Cancer and Chiropractic
The immune system is the body’s defense system designed to fight off bacterial infections, viral infections, the flu, cancer or anything else that may try to harm you. Most of the time, the body’s immune system wins, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. Medical interventions, particularly antibiotics, originally designed to save lives when the body is in a crisis, are now being widely used as the “first line of defense” without letting the body do its work first. As a result, experts agree that we have caused microbes to rapidly evolve to the point where some are resistant to antibiotics altogether. The everyday use of antibacterial soaps and other external treatments to kill germs has also contributed to this dilemma. The Maximized Living approach is not to develop stronger medications that will only repeat the cycle, but to strengthen the body’s immune system to fight infection and reserve the use of medications for emergencies only.
Research has shown that chiropractic care boosts the immune system. Chiropractic adjustments relieve stress from the nervous system, which is a critical link and has governing role over the immune system.
Consider the following:
- Spinal lesions, similar to vertebral subluxation complexes caused by misalignments, are associated with exaggerated sympathetic activity, which releases immune regulatory cells into the blood circulation and alters immune function. The nervous system has a direct effect on the immune system due to the nerve supply to the important immune system organs. 1, 2, 3
- White blood cells, which eat and destroy bad cells, are enhanced through chiropractic care. 4
- HIV positive patients adjusted over a 6-month period showed a 48% increase in CD4 cells, an important immune system component. 5
- The chief of cancer prevention at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute found that people who received regular chiropractic care over a five-year period had a 200% greater immune competence than those who had not received chiropractic care. The chiropractic group showed a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases. 6
Chiropractic care for maintenance of a strong immune system should be a standard regimen for everyone.