Immunity and Chiropractic
Doctors have found through common sense and experience that the immune system’s ability to fight off microorganisms is improved by resting and drinking fluids. No one had to do studies. It is a self-evident fact, and no one is about to suggest that doctors stop making that recommendation until a Harvard Medical School research program can be completed in which 1,000 people with the flu will be allowed to drink fluids and rest and 1,000 others with the flu will be made to walk around while deprived of fluids.
Chiropractic is based upon the same logic. If there is an interference in the nerve system, the immune system, which is intricately linked to it, will not function as well as it should. Just as it would be ridiculous to demand that physicians do the study outlined above to prove the validity of rest and fluids for the flu, it would be just as ridiculous to demand research to prove that chiropractic helps the immune system work better. It is a self-evident fact. If the nerve system works better, every system in the body works better, including the immune system.
Notice that chiropractors do not claim that chiropractic cures the flu, the common cold or anything else. Chiropractors just maintain that if there is an interference in the nerve system, the immune system will not work as well as it should, and if that interference is removed, the immune system will work better.
The Uniqueness of You
Because we are truly unique individuals, the outer characteristics of our faces, fingerprints, or even the irises of our eyes can be used to identify us. Likewise the inside workings of each our bodies is also truly unique to each of us.
No two people have the exact same physiological needs. One person’s insulin needs are different than another person’s. Two people may eat the exact same meal, but the digestive juices necessary to break down that meal and make it useful to the body are totally different. Every person’s blood chemistry is slightly different. Our caloric intake needs vary from person to person and even within the same person from day to day.
There are literally millions of different measurable characteristics within each person. How could any doctor know all these needs for any one person let alone for all patients? The fact is that he or she cannot. We simply cannot know the unique biochemical needs of each person. That is why chiropractic does not attempt to conform a person to a standard or norm which is really unknown to the doctor.
Chiropractors recognize that the body has a self-regulating, self-normalizing mechanism, an innate intelligence. It is this innate intelligence that has stored the millions of unique characteristics and needs and can properly adapt to changes in both your body and the environment. To accomplish this adaptation, a communication system is necessary, and that system is the nerve system.
If the nerve system is interfered with due to vertebral subluxation (a bone misaligned putting pressure on the nerves), then that which is uniquely you cannot be fully expressed. Thus, the objective of chiropractic is the correction of these subluxations.