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Journal: It's good to be back from my missionary work. 1

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC

It's hard to believe that it was about 10 months ago I took a sabbatical and went on life-saving work in Africa, Antarctica and the Amazon basin. I was part of a team of 14 from Chiropractors Without Borders .

This find organization travels the world with our drop tables and performs life-saving chiropractic treatments wherever needed. Natural disaster areas, poor areas of the world, you name it. We've even been learning Veterinarian Chiropractic.

I performed my first adjustment on a penguin during the second leg of our mission (Antarctica). Dr. Mike, who specialized in Vet-Chiro, pointed out one particular penguin which wasn't moving. He carried the gentle creature over and examines its spine. "There! Right there!" he said as he positioned my finger on the bird's back. Lo and behold: a subluxation! It was amazing! "How do I treat it? This is a lot smaller than I'm used to", I asked. "Directional Non-Force Technique (DNFT) works best with avians." said Dr. Mike. I positioned my thumbs ever so gently and applied what seemed like the right amount of pressure.

I quite literally felt the subluxation melt away like butter.

We placed the penguin down. It stood still for a moment then waddled away to be with its mate. This truly was one of the happiest moments of my life. Every cell of creature on the planet has Innate Intelligence within. They know how to repair themselves, all that is needed is removal of the subluxation causing nerve communication issues.
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Journal: Radicals Try to Scientize Alternative Medicine

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Radical members of the Chiropractic community wish to turn the healing art of Chiropractic into a drug-pushing, Big Pharma controlled industry. Chiropractic would lose sight of its core values if this were to happen.

Sign the petition to Keep Chiropractic Drugless!

[from the link]
Why This Is Important

1- Petition Summary:

I have received chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations in my spine and/or support the right of others to receive such service from a chiropractor.

I feel that it is imperative for chiropractic to remain the largest natural, drug-free healing profession and the second largest healing art in the world, and that myself and future generations have access to the same benefits that I and millions of others have received.

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), by arbitrarily changing their Standards and their removing of chiropracticâ(TM)s basic core descriptors and principles without regard to the objections within the profession, will be jeopardizing the future of this type of care and has violated section 602.21 (c) (3) of the U.S. Dept. of Educationâ(TM)s (USDE) Criteria for Recognition.

Violations of sections 602.13, 602.14 and 602.15 have also been noted in the expanded document below.

I am asking that this issue be seriously evaluated by my elected or appointed public officials and all those that oversee the US. Dept. of Education ensures that appropriate action be taken.

2- What is this all about?

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) is the agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for accreditation of programs and institutions offering the doctor of chiropractic degree in the United States. Last year, the CCE made drastic changes to their Standards document which removed basic core chiropractic descriptors such as âoevertebral subluxationâ and âoewithout drugs or surgery.â The profession responded with a reported 4,000 complaints regarding the removal of these terms yet the CCE disregarded the input from the doctors, colleges, associations and students.

3- Why is that important?

Removal of these key terms, especially âoewithout drugs or surgery,â will allow for an extremist group within the profession to pursue the addition of prescriptive rights and surgical procedures. They have been working towards this for many years and wish to create a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DCM) program to teach these medical practices, circumventing the current necessary steps of separately receiving an MD, DO, or ND degree. Recent legislative attempts have been made on a state by state basis and will continue to happen unless a chiropractic standard has been set by the profession.

4- How will this affect my ability and the ability of future generations to receive chiropractic care?

Initially it may have very little effect if you are already under the care of a chiropractor that does not seek the addition of drugs or surgery. However, over time, or as you and your family members move away and are in need of a new chiropractor, your ability to find one that practices chiropractic in its unique, natural form will diminish. The education of future generations of chiropractors would become more and more medically based until the practice of chiropractic would potentially become unrecognizable from physical therapy or physical medicine. A very similar process occurred in the profession of osteopathy. Now nearly identical to medical doctors, osteopaths once had a very natural approach to health and today have identical scopes of practice to medical doctors.

5- What is wrong with chiropractors prescribing drugs and performing surgery?

The problem is threefold. First and foremost, chiropractic is an all natural approach to health, healing, life and well-being that by its very nature is drug and surgery free. Chiropracticâ(TM)s value to the world lies in its unique offering and natural option for the population.

