The first things to do when a cold or flu strikes

Last time I wrote about some of the “Gold Standard” scientific studies that found little or no evidence that the flu vaccines effectively prevent the flu.

So here’s a review of what you can do to protect yourself and your family from colds and any type of flu this season, and in years to come.

Colds and flu’s are the result of a viral assault on an impaired immune system. They are not an enviable result of viral exposure alone.

A number of factors influence your immune function including diet, well chosen supplements, exercise and proper sleep.


Both colds and flu’s are caused by a wide variety of viruses (not bacteria). So antibiotics will not help you because they don’t kill viruses. Cold and flu viruses usually attack your respiratory system.


The most common way viruses are spread is through hand contact. For example someone with a cold blows their nose then shakes your hand or touches surfaces that you also touch. However, the key to remember is that just being exposed to a cold virus does not mean that you will catch it (Remember it depends on how strong your immune system is. If your immune system is operating at its peak you should not have to worry about getting sick.


Andrographis Complex – My patients absolutely love this product. It is especially useful for acute infections particularly Viral Infections. Prevention and treatment of colds, influenza and upper respiratory acute infection’s. Relief of the fever of influenza, relief of mucus congestion and to boost immunity for any other infections.

Increase your Vitamin D intake. One reason for the widespread of cold and flu’s maybe that Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common in the United States, especially during the winter months when cold and flu viruses are at their peak. Research involving about 19,000 Americans has confirmed that catching colds and flu may actually be a symptom of an underlying Vitamin D deficiency. Less than optimal Vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.

Make sure you are getting enough sleep – That you have a well chosen supplement program. Increase or start taking Zinc, drink green tea with very little sugar because sugar is fertilizer for pathogenic bacteria, yeast and fungi that can set your immune system up for an assault by respiratory virus. Most people don’t realize that 80% of you immune system actually lies in your gastrointestinal tract. That’s why controlling your sugar intake is critical for optimizing your immune system Reishi mushrooms can also help the immune system. If you need further help please don’t hesitate to call.


Here is what one of my patients have said –
For several years, I felt extremely tired all the time. I had no motivation or stamina to get things done. Sometimes I would be so tired; I couldn’t focus or concentrate on anything. I also had problems with a sour stomach and gassy bowels. Dr Walker changed all of that. It has been an eye opening experience for me. I learned how much my diet, and how the right supplements, could change my problems. Now I have more energy and stamina than ever and my stomach and bowels feel better. Most of all Dr. Walker is dedicated and has the knowledge to get you under way to a life changing experience. Robert T.

Dr. Dan Walker

A. K. Chiropractic & Massage
Erie’s Reviving Bodywork Studio
At Integrative Wellness Options
4906 Richmond St
Erie, Pa 16509

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