Shot or No Shot: 4 Essentials to Survive Flu Season

Some people will get a flu shot, some won’t, and others torture themselves trying to decide. These tips are designed to invigorate your immune system regardless of your decision. Understand that only about 10% of “flu” is actually influenza and therefore addressed by the flu shot. This is based on CDC reports citing the number of specimens submitted to labs for testing that were confirmed to be influenza, regardless of type. Relying solely on a shot that is only designed to address 10% of the problem is a bad bet if your goal is to stay healthy and happy.

  1. You (may) have between now and Halloween to prepare. Every year, I see the incidence of flu-like sickness explode about a week after Halloween. I suspect it’s related to the immune-suppressing effect of our yearly sugar orgy. Oct 31st is also the start of the yearly holiday marathon that extends through New Year’s. Now is the time to build your defenses.
  2. Your immune system is an engine that needs fuel. Seasonal veggies to make sure you include are kale and collards, black eye or purple hull type peas, winter squash, rutabagas, and sweet potatoes, to name a few. Here in Alabama, there’s no shortage of “tailgate” food around football season, but it’s not going to fuel that engine when you need it, so listen to your momma and eat your veggies.
  3. Your immune system is an engine that needs maintenance. A good balance of rest and exercise is important to keep your immune system (and all the rest of you) well maintained and prepared for the future. If you’ve been letting that slide a little lately, I suggest regular walks outside because the weather is gorgeous and naps. Check out the Birmingham Art Crawl if you need some inspiration to get out!
  4. Your immune system is an engine that needs no interference. Behind the sceneImmunity neuro breakdowns, your immune system is controlled and regulated by your nervous system. The effect of accumulated stresses, not just physical, but also environmental and emotional, on your body, can and do cause interference with the function of your nervous system. This interference, or vertebral subluxation, disturbs your ability to heal and regulate, functions critical to the immune system. If you were going on a long trip, you’d have a mechanic check your car even though it seemed fine. You need to be checked by a chiropractor for vertebral subluxation if you want the best protection.

A chiropractor may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to flu season, but it was our success with helping people overcome the flu during the great flu pandemic of 1918 that helped establish chiropractic as an effective means of getting the sick well and helping the well to stay that way. But that’s a story for another time.


The Title Game

american-football-220047_1280As we watch the first ever college football championship game tonight, let’s pause to reflect on what the two groups of young men did to get there. They trained every day. Not just for the last couple of weeks, but all year. And most of them for most of their lives as individuals. Hours and months of sacrifice dedicated to one goal: becoming champions.

One team will claim the victory. The other will compete, hopefully, with their all and fall just short.

We pay attention to high level team sports, because we admire the human will it takes to compete at that level. In some ways, fan loyalty is a way to pay homage to the competitors, the tradition, and the fight.

Watching the game also allows us to set aside our own fights for a while and gives us a chance to recharge for our own struggles ahead.

If you live long enough, one day you will be an old person. So I say this to you: future old people, you are on your way to a distant showdown. The field is going to be uphill and the course is anything but straight. There are no referees to make it fair. There are no guarantees. But, the training and dedication that you deliver to yourself in the present has the potential to stack the deck in your future favor.

I have set aside some of my time to help you start to develop a strategy now, so you can face the future with hope, strength and – most importantly – a plan. Join me at Anytime Fitness in Chelsea on Monday January 19th, 6:30 pm. I want to help you become the best future old person you can be.

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Peace, Love, and Chiropractic

Window Nativity

Birth of the Savior, artist -Tabitha Maples

If you’ve been a fan of our window art in the past, you’ll be pleased to know that we are picking up where we left off last year. This season’s nativity scene was crafted by Tabitha Maples (pictured), who has been providing our window art of 4 years.

Come by and see this for yourself; it looks amazing in person! Join with us as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. One more week until we start the Christmas music!


IMAG0075AIt’s Halloween again. The season of all things horrifying and disgusting is upon us. Runny noses, coughing, fever, flu, and this year, Enterovirus and Ebola! People walking around looking like zombies on stuffy head medicine and who knows what else. Certainly miserable for those caught in the thick of it.

Hopefully, you read my last blog and have been preparing for this season. Like Christmas it rolls around every single year at about this time. If you want the best chance to NOT feel like one of the walking wounded or the living dead, take heed:

Limit the indulgence. Have fun, but don’t get carried away. Help your kids with this too.

Keep doing the things you’d normally do to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Make sure your brain is connected to your body. We can help with that.

Brain + body = good

Brain @#*&% body = not so good.

Even zombies know, the more brains, the better!

How Do You Find the Joy in Christmas?


I’m giving myself (and my family) the gift of a less stressed Christmas by lightening my to-do list in the spirit of self-care and to focus on the real meaning and joy of Christmas:

1. No Christmas cards–whew! no attempting perfect photo of family or kids–yay!
2. No mass quantities of perfectly baked goodies and no staying up late to bake them. Ok, maybe a few family traditional faves just before Christmas!
3. Not overspending (see #1) and staying on budget for all gifts.
4. Avoid the holiday pounds creeping on by limiting the goodies around my kitchen all season and not skipping workouts. I’m way less stressed when I’m taking care of myself.
5. Giving to people in need (see #3, when I don’t overspend, I have $ that we can give)…this makes me happiest!

Carrie Lusk is the wife of a serious cyclist and mother to two full-throttle, youngsters. Of course, that only scratches the surface of one amazing lady who was gracious enough to share her list with everybody this week.