Secondly, chiropractic is distinct and separate from the practice of medicine as evident by their unique approaches and legal scopes of practice. The practice of medicine is a valuable and life saving profession. The training of competent medical doctors requires extensive education and practical residency programs. The education of competent chiropractors is equally rigorous, however, it requires knowledge and skills that are particular to the practice of chiropractic. Chiropractors practicing medicine is a danger to the public as the educational system is not designed for the adequate training and experience a professional needs to prescribe potentially deadly medications.

Finally, an ideal healthcare system, like the construction of a house, requires a team approach. The electrician is called in to run the electrical components. The plumber does the plumbing. Effective healthcare is no different. Your chiropractor serves as a valuable component of your team to help keep you healthy and assist in restoring your quality of life. Your medical doctor can best assist you with acute crises and helping to stabilize a condition while your body works towards healing as you make positive lifestyle changes. Using the healthcare system in this way can potentially lead to significant savings for you and your family as well as the entire nation.

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Journal: Keep Chiropractic Drugless!

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC

Radical members of the Chiropractic community wish to turn the healing art of Chiropractic into a drug-pushing, Big Pharma controlled industry. Chiropractic would lose sight of its core values if this were to happen.

Sign the petition to Keep Chiropractic Drugless!

[from the link]
Why This Is Important

1- Petition Summary:

I have received chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations in my spine and/or support the right of others to receive such service from a chiropractor.

I feel that it is imperative for chiropractic to remain the largest natural, drug-free healing profession and the second largest healing art in the world, and that myself and future generations have access to the same benefits that I and millions of others have received.

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), by arbitrarily changing their Standards and their removing of chiropracticâ(TM)s basic core descriptors and principles without regard to the objections within the profession, will be jeopardizing the future of this type of care and has violated section 602.21 (c) (3) of the U.S. Dept. of Educationâ(TM)s (USDE) Criteria for Recognition.

Violations of sections 602.13, 602.14 and 602.15 have also been noted in the expanded document below.

I am asking that this issue be seriously evaluated by my elected or appointed public officials and all those that oversee the US. Dept. of Education ensures that appropriate action be taken.

2- What is this all about?

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) is the agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for accreditation of programs and institutions offering the doctor of chiropractic degree in the United States. Last year, the CCE made drastic changes to their Standards document which removed basic core chiropractic descriptors such as âoevertebral subluxationâ and âoewithout drugs or surgery.â The profession responded with a reported 4,000 complaints regarding the removal of these terms yet the CCE disregarded the input from the doctors, colleges, associations and students.

3- Why is that important?

Removal of these key terms, especially âoewithout drugs or surgery,â will allow for an extremist group within the profession to pursue the addition of prescriptive rights and surgical procedures. They have been working towards this for many years and wish to create a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DCM) program to teach these medical practices, circumventing the current necessary steps of separately receiving an MD, DO, or ND degree. Recent legislative attempts have been made on a state by state basis and will continue to happen unless a chiropractic standard has been set by the profession.

4- How will this affect my ability and the ability of future generations to receive chiropractic care?

Initially it may have very little effect if you are already under the care of a chiropractor that does not seek the addition of drugs or surgery. However, over time, or as you and your family members move away and are in need of a new chiropractor, your ability to find one that practices chiropractic in its unique, natural form will diminish. The education of future generations of chiropractors would become more and more medically based until the practice of chiropractic would potentially become unrecognizable from physical therapy or physical medicine. A very similar process occurred in the profession of osteopathy. Now nearly identical to medical doctors, osteopaths once had a very natural approach to health and today have identical scopes of practice to medical doctors.

5- What is wrong with chiropractors prescribing drugs and performing surgery?

The problem is threefold. First and foremost, chiropractic is an all natural approach to health, healing, life and well-being that by its very nature is drug and surgery free. Chiropracticâ(TM)s value to the world lies in its unique offering and natural option for the population.

Secondly, chiropractic is distinct and separate from the practice of medicine as evident by their unique approaches and legal scopes of practice. The practice of medicine is a valuable and life saving profession. The training of competent medical doctors requires extensive education and practical residency programs. The education of competent chiropractors is equally rigorous, however, it requires knowledge and skills that are particular to the practice of chiropractic. Chiropractors practicing medicine is a danger to the public as the educational system is not designed for the adequate training and experience a professional needs to prescribe potentially deadly medications.

Finally, an ideal healthcare system, like the construction of a house, requires a team approach. The electrician is called in to run the electrical components. The plumber does the plumbing. Effective healthcare is no different. Your chiropractor serves as a valuable component of your team to help keep you healthy and assist in restoring your quality of life. Your medical doctor can best assist you with acute crises and helping to stabilize a condition while your body works towards healing as you make positive lifestyle changes. Using the healthcare system in this way can potentially lead to significant savings for you and your family as well as the entire nation.

