March 2020

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Optimizing your immune system

Optimizing your immune system We are all living in this humanitarian crisis. Obviously, as with any damage to our health, some will be more affected than others and some better prepared. The strength of our immune system can have a positive impact in order to counter the reproduction of a virus in our body. I am sometimes asked here in Montreal if osteopathic care can help the immune system? We will see some possible applications while taking into account that any form of bodily tension and damage to health reduces the protective efficiency of the organism because they require an amount of energy or ATP to maintain them. Osteopathy is always a great way to optimize all of the body’s systems. Repairing the digestive tract and relaxing the organs is particularly important since the immune system is affected by a deterioration of the intestinal membrane and a good osteopath can prevent a deterioration in health. I recently listened to a podcast by Dr. Matt Cook, a specialist in infections and immune system in California who offers avant-garde treatments to treat Lyme disease and various serious health problems, among others. I’ve included in this text some relevant information from his speech. How does the immune system work? In fact, the immune system is divided into two, an innate system and an adaptive system. The first is the response to a viral infection or antigen that makes you feel sick. The fever and the various associated symptoms which generally last between 7 and 10 days are the consequences of the innate immune system which defends itself with its different cells and inflammatory responses to take over the invaders. Then the adaptive immune system keeps in memory specific proteins of this viral or bacterial attack and the next contact with this attacker is entirely taken care of by the adaptive system and we have no symptoms of disease. The response of the first immune system, by the response of the fighting cells, is crucial for healing and the presence of fever is in itself a sign of healing and not a sign of disease which must be suppressed with drugs according to Dr. Thomas Cowan , an expert in immunology. It is good to consider that 60% of the immune system, IS, seems to find itself at the border of the digestive tract. So the microbiome and the integrity of the digestive tract is essential in order to prepare a solid foundation for the IS. Adding bone broths and colostrum with their glycosaminoglycans and a whole arsenal of molecules essential to the functioning of the SI seems to be an excellent asset in order to maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall and strengthen the IS. The repair of the digestive tract in itself is a whole subject that would come in a future blog. How does a virus reproduce? A bacteria is said to be invisible to the human eye. If the bacteria had eyes, a virus would be invisible to them. These more than tiny organisms seek to survive inside a host, an animal cell, and hack into DNA transcription mechanisms so that the cell can reproduce their own. Thus viruses can multiply and transfer to neighboring cells. When a cell, or a set of cells, is hit, the immune system sets in motion and sends its fighting cells to the scene to stop the invasion. Edema is created, through the dilation of the arteries, and the ground becomes the site of inflammation. A variety of molecules are secreted to carry out this process and some are pro-inflammatory like cytokines nf-kappa-b (nuclear factor kappa B) and Tnf and some are anti-inflammatory like Nrf-2 which decrease the inflammatory response when the area is under control. However, when the inflammation gets out of control, there is what is called a cytokines storm, when these pro-inflammatory molecules are constantly secreted and perpetuate the general inflammatory. This was the case during the Spanish flu of 1918, which in this particular case rather affected children and young adults, perhaps because older people had passed through the epidemic of the Russian flu to the late 19th century. There was a chain reaction of cytokine production which led to excessive inflammation and possibly dramatic consequences in the lungs, sometimes leading to death from sepsis as well. The same is true for Corona Virus, according to Dr. Matt Cook. The epithelial cells of the lungs, the surface cells, are affected and go into apoptosis, or cell death, which creates even more inflammation. There is edema and less exchange with the outside and therefore less oxygen in the blood and possibly, sepsis and death for some. Boosting the immune system We will see several tips tactics  to stimulate and optimize the immune system. You are also invited to do more research to deepen these means and be able to apply them healthily. 1. Stimulate the lymphatic system The lymphatic system involves a circuit of fluids which circulate thanks to the movement of the body and under the action of muscles and joints. These fluids carry back waste and serve as transport for the immune system. Without movement, there is stagnation and therefore a possibility of developing various symptoms linked to the accumulation of toxins and cellular waste.  Jump, bounce, move and exercise 10 minutes a day, you can jump and bounce, shake the body, dance and engage in physical exercise daily.  Massage Massage has been known for millennia to circulate the lymph. A Deep Tissue massage will seek therapeutic relaxation while activating the lymphatic system. However, if you are already with symptoms of low immunity or fighting a viral attack, refrain from massage or Deep Tissue which will put more toxins in circulation in the body.  Osteopathy Osteopathy is a great way to release internal tensions that block the path of the lymph in order to accentuate the cleaning of cellular waste. A good osteopath will create more mobility in the thoracic frame where several important lymph nodes are

