Boosting Your Immunity, NATURALLY!
Louis Pasteur, the father of modern medicine said, “Illnesses hover constantly above us, their seeds blown by the wind but they do not set in the terrain, unless the terrain is ready to receive them!” Why is it that two different people can be exposed to the same germ, but only one gets sick? The story of Masha and Dasha, one of the most unusual sets of “Siamese” or conjoined twins ever born answers that question for us.
Although Masha and Dasha have four arms, they have only three legs. They stand on two of their legs, one controlled by Masha, one by Dasha (they were five before they learned how to walk) while a third, vestigial leg remains in the air behind them. Their upper intestines are separated but they share a single lower intestine and rectum. They have four kidneys and one bladder, and often disagree on when to urinate. They have a common reproductive system. Because their circulatory systems are inter-connected, the twins share each other’s blood. Therefore, a bacterium or virus that enters one twin’s bloodstream will soon be seen in the blood of her sister. Yet surprisingly, illness affects them differently. Dasha is short-sighted, prone to colds and right-handed. Masha smokes occasionally, has a healthier constitution, higher blood pressure than her sister, good eyesight and is left-handed.
The twins differing health patterns present a mystery. Why did one become ill with a childhood disease, like measles for example, while the other did not? The measles “bug” was in both of their bodies, in their collective bloodstream; so why didn’t both get the measles?
Evidently there is more to “getting the measles” than having the measles “bug”. This phenomenon was seen over and over again with the girls (flu, colds, and other childhood diseases were all experienced separately). If germs alone had the power to cause infectious diseases, why would one of the twins be disease-free while the other was ill? What was it in their makeup that differentiated one from the other?
The answer was not far to seek. Although Masha and Dasha had common circulatory, digestive, excretory, lymphatic, endocrine and skeletal systems (they were joined at the hips), they had separate spinal columns and spinal cords. This was the only important difference between the two girls.
In Masha and Dasha, nature’s “laboratory” devised an experiment that no human researcher could ever duplicate. These extraordinary twins are an invaluable example confirming that there is much more to “catching” a disease than simply breathing in germs; germs can make you sick if and only if your body provides fertile ground to grow in.
The state of your neural system determines whether you have high or low resistance to disease. The brain, the spinal cord and all nerves throughout the body make up the neural system. If you are suffering from disease, the health of your neural system will play a decisive role in whether or not (and how rapidly) you will recover. So, what does this have to do with Chiropractic, and is there any research to support it?
Chiropractors are the only licensed doctors trained to detect and correct vertebral subluxations. Subluxations are misaligned vertebrae (spinal bones) that place tension on the nerves exiting the spinal cord, resulting in a communication breakdown between the brain and the body. The Neural system, an elaborate network of nerves, controls and coordinates the functions of all body systems, including the musculoskeletal, circulatory, digestive, reproductive and immune, just to name a few. Thus, subluxations cause mal-functions in all systems controlled by the area that is subluxated, whether or not symptoms exist. So, if nerves feeding information to the immune system are not communicating properly, that person is more likely to be “sick” and have lowered immune resistance. So where’s the research?
1975, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., Chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute and professor of medicine in Environmental Health at New York University began developing scientifically valid ways to estimate individual susceptibility to various chronic diseases. Pero and his colleagues, found strong evidence that susceptibility to disease could be gauged by the activities of various enzymes involved in metabolic and genetic changes due to the exposure of carcinogenic or “mutagenic” chemicals. Immune system responsiveness, or “immune competence,” also was directly linked to certain DNA-repairing enzymes, which provided an objective way to assess disease susceptibility. Pero said, “Lack of those enzymes definitely limits not only your lifespan, but also your ability to resist serious disease consequences.”
In 1986 Pero collaborated with Dr. Joseph Flesia, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chiropractic Basic Science Research Foundation (CBSRF). With a hefty grant from CBSRF, they began a research project at the University of Lund, in Lund, Sweden. Measuring 107 individuals who had received long-term Chiropractic care, Pero’s team turned up some very interesting findings. The Chiropractic patients had 200 percent greater immune-competence than people who had not received Chiropractic, and 400 percent greater immune-competence than people with cancer or other serious diseases. Surprisingly, despite a wide range of ages in this study, the immune-competence did not show any decline with age. It was indeed uniform for the entire group. This is why so many children respond favorably to Chiropractic adjustments with ear infections, allergies, asthma and frequent colds. The Chiropractor is not treating these illnesses; he or she is just giving the body and the immune system the best chance possible to work optimally. Also, children who are adjusted regularly do not get “sick” nearly as often. Pero concluded, “Chiropractic care optimizes whatever genetic abilities you have, so that you can fully resist disease to the best of your individual potential”. “I’m very excited to see that without chemical intervention,” he told CBSRF.