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Chiropractic Care, The Ultimate Alternative Flu Treatment

Did you know the flu pandemic of 1918 in the United States contributed to the birth and growth of the chiropractic profession? We tell this story to most of our patients and they just don’t believe it. But it’s true, and here’s why. But first off, we’ll start with a bit of context, as you may have never heard about this terrible and traumatic piece of history.

A Deadly Time To Be Alive

The flu pandemic of 1918 produced the deadliest infection in modern history, having spread on over an estimated 500 million people throughout the world. The pandemic infected almost one-third of the world’s population killing between 20 and 50 million people. More than 25 percent of the U.S. population became sick, and over half a million Americans died during the pandemic.

No effective drugs or vaccines existed at the time of the pandemic. Humanity had no real treatments or means of preventing the strain from spreading. American citizens were ordered to wear sterile masks while schools and other places of mass gathering were shut down. But not everyone was succumbing to the virus. Here’s where chiropractic care started to gain popularity and relevance at this particular point in history.

Chiropractic research led to pockets of communities where doctors and osteopaths administered spinal adjustments that focused on the health and well-being of the nervous system. Medical statistics in Davenport, Iowa, detailed that exactly 4,953 cases of flu were treated by 50 medical doctors, with 274 of those patients having perished from the virus.

And here’s the jaw-dropping effect our patients always react to, and rightly so: approximately 150 chiropractors and chiropractic students cared for 1,635 patients with the flu; with only one death accounted for. Moreover, 9.2 percent of flu cases that sought traditional medical attention died during this terrible season. Only one-fourth of one percent (.0025 percent to be precise) of patients receiving chiropractic care died during the pandemic. Now that’s a mind-blowing fact. Chiropractic patients experience approximately 1/40th of the death rate experienced by those patients seeking medical intervention.

Confirmed: Chiropractic Flu Treatment Saves Lives

The flu pandemic of 1918 put Chiropractic in the national spotlight as an alternative form of health care that focused on the intelligent power within the body. The advantages to the health of our body’s nervous system that chiropractic care provides helps the correct functioning of blood flow, increasing our response rates upon threats and making our cells more agile in carrying nutrients and oxygen.

The observations during the 1918 flu pandemic did not fall unnoticed by current health researchers. In fact some of the most forward thinking, cutting edge research has demonstrated that chiropractic treatment boosts the function of your immune system.

The same type of treatment that helped many Americans experience only 1/40th the death rate during the flu pandemic of 1918, are given today in Chiropractic clinics all over the world with similar immune-building benefits. At Back2Health we’ve been named the best chiropractic office in the Poconos for 5 years in a row, and we pride ourselves of approaching the health of our patients in a “whole person” way, analyzing each individual organism for a fully personalized treatment.

Top Tips For The Flu Season...

As the flu season arrives, one of the most important and evidence-based measures a family can take towards preventing or overcoming the flu is to keep up with their routine spinal care with their chiropractor. This will improve blood flow and oxygen provision to all of our body, as the nervous system acts like the command center of our organism.

In addition to routine Chiropractic care, at Back2Health we recommend the following precautions:

  • Avoid sugar intake during flu season to keep your immune system functioning at its highest possible level. Studies have demonstrated that a blood sugar level of only 120 can depress your immune system function by up to 75% for 4-6 hours!
  • Get adequate rest. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of rest per evening. Exercise is good, but avoid exertion or excessive physical stress on the body during flu season.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid those that are actively infected.
  • Boost your Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D is an inexpensive way to boost your immune system during the winter months, when the sun is less present. A huge global research study completed in 2017 demonstrated that Vitamin D supplementation benefits extend beyond bone health and have a positive impact on your immune system. Nordic countries like Denmark, Norway and Sweden place Vitamin D intake as a must-do during winter seasons.
Do you have any further questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the Doctors or staff at Back 2 Health to help you put together your family’s flu-prevention game plan!
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