Why I’ll never get a Flu Shot

Why I’ll never get a Flu Shot

I have never gotten a flu shot and here is why.

The effectiveness of the flu vaccine is exaggerated. The strains for the vaccine are selected a year in advance. That’s important for you to know because researchers guess on what strain will prevail each flu season. They have no other way of knowing. And if they guess wrong, the vaccine is useless.

So, many people who get the flu vaccine wind up getting the flu anyway. But it’s worse than that because the flu vaccine comes with some pretty significant toxins, like:

  • Thimerosal – a preservative used in multi-dose flu vaccines. It contains 49.6% mercury by weight.1 Mercury has been linked to brain injury, organ failure and muscle weakness.
  • Triton X-100 – a detergent and mercury derivative
  • Polysorbate 80 – a potential carcinogen
  • Formaldehyde – classified as a human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency

What’s more, it really isn’t good for the very young or the very old – the folks who are supposed to need it most. For example, more people than ever age 70 and older are getting flu shots.2

Meanwhile, the University of Alberta did a study in which one group of people got a flu shot, and one didn’t. More people died in the group that didn’t get the vaccine … but when researchers looked more carefully and adjusted for other factors like existing health conditions, there was no difference between the groups.3

Children as young as six months are being recommended for flu shots, too. But get this: One study presented at an American Thoracic Society conference in San Diego revealed that children who took the flu vaccine had three times the risk of being hospitalized soon after taking the shot, compared to those who didn’t. For children with asthma, the number was even higher.

But this isn’t the only side effect of the flu vaccine. It can cause everything from headache, vomiting, fever and muscle aches to encephalitis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome4 and neurological disorders.

Here are some easy ways to avoid the flu without taking a shot:

  • Get a boost of Vitamin D. A study published in Nature Immunology this year found that T-cells – your body’s major infection fighters – don’t mobilize against viruses without vitamin D.5 Vitamin D essentially activates these cells and supercharges your immunity. So soak up at least 20 minutes of sun a day. And eat vitamin-D-rich foods like cod liver oil, eggs, milk and orange juice fortified with vitamin D, sardines, tuna, beef liver and Swiss cheese. Or you can supplement. I recommend at least 2,000 I.U.
  • Eat foods rich in Vitamin C. Eat plenty of citrus fruits, broccoli, beef steak and oysters. This will help you maintain a super strong immune system. You also can take supplements. I recommend 2,000 mg daily.
  • Add some immune-boosting herbs
    • Garlic is one of nature’s best germ killers.
    • Oregano oil and turmeric help prevent viruses and ease cold symptoms.
    • Green tea contains anti-bacterial properties.
  • Get plenty of rest. You need eight hours of sleep each day. By losing sleep, you rob your immune system of the energy it needs to fight infection,6 and you’ll catch more colds and flu viruses.
  • Exercise. Get some each day but don’t go overboard. Too much exercise can actually stress the body and weaken your immunity. Twenty minutes a day of varied intensity exercise is all you need.
  • Keep up your regular chiropractic adjustments, remember the nervous system controls the Immune system.

To Your Good Health.

Dr. Garrow, 2204 Highway 35, Sea Girt, NJ 08750  (732) 223-1990

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Women Know!!!

Men might not agree, but today’s modern woman has become much more knowledgeable in diet, nutrition, weight loss, exercise, sports and physical activity, and methods for maintaining wellness and general fitness than a lot of men.

Most people really don’t know this, but we are particularly well-suited to the special needs of pregnant women, new mothers, women who are overweight, who are in stressful situations, and others who need special attention so they can learn how to protect and strengthen their bones, nerves, joints, muscles and overall health.

Millions of women rely on chiropractors because of the caring interaction that develops between patient and doctor and because of chiropractic’s effective combination of expert care, effective spinal adjustments, exercise and nutritional guidance, plus some lifestyle counseling.

Chiropractic offers demonstrated relief for many of the specific health challenges that affect women based on their female anatomy and the fact that the female body is designed to be able to bear children.

