Coordinating the Function

The classic medical text Gray’s Anatomy tells us that the nervous system is the master control
system of the body, determining the function of all systems, all functions and all organs. Newer to
science is the profound interconnectivity between the nervous system and immune system. Once
thought of as separate, these systems are now considered intertwined. It is now widely accepted
that a healthy immune system supports nervous system function, and vice versa. This is very
important for us to recognize if we want to create a healthy terrain.

The nervous and immune systems are
interconnected in several known ways. Adrenal
glands are one common link. Chemicals and
hormones that are produced by cells of both
systems are another connection. Additionally,
research shows that the brain uses nerve cells to
communicate directly with the immune system.
Chiropractic care was first linked to improved
immunity during the deadly flu epidemic of 1917
and 1918, when chiropractic patients fared better
than the general population. This observation
spurred a study of the field. The data reported that
flu victims under chiropractic care had an estimated
.25 percent death rate, considerably less than the
normal rate of 5 percent among flu victims who
received no chiropractic care.

In 1936, pioneering endocrinologist Hans Selye
began groundbreaking research on the effects of
stress on our health. B.J. Palmer tells us:
great contribution to science was this clear concept,
that disease affects people according to their
previously developed ability to adapt. The writer
goes on to relate that the physician prefers to hear
that you have had childhood diseases rather than
avoided them. He knows that a bout of harmless
chickenpox while you were a child, will probably
immunize you for life, but that if you contract it first
as an adult, it could run a very serious course. This
is somewhat of a reversal to medical thinking in
years past. This may seem strange, but the writer
has this to say regarding
antibiotics. “All too often, a
patient will insist on a shot of glamorous penicillin or

some newer antibiotic for a mild infection. The
physician will explain that the drug is not
that it is better for the body to use its
own defenses
but the determined patient shops
around until he finds someone who will administer it
anyhow.” “The frequent result is that, although the
individual’s own natural resistance would have
conquered the infection, the antibiotic suddenly
robs the body of the germs necessary to stimulate
the antibody producing mechanism into action. And,
a stubborn chronic disease takes hold, against
which, antibiotics are now powerless.” 

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