As we watch the COVID-19 Pandemic unfold, uncertainty, fear, and stress are taking over so many lives. I follow thought leaders in the fields of health and wellness, as well as medical journals and research to gain a greater understanding of how the COVID-19 is affecting our nation. One of the biggest stressors I see for patients is how helpless many feel regarding exposure to COVID-19 and their perception of lack of control over their health. I would like to discuss a different perspective--one that deserves some serious thought in a time of drastic change for our country.
Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD, recently wrote an article regarding the world's current situation. One of the most difficult issues for many regarding the COVID issue is that it affects people in many different ways with a wide array of severity, meaning some severely while others mildly. What Dr. Bland as well as others are seeing is that the severity of the individual's COVID issues are linked to how well that person's immune system is working (or not working). Many Americans think of their immune system as only what fights off colds or the flu. In reality, the immune system is much more complex.
You may have heard that many of those affected severely by COVID were of older age and/or often experiencing other health issues like hypertension, obesity, or diabetes. Most Americans do not think of these issues as being related to the immune systems, but kidney, liver, neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, and digestive dysfunction, are all associated with a compromised immune function. Having increased inflammation (damage) in one or more of these organ systems can be more subtle and not as obvious as feeling chronically sick with a cold or flu. In fact, inflammation is one of the key characteristics of immune system dysfunction and is associated with the severity of symptoms of an individual dealing with COVID. Millions of Americans have something called Metabolic Syndrome (MS), which means they are chronically inflamed, often with signs like increased belly fat, high blood pressure, BMI over 30, fasting blood sugar of over 100, lower HDL levels, and high triglycerides. MS is a pandemic in our country, making Americans more prone to severe symptoms of COVID--making what Dr. Bland says is a storm for a "pandemic within a pandemic."
There is something truly missing in Americans viewpoint of COVID. Yes, I do feel that we need to be cautious in order to avoid a disease, but I strongly feel that the majority of our focus needs to be on creating a strong foundation for health instead of JUST being fearful and avoiding. The perspective that is not being discussed enough is that we need to take responsibility for our own health. MS is a preventable and reversible disease. Helping your body heal from inflammation will not only improve your immune system function, but greatly improve your quality of life and longevity. Why wouldn't we want to take action steps that help us thrive, heal, and prevent disease versus waiting for something to "get us."
Why I love what Dr. Scott and I do at Body In Balance is that we help people heal from the "inside-out," versus the "outside-in." We practice Network Spinal Analysis, a 30+ year old gentle chiropractic technique that has been highly researched in regards to healing, improving internal (especially neurological) organ function, improving immune system function, as well as helping people have a vibrant quality of life. By upgrading how your body works internally (inside-out healing) then supporting that with healthy lifestyle habits you have SO much power to not just avoid disease, but truly heal and thrive in this uncertain world.
It is old thinking that keeps us stuck in terms of health care. The COVID issue brings to the forefront that it is time to make better choices, improve your healing capacity and inflammatory status as well as take a new level of responsibility for your health (whether there is a second wave or not).
If you are ready to make changes to your health, wellbeing, and healing capacity, please call us at 303-215-0390. Get yourself as healthy now to provide success for later. Dr. Scott and I do consultations and exams to understand how your body is functioning (not just through symptoms but through actual data), and put together plans of action to improve your health, quality of life, and wellbeing. Jenn Evon, MS, our Functional Medicine Nutritionist, creates plans for lifestyle support through nutrition, targeted supplementation, and mindfulness to support those who need to make additional changes.
We are ready to help! Remember, Create Health by Choice, Not by Chance.