Trusting Your Immune System,
By Dr. Michael Tinkey: Superior, Colorado 100% Chiropractic A Wellness Center
All parents want healthy children, and we know that good health is dependent on a strong and functioning immune system. However, according to a statistic by the CDC, today’s children are sicker than their preceding generation. Allergies to food have doubled in the past 10 years, the prevalence of asthma has increased by seventy-five percent, and 1 out of 10 children were diagnosed with ADD in 2011. Necessary micronutrients for immune function, such as vitamins A, D, C, E, as well as iron, are overlooked as children are being given ever increasing quantities of medication and antibiotics.
The function of the immune system is to protect and defend the body against infection caused by viruses and bacteria, but we need to give it the opportunity to work. Symptoms of illness such as fever, runny nose, or swollen glands are indicators that the immune system is working to defend the body against infections and these very symptoms are signs of a normally functioning immune system. Rather than rushing kids to the doctor’s office at the first sign of a runny nose, allow the body to go through its course of the healing process, monitoring, of course, that fevers stay within normal limits of under 103 degrees. We constantly wipe surfaces and try to keep children away from any germs. As part of development, babies put things in their months which helps to expose their immune systems to tiny antigens (foreign substances to the body), forcing the immune system to attack and destroy the antigens which turn, strengthens the immune system, slowly helping to build up immunity to various microorganisms. “If, at the first sign of infection, you jump in with antibiotics, you do not give the immune system a chance to grow stronger.” Andrew Weil, M.D.
When antibiotics are used too frequently, they stop working effectively when a child actually needs them. According to a 1994 Newsweek article, chronic middle ear problems in children had not decreased despite the number of antibiotics being used to treat them. Excessive use of antibiotics suppresses the development of a child’s immune system and we are seeing new incidences of stronger drug resistant bacteria strains as a result. The nervous system directly affects the immune system in those hormones and other chemicals convey messages among nerve cells to the immune system. The state of the nervous system, then affects the performance of the body’s immunity. Through chiropractic care, we see a significant improvement in children’s ability to fight off infection when their spines, which house the nervous system, are in proper alignment, facilitating the body’s communication to the immune system.