Pregnancy and the menstrual cycle are centrally important health matters for women. Being pregnant, preparing for pregnancy, and recovering from childbirth are just some of the uniquely female issues. Pain during the menstrual period (dysmenorrhea), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and chronic pelvic pain are among the distressing conditions which disrupt the otherwise healthy lives of many women.

Older women are much more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease (which burdens the afflicted with near-total memory loss and reduced mental functioning) and osteoporosis (in which the bones become weak, brittle, and porous; the posture stooped with the shoulders rounded). These are just two of the problems of aging that women must be aware of and can take steps to prevent.

Women may get headaches during menstrual periods and pregnancy, as well as under ordinary circumstances. Women are more likely to be bothered enough by headache pain to seek a way to overcome it. Similarly, women are often victims of osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) and have a 200 to 300 percent greater chance than men of suffering rheumatoid arthritis. Make sure you are checked on a regular basis. Chiropractic can help all the seven symptoms listed above.

Dr. Smith, P.O. Box 1817, Temecula, CA. 92593  (9510 693-5777

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How Can YOU Protect YOURSELF From The Flu?

It’s simple.

Build your immune system and you’ll protect yourself the right way without shots!

How do you do that naturally then?

You get adjusted!

Studies show that being adjusted twice a week can increase your immune system function by up to 400%.

Secondly, you need to limit the amount of sugar in your diet!

Studies have shown that sugar depresses your immune system. Foods to avoid would be the added sugar to your coffee, any soda you drink, sweetened drinks with a high sugar reading, any type of candy, alcoholic beverages and any white flour products. Then my favorite is this. Drink more water! Also, don’t forget – wash your hands frequently.

If you use natural things, then you’ll love using natural disinfectants like essential oils that FIGHT viruses (things like: eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, and tea tree oil are the most popular and should be used during the flu season).

How Do You Disinfect a Room?

To disinfect a room from the flu virus, you should buy a new plant sprayer, use warm but not boiling water inside the bottle, add 4 drops of an oil listed above (your choice) per one cup of water, then shake it before each use and spray on all the hard surfaces throughout your house and use a clean rag to wipe down the surfaces. You can also disinfectant a room by spraying the mixture into the air. Just spray it and leave it.

(If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!)

Dr. Garrow, 2204 Hwy. 35, Sea Girt, N.J. 08750 * 732-223-1990

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Chiropractic Research Facts about Life Expectancy

Here’s something I want you to think about–your life expectancy facts. The “Projected World Population” will change from 2005 to 2040. People 100 years or older will increase by 746% according to the US Census Bureau. I’m not sure about that one, but it’s something that sounds good anyway.

More than half of all the babies born since 2000 can expect to live to 100.  That comes from the Lancet but we won’t be around to find out if they’re right. Researchers tell us that thirty percent of aging is based on genetics and that 70% is attributed to lifestyle choices.

Most likely your oldest relative lived to be around 75.  So you have their genes. Adjust your lifestyle and enjoy the quality of life you deserve.

Nervous System Facts:

Your brain has more than a billion neurons. That might not mean much to you, but that allows it to store more than 100 trillion bits of information which no computer can compete with. It regenerates constantly and can renew its cells, even in adulthood. It communicates via your spinal cord to every cell, tissue and organ in your body through 45 miles of nerves. These 45 miles of nerves relay over 3 million messages every second between your brain and every cell in your body at speeds up to 170 m.p.h.

Regeneration is possible with Chiropractic.

Spinal Injury Research Facts: 8-10 mm of pressure, the weight of a single dime, can reduce spinal nerve transmission. 10 mm of pressure can interfere with the nutrition of a nerve, starving it of nutrients. Here’s the key though: if you have “nerve compression,” it can exist without pain. That means you can have nerve compression with absolutely NO SYMPTOMS. Stretching a nerve 6% can decrease the strength of its impulse by 70% and this happens to people everyday. After two weeks of immobilization, scar tissue can appear in the bone.

