New discovery links immune system response and the nervous system; maybe your chiropractor has been right all along.

 

New discovery links immune system response and the nervous system; maybe your chiropractor has been right all along.nervous

Many patients who have been visiting chiropractors for years say they feel better overall, have more energy and get fewer colds. In the early days of the chiropractic profession, it was not unusual for patients to visit not just for problems such as back and neck pain, but also when they have a cold, a stomach problem or other symptoms that most doctors would just manage with medication, antibiotics and other medical methods.

Chiropractors had been chastised for this practice, but since their patients paid out of their own pockets based on their belief that their spinal adjustment had helped them recover from their cold faster, they may have been the best judge.

On the other hand, medicines cultural authority had not always led us down the right path, as antibiotics had been used and the flu shot has largely been a statistical failure, with an effectiveness of less than 25%.

A new study is now suggesting that the link of the nervous system and the immune system has been discovered in the lymph system. While these are just preliminary findings, perhaps, this is why chiropractic patients find the practice of getting an adjustment when they feel ill actually can help stimulate their immune systems and hasten their recovery. As a chiropractic student, we all got adjusted when we did not feel well, and we had rarely gotten sick.

Check out this interesting article

Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications

Date: June 1, 2015 Source: University of Virginia Health System

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis.

“Instead of asking, ‘How do we study the immune response of the brain?’ ‘Why do multiple sclerosis patients have the immune attacks?’ now we can approach this mechanistically. Because the brain is like every other tissue connected to the peripheral immune system through meningeal lymphatic vessels,” said Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, professor in the UVA Department of Neuroscience and director of UVA’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG). “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied. But now we can ask mechanistic questions.”

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