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Journal: Chiropractic Saves Lives. 1

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC

Hello!

Thank you for taking the time to read my journal. Normally I can only post once or twice a day to the main Slashdot blog pages because of Big Pharma shills voting down my comments. They cannot vote down my journal!

Please read my previous journal entries explaining what Chiropractic is, then come back to here. Back? Good!

The Chiropractic Cancer Foundation for Children
At the foundation, we believe that chiropractic adjustments and other natural healing techniques can mitigate or reverse stresses that lead to poor health and even life threatening diseases such as cancer.

Chiropractic Helps Your Heart
Learn how you can heal your heart through Chiropractic manipulation.

Autism and Chiropractic
Great page for learning about how you can treat autism with Chiropractic.

Infertility and Chiropractic
Discover a NON-DRUG method of helping fertility issues.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Being that Chiropractic directly manipulates your nervous system, it can treat virtually any nerve or subluxation-based disease known! Don't wait to get sick, you'll only be prescribed Big Pharma drugs by an uncaring MD. Get regular Chiropractic adjustments and health is just around the corner!

Thanks for reading!
Bob
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Journal: What Is Chiropractic? 1

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC
[ excellent information on what Chiropractic is and how Chiropractors help. From http://www.healthybeginningschiropractic.com/about/what-is-chiropractic/ You will have to visit that page to see the informational pictures mentioned below.]
[ feel free to contact me for more information, take care! drbobdc1970@gmail.com ]

The first chiropractic adjustment

Chiropractic was born in 1895 when D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard. Harvey was a deaf janitor that remembered hurting his back and shortly after the incident, had lost his sense of hearing. D.D. analyzed his spine and found a vertebrae was out of alignment. He then contacted the vertebrae and gently repositioned it back in placed. After doing this procedure on several occasions, Harvey's hearing progressively returned... and so the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic was born.

How does one become a Doctor of Chiropractic?

In order to become a Doctor of Chiropractic, one must first complete an undergraduate degree at a university. Once completed, one must apply to a chiropractic college or university and fulfill the entrance requirements which typically consist of having pre-requisite university courses, a university determined GPA, letters of reference and an entrance essay. After being accepted into the Doctor of Chiropractic program, one must complete 4-5 years of study (depending on university). Throughout his/her studies, the student is immersed in anatomy, physiology, pathology, skeletal radiology, neurology, nutrition, physical therapy, and diagnosis. Furthermore, the students spend their entire 4 years of education perfecting the art of finding and reducing vertebral subluxations through specific adjustments. Finally, depending on the country of practice, one must successfully complete 3 to 4 standardized country wide tests known as the board exams to obtain a license to practice chiropractic. Thus, chiropractors are the only health care professionals specialized in performing adjustments.

What does a chiropractor do?

In order to understand what a chiropractor does, we need to understand a little about how the human body functions. All human function and performance is controlled by chemicals in our bodies. These chemicals are produced by little chemical factories called glands; furthermore, when these glands are producing the right amount of chemicals, at the right time, and the right place, our body can function to the best of its ability. These glands are controlled by our brain and spinal cord which are called the nervous system. Therefore, the glands can only function properly when 100% of the signals from the nervous system reach them. Since the nervous system is so important, it is protected by bone; specifically, the brain is shrouded by the skull and the spinal cord is wrapped by the 24 moveable vertebra. The picture on the right displays an x-ray side view of the neck and one can appreciate the arc like configuration. This is known as the arc of life because it provides the best chance of having an optimal functioning nervous system. In addition, it can also give your spine the greatest longevity as degeneration from abnormal stress is little to non-existent. This also holds true in the upper and lower back. Thus, when all these bones are in alignment, the nervous system communicates with the whole body and keeps the body functioning the way it was designed to operate. However, these moveable bones that protect our nervous system can displace and misalign with the rest of the bones and irritate the spinal cord and nerves. This is called a Vertebral Subluxation.

