By correcting your subluxations, chiropractors help you adapt better to the stress in your environment, including those related to allergies. Your immune system keeps you 100% – it recognizes and destroys anything that’s not supposed to be in you: pollutants, viri, bacteria, pollen, tumors, dust, dead pieces of your own cells, and even artificial hearts and donor organs.
A healthy immune system provides high resistance to infection, disease, a greater health, better ability to process and deal with stress, and a greater well-being. There are a multitude of things that can affect how well your immune system functions: your diet, nerves, hormones, and emotions are just a few.1-3 One of the problems that come with a compromised immune system may fail to recognize or remove abnormal cells like cancers and may not protect you from infection. Conversely, it may overreact to foreign substances (bee stings, penicillin, foods, or drugs) or become depressed (as in AIDS) or even attack you in the form of immune disorders! The most common immune system disorder is allergies. Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to an allergen and produces too many neutralizing chemicals to counteract it. Allergies are rising all over the world, yet the cause remains a mystery to most medical researchers.4
Vaccination lays the foundation for auto-immune diseases and other disorders of the immune system such as rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, lupus, erythematosus, scleroderma… Our contemporary ‘epidemic’ of allergies has at least some of its root in the practice of vaccination.5
[Childhood vaccinations are responsible for] allergies and immune system abnormalities: food allergies (wheat and milk especially), arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, pernicious anemia… Respiratory problems: asthma and SIDS (due to vagus nerve palsy)…6
The orthodox medicine route has no cure for allergies, only the treatment of symptoms. The late Robert Mendelsohn, MD said: You can depend on most doctors to largely ignore the cause… unfortunately, their treatment is often worse than the disease, especially since the relatively safe folk-measures of yesteryear have been replaced by the sophisticated, dangerous drugs of modern medicine.7
Since runny eyes, irritation, redness, fullness in the sinuses and other allergy symptoms are caused by histamines,8 antihistamines are often prescribed to dry the mucous membranes. However, antihistamines can cause serious heart problems9 and should never be used with sedatives, tranquilizers, or alcohol.
Studies and clinical observations have shown that breast-fed babies have fewer allergy problems than formula-fed babies. Formula-fed babies also have a higher incidence of severe infections.10-11
Although allergy sufferers have praised chiropractic care for over a century, chiropractic care is not a treatment for allergies. By releasing stress on the nervous system by locating and correcting subluxations, chiropractic permits the immune system to function more effectively – something that all allergy sufferers need! Dr. Kurt Donsback, a noted health researcher, gave perspective on his opinion of many natural healers:
A healthy body is capable of neutralizing these toxic substances and a body which has malfunctioning defense mechanisms cannot. The emphasis on allergies must be on building a healthy body, not on trying to use evasive tactics by eliminating all the allergens.12
There was a review done of a wide spectrum of allergy sufferers at a chiropractic college, and the clinic found that pediatric patients commonly had complaints of allergy, ear infection, sinus problems, bed-wetting, respiratory problems, and gastrointestinal problems. Complete or substantial improvement occurred in 61.6%.13 In a separate study, 360 patients with allergies, skin conditions and asthma were divided into six groups. Of the group receiving spinal care, 88% showed improvement in skin itching and 72% showed improvement in skin condition. In addition, allergies improved in 70% of the spinal care group.14
Your nervous and immune systems are interrelated and the health of one affects the health of the other. By reducing the nervous system stress caused by subluxations, chiropractors have helped people adapt better to all the stresses in their environment, including those relating to allergies.15-17
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- Ortiz LC. Fifty good reasons to breast-feed. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Newsletter. March/April 2000.
- Milligan RA, Pugh LC, Bronner YL et al. Breast-feeding duration among low income women. J Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2000;45(3):246-252.
- Donsback KW. Allergies. Huntington Beach, CA.: Int’l. Inst. Natural Health Sciences, 1980:8-9.
- Nyiendo J, Olsen E. Characteristics of 217 children attending a chiropractic college teaching clinic. JMPT. 1988;11(2):78-84.
- Takeda Y, Arai S. Relationship between vertebral deformities and allergic diseases. The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004;2(1):a.
- Ressel O, Rudy R. Vertebral subluxation correlated with somatic, visceral, and immune complaints: an analysis of 650 children under chiropractic care. JVSR. 2004;2(1):a.
- Leboeuf-Yde C, Pedersen EN, Bryner P et al. Self-reported nonmusculoskeletal response to chiropractic intervention: a multination study. JMPT. 2005;28:294-302.
- Blanks RHI, Schuster TL. A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness, and quality of life. JVSR. 1997;1(4):1.