictive prescription drugs.
During spinal decompression therapy, patients are comfortably secured to a cushioned table. The computer controlled tables then gently separate to stretch the spine for between 15 to 20 minutes. The treatments are relaxing and many patients even take a quick nap.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is safe and affordable. Call us for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose but your pain!
To learn more about spinal decompression, please see our pdf here
Chiropractic care is a non-drug therapy that is proven to reduce asthma attacks and improve overall quality of life in children and adults suffering from asthma. Make an appointment with Dr. Clugston to learn more about the positive and safe effects of regular chiropractic care for your entire family. You have nothing to lose but the prescription medication!
An Impairment Rating Analysis Of Asthmatic Children Under Chiropractic Care
Robert L. Graham, D.C.; Richard A. Pistolese, B.S.*
Abstract — A self-reported asthma-related impairment study was conducted on 81 children under chiropractic care. The intent of this study was to quantify self-reported changes in impairment experienced by the pediatric asthmatic subjects, before and after a two month period under chiropractic care. Practitioners, representing a general range of six different approaches to vertebral subluxation correction, administered a specifically designed asthma impairment ques- tionnaire at the appropriate intervals. Subjects were categorized into two groups; 1–10 years and 11–17 years. Parents/guardians completed questionnaires for the younger group, while the older subjects self-reported their percep- tions of impairment. Significantly lower impairment rating scores (improvement) were reported for 90.1% of subjects 60 days after chiropractic care when compared to the pre-chiropractic scores (p < 0.05) with an effect size of 0.96.As well, there were no significant differences across the age groups based on parent/guardian versus self rated scores. Girls reported higher (less improvement) before and after care compared to boys, although significant decreases in impair- ment ratings were reported for each gender. This suggested a greater clinical effect for boys which was supported by effect sizes ranging from 1.2 for boys compared to 0.75 for girls. Additionally, 25 of 81 subjects (30.9%) chose to vol- untarily decrease their dosage of medication by an average of 66.5% while under chiropractic care. Moreover, infor- mation collected from patients revealed that among 24 patients reporting asthma “attacks” in the 30 day period prior to the study, the number of “attacks” decreased significantly by an average of 44.9% (p <.05). Based on the data obtained in this study, it was concluded that chiropractic care, for correction of vertebral subluxation, is a safe nonpharmacolog- ic health care approach which may also be associated with significant decreases in asthma related impairment as well as a decreased incidence of asthmatic “attacks.” The findings suggest that chiropractic care should be further investigated relative to providing the most efficacious care management regimen for pediatric asthmatics.
Read the complete study here
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