Hello all … Dr Brad Ivanchuk here.
I am a Burlington, Ontario Chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line in the Beacon Hill Plaza.
Since we are at the beginning of so-called flu season
, today I would like to share a story with you about the flu shot.
About 10 years ago, one of my patients came in for her regular 3 week check-up. A lovely lady, retired and in her early 70’s.
And when she came in to see me she looked just awful.
She had a few nasty cuts and bruises on her head and face and when I asked her what happened, this is what she told me….
Two weeks prior to her coming in, she got a call from her family doc to come in for her annual flu shot.
She did this faithfully every year without hesitation.
Only because her family doc told her she needed a flu shot did she roll up her sleeve year after year.
After this particular flu shot, she went shopping at the Mapleview Mall. She was on the down escalator when her flu shot arm felt ‘funny’.
When she looked down, her flu shot arm was all red and swollen to twice its normal size. She immediately felt queasy and nauseous and she fainted right there on those steel, jagged escalator stairs.
She had had a terrible local reaction to the flu shot and it is truly a miracle that she did not break any bones or suffer a serious head injury.
Needless to say, that was her last ever flu shot.
Now, it is not my place to tell you to get a flu shot. And it is certainly not my place to tell you not to get a flu shot.
But it is my place to tell you that regular exercise, a healthy diet, a little extra vitamin D during the winter months and regular chiropractic adjustments will do wonders for your immune system and help to protect you against the flu.
Naturally and with zero side-effects.
So, if you are still considering getting a flu shot, may I suggest a couple of things.
Do a little bit of research first. Find out how effective the flu shot really is. Find out all the potential side-effects of getting the flu shot.
You can easily find these things on the internet.
But most importantly, if you are damaged as a result of a flu shot, find out who will be there for you.
Find out who will have your back!
As always, if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me.
Remember that consultations in our office are always free of charge and these include a detailed postural analysis.