It’s commonly believed in our society that germs make us sick. How can your immune system be linked? Virus or bacteria get inside us and cause our body to gird for battle, directing resources to the battlefield, filling us with mucous to protect sensitive areas, expelling the invaders through various orifices and dispatching white blood cell warriors to the front to die.
While the battle rages, we feel awful.
Now, think about that.
Our bodies are filled with millions of viruses and bacteria all the time. Without bacteria in our gut we wouldn’t be able to digest food.
Besides that, we’re exposed to all kinds of toxins every day – in the environment, in our food, on each other, and so on.
In fact, I’ll bet your hands right now are covered in little creatures just looking for a way to get under your skin. A University of Colorado study found 332,000 genetically distinct bacteria on the average human hand.
And you likely have two of them! That’s way more than half-a-million on both hands together.
Clearly we don’t get sick because we’re exposed to germs.
The truth is that people get sick because their immune systems aren’t functioning properly. Their immune systems are incapable of doing their jobs – quarantining bad germs, arresting and disarming them without the rest of the body even knowing.
That’s what healthy people’s bodies do.
My story of illness
When I was a child, I suffered from chronic allergies and frequent bouts of bronchitis, despite a constant regimen of medications to prevent them. Only when I visited a chiropractor – for a sprained ankle – did I discover that my problem was a compromised immune system.
How did the chiropractor know? He examined my spine.
You see, your entire nervous system passes through the spinal cord, relaying instructions from the brain to the rest of the body. The game plan for every function of life runs through the spinal cord.
If the bones protecting the spinal cord are misaligned, impinging on nerves enough to cause pain, think what they’re doing to the rest of your body’s functions.
Diagnosing a weakened immune system
Now, if your arm went numb because of a spinal problem, you would know it. You can feel your arm and make it move voluntarily. But how about those body parts you can’t feel and don’t control voluntarily? Your Isles of Langerhans or your jejunum, for example. You wouldn’t know if they weren’t working, at least not directly. You would only feel symptoms, over time, that might lead eventually to a diagnosis.
It’s the same with the various parts that comprise the immune system – the tonsils, spleen, bone marrow, lymph nodes, digestive system and much more. The only way you would know that they weren’t working properly would be if you got sick repeatedly.
Of course, just getting sick often doesn’t necessarily mean that the spine is the culprit. There are many other reasons for a weak immune system, like disease or injury that has harmed some of those organs and structures.
But if you have chronic pain and persistent illness, the common denominator is likely the spine.
Yes, chronic pain and immune deficiencies are linked.
If you have constant bouts of illness and chronic pain, what are the odds your physician sends you to a chiropractor? Take it from me: it’s close to zero. Spinal misalignment is the most obvious cause, and treating it could prevent years of misery. Why wouldn’t your doctor send you to a chiropractor and save you tens – maybe hundreds – of thousands of dollars in health care costs over your lifetime?
Perhaps that’s exactly why.