How Spinal Subluxations Happen.

This is something most people don’t understand. They think you have to fall or be in an auto accident to become misaligned. Nothing could be further from the truth. Subluxations or misalignments, if you will, are caused by the birth process, the falls associated with learning to walk, childhood play, growth spurts, body and weight changes, physical, chemical and mental stress (which everyone has,) intense emotional experiences, auto accidents, work injuries, environmental toxicity, food poisoning, sports injuries, intensive training, hormonal changes, poor posture, excess sitting, trips and falls, and sickness or disease. I think that just about covers it, but I know I left some things out. Just because you don’t have any symptoms doesn’t mean you don’t have any nerve problems. Don’t rely on your symptoms to tell you if you need an adjustment. Get checked regularly.

Dr. Tony Garrow, Sea Girt, N.J., 732-223-1990

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So I Have to Ask . . . DO YOU FLOSS YOUR SPINE?

When dentists are asked about the importance of brushing and flossing, many observe, “just floss the teeth you want to keep!” Typical tooth brushing reaches only about 70% of tooth surfaces. The 30% below the gumline is a breeding ground for disease and bad breath. Every day you take measures to maintain your teeth and gums. You probably visit your dentist’s office once or twice a year. How come no one says, “Once you go to a dentist, you have to go for the rest of your life?”

The fact is your spine requires maintenance, as do your skin, ears, fingernails, and hair. Just think of what you put your spine through each day! A stress-filled job, poorly designed chairs, repetitive motions, a lack of exercise, a sagging mattress and countless “microtraumas” that accumulate over time. Your spine, and the nervous system it protects, is being constantly assaulted by the way we live our busy lives.

And while a way to “floss your spine” hasn’t been invented, a visit to our office is even better. Each adjustment is focused on returning life and motion to each joint so your spine lasts you a lifetime!

Chiropractic is an investment in your health!

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Obesity Epidemic?

I don’t know about you… but eating habits are learned at an early age – so you want to help your kids and grandkids develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

People just love to squeeze chubby cheeks on little babies and young children and tell them how cute they are! But childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic problem. And there isn’t even any agreement on how to measure it!

According to a recent article in the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, approximately 50% of all children in North and South America, 38% of all children in Europe will be overweight. Dr. Philip James, Chairman of the International Obesity Task Force, states, “We have truly a global epidemic which appears to be affecting most countries in the world.”

Researchers studied medical reports on obesity for 25 years and the World Health Organization tracked obesity growth rate trends in pre-adolescents in 42 countries. Their findings – that the combination of JUNK FOOD and inactive lifestyles were largely responsible for the alarming growth rate in childhood obesity worldwide.

And since obese children generally become obese adults, you can anticipate a steady increase in many health-related conditions (i.e., heart problems, diabetes, and strokes) that will severely tax health resources.

Here are a few suggestions to manage obesity in children and adolescents:

  • Make better food selections when shopping
  • Increase your physical activities, even if you just walk
  • Less television and video games and more family events
  • Control portion size and use smaller plates
  • Eat meals at the family table, not in front of the TV
  • Avoid using food to reward or punish as this becomes emotional
  • Limit amount of evening snacking (you get FAT eating late)

In an effort to help curb this disturbing trend, many schools are removing “junk” food as menu selections and from vending machines. Get the JUNK FOOD out of  your home, and follow the suggestions outlined above.

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Sometimes… It’s Not This EASY.

The most dangerous part of receiving a chiropractic adjustment is driving your car in traffic to the office.  The truth is that even so-called ‘safe’ drugs aren’t totally harmless. They can’t be, otherwise they wouldn’t be drugs.

In an average twelve-month period, more than 1.5 MILLION hospitalized people suffer from the side effects of the drugs and therapy they receive there. Aspirin alone sends about 1,600 people to the hospital each year that DIE from gastric bleeding.

Drug interaction also creates a serious problem. Some individual drugs may be relatively benign, but taken together, they can be deadly. Make sure you’re getting regular chiropractic adjustments. They do help SAVE LIVES.

