Strengthen Your Immune System

Whenever the flu season comes around, the available vaccine supplied does not cover the actual virus that people are infected with, which again confirms that any vaccine should be avoided. You need to keep your immune system in top condition to help combat any disease and chiropractic care is central to a strong immune system.

 

Your immune system works around the clock to keep you healthy and disease free. Your immune system patrols every part of you, attacking, neutralizing and destroying useless and dangerous things such as bacteria, viruses, splinters, dirt, dead cells, cell pieces and even cancer.

Your Powerful Healing Ability:

 

The landmark book “Spontaneous Remission” is a collection of hundreds of documented cases of individuals whose cancers, infectious and parasitic diseases, endocrine, nutritional, metabolic and immune disorders, diseases of the blood, nervous system, mental disorders and other diseases that spontaneously healed. The authors state:

 

There is a wide body of evidence suggesting that extraordinary healing, including regression of normally fatal tumors, takes place, with no known scientific explanation.[i]

 

The body is fighting cancer all the time and winning. Early cancers are probably being detected and combatted in the body on a regular basis. If you take this process and step it up in intensity, you have the “miracle” of spontaneous remission.[ii]

 

In the foreword of the book “Remarkable Recovery”, ¬Larry Dossey, MD observes how medical doctors often relate to this phenomenon:

 

“As a young doctor I once saw a case of untreated metastatic lung cancer disappear. I sought out two of my professors and asked their opinion about what had happened. One simply responded, “We see this,” and walked away. The other replied, “This is the natural course of the disease.” Cases of cancer that “just went away” are a reminder that doctors don’t know everything. In the wake of this experience, I gradually drifted into the typical response of the medical profession toward this type of remarkable recovery. Ignore it.” [iii]

 

How Do You Ignore That?

 

As chiropractors know, you have an incredible healing ability protecting you all the time. It has many levels: your skin and the mucus membranes in your nose and throat create a physical barrier to invasion; digestive juices dissolve germs; urine cleans your urinary tract; skin secretions kill many germs. Other defenses include fever to “burn off” infections; swelling to bring healing to injured areas and specialized cells that attack and devour intruders: macrophages, T-cells, killer cells, antibodies and others, each with its own special way of taking care of “bad guys.” Your “internal defense industry” that creates high quality weapon systems is in your bone marrow, spleen, thymus, tonsils, adenoids, appendix and lymph nodes.

 

Immune Diseases:

 

But what’s powerful for good can be potent for bad. An unhealthy immune system can overreact as in allergic or hypersensitivity disorders; can underreact as in immune deficiency disorders or can attack the body itself, as in autoimmune disorders.

 

Disorders of the immune system, once-rare diseases such as allergies, asthma, lupus, cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome and others, are increasingly common. Today an increasing number of clinicians and scientists feel that childhood immunization is a cause of immune system disorders.[iv] The famed pediatrician Robert Mendelsohn, M.D., asked: “Have we traded mumps and measles for cancer and leukemia?” [v]

 

Do Emotions Affect Your Health?

 

A depressed person has a depressed immune system, a happy person a healthier one. According to Bernie Siegel, M.D., unexpressed feelings depress immune response, but more importantly, relationships strengthen your immune system:

 

People, relationships are what nourishes and keeps everyone alive. That’s why women live longer than men and married men live longer than single men with the same cancers. When your life is only about what I can do, or a role you’re playing or you’re unable to work anymore, you curl up and die. Connection with others clearly keeps you going!

 

All Connections Are Healthy:

 

People with pets have fewer health problems, require fewer visits to the doctor, have fewer risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.[vi]

 

Many other things boost your immune system: inspiring stories and even enjoying comedy! Laughter and humor improves your immune defenses against colds and cancer, decreases your stress hormone levels and is protective against heart conditions and high blood pressure.[vii][viii]

 

Psychologist Leo Buscaglia reports that insurance companies find if a wife kisses her husband good-bye in the morning he has fewer auto accidents and lives five years longer.

 

Can Chiropractic Help Your Immune System?

 

Chiropractic is a powerful immune system “wake up.” Doctors of chiropractic analyze your spine to locate vertebral subluxations, a serious condition that causes spine and nerve stress and impairs your immune function. Over a hundred years of chiropractic observations have demonstrated spinal care’s effect on immune function.[ix] The study of how the spine & nervous system affect immune health is one of today’s hottest areas of scientific inquiry today: psycho-neuro- immunology (PNI).[x] It is increasingly revealing that health of your brain, spinal cord and nerves profoundly influences your physical and emotional health, something chiropractors and their patients have observed for over a hundred years.

 

Your body wisdom, your inner healer is always working to balance your chemistry, strengthen your systems and awaken your connection to life. See your chiropractor on a regular basis to correct subluxations so your immune system functions closer to its optimum level to fight disease, prevent illness and function at your best!

[i] Spontaneous Remission, an Annotated Bibliography by O’Regan and Hirshberg, Institute of Noetic Sciences: Sausalito, CA 1993

[ii] Chopra, D. Quantum healing. NY: Bantam Books, 1989, p. 24

[iii] Remarkable Recovery by Caryle Hirshberg and Marc Ian Barasch. Riverhead Books: New York 1995. From the foreword by Larry Dossey, MD. p. xi

[iv] Scheibner, V. Vaccination: The medical assault on the immune system. Blackheath, NSW Australia, 1993. p. xxi.

[v] How to Raise A Healthy Child In Spite Of Your Doctor, Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.

[vi] Siegel JM. Stressful life events and use of physician services among the elderly: the moderating role of pet ownership J Pers Soc Psychol 1990 Jun;58(6):1081-6.

[vii] Bennett MP, Zeller JM, Rosenberg L, McCann J. The effect of mirthful laughter on stress and natural killer cell activity. Alternative therapies Mar/Apr 2003 Vol. 9. No. 2.

[viii] Tan SA, et al Mirthful laughter, an effective adjunct in cardiac rehabilitation. Can J Cardiol 199 7;13 (Suppl B:190B)

[ix] Nansel, D., Jansen, R. et al. Effects of cervical adjustments on lateral-flexion passive end-range asymmetry and on blood pressure, heart rate and plasma catecholamine levels. JMPT,1991, 14(8), p. 450.

[x] Felton, D. & Moyers, B. The brain and the immune system. In B.S. Flowers & D. Grubin (Eds.). Healing and the mind. NY: Doubleday,1993, pp. 213-216.

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