Vertebral Subluxations decrease the amount of signals that can reach the body by causing an irritation to the spinal cord and nerves. The picture on the right shows a spinal nerve beginning to shrink in size because irritation is preventing proper nutrition from reaching it. What do you think is happening to the organ at the end of the nerve? All structures that were once receiving 100% of the signal like the heart, lungs, glands, muscles etc, are now receiving from 1% to 99% of the signal (depending on the amount of irritation). Now the body cannot function properly and is forced to adapt to a less than ideal condition. This can be as subtle as a little less energy in everyday life or as severe as being diagnosed by your medical doctor with a condition like hypertension, diabetes, cancer etc (the possibilities are endless). The misaligned vertebrae also cause faulty movement which adds unnecessary stress to the discs between the vertebrae and this leads to a greater rate of degeneration. If this condition is left uncorrected long enough, it can result in disc degeneration and arthritis. In addition, as the disc narrows, the holes between the vertebrae shrink in size, which further predisposes the individual to irritated nerves. On the left, phase 1 degeneration is shown. The arc in the neck is lost and the neck is angled slightly forward. People in this phase typically will have no pain but will have increase degeneration and nerve interference. Fortunately, a Vertebral Subluxation caught in this phase can be corrected. What happens if this is left uncorrected...? If this is missed, the condition progresses into phase 2.

Phase 2 of degeneration has some of the same characteristics of the previous phase, including a loss of normal curvature and position, as well as an alteration in segmental motion. In addition, spines with phase 2 Vertebral Subluxation degeneration many times show a reduction in the patient's range of motion in that area, such as being able to turn their head further to one side compared to the other. X-rays of phase two begin to show calcium changes or buildup at certain levels of the spine. These changes are sometimes called by many names including spurs and arthritis. Disc spaces between the affected vertebrae are noticeably narrower and may appear to be flattening out. Although most people with phase 2 Vertebral Subluxation degeneration may not exhibit any pain, some may start to feel stiff or achy or have other associated symptoms. Chiropractic reconstructive care for patients in phase 2 ranges from 1.5 years to 2.5 years. Again, what happens if you let this go uncorrected? If phase two Vertebral Subluxation degeneration is left uncorrected, it advances to the next phase.

Phase 3 subluxation degeneration is caused by Vertebral Subluxations that have been present for many years. This phase has all of the attributes of the previous phases, only worse. The curvatures are abnormal, the disc spaces are vastly decreased and changed. Calcium changes on the spine are also abundant in this phase. Normally, people in phase 3 have a restricted range of motion and probably exhibit symptoms of some kind. In phase 3 the vertebrae show obvious changes and mutations in shape. Projections made of calcium, sometimes referred to as "spurs or lipping", can be readily seen on x-ray. These arthritic changes can put choking pressures on the spinal cord and nerves. Chiropractic reconstructive care for patients in phase three ranges from 2.5 years to 3.5 years. This does not mean that at the end of this time that any or all of the calcium changes will be gone. In many instances, the body adapts to the presence of the calcium and positive changes can only be measured from a functional standpoint. As before, if phase 3 Vertebral Subluxation degeneration is left unchecked, it slowly advances onward into the next phase.

Phase four Vertebral Subluxation degeneration is seen with subluxations that have been raging on uncorrected throughout a person's lifetime. Phase four is a grave condition that will negatively affect the patient's longevity and quality of life. The massive amount of neurological damage caused by years of subluxation that have lead to phase 4 are probably taking a serious toll on this person's health status. X-rays in phase 4 show serious severe structural changes. Vertebrae exhibit massive arthritic changes, disc spaces appear blurred, and the bones themselves appear fused. In this scenario the patient will have a severe restriction of range of motion in addition to probably a number of other health issues. Reconstruction may not be possible in phase 4, but care can be directed to some reduction in Vertebral Subluxations with the goal of improvement in the quality of life remaining. Patients in phase 4 subluxation degeneration have a serious situation both structurally and neurologically, but they are certainly not beyond hope. Many patients in phase four report significant improvements in symptoms, conditions, mobility and quality of life after receiving chiropractic care.

Chiropractors are the ONLY trained health care professionals that can detect and bring about the correction of Vertebral Subluxations by gently repositioning the bones back in place. These are called Adjustments. Adjustments reduce the amount of irritation on the nerves and then allow them to function as close to 100% as possible which in turn allows the organs to function as close to 100% as possible. Consequently, the chemicals in the body can regain balance, and the body can begin the healing process and return to a state of health. This is how the miracles of chiropractic can occur! This also why we begin checking children as early as possible; it provides them the best chance at an optimal health and development. Furthermore, everyone has a better chance at being healthy and experiencing life at its fullest when all there nerve channels are wide open. Schedule an appointment today and have your life changed by the power of chiropractic!

