Goodhue Family Chiropractic 404 North Broadway Goodhue, MN 55027 Phone: (651) 923-5717 Visit us on the web at: www.goodhuefamilychiro.com Office Hours: Flu Shot – Still Want to Get It? By Dr. Shauna Luhman Monday: 8:30-12:30 – 2:30-6:30 Tuesday: Closed Formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury and antifreeze. Wed: 8:30-12:30 – 2:30-6:30 If you are a firm believer in the flu shot are you Thurs: 9:00 – 12:00 aware that you are putting this stuff in your body Friday: 8:30-12:30 – 2:30-6:30 with each vaccination? Yes, it’s that time of year. Saturday: By appointment As we approach the upcoming cold and flu season, the annual push for the flu vaccine begins again. As always, our concern for you and your wellbeing But when one takes a cold hard look at the facts, extends beyond our normal office hours. If you need are the “benefits” of the flu shot really warranted? assistance after hours, please call Dr. Luhman on her cell phone at (651) 764-1475. Did you know that getting a flu shot 5 years in a row Green Tea Good for the heart? increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Green tea has long been and Parkinson’s disease by praised for its high levels of 200%? Did you know that antioxidants suggesting it the flu virus mutates so rapidly that it is impossible helps reduce the incidence to predict what strain will predominate for the of cancer. But did you know upcoming year? Because of this, did you know the green tea is also good for flu shot has an efficacy rate of only 16-63% at best? your heart? Then why are we led to believe year after year that the flu shot is our only means of avoiding the New research suggests green tea may actually help illness? relax your arteries, thereby reducing your risk for heart disease and clots. It appears that some in the medical field are beginning to Healthy subjects were given 6 grams of green tea, see through all the hype as less another caffeinated beverage or hot water. Arterial than 40% of healthcare workers blood flow was measured 30,60, and 120 minutes took their flu shot last year. later. People who drank the green tea showed Reasons for opting out included increased arterial blood flow compared to the doubt that the vaccine actually worked, they felt other two groups. Even more impressive was that their immune system was strong enough to the heart healthy benefits lasted up to two weeks withstand flu exposure and concerns over possible for those who drank green tea daily. side effects. If those that are caring for the sick Tip #3: Get enough rest. Just like it everyday can get by without it, why can’t we? becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your If you would like an alternative to the sting of a body is overly fatigued it will be failed flu vaccine, listen up. The following 6 tips are harder for it to fight the flu. Regular surefire ways to reduce your chances of getting the rest will keep you strong and ensure that your body has flu. Notice the flu shot is not one of them! the strength to fight off any potential invaders. Tip #1: Consult your doctor of Tip #4: Don’t let stress become chiropractic. Some of you overwhelming. We all face some stress have already experienced the every day, but if stress becomes symptoms of a cold or the flu overwhelming your body increases its this season. If you overlooked levels of cortisol making it harder for your adjustment you also overlooked one of your you to fight off the flu and other most powerful ways to boost your immune system. illnesses. It has been estimated that up to 90 percent of illness and disease is stress- For example, when the influenza epidemic of 1918 related. swept its way across the world, statistics revealed a surprising twist of events. While influenza patients Tip #5: Exercise. When you under medical care were dropping like flies, exercise you increase circulation influenza patients under chiropractic care were and blood flow throughout your thriving. In fact, chiropractors’ success during this body. The components of your time of pandemic was what finally helped immune system are also better circulated, which chiropractors win the fight to be licensed doctors means your immune system has a better chance of practicing a healing art separate from medicine. finding an illness before it has a chance to spread. In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated In a sense, exercising helps your immune system to influenza patients, with a loss of one patient out of be more efficient in weeding out and acting upon every 15. Meanwhile chiropractors treating viruses and diseases. influenza patients only lost one out of every 789. But the most telling statistic comes from Oklahoma Tip #6: Wash your hands. where there is a clear record showing that Washing your hands will chiropractors were called to treat 233 cases where decrease the likelihood of medical doctors had cared for the patients, and spreading a virus to your finally gave them up as lost. The chiropractors nose, mouth or other people. If your immune saved all but 25 of these “lost cases.” Chiropractors system is strong, it should be able to fight off the dominated the medical profession because they virus if it does enter your body, but washing your understand that the body is a self-healing, self- hands provides a bit of extra protection. Just be regulating system that doesn’t need any outside sure not to use antibacterial soaps as they are help, it just needs no interference. By removing the completely unnecessary and cause far more harm interference to the patient’s nervous system that than good. reduced their ability to cope with the flu, the patient was able to return to a state of health. In case nothing else I’ve said is enough to convince you, try reading the fine print before your next flu Tip #2: Avoid sugar. Sugar shot. Listed in tiny letters are the unpleasant side decreases the function of your effects of the flu vaccine. Cough, runny nose, chills, immune system for 4-6 hours body aches and fever. Does that sound just like the following consumption. And as you symptoms of flu to anyone else? If your faith in a likely know, a strong immune system is the key to shot of antifreeze is wavering, perhaps it’s time to fighting off viruses and other illness, including the flu. rethink your flu prevention strategy. Quote of the Month to function as it was designed to do. Chiropractors are trained to remove such nerve interference with “While other professions are concerned with the chiropractic adjustment thus allowing athletes changing the environment to suit the weakened to return to their state of optimal performance.” body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment.” Dara’s success clearly comes from taking advantage of every possible modality that by B.J. Palmer D.C. will strengthen her body and Dr. Palmer’s words continue to ring true help it heal when it is injured or overtaxed, and even today. Especially this week as The American that includes paying careful attention to Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) dropped a bombshell chiropractic care. It’s a lesson any of us, athlete or with their announcement that cold and cough not, can easily learn! medicine should not be used in children under the Seminar Update age of 4. Dr. Rashini Raj of the NYU Medical Center was even quoted as saying that the “medicines Those of you in the office last month know I took don’t work.” (Log on to some time off to travel to several seminars. Thank http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/270 you for accommodating my crazy hours which 06470#27006470 to watch her interview on the made scheduling difficult at times. Today Show.) Some of the classes were of As a chiropractic patient, rest assured that you are course boring. But the biggest giving your body its best defense against the latest highlight for me was meeting and “bug that’s going around!” listening to Dr. Jeff Spencer. He was the chiropractor to Lance Armstrong during his battle with Chiropractic in the News Stage 4 cancer that consisted of brain, lung and testicular metastasis. He also While Michael Phelps stole the spotlight for most assisted Lance and his team to 7 Tour de France viewers at this year’s summer Olympics, another victories earning him the nickname of “Dr. Magic.” great story was Dara Torres return to swimming at the age of 41. He really opened many of our eyes to the fact that at some point, we will all face a challenge or An article at the end of June in the hardship in our lives when it comes to our health. NY Times confirmed that Dara Whether its cancer, heart disease or a motor Torres doesn’t put all her eggs in one basket. Her vehicle accident. And how we come out of that secret to success isn’t just about good genetics and hardship will depend on our level of health going training. She is also committed to great chiropractic into it. care. The wellness lifestyle, including chiropractic, gives Dr. Jack Barnathan, a New York chiropractor who you the best chance to battle that hardship. Please has worked with Torres says that, “injuries can utilize chiropractic care for the right reasons. Yes, it build up and cause nerve pressure – in other words helps with aches and pains. But most importantly it can cause not only pain but also not allow the body will help you to be healthier. Upcoming Events & Announcements Halloween Havoc! Halloween Is coming! Check out our office for spooky events the week of th st the 27 -31 ! Keep your eyes open for details!