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Fighting the Flu

iStock_000013360379XSmallWellness is about so much more than nutrition and exercise. It’s about taking care of yourself by getting enough sleep, monitoring your stress, and being aware of the different diseases that can attack your body. That’s why WellnessFX wants you to be as prepared for this flu season as possible, because it’s a rough one!

Compared to recent years the 2012-2013 influenza season began relatively early. In fact, by January 11, it seemed to be full blown across most of the US.

Scary, huh? It’s even scarier if you aren’t prepared. What is the flu? How do I avoid it? When do I know if I need to go to the doctor? These are the types of questions you should be asking.

What Is The Flu?

According to the CDC, “influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.”

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Guest Post: Your Symptoms Are Not The Problem

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When I was in medical school, I spent my summers working for a stonemason. By the end of each summer I had thick, grizzly calluses on my hands. The cause was clear: continual irritation to the area led the body to adapt by thickening the skin in order to prevent repetitive damage. Calluses did not attack me and they did not occur over night.

Chronic diseases occur in the same way. They are the result of the body’s own adaptive physiology straining to react to a continual stress over time. Dis-ease is a state of not being at ease or balance. Chronic dis-eases, such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune conditions, etc. do not occur over night, but are a process of time. The effects accumulate and eventually cause symptoms.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.