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Journal: Chiropractic Care for Schizophrenia

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC

[ excerpts from http://www.meridianinstitute.com/mh/schizch8.html ]

Schizophrenia is on the rise. It has become a worldwide epidemic of illness. There has been research showing benefit when proper Chiropractic care is applied to those afflicted with this dreaded disorder.
 
Most adjustments take place high up at C1-C2 and C2-C3. Getting the flow of the nervous system to peak efficiency is key in treating Schizophrenia.
 
 

When the suggestions were consistently followed, however, positive results were usually obtained. The extensive documentation of osteopathic and chiropractic successes using comparable models is intended to provide some clinical cross-validation of Cayce's approach. The only way to fully remedy the problem of insufficient direct validation is to replicate the treatments suggested by Cayce in a contemporary setting. With this in mind, Chapter 6 proposed a therapeutic model which addressed these issues and provided a means of empirical validation.

Briefly, these alternatives can be regarded as stress management programs or manual therapy models (as derived from the osteopathic and chiropractic literature). The intentional resemblance of the proposed therapeutic model (institutional format) in Chapter 6 to many community mental health programs provides an open door for various alternative applications.

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Journal: HIV/AIDS and Chiropractic

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC

Some excellent research showing how Chiropractic can help those of you with HIV/AIDS.
Taken from this informative blog page.

HIV and CHIROPRACTIC by Dr. BRIAN A. SMITH, D.C.

INTRODUCTION

The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is characterized by a progressive loss of immune function with specific depletion in the number and function of the helper/inducer T-lymphocytes, known as T-4 or CD-4 lymphocytes coupled with derangement of normal T-8 lymphocyte (cytotoxic or suppressor cell) function (CD represents Cluster Designation). Drug therapy has been mainly directed toward eradication or inactivation of the presumed cause, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus - 1 (HIV-1) through the use of nucleoside analogues such as AZT, ddI, ddC, 3TC and d4T; non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors such as Nevirapine (Viramune), Delavirdine (Rescriptor) and Efavirenz (Sustiva) and the use of protease inhibitors such as saquinavir (Invirase/Fortovase), Ritonavir (Norvir), Indinavir (Crixivan) and Viracept. The nucleoside analogues act by interfering with the function of the viral enzyme reverse transcriptase which is necessary for viral transcription. The protease inhibitors act on the HIV protease which is necessary to cleave viral polyprotein precursors to generate functional proteins in HIV-infected cells.

Within the realm of HIV care it is important to acknowledge the complex relationship between the nervous and immune systems. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease of the NIH has stated "Scientists have known for a long time that there are nervous system diseases that are mediated by the immune system. And recently it has become clear that the immune system itself may be regulated by the nervous system. So the immune system has an impact on the nervous system and the nervous system has an impact on the immune system." (1).



DISCUSSION

It has been clearly demonstrated that stimulation of visceral afferent fibers will elicit mass reflex discharges in the corresponding white rami. Natural stimuli to visceral receptors either increase or decrease the discharge rates of sympathetic pre- and post-ganglionic units. It has also been well established that certain classes of neuropeptides act directly and indirectly on immune cells and immune organs. Cytokines are immunomodulating peptides released from white blood cells which have pivotal roles in the coordination of the host defense mechanisms. Interleukin-1 (Il-1) is one such cytokine produced by monocytes, macrophages, lymphocytes, brain and other cells during acute and chronic disease. It participates in the activation and differentiation of lymphocytes. Interleukin-2 (Il-2) is produced by T-lymphocytes and acts in an autocrine manner to initiate proliferation of activated T-cells (2). Il-1 and Il-2 production and activity are significantly mediated by the autonomic nervous system and interleukin-dependent cellular immune phenomena can also be altered by stimulation of the autonomic nervous system. (3). Research has demonstrated eosinophil and neutrophil influx into bronchoalveolar lavage in guinea pigs exposed to aerosolized Substance P and neurokinin A respectively (4). Tachykinins such as Substance P and neurokinin H enhance Il-2 production by T-lymphocytes and stimulates their production (5,6,7). These tachykinins are released in the periphery after antidromic stimulation of afferent sensory c-fibers and can result in neurogenic inflammation (8,9). It is known that up to 90% of the Substance P synthesized by c-fibers is transported to the peripheral terminals of the fiber. (10). The immunomodulatory effects of acetylcholine are well known. T-cell activation is enhanced through the "alternative pathway" as demonstrated by a 50% increase in early human E rosette formation after cholinergic drug introduction. B- and T-cell spontaneous or anti-Ig stimulated motility is increased in the presence of carbamycholine (a non-hydrolyzable cholinergic agonist). Cholinergic stimulation accelerates the synthesis of antibodies which may reflect direct B-cell stimulation or cooperation between B- and activated T-cells (11). Cholinergic stimulation may also play a role in thymocyte maturation (12).

