immune system

October Products of the Month

Do you have a sore throat? The menthol in Thieves® cough drops helps soothe sore throats, relieve coughs, and cool nasal passages. With naturally derived ingredients and no processed sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives, these cough drops are easy to take anywhere you may need relief!

For an extra immune boost, try adding two drops of Oregano Vitality™ and 2 drops of Thieves Vitality™ in a veggie capsule to support a support a healthy immune system. Veggie capsules are my preferred way to ingest these powerful oils, but you can also add them to your Ningxia Red or water.

Oregano Vitality:
· Supports a healthy lifestyle regimen.
· Cleansing for the digestive system.
· Has antioxidant properties
· Supports the immune system

Thieves Vitality:
– Supports a healthy immune function.

– May contribute to overall wellness when taken as a dietary supplement.

– Contains Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil, which may help support a healthy respiratory system when taken as a dietary supplement.

– Includes the naturally occurring constituent eugenol from Clove and Cinnamon.

To prevent the “oil burps” try taking your capsule with a fatty drink like almond milk. You can also add a few drops of carrier oil to the capsule or simply follow the capsule with a 1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil. Essential oils are attracted to fat, so they sit better in your stomach with another fatty substance.

These three are a powerhouse for the upcoming change of season!



Pediatric Health Issues: Fevers

It’s hard to know what to do when  your child has a fever, or to know when the fever has gotten too severe. Afevers-and-kids fever is when the body recognizes that there are foreign invaders that have made it into your system, and it raises the internal temperature of the body (past 98.6 degrees) to try and kill off whatever you have contracted. This temperature increase is regulated by the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that acts like the thermostat. As your child’s temperature starts to rise, they will feel colder initially because the body pulls all the blood from the skin and pushes it back into the body to use to increase the core temperature and they will get the shakes because the body is using the muscles to create yet more head on the inside.

What temperatures are considered to be “fevers”?

So what temperature are considered to be feverish and what levels are considered to be too high for children? For children, a temperature of 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a “low grade” fever.  A temperature of 102-104 is considered “moderate”. Temperatures of 104-106 are considered “high” and anything over 106 is considered “severe”.


What to do when the fever gets too high:

Calcium: this can help bring down a child’s fever naturally

Egg Whites: dip your child’s feet in egg whites to pull the fever towards the feet and relieve pressure on the rest of the body.

Cool/Tepid Bath: tepid or a little less than room temperature so it doesn’t shock the body

AND OF COURSE: Get more adjustments! Adjustments boost the immune system and allow the body to heal itself from the inside out.


Where Nutrition Fits into Chiropractic Care

healthHungry for feeling great? Good. Because Family First is all about nutrition. No, that’s not weird. In fact, nearly 70 percent of chiropractors reference or use proper nutrition in their practice.

What’s the Big Deal about Nutrition?

Nutrition is a valuable tool that helps chiropractors treat the whole body, which is what we like to do. Good nutrition also helps to reduce the risk of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other chronic ailments. And that’s not all.

Ever notice how you feel after spending the previous day or night eating loads of greasy, fried, processed or otherwise less-than-healthy foods? You can feel pretty crummy. Fuel your body with nutritious foods as a regular habit and you can instead enjoy:

  • Increased energy
  • Weight loss
  • Fewer sick days off work
  • Fewer trips to the doctor
  • Decreased medical bills
  • A potentially longer and healthier life

Top 10 Nutritious Foods

If you’re not sure where to start incorporating healthier foods into your diet, try staring with the top 10 healthiest foods as reported in Medical News Today. They are:

  1. Apples, crisp and delicious
  2. Almonds, beats potato chips as a filling snack
  3. Broccoli, try it steamed or chopped for noshing
  4. Blueberries, beautiful in oatmeal!
  5. Oily Fish, salmon, sardines and fresh tuna count
  6. Leafy Greens, kale is the rage – find out why!
  7. Sweet Potatoes, great as a traditional baked-potato substitute
  8. Wheat Germ, sensational sprinkled on cereal, in yogurt and smoothies
  9. Avocados, yum, yum and double yum!
  10. Oatmeal, and not the sugary packet kind

Want more info? Let’s talk nutrition at your next visit to clinic. Schedule your appointment today.


Germs + Chiropractic = Healthier Childhood

germsThere’s a growing body of research showing that children exposed to lots of germs early in life are less likely to develop allergies, asthma or autoimmune disorders as they grow up.

A recent study done in the Journal Science shows that exposure to microbes during early childhood is associated with protection from immune-mediated diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and asthma. The reason being that when these microbes enter the gut they keep a rare part of the immune system reined in. When there are NO microbes present, the immune cells run rampant in the lungs and intestines, increasing the risk of asthma and colitis. Add in the microbes, and cells in question, invariant natural killer T cells, retreat.

In other words, exposure to common germs keeps the immune system properly functioning and busy and able to not over-react when encountering nasty bugs and other biological stuff later in life. We are meant to encounter some microbes and dirt when we are young. It’s how our immune system grows strong.

In addition, there’s evidence that children who are given antibiotics early in life are more likely to have immune-based problems like asthma and food allergies. There’s even some evidence that women might have more autoimmune diseases than men because they’re kept cleaner than boys as children.

Chiropractic Adjustments & Your Immune System

We’ve talked before about the things you can do to boost your immune system naturally (besides getting dirty). These include eating simply and nutritiously (avoiding sugar), getting plenty of rest, taking the right whole food supplements, and getting adjusted. The same is true for our children. Regular chiropractic check-ups can help ensure that your child’s spine and nervous system are developing normally. Research has also shown that chiropractic care boosts the immune system. A holistic approach for children including chiropractic, good nutrition and play (exposure to germs), and mindfulness for reducing stress, may not only help with their immune system but also bring more energy and vitality into their life!


May Chiropatients

Mrs. Christine has been a great patient of ours for many years. She loves coming in to get adjusted and use our different therapies in the office. She always compliments us on our great work, but this month we wanted to honor her as an amazing patient that we LOVE to see each week!








Nina and Luke have been patients of ours for a few months and been consistent with their care and we are excited about the changes we will see in their spine! They love sitting in our massage chairs and coming to get adjusted! We love helping children keep their immune system up and get their subluxations adjusted.