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Winter. In most of the United States, cold winds blow. Snow, sleet, and icy rain pound the rooftops and pavement. Streets are slushy. Shoes are wet. Clothes are cold and damp. Even in the Southwest, winter is a radically different season. Temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s in Southern California feel like the 30s to local residents. It's definitely not warm.
In winter, the sun is low in the sky. Sunlight is angled downward and brings much less warmth. The sun goes down around 4:30 p.m., hours earlier than in spring and summer. You may wonder how to stay healthy and well in these challenging weather conditions. 1,2
You know that winter is approaching when "FLU SEASON" ads start blanketing the airwaves, even in Los Angeles and San Diego. It seems that every other commercial is for a cold medicine or flu remedy. Well, as an old chiropractor used to say, "When it's going around, let it go around you". Really! You don't have to be sick, too, just because everyone else is. The key to having a fighting chance of staying well in the winter is to strengthen your immune system. There are a few simple ways to do this, but it's important to be consistent.
Chiropractic Care and the Immune System Chiropractic health care is about much more than lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, and muscle strains.
Chiropractic care is highly effective for all these conditions, and yet there are additional, more subtle benefits. Chiropractic health care looks like it's addressing the bones, joints, and muscles. This is accurate, at the first level of effectiveness.
At deeper physiologic levels, chiropractic care helps normalize activities of the nervous system such as the free flow of information back and forth between your body and your brain. Balancing nerve system activities and functions helps all body systems work better, including the immune system. Immune system cells need to be able to immediately recognize foreign invaders - germs and other microbes - and mount an instantaneous response. A sluggish nerve system slows down the immune response and as a result you're more susceptible to illness. So particularly in winter, when there's more to deal with in terms of germs and disease, a strong immune system is very important. Chiropractic care helps ensure the optimal functioning of your immune system and its disease-fighting cells.
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2Molneddin R, et al: Seasonality of primary care utilization for respiratory diseases in Ontario: a time-series analysis. BMC Health Serv Res 28(8):160, 2008
3Tucker P, et al: Preventing paediatric obesity; recommendations from a community-based qualitative investigation. Obes Rev 7(3):251-260, 2006