Since its inception, chiropractic has asserted that viruses and microbes don’t threaten us all equally and that a healthy immune system easily repels most invaders. The immune system protects us from infectious disease and strives to get us well again when we do fall ill. Our immune system, like every other system in the body is coordinated and controlled by the nerve system.
Therefore, during the 1917-1918 influenza epidemic, which similar to today brought death and fear to many Americans, it has been estimated that 20 million people died throughout the world, including about 500,000 Americans. It was chiropractic’s success in caring for flu victims that led to the profession’s licensure in many states.
Researchers reported that in Davenport, Iowa out of the 93,500 patients treated by medical doctors, there were 6,116 deaths, a loss of one patient out of every 15. Chiropractors at the Palmer School of Chiropractic adjusted 1,635 flu cases, with only one death. Chiropractors in Iowa cared for 4,735 cases with only 6 deaths, one out of 866. Similarly, in Oklahoma out of 3,490 flu patients under chiropractic care, there were only 7 deaths. Furthermore, chiropractors were called in 233 cases given up as lost after medical treatment, and reportedly saved all but 25.
Besides passive recommendations regarding hand washing and social distancing it makes great sense to do everything you can to ensure your immune system is functioning at its best. That strategy should include Chiropractic. Go see your Chiropractor or if you don’t have one give me a call at (636) 498-2346.