Noradrenergic sympathetic innervation is most prominent in T-cell areas of secondary lymphoid organs, spleen, lymph nodes and gut associated organs as well as primary sites of bone marrow and thymus. In the lymph nodes fibers enter via the vasculature, travel through the medullary, cortical and para-cortical regions and branch into the parenchyma, primarily in T-cell and macrophage rich regions. It is theorized that lymphocytes are exposed to norepinephrine by classical neurotransmission through a paracrine mechanism. B-adrenergic stimulation of immune cells causes activation of adenylyl cyclase and elevation of intracellular cyclic AMP (13). Cyclic AMP levels must be low for lymphocytes to progress to the S-phase in their growth (14). Neuropeptide Y, cholecystokinin 9, met-enkephalin, neurotensin, substance P and calcitonin gene related peptide have demonstrated neuropeptide-like immunoreactivity in neural profiles in lymphoid tissue (15,16,17,18). Loss of normal sympathetic nervous stimulation disrupts the regulation of proliferation and migration of lymphocytes (19). Sympathectomy decreased CD4+ T-cells in lymph nodes. Alterations in lymphocyte activity does not always correlate with changes in the proportions of T- or B-lymphocyte subsets. Sympathetic denervation leads to loss of an important regulatory mechanism in immune system physiology. This is apparently site specific in that both lymph node and spleen T-cell proliferative responses are reduced. In the spleen Il-2 and interferon-(lambda) production is reduced and T-cell proportions are constant. In lymph nodes the reverse occurs., the T-cell proportion is altered while interleukin and interferon levels are unchanged (20). The intact sympathetic nervous system may function to directly or indirectly affect B-cells as chemical sympathectomy selectively enhances response to thymus-independent antigens which are known to be influenced by the suppressor (T-8, CD-8) T-lymphocytes (21).

This is not a unidirectional path. It has been demonstrated that immunomodulatory factors such as interleukin-1, histamine, thymic humoral factor and alpha-interferon all alter EEG activity in the area of the brain known to modulate both immune and neuroendocrine secretory activity. Further, it has been shown that lymphocytes can produce and release ACTH, endorphins, enkephalins, vasoactive intestinal peptide and Substance P (22). Pituitary and/or hypothalamic hormone release is induced by IL-1, Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)-alpha and tuftsin. TNF is a factor induced by endotoxin which is characterized by its cytotoxic and/or cytostatic activity on transformed cells and is an essential mediator of the inflammatory response. Tuftsin is a splenic tetrapeptide that activates all functions of phagocytic cells and influences antibody formation as well as inducing Il-1 production. IL-2 will inhibit acetylcholine release from certain areas of the central nervous system (2).

Research concerning chiropractic spinal adjustment and its effect on the sympathetic nervous system is plentiful. There is much literature available on viscerosomatic reflexes (23), somatosympathetic reflexes (24), and nociceptive reflexes (25). Spinal joint dysfunction has been implicated in sudden cardiac death (26), bowel and bladder dysfunction (27), pulmonary disease (28), coronary artery disease (29), and duodenal ulcer (30).

Structures of concern in the nervous system include the spinal roots and spinal nerves as well as the nerve root sleeve. These structures may be affected by sleeve adhesions, sustained paravertebral muscle contraction through which nerves pass, compressive narrowing of the foramen, constriction at the duroarachnoid junctions of root pouches, and intraforaminal venous congestion due to compression of spinal and radicular veins. Further, axonal excitation and conduction can be affected by hypoxia, pH shifts and other chemical changes due to ischemia. The paravertebral sympathetic ganglia are subject to trauma as well. In the cervical region the major source of trauma is interference from the adjacent muscle groups and the highly mobile nature of the area. The thoracic and lumbar ganglia may be compressed by adhesion to parietal pleura or peritoneum. Compression can block lymphatic drainage in the ganglionic chain with resultant edema of the affected ganglia. Changes in neuronal function from these insults include supernumerary impulses being generated at a deformation site, ephatic transmission at hyperirritable foci, spontaneous generation of action potentials as found in paravertebral sympathetic ganglia under conditions of deformation, edema and other changes in environment; and blocking of axonal transport mechanisms by constriction or compression of axons. Ectopic impulses propagate both orthodromically and antidromically. Dermal sensory nerves stimulated antidromically will have a significant vasodilatory effect on the innervated dermal area with resultant hyperemia. (31).

