Chiropractic and Immunity

Louis Pasteur proposed the theory that germs cause disease. Contemporary scientists of Pasteur’s time—Béchamp, Bernard, Virchow, and Metchinkoff—reached different conclusions in their experiments. They discovered that it was not the microorganism that caused disease, but rather the health of the host that attracted these particular microorganisms and allowed them to proliferate. Salutogenesis starts by considering health, and looks prospectively at how to create, enhance, and improve physical, mental, and social well-being. Pathogenesis starts by considering disease and infirmity and then works to determine how individuals can avoid, manage, or eliminate that disease or infirmity.

Chiropractic encompasses a salutogenesis model in healthcare. Chiropractic adjustments even as sporadically as once a month, yielded the following results in a research study:
-60.2% decrease in hospital admissions
-59% decrease in hospital days
-62% % decrease in pharmaceutical costs

What is the physiology behind this? What does the science say?
Chiropractic adjustments can have a positive effect on immune function, according to a growing number of researchers who are exploring the common denominators in disease processes and the role of the nervous, immune, and hormonal systems in development of immune-related illnesses. During the 1917–18 influenza epidemic, an estimated 20 million people died throughout the world, including about 500,000 Americans. Researchers reported that in Davenport, Iowa, out of the 93,590 patients treated by medical doctors, there were 6,116 deaths— a loss of one patient out of every 15. Chiropractors at the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport adjusted 1,635 cases of flu-stricken patients, with only one subsequent death. Outside Davenport, chiropractors in Iowa cared for 4,735 cases with only six deaths— one out of 866.

 

During the same epidemic, in Oklahoma, out of 3,490 flu patients under chiropractic care, there were only 7 deaths.
Researchers in the department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Canadian Chiropractic College concluded that antibody production of interleukin 2 increased post adjustment to the thoracic spine. Interleukin 2 is a protein that regulates white blood cell function, the cells that help protect the immune system.

Simple things like getting your wellness adjustments, getting enough rest, drinking ample quantities of water, introducing more minerals through whole foods and vegetables and reducing stress all have positive influences on our state of well-being. The function of your nervous system and immune response are vital to proper body function, optimal health and avoidance of common ailments.

 

Source: Perspectives on Chiropractic and Immunity
Author // Scott Rosenthal, D.C., Matt McCoy, D.C. and Stamatis V. Tsamoutalidis, D.C.
Pathways to Family Welness

Source: Teodorczyk-Injeyan JA1, McGregor M, Ruegg R, Injeyan HS.”Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects”.Chiropr Osteopat. 2010 Sep 8;18:26. doi: 10.1186/1746-1340-18-26.

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