Multiple research studies have shown that regular spinal correction can enhance various aspects of immune function. For example, chiropractic care has been clinically shown to:
Enhance the production of immunoregulatory cytokine IL-2 and the production of immunoglobulin.
Increase CD4 counts in HIV/AIDS patients.
Promote the production of white blood cells.1-3
Reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.4
Chiropractic patients routinely find themselves getting sick less and ultimately enjoy enhanced health as a “side effect” of regular spinal correction. This isn’t exactly surprising, though, because we have known that chiropractic can boost immune function since 1918 when it helped stop the Great Spanish Flu!
Although nearly 100 years old, this mega case study is worthwhile to discuss since an estimated one-third of the world’s population (≈500 million) were infected by what is now believed to have been a mixture of H1N1 and the swine flu. No one really knows for sure how catastrophic it was, but the total death count has been estimated at upwards of 100 million, which would make this pandemic 2,500% more fatal than most flu pandemics!
It’s interesting to note that unlike most flu outbreaks which predominately kill children, the elderly and people who are already sick, the Spanish Flu targeted healthy young adults. This is notable because according to recent research done on the bodies of frozen victims, the most deadly virus in the history of mankind caused an autoimmune reaction, making people who had strong immune systems susceptible to harm.
The strong immune reactions of young adults ravaged the body, whereas the weaker immune systems of children and middle-aged adults resulted in fewer deaths among those groups.
Most people are unaware of this, but chiropractors were originally licensed as medical doctors because of their ability to treat infection, and they regularly treated infectious diseases like polio up until the 1950s!
According to a historical account of the Spanish Flu disaster by the Texas Chiropractic Association:
Chiropractors got fantastic results from influenza patients while those under medical care died like flies all around.
Statistics reflect a most amazing, almost miraculous state of affairs. The medical profession was practically helpless with the flu victims, but chiropractors seemed able to do no wrong.
Some of the most fascinating pieces of data include:
National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients—one out of every 859.
In the small town of Davenport, Iowa, for instance, chiropractors managed 1,635 cases with only one death. Comparatively, MDs treated 4,953 flu cases and 274 patients died.
Throughout the rest of Iowa, MDs treated 93,590 patients and 6,116 died (a loss of one patient out of every 15). Comparatively, chiropractors managed 4,735 patients and only six patients died (a loss of one patient out of every 789).
In Oklahoma, chiropractors were called in to help with 233 cases where MDs gave up hope that the patient would survive, and all but 25 patients survived.
Today, with the advancement of our understanding of The 5 Elements of Health, it just makes sense to visit your chiropractor on a regular basis. Because of the enhanced immune function that you’ll benefit from, there’s no telling what diseases your body will be better able to fight off.