We all know that the nervous system controls the whole body, and researchers today know that there is a direct link between the nervous system and the immune system (1).
Dr Ronald Pero conducted one of the most well known studies, which showed that chiropractic could have a positive affect on immune function. Dr Pero was the chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University. The study was carried out over a three-year period and compared 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five or more years to the general population and those who had cancer and other serious diseases. What Dr Pero found:
- Chiropractic care group had 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care
- Chiropractic care group had 400 % greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases
Dr Pero also noted that this increased immune competence didn’t reduce with age and ‘When applied in a clinical framework, I have never seen a group other than this chiropractic group to experience a 200% increase over the normal patients. This is why it is so dramatically important. We have never seen such a positive improvement in a group’ (2)
So what can we conclude from this study?
Does it mean that people under Chiropractic care don’t get sick? Catch a cold or flu? NO there are so many factors that affect the immune system like sleep, diet, gut bacteria, stress levels and hygiene, all of which if out of balance over a period of time will diminish the immune function.
What it does mean is that Chiropractic care over a period of time can have a positive affect on the immune system, and who would want that when so many daily stresses weaken our overall immune competence.
Why not give us a call on 020 7350 1100 and make an appointment for an initial assessment by one of our lovely Chiropractors and help your immune system too.
(1) Murray DR, Irwin M, Reardon CA, et al. “Sympathetic and immune interactions during dynamic exercise. Mediation via a beta 2 – adrenergic-dependent mechanism.” Circulation 1992 86(1): 203
(2) Pero R. “Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results.” The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989; 32.