Post Holiday Thoughts
Soon it will be that time of year again! You will see it and hear it everywhere you go. In fact, just after the last bit of holiday paraphernalia is put away, another thing is sure to be seen and heard.
You still don't know what I am talking about?!
Well, just think about it. After all the shopping and worrying--about what to get whom, will it fit, do they already have one, can we afford it; and all the visiting--friends, family; and all the partying--cookies and milk, nuts and beer, dips, vegetables, wine, cheese and crackers (all, of course, before sitting down for the big meal). After all the last minute rushing around, lost sleep, and I got a million things to do... What on earth could possibly (and only naturally) follow this?
That's right--the fever, chills, ache-all-over-feeling, coughing, sneezing, and complaining of the cold and flu season!
Maybe you never put these two together before but it seems to me to be more than just coincidence that "cold and flu season" happens to occur just after we've basically stuffed ourselves for weeks (probably since Thanksgiving), totally stressed ourselves out, probably destroying any semblance of what might have been regular sleeping and exercise routines and in general, completely abused our bodies.
After all, we are too busy seeing people, going places, and getting things done to consider our health! At least we are still contributing to our health by thinking positively. Unless or course you are looking for a parking space at the mall, dealing with crowds, or stuck in a blizzard on the way to a Christmas party. Unfortunately, in the holiday rush, some people even get away from their regular chiropractic adjustments.
Now I am not suggesting that we all skip the preparation, parting, or even the panic of the holiday season, but it annoys me that the world would like to con us into thinking that a "flu season" really exists. They say it just makes sense that at this time of year with its cold weather, and what is in nature a time of lean nutrition, that an overabundance of germs would exist and cause many people to become ill.
In fact, the opposite is true. The cold weather kills many germs. The flu season is more a function of a society that on the whole has let its resistance be significantly lowered and consequently, is vulnerable to disease--not just the flu, but every disease.
If you want to be well, you simply must make your health a priority. Do as many things that contribute to attaining and maintaining your health as you can-- make good food choices in moderate amounts, exercise regularly, get the rest you need, keep a positive outlook, and of course, have your spine checked regularly and adjusted when needed. Doing all that can help turn this from the "cold and flu" season to just plain winter.
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