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Oklahoma chiropractor suggests several natural remedies to fight the flu

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OKLAHOMA CITY - People across the state are running to pharmacies for medication to treat symptoms of the flu, according to a new report.

According to Walgreen's flu index tracker, Oklahoma is second in the nation for flu activity.

Experts say this doesn’t mean they were diagnosed for the flu. Instead, it suggests they went to Walgreens to treat symptoms related to the flu.

Of course washing your hands often, getting plenty of rest and getting that flu shot are some of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting sick, but there are natural flu fighters some doctors recommend.

"Our body has a much better ability to heal than it's given credit for,” Dr. Josh Spears said.

Dr. Josh Spears is a chiropractor. He may not be the first person you would call for aches and chills, but he has patients who come to him to help with flu like illnesses.

"Our goal is to remove interference so that the nervous system operates at the highest level possible," he said.

One way a chiropractor helps prevent the flu is by massaging your lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system.

"When you're sick, we're also palpating the interior posterior emphatic chains. They act as filters for bacteria, viruses, toxins, things like that," Dr. Spears said. "The spinal nerves are going to supply those areas. Also, proper motion in the spine increases that lymphatic drainage."

There are natural immune boosters as well.

"Echinacea, garlic, Vitamin C are the top three that come to mind with things that can be taken," Dr. Spears said.

Dr. Spears recommends taking these natural illness fighters before or as soon as you start feeling symptoms.

But the best way to prevent and help get over the flu is to rest and drink plenty of water.

"There are people that come to my office and tell me they simply will not drink water," he said.

All natural remedies to help prevent sickness. Doctors orders.

Since October, the state health department reported 67 flu hospitalizations and no deaths.