Chiropractic Helps Boost Immune System
The majority of us understand that the spine/nerve system controls mobility in our body. If the spine is broken, we become paraplegic or quadriplegic depending on where it is broken. The nerve system which runs through your spine regulates all the functions of the body including your immune system.
Think of it like this, your spine is the superhighway of your body, it controls everything and like the interstate highways that are 2, 3, or even 4 lanes all going in the same direction, the spine can form clogs and congestion. Imagine the 3 or 4 lane highway squeezing to one or two lanes from an accident; our spine can also squeeze down the signals that run through it due to trauma from an injury or from stress of everyday life events that cause the spine to shift out of place interfering with those vital nerve messages.
How can you remove the congestion or block? Regular chiropractic adjustments can untangle the roadblock of your spine allowing the body's functions to receive the proper signals it needs to function appropriately and at it's best.
A close up look at the nerve and immune systems
The sympathetic nerve system (a lane on the super highway) is one of the processes that allows the nerve system to directly control the immune system.
Keeping the spine aligned provides an open lane for the nerve impulses to travel from one place in the body to another such as the immune system. It also allows the healing elements (white blood cells, macrophages, etc) to travel to the area of the body that needs them.
Researchers discovered the importance of the connection of the sympathetic nerve system in 1987 when they discovered norepinephrine in the immune system organs such as the lymph nodes. 
In 1989 Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York's Preventive Medicine Institute as well as a professor of medicine at New York University followed up that discovery. He found over a three year study looking at the immune system of the following patient types: people receiving chiropractic care, some having cancer and additional terminal illnesses, and the general public not under chiropractic care that patients under chiropractic care for 5 years had a 200% boosted immune system compared to those who were not under chiropractic care.  
A 2015 study shows that the brain and the immune system are the two chief adaptive systems in the body. The two speak to each other to preserve homeostasis and health. 
As you can see the nerve system and immune system are intricately intertwined and keeping the nerve system free of interference will help keep the immune system strong. Of course there are other things that can help too: getting adequate rest, drinking plenty of water, reducing sugar, exercising, eating a good diet, and having a positive mental attitude also play a role.
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 "Enhancing Your Immune System For Better Health" November 8, 2014 by Dr. Tony Jensen
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Little Germ. big fear.
How to catch the coronavirus:
Eat a poor diet. Make sure your body lacks the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients needed for optimal health.
Avoid adequate rest. Stay up late and rely on sugar, tobacco, coffee and energy drinks as needed.
Become dehydrated. Reduce the effectiveness of your natural defense mechanisms by shunning adequate water.
Stop exercising. Reduce the efficiency of your lymphatic system, which depends on movement to circulate this vital germ-fighting fluid.
Rarely wash your hands. Use your dirty hands and fingers to rub your eyes, pick your nose or wipe your lips.
Think negative thoughts. Worry that you'll be a victim. Closely monitor news reports about outbreaks, fearing a pandemic.
Skip your chiropractic adjustments. Handicap your nerve system, the master system that controls your entire body. Wait until symptoms are present before doing anything.
The only way to catch anything is to make yourself a hospitable host.
The germ theory of disease is a common belief. This belief, like many in the health arena, causes all kinds of strange behaviors.
Many will wear flimsy, ill-fitting paper masks. However, the perforations that permit breathing are huge compared to the single-cell virus they are trying to strain out.
Many will avoid Chinese restaurants. Or drink Corona beer.
Many will apply all manner of disinfectants in the hope that killing enough germs will cause health to manifest.
Meanwhile they set about the business of compromising their immune system, which if vibrant, would be more than capable of keeping them disease free.
Fed by the 24/7 news cycle, the fear mongering is the perfect way to attract more eyeballs that can be sold to advertisers. Which these days are increasingly to pharmaceutical companies.
What many forget is that Louis Pasteur, the father of the germ theory, recanted his assertion on his deathbed. "It's the soil, not the seed," he observed. In other words, without a hospitable host, germs can do very little. Too late. By then the meme had been released and the rest is history.
The human immune system has successfully shunned the black plague of the Dark Ages, the Spanish Flu of 1918, polio, measles and many others. If the germ theory were true the human race wouldn't still be around to worry about it!
Germs are a lot like seeds. In fact, when seeds begin to grow, we refer to it as 'germination.' If you've ever tried to start a new lawn from scratch, you already know that conditions have to be just right for the grass seeds to germinate.
And it takes a lot more than just the seeds (or germs) to become a seedling (or a disease). For example, if you were to spread grass seed (germs) on your living room carpet, it wouldn't become a new lawn. The necessary conditions for growth - soil, water and light - wouldn't be correct. Same with germs. The conditions have to be just right for germs to cause disease.
Try to rise above the hysteria and mob mentality. Be a voice of reason and composure. And the truth.
Posted by Bill Esteb on Feb 29, 2020
Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He's been a regular speaker at Parker Seminars and other chiropractic gatherings since 1985. He is the author of 12 books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient's point of view. patientmedia.com
Dr. Kori Mortenson, DC is a chiropractor in Santa Barbara, CA. In his spare time he enjoys tango dancing, running, biking, hiking, kayaking... just being active.