Numerous sensory fibers can be found in sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. Noxious stimuli from the viscera will excite these autonomic afferent fibers which will stimulate both sympathetic preganglionic neurons in the cord and adjacent motor neurons via internuncial transmission. This dual excitation produces, in the former, necessary adaptation to the local environment in the organ and, in the latter, sustained muscular hypertonicity. (32). In this way abnormal somatosympathetic reflexes are created which produce aberrant synaptic connections which will result in a non-functional link between somatic and visceral structures in neurologically related structures. Referred pain and the phenomena of sudomotor and vasomotor, i.e. sympathetic reflexes, of visceral and somatic origin are an example of dysfunctional segmental coupling. The normal adaptive reflexes of the involved organs or structures become disrupted with resultant loss of function. (33).

Chiropractic adjustive therapy is designed to address the biomechanical distortions to nerves and related structures that lead to altered excitation and conduction faculties and disturbed trophic function and to restore normal sensory afferent impulses by altering the somatic tissue.

Over stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, as seen in cases of subluxation, result in increased release of catecholamines. While it is known that loss of catecholamines results in depressed immune function, it is important to remember that they are also inhibitory to T-lymphocytes at high concentrations. In addition, stimulation of Substance P receptors on T-cells by normal levels of Substance P causes increased phagocytosis of yeast particles by polymorphonuclear lymphocytes, increased margination and endothelial adherence of PMN's and monocytes to venules and more degranulation of mast cells causing the release of histamine. Loss of these functions through depressed or elevated sympathetic nervous system activity will adversely affect the immune system. (34).

Correction of subluxations has been shown to normalize certain sympathetic nervous system responses such as sudomotor and pilomotor activity. (33).

Eight patients demonstrating a significant increase in circulating B lymphocytes following four weeks of spinal adjustments was reported in 1980 (35).

It has been demonstrated that Substance P levels are increased by 6.4 pg/ml. in test subjects who received high velocity, low amplitude adjustments to the thoracic spine when compared to test subjects receiving sham treatments. Additionally, PMN's isolated from those receiving adjustments demonstrated statistically significant increases in rates of phagocytosis measured via chemiluminescence. This increased activity may be the result of "priming" by Substance P. Substance P will also induce the release of TNF, Il-1 and Il-6. (36).

In a pilot study, the effects of specific upper cervical adjustments on the T4 lymphocyte counts of HIV+ subjects were measured over a six month period. The control group, receiving sham adjustments, experienced a 7.96% decrease in total T4 lymphocytes while the group receiving adjustments demonstrated a 48% increase in T4 lymphocyte counts. (37). A larger study is currently underway which will hopefully corroborate the pilot study results. It is very impressive that all of the adjusted subjects demonstrated varying degrees of increased T4 lymphocyte counts over the test period, an unlikely phenomena in a random sampling of HIV+ persons.

To illustrate let us examine lymphadenopathy/lymphedema of the duodenal lymphatic vessels which open into the pancreaticoduodenal nodes and thence to hepatic and preaortic nodes as might be expected in a patient with an intestinal infection such as cryptosporidium or microsporidium, two of the opportunistic infections encountered in AIDS patients. This will cause sympathetic sensory excitation through the celiac plexus which innervates these lymphatic system components, and thence over the greater and lesser splanchnic nerves. These transmissions enter the spinal canal through spinal roots from the fifth thoracic through the tenth thoracic. Through the aforementioned mechanisms, e.g. ephatic transmission, supernumery impulses, etc., nerve stimulation to any of the organs supplied by these nerve roots: spleen, liver, stomach and pancreas; and to the somatic structures innervated by the fifth through tenth thoracic nerve roots, vis-a-vis intercostalis muscles, the internal and external abdominal obliques, the transverse abdominal, the serratus posterior inferior and the rectus abdominus muscles and local paravertebral muscle groups including the iliocostalis thoracis, longissimus thoracic, spinalis thoracis, semispinalis thoracis and the multifidi, rotatores and intertransversarii; resulting in abnormal function of the involved organs and muscles. Unbalanced paravertebral muscular contraction is one factor in creating an aberrant motion segment in the spinal column. It has been demonstrated that this subluxated segment causes transmission of abnormal nervous impulses due to several mechanisms including physical deformation of the nerve with resultant ectopic foci, piezoelectrical effect on nerve roots, changes in axonal transport mechanisms and local changes in blood circulation. Restoring normal motion to the affected vertebral unit(s) will decrease, or eliminate, this abnormal nerve transmission, allowing the innervated tissues and organs to function more appropriately.