Dr. Garrow, 2204 Highway 35, Sea Girt, NJ 08750  (732) 223-1990

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Water and Sunlight

That’s right, water and sunlight!

And we can all agree that if we give this plant water and sunlight it is possible for this sick plant to become healthy, right? Of Course!

So once this sick plant becomes healthy what

2 things does it need to stay healthy???

EXACTLY! Water & Sunlight!!!!

It makes zero sense to use something to gain health but then to stop once your reach health. Chiropractic is the lifestyle of the

healthiest people in the world.

Make it part of yours!

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ARE YOU KILLING YOURSELF???

I am talking about exercise, or the lack thereof!  Did you know your body was created to MOVE and if you aren’t MOVING it (exercising) you are setting yourself up for disaster!

If people decide to exercise, most of the time it is purely for aesthetic reasons. (To look good in a bathing suit, etc) rather than to actually become healthy.  There is no substitute for exercise!

Inactivity reduces immune function and this increases the risk of all immune function related illness including viral and bacterial infection and cancer.  Inactivity represents a very serious deficiency..  Inactivity represents a very serious deficiency. -Journal of Applied Physiology

  • We have NO Genetic Defense against Sedentary Living 75% of ALL Deaths in the USA are caused by incongruent/sedentary Lifestyle CHOICES
  • Energy expenditure in the USA has DECREASED by 62% since 1920

“Exercise is a required nutrient for homeostasis and our genes are programmed to need it in order to create healthy cell function throughout our ecosystem of cells.”

-Dr. James Chestnut

So, why don’t more people get out there and exercise?  Because it’s hard and confusing?  Well it shouldn’t be.  Exercise is easy and it should be FUN!  Find something you like to do.

Running on a treadmill in your spare bedroom = NOT FUN.

Playing a game of one on one with your kids =FUN.

Doing sit-ups in your living room = NOT FUN.

Riding bicycles with your spouse or friend = FUN.

Find something you ENJOY doing.  Play golf, rock climb, train for a 5k, play ball with your kids, take up racket ball, join your church’s softball team.  Just get out there and get moving!  Don’t make it hard, make it fun!

“You will discover that allopathic (modern medicine) scientists, as they do with nutrition,  mistakenly study and evaluate exercise as a possible treatment for disease rather than looking at lack of exercise as a primary cause of illness.”    -Dr. James Chestnut

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Head Posture

According to Kapandji (Physiology of the Joints, Volume III), for every inch your head moves forwards, it gains 10 pounds in weight, so they have to work that much harder to keep your head (chin) from dropping onto your chest.   This is going to make you TIRED. Really TIRED. Maybe even irritable.

This forward head tilt… forces the muscles in your neck to remain in constant contraction, putting pressure on the delicate nerves in your neck.   This nerve compression may cause headaches at the base of your SKULL. Pressure on the nerves can also mimic sinus (frontal) headaches.

Rene Cailliet M.D., states: “Head in forward posture can add up to thirty pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical (neck area) spine. This can pull the entire spine out of alignment. Forward head posture (FHP) may result in the loss of 30% of vital lung capacity which means you’re not going to breathe very well.

“This is primarily due to the LOSS of the curve in your neck, which blocks the action of the muscles, especially the muscles responsible for helping lift the first rib during inhalation.”  This is not a good thing as oxygen is something your body “cannot live” without.

Persistent forward head posture (a.k.a “hyperkyphotic posture”) puts compression upon the upper back (thoracic vertebra), and is also associated with the development of the Hump, which can evolve into compression fractures (anterior wedging).   A recent study found this was associated with a 1.44 greater rate of mortality.

It’s not uncommon to find a 2″ forward head placement in patients.   That would be like having a 20-pound watermelon hanging around your neck. If you don’t take care of it, you get worse. Regular chiropractic CAN correct this. Our specialty is in reversing “joint problems” (what we refer to as “subluxations”) and in re-invigorating the muscles that normally hold your head.

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