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  OPTIMIZING YOUR SLEEP In this blog, we will discuss the main factors that promotes a good night of sleep, essential to both the body and also to an optimal neurogenesis. The system glymphatic, in reference to glial cells the representatives of the immune system in the brain, ten times in numbers compare to the neurons, organizes the cleaning process of the brain during sleep and allows the evacuation of wastes and toxins in the blood circulation. During the sleep: – The muscles are repaired – The organs are repaired – Is the consolidation of the memory – The immune system is strengthened – the brain discharges its wastes and toxins – Neurogenesis is increased – Decreases the presence of stress hormones in the body   When the quantities of sleep or the quality of sleep are not met: – The cognitive functions are decreasing – The memory is less good – The stress hormones are not evacuated – Immunity is decreased – Anxiety and depression increases – Neurogenesis is slowed.   In order to promote a restful sleep, here are the essentials to adopt in your habits of life and your ritual before bed. A routine Develop a routine, a ritual, which causes the body and the mind to prepare for sleep. As for the children, the adults respond favorably to a routine. Examples are reading, a bath, light candles, meditate, do restorative yoga, all these possibility that brings the nervous system in a state of appeasement and favorable to sleep. Screen Avoid the stimulations of movies and the screen of the computer and telephone in general 1h to 2h before sleep. The light projected in the eyes is stimulating for the body and if in addition the emotions conveyed generate a stressful response in the body, it just gets harder to fall asleep.  Some people always being more sensitive than others. Lighting 1h before sleep, lower the lighting ambiance to mimic the natural conditions with the arrival of the night, the body being very sensitive to these stimuli. The candles are a perfect lighting for the preparation for the sleep. Sugar and fluids Avoid simple sugars before sleep as well as the excess fluid, this promotes a deep and restorative sleep. The last meal Notice that the quality of sleep immediately after a heavy meal is impaired, generally less deep. It is favorable to avoid food after 19h in the evening, in an ideal scenario.  An ayurvedic saying is that ‘’After 7pm, food is poison.’’ Caffeine and stimulants Some people take a lot of time before eliminating the caffeine of their system. As well, if you are having difficulties falling asleep, ask your habits of coffee, tea and cocoa, as well as any form of stimulants, in the afternoon and in the evening. Avoiding caffeine the whole day can be beneficial. Alcohol The alcohol initiates usually in first a state conducive to sleep but prevents the steps of deep sleep, necessary for the repair of the brain and the body in general. Total darkness The production of melatonin in the brain is greatly favored in maximum darkness. Thus, avoid light sources in the bedroom, from the dials or the phone and place the ‘’blackout’’ curtains in order to cut the traces of light from the street in cities if you are not in the countryside.  You will generally notice a deeper sleep in the dark. Electromagnetic fields it is favorable to keep the more possible the head, 1 m minimum, away from sources of electromagnetic fields from electrical appliances, dials, or radios, but also away from the wall outlets, generating a disturbance at the level electromagnetic means. Electricity and EMF Observe the difference during a power failure, and observe the deep silence installed. The difference is particularly striking in the urban areas. It is possible to cut off the electric current in the parts of the house or apartment where you sleep, thus fostering a climate more natural and less loaded in abnormal electrical waves for your brain. Nature Nothing is worth the depth of a sleep in full nature, surrounded with forest, far from the wifi waves and the electromagnetic pollution of cities. Adopt sleeping as much as you can  in nature, camping or at least in remote locations in order to enjoy the pleasure of a deep sleep. Earthing In order to reproduce the effect of the direct contact of the skin with the earth, which allows free electrons located in the soil to spread in the body and to have an extremely positive impact on the whole body and mind, there is a system designed in California called earthing. With the assistance of a conductor material and a connection in the round socket of our wall outlets, the ground, the flow of electrons can reach up to us. The effects are the following: – deeper sleep, and more regenerative (cyclists of the Tour de France have used this technology to recover more quickly). – Decrease of the mental restlessness, either for meditation or the focus of an activity, read, write. – Decrease of inflammation in the body. – Decrease of anxiety. For a complete list, refer to the book, Earthing. You can get the sheets of the earthing on the site www.earthingcanada.ca. Plants as allies The following plants, in ascending order of power in their sedative effect, will definitely help you to find an appeasement of your nervous system and promote your route to sleep. Always make sure you check the certain contraindications if you are taking medicinal plants. Each of these plants can be taken in herbal tea or supplement. – Ashwagandha – Chamomile – Valerian – Kava Kava (it may be more difficult to wake up the next day) (Not recommended for people suffering from depression) Stress and the emotions it would be impossible to avoid these key elements which influence sleep. Each has already noticed how periods of stress, the constant stress, and strong emotions, ranging from sadness and grief, anger,