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Better Life Chiropractic COVID-19 Strategy

Dear Patients and Friends of Better Life Chiropractic,

At Better Life Chiropractic, our primary concern always has been and always will be your health.

To help decrease the potential transmission of COVID-19 we are taking proactive steps in our office. We will continue to use fresh face paper for every patient during treatment. We are wiping down all treatment tables, equipment, and children’s area more frequently. We will also more frequently clean and disinfect the patient check-in touch screens. If you don’t feel comfortable using the patient check-in touchscreens talk to one of us and we can get you checked in without it.

In my estimation we have two pandemics happening right now. One is the pandemic of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and the other is the pandemic of fear. Franklin D Roosevelt, famously declared that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He knew that our great country had been through tough times and that it would yet endure many more difficult times. This is, without a doubt, one of those times when fear will not serve us. What I would like to do is offer strategies that can not only help us overcome our fear but that can give us confidence in the face of this massive disruption to our lives.

Before I do, let me acknowledge that I agree with many epidemiologists that this strange new virus has more potential negative impact on our mortality and morbidity than does our annual influenza pandemic. It needs to be taken seriously. We need to take early and proactive precautions to protect ourselves and especially the more feeble and vulnerable among us.

So, what do we do? Two things…

First, avoid transmission by practicing common sense habits. This virus seems to be airborne but it primarily enters our bodies through our faces. So avoid touching your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. If you shake hands, exchange money, or touch the same door handle as an infected person the virus could potentially enter in through these routes. For example, if I have an itchy eye or nose I will usually use the back of my hand to pull on the skin around the said area to relieve the itch. When I’m with patients I frequently wash my hands with simple soap and water. This seems to do a better job than hand sanitizers. I have been using these strategies for 20 years and I literally haven’t had the flu in 20 years.

The Second Strategy, which is hardly ever talked about by the epidemiologists or the medical profession, is to proactively strengthen your immune system. There are some simple things you can do to profoundly increase the strength of your immune system.

Here are five immune boosting strategies:

  1. Get enough sleep. Yes, lack of sleep can affect your immune system. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. Simply said, your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases. How much sleep do you need to bolster your immune system? The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours of good sleep each night. Teenagers need nine to 10 hours of sleep. School-aged children may need 10 or more hours of sleep.
  2. Eat whole-foods and Avoid Sugar and processed foods. Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack viruses and bacteria. Eat more fruits and vegetables, which are rich in nutrients like vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc. Go for a wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, including berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, apples, red grapes, kale, onions, spinach, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and carrots.
  3. Exercise. If you don’t exercise regularly, you’re more likely to succumb to a viral infection, for example, than someone who does. Exercise can also boost your body’s feel-good chemicals and help you sleep better. Both of those are good for your immune system.
  4. Immune boosting supplements. There are several herbal and whole food based supplements that have a profound immune boosting effect. Talk to one of us doctors here at better life chiropractic to see which combination of these things would be best for you.
  5. Don’t stress and worry. Fear can be the fuel to the fire of the furnace of disease. Isolating yourself and being over anxious about this outbreak can only make things worse.
  6. Get adjusted. (There are actually 6 tips, but 5 sounded better – he he) Well-designed studies show that chiropractic patients are found to have a 200% greater immune competence than those who do not receive chiropractic care. Not only does the data show it but I have observed clinically for many years that our patients tend to get sick less often and less severe than they used to before they started chiropractic care. In fact, when our patients aren’t feeling well we encourage them to keep their appointments to help support their immune system during the process of fighting it off.

Our goal is to help you live without fear of the germs that are out there, but to live confidently knowing that you have some control over your resistance to what is out there by taking proactive steps in your own lives. We look forward to continuing to serve you in helping you to achieve your health goals. Dr Roy Strickland Better Life Chiropractic PS – This Coronavirus has a specific set of 3 symptoms. Fever, Cough, and Shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms or are diagnosed with having contracted the COVID-19 please stay home and self Quarantine. You can also call to have a tele-medicine consultation with one of us Docs to find out what herbs or dietary changes can help you expedite your recovery.

Dr Roy Strickland
Better Life Chiropractic

PS This corona virus has a specific set of 3 symptoms. Fever, Cough, and Shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms or are diagnosed with having contracted the COVID-19 please stay home and self Quarantine. You can also call to have a tele-medicine consultation with one of us Docs to find out what herbs or dietary changes can help you expedite your recovery.