CONCLUSION

It is clear that the sympathetic nervous system plays an important role in immune function. It has also been demonstrated that proper sympathetic nervous system functioning is, to some extent, dependent on proper musculoskeletal system functioning. We know that both the sympathetic nervous system and musculoskeletal system in HIV+ persons may be deranged. Correction of these derangements should help restore a more normal state of immune function. It has been demonstrated that the chiropractic adjustment is one method of addressing and correcting these derangements.
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Journal: Chiropractic and Pregnancy: Good for You and your Baby!

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[from http://www.dcdoctor.com/pages/rightpages_wellnesscenter/pregnancy/chirocare.html ]

Regular chiropractic care is an integral part of the prenatal and postpartum care during pregnancy. It helps keep mom feeling good and assists her in coping with the physical stresses of an ever changing body.

Neuromuscular and Biochemical Changes During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, most women experience a number of neuromuscular and biochemical problems which respond favorably to gentle, safe, noninvasive chiropractic care. These include:
release of the hormone relaxin causes muscle and ligament relaxation
allows joints to more easily misalign

increased weight gain
increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles
increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments change in weight distribution
increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles
increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the above
increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments

The above changes primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues. These changes cause sprain/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal curvatures and spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.

CHIROPRACTIC WORKS!
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Journal: Thank you for the subscription! 1

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I received a subscription to SlashDot from an open-minded individual! Permission was received to paste some of his email here without identifying information.

Dear Dr. Bob,
 
Thank you for providing a breath of fresh air to /. The subscription is to encourage you to not give up in the face of the haters. Keep on telling the masses about the wonders of chiropractors and their superb work.

I must say, this just renews my vigor.

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Journal: Nerves and Subluxations 1

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC

There seems to be some confusion as to the term "Vertebral Subluxation".
 
Many Chiropractors shun the term and instead refer to them as "misalignments", "blockages", "pinches", "pinched nerves", "pressure points" and what not.Wikipedia has a good section describing the rift.
 
It is important to remember: They are the same thing no matter what they're called. "A rose by any other name..."
 
A Doctor of Chiropractic goes through years of schooling and training in order to detect issues with the spine. Subluxations are but one facet of your overall health that is taken into account when performing a diagnosis.
 

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Journal: Chiropractic, Subluxations and Depression

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC

A documented case study appearing in the April 2008 issue of the periodical, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research showed the improvement of a patient with major depression with chiropractic care.

In this case study a 46 year old man suffering from his third bout of major depression, presented himself for chiropractic adjustments.

In addition to the diagnosis of depression the man also had many symptoms related to his depression such as generalized bilateral neck and low back pain, anxiety, fatigue, and a small appetite. He was also suffering from the effects of the medications he was taking, which included a decrease in sex drive, dizziness, overall muscle weakness, and insomnia.

As noted in this case a 46-year-old occupational software support engineer presented for chiropractic care with the diagnosis of major depression and with the intention of improving his overall health. He was currently suffering his third bout of depression and was on medical leave due to this situation. The severity of his situation was highlighted by the addition of many symptoms related to his depression which included loss of appetite, malaise, fatigue, joint stiffness, neck pain, low back pain, as well as thoughts of suicide and anxiety. He was taking the medication Paxil which then added the symptoms of decreased libido, increased perspiration, weakness, and dizziness.

Chiropractic cured a man's depression, it's just one documented case of Chiropractic doing what Big Pharma drugs cannot!

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Journal: Please read this. 4

Journal by Dr.Bob,DC

It's strange having to beg, but this blog is outside of my normal work-type association of people and FaceBook friends!
 
I've been called a troll and other nasty things, probably by the shills BigPharma has all over the internet. All I ask is some generous folks please lend me your ears by way of voting my posts UP! I can only post one or two times a day now. To the people calling me a "troll" and accusing me of advertising: really? Where have I ever posted my clinic address? You don't even know what city or country I'm in! Me recommending chiropractic is no different than someone recommending a neurosurgeon.
 
I'M here for YOUR health.
 
Take care,
Bob

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