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Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Reduce initial dose of the virus and optimize your immune system

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Apr 06, 2020

COVID-19 can sometimes overwhelm young and old immune systems and in some cases can result in ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome’ pneumonia and death (CDC (2020). The risk is greater for older people who may simultaneously be dealing with cancers, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema or other health issues.  As we age the immune system deteriorates  (immunosenescence) which reduces the response of the adaptive immune system that needs to respond to the virus infection (Aw, Silva & Palmer, 2007; Osttan, Monti, Gueresi, et al., 2016).

Severity of disease may depend upon initial dose of the virus

In a brilliant article, How does the coronavirus behave inside a patient? We’ve counted the viral spread across peoples; now we need to count it within people, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and cancer physician Siddhartha Mukherjee points out that severity of the disease may be related to the initial dose of the virus.  Namely, if you receive a very small dose (not too many virus particles), they will infect you; however, the body can activate its immune response to cope with the infection.  The low dose exposure act similar to vaccination.  If on the other hand you are exposed to a very high dose then your body is overwhelmed with the infection and is unable to respond effectively.  Think of a forest fire. A small fire can easily be suppressed since there is enough time to upgrade the fire-fighting resources; however, during a fire-storm with multiple fires occurring at the same time, the fire-fighting resources are overwhelmed and there is not enough time to recruit outside fire-fighting resources.

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Topics: Immune System, Healthy Eating, Healthy Eating and Exercise, Healthy Lifestyle, Resistance, coronavirus, COVID-19, Breathing Pattern, Fresh Air, Prevention

Coronavirus Observations and How to Improve Your Resistance

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Mar 16, 2020

Because of the Corona virus scare, people have been asking what they can do about it.  In addition to being a doctor of chiropractic, I'm also a certified clinical nutritionist, certified functional medicine practitioner and have been helping chronically ill people for 36 years.

Who is at risk with the Corona virus?  Those whose immune systems are compromised, and people who are malnourished.  Also, older people are more susceptible. If you are not immunocompromised or malnourished, you aren't going to die.  And there is no reason to panic.

Here's some of the things you CAN do:

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Topics: Immune System, Virus, antioxidants, Resistance, coronavirus, COVID-19, Green Tea, Sulphorathanes

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Chiropractic

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Fri, Feb 28, 2020

In the closing days of World War I, a deadly form of influenza ("flu") appeared. The influenza pandemic of 1917-1918 claimed more lives than the war.

During this crisis, doctors of chiropractic noticed that their patients seemed to have a lower fatality rate than the general population. Although this chiropractic observation remains unpublished in the peer-reviewed literature (since no scholarly journals were willing to publish chiropractic data in those days), a study was published by the osteopathic profession. 1   Among doctors of osteopathy of the time, it was routine to check patients' spines for "osteopathic lesions" (what we know as "subluxations"), and to correct them with manipulation. Due to this similarity, the osteopathic publication effectively verifies the chiropractic experience.
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Topics: Immune System, chiropractic, influenza, 1918 Influenza Pandemic, CD4, chiropractic care, World War I

The Hidden Trigger of Autoimmune Disease

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, May 14, 2019

One of the most common but least understood triggers for autoimmunity is molecular mimicry, also called cross-reactivity. 

This post will serve as a basic primer on cross-reactivity so you understand how important it is.

When your immune system reacts to a hostile invader, whether it's a virus or an inflammatory food, it tags the antigen with antibodies so it can more quickly recognize it in the future.

Cross-reactivity happens when the immune system confuses tissue in the body with the tagged antigen because they are similar in structure. As a result, it attacks and destroys that tissue as well. This self-attack is called autoimmunity.

For example, if you are sensitive to gluten, your immune system has created antibodies to gluten. These antibodies tag gluten to alert the immune system to destroy it every time you eat it — even if you ingest a tiny amount. This is an inflammatory response.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, Immune System, autoimmunity, gluten sensitivity, gluten cross-reaction, gluten cross-reaction, antibody

How To Help Kids Stay Healthy During The School Year

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Sep 13, 2017

September is a month founded on transition. Summer turns to fall, free time is consumed by
school, days get shorter and nights get longer. Even if you weren’t one of the lucky ones who had summer off because of a career in education, summer living is always less stressful. Now with the new, demanding schedules that incorporate your children’s school and sport obligations, you have to become an expert juggler.

September is the starting month for school for many students and the beginning of a tumultuous time for both parents and the kids.

While the hustle and bustle can seem overwhelming, it is easier than you think to raise children healthy and teach them how to make good choices, especially when it comes to nutrition. School lunches always come up as a hot-button issue this time of year as parents do their best to pack a healthy lunch that holds up throughout the day and actually gets your children excited about eating it. This blog post will feature some great lunch box ideas that your kids will love but that also have enough depth and intricate flavors to please adults! Whether it’s in a lunch box in a cafeteria or coming out of the company fridge for your lunch break, the recipes you will see are sure to turn heads and provoke smiles.

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Topics: Immune System, Blood Type Diet, Colds, School Lunch Recipes

Not Knowing If You Have Autoimmune Thyroid is Harmful To Your Health

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Feb 19, 2013

If you've been reading my blog for a while you know I have revealed the fact that the number-one cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune thyroid [1]. Based on the number of medically managed hypothyroid patients who have sought my care for their numerous persistant health challenges, thyroid hormone replacement alone does not address the underlying cause of Hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroid). Too many patients who only utilize thyroid hormone replacement therapy may never feel the way they truly desire. It's a shame and that's why I am dedicated to helping patient's with autoimmune thyroid improve their health with my unique blend of natural methods.

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Topics: Hypothyroidism, autoimmune, Hashimoto's, TSH, thyroid, autoimmune thyroid, T4, T3, Immune System, TH1, TH2, TPO Ab, TBG Ab

Do You Have Autoimmune Thyroid Or Other Autoimmune Dysfunction?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sun, Dec 09, 2012

Previously on this blog I explained the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States is an autoimmune thyroid condition. I also explained some of the mechanics about how the immune system becomes unbalanced and attacks the thyroid or other body parts. Further explanation is warranted. Far too many people are suffering with afflictions and they need help. Perhaps this article will help them find answers.

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Topics: Hypothyroidism, autoimmune, Hashimoto's, TSH, thyroid, autoimmune thyroid, T4, Immune System, TH1, TH2, TPO Ab, TBG Ab

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