Chad: This is Dr. Chad Edwards and you’re listening to Podcast #6 of Against the Grain.
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Bryan: This is Bryan Wilks here with real doctor, Chad Edwards. How are you doing?
Chad: Bryan, I am doing amazing. I am ready to get rolling today. This is some good stuff.
Bryan: I’m glad you feel good because I feel not-so-good. It’s flu season.
Chad: Are you scared?
Bryan: Yeah, I’m terrified. I have two kids and you have two kids, so you can relate to this, right?
Chad: Technically four.
Bryan: Four kids. That’s right, yeah. Congratulations.
Chad: Thank you.
Bryan: Newly married. Big family now.
Chad: Yep, family man.
Bryan: Awesome, so you understand my kids aren’t as young, but I have two boys, one almost 2 and one almost 7, and it’s like a Petri dish at our house. They just bring everything home. We get everything and it leads us to our subject today which is, “If I get the flu shot, then I won’t get the flu, right?” There you go, but before we get started, let’s talk about Revolution Health and Wellness Clinic.
Chad: Revolution Health and Wellness Clinic, man, it’s an amazing place. Cash-based clinic, so you are actually in control of your own health care. You get the amount of time with the doctor that you want. We use all kinds of things, medical approach things. We do IV nutrition, we do bioidentical hormones, where we look for the underlying cause of why you have a problem. Call us at 918-935-3636 to schedule your appointment. Certainly visit our website at revolutionhealth.org. Lots of contact information stuff there. You can read about us and call us and schedule your appointment.
Bryan: Awesome. I go to Revolution Health. My dad goes to Revolution Health. My wife goes to Revolution Health. A lot of my friends go there now. I’ll tell you one of the things I like about it is the way you’re treated there. You really are treated first-class. Got a lot of good people working for you there, Chad.
Chad: Thank you. We are gifted, blessed.
Bryan: Our other sponsor is Upper Cervical Health Centers. You know these guys, personally, right?
Chad: I do. They are amazing people. Not your standard, average chiropractic clinic. Looking at overall health. I think there’s some statistic over there.
Bryan: Yeah, 75% improvement in overall health. Amazing.
Chad: Yep, so again, they’re just not your pop your back, pop your neck, and get that feeling better. We’re looking at overall health from a proactive perspective, so they go hand-in-hand a lot with what we do with Revolution Health. They are amazing, amazing people, looking for underlying causes. Trying to get the physiology and the anatomy outlined correctly.
Bryan: Awesome. You can call them at 918-742-2300 or you can look at them online at uppercervicaltulsa.com/newyou. Chad, let’s get right to the topic here.
Chad: Yeah, we’ve got a lot to go over here.
Bryan: Yeah, this is a good one. This is a conversation that my wife has with other wives and it gets pretty passionate. Should you get the flu shot or not? Give us some answers here, man.
Chad: Well, let me first say that I am not opposed to immunization. It seems like there’s this hard line in the sand, “Do you immunize? Period. Do you not immunize? Period”.
Bryan: It does seem like there’s two opposing views.
Chad: Absolutely. There are some immunizations out there, not the topic of this podcast, and we’ll go over a lot of that in the future, but there are some that have dramatically changed medicine and the impact of infectious disease on our overall health. I am not 100% hard-lined anti-immunization. I just want to make that clear.
Bryan: Tell us the difference between the flu shot immunization and is it in a different category, is it carried differently, is it a different makeup than your average child immunization, for example?
Chad: The biggest thing, and we’ll get into the weeds of this, the biggest thing is that the other childhood immunizations actually work when it comes to Haemophilus influenzae, Type B, or what we call the Hib virus or polio, those vaccinations made a dramatic and profound difference. We don’t have polio anymore. We don’t have smallpox. The vaccine essentially eradicated the illness. It was declared eradicated by the World Health Organization.
Bryan: It worked.
Chad: Those immunizations work. Contrast that with the flu, which has not been eradicated. Different mechanisms and things like that and I don’t expect that the flu will actually ever be eradicated in the same way, but when it comes to the effectiveness, it’s just over time, and this is not my opinion, this is the scientific data and we’re going to go over this, it just doesn’t work in the way that we think it works. I’m not saying it has zero effect, but it’s not what we’ve been told.
Bryan: Both of my kids had the flu vaccine. Jackson is 7, it depends on the year, but he still gets the flu.
Chad: Yeah, absolutely. Most of the time we think, you tell me your thought or Marshall, you can weigh in on this-
Bryan: Marshall is our behind-the-scenes guy. He’s much more handsome and has a better voice than both of us, so I don’t know why he’s behind-the-scenes.
Chad: He’s got the height.
Bryan: He’s got the height, 6’7″ this guy. He’s single. We’re going to give out his number at the end of the show. That’s our new thing.
Chad: All you single ladies.
Bryan: All you single ladies, that’s rights. We’re going to have a sting with all you single ladies, but go ahead.