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These abstract are a bit old, but nonetheless show a great need for more research into how the nervous system affects and controls the immune system of the body.  Check it out:

Enhanced Phagocytic Cell Respiratory Burst Induced by Spinal Manipulation: Potential Role of Substance P
Basically in this study polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN's) and monocyte levels were increased after an adjustment.  For those of you who don't know PMN's and monocytes are white blood cells involved in the immune system and fight foreign invaders such as bacterias and viruses.  This study is by no means conclusive, but there you have it.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Volume 14, Number 7.  September 1991

Enhanced Neutrophil Respiratory Burst as a Biological Marker for Manipulation Forces:  Duration of the Effect and Association with Substance P and Tumor Necrosis Factor
Chiropractors have long believed that the adjustment of the spine could help with such illness as Cancer.  The major problem is virtually all the evidence we have is anecdotal in nature.  We really do not know, physiologically, how we are successful in some instances and not successful in others.  This study showed a significant increase in an immune response geared toward tumor cells.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Volume 15, Number 2.  February 1992

Now be careful with what is being said here.   Chiropractors adjust the spine, thus affecting the nervous system.  The nervous system has been found  to have certain controlling influences on the immune system.  By adjusting the spine, according to these studies, certain immune functions have been raised.  So what does it mean?  Quite frankly we don't know, but that is why we need more research.  Instead of just dismissing it out of hand, and possibly losing a great opportunity, we must devote more time and resources to researching this.

Bottom line, don't just accept the status quo, especially when it comes to your health!



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