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Chiropractors do not claim to treat infectious diseases. What chiropractic does is allow your body to function free of nerve system interference and closer to your full potential.
There are generally two types of defenses to viruses and pathogens:
External defenses include measures having to do with reducing the risk of exposure. These include general cleanliness and disinfectants. Masks and protective clothing are recommended for use by health professionals who are most at risk of exposure to infectious pathogens, as well as for those who are already infected.
Internal defenses are those that your body innately has. These defenses are an important line of defense against any sort of pathogen. Functioning at the highest possible level, your immune system should be nearly impenetrable to the normal exposure to pathogens that can make you sick. The key here is having your immune system functioning as close to 100% of its innate ability as possible.
Avoid things that can lower your internal immune system (such as smoking and alcohol), avoid stress as best you can, and also minimize unnecessary medications and over-the-counter remedies that may weaken the body’s ability to defend itself.
A big area that we have control over is what we eat. Processed food, refined sugar, bleached flour, and foods with additives can have a negative impact on your immune system. There is a large volume of information available on what foods negatively impact your immune system.
Lack of exercise or sleep can have a negative impact on your immune system. It has been shown that people who exercise properly and get the correct amount of sleep are less likely to get sick. Daily good habits in this area can help you against the threat of infectious diseases.
Maximizing Your Innate Immunity
Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the systems in your body. Anything that interferes with proper nerve system function will have a negative impact on all your body systems, including your immune system. Chiropractic is based on restoring proper nervous system function. The purpose of chiropractic care is to correct interference in your nervous system by correcting vertebral subluxations. Subluxations can cause your nervous system to function at less than optimum and negatively affect your overall function and health.