Strong Immune System II

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Enclosed are scientific references to allow you to make more informed health care decisions.

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Table of Contents

· Boosting Your Immunity Through Chiropractic

· Cancer Patients Quality of Life Improved with Chiropractic

· Ronald Pero

· Remission of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in a Patient Under Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

Boosting Your Immunity through CHIROPRACTIC

In 1975, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York's Preventive Medicine Institute and professor in Environmental Health at New York University, began developing scientifically valid ways to estimate individual susceptibility to various chronic diseases, Pero and his colleagues found strong evidence that an individual's susceptibility to cancer could be determined by measuring the presence of various DNA-repairing enzymes following exposure to carcinogenic or "mutagenic" chemicals. Lack of those enzymes, Pero said, "definitely limits not only your lifespan, but also your ability to resist serious disease consequences. "Pero was also fascinated by the relationship of various hormones with cancer-inducing agents. Since the nervous system regulates hormone balances, he postulated that the nervous system also influences susceptibility to cancer.

Along these lines, it is well documented that various kinds of spinal cord injury are associated with a high risk of developing cancer, particularly lymphomas and lymphatic leukemias. This connection led Pero to consider Chiropractic as a potential alternative for reducing the risk of immune breakdown and disease, measuring 107 individuals who had received long-term Chiropractic

care, Pero's team turned up some surprising findings. The chiropractic patients had a 200 percent greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and a 400 percent greater immune competence than people with cancer or serious diseases. Surprisingly, despite the wide range of ages in this study, the immune competence did not show any decline with age - it was uniform for the entire group. Pero concluded, "Chiropractic may optimize whatever genetic abilities you have so that you can fully resist serious disease. I am very excited to see that without chemical intervention these groups of patients under chiropractic care did show a very improved response."

So, if regular chiropractic care helps decrease roles of cancer and AIDS, do you think it can help even lesser things?

Cancer Patients Quality of Life Improved With Chiropractic

An article published in the January 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics follows two case studies of patients with various types of serious cancer. The article follows the chiropractic care and its effect on these patients' pain and quality of life.

The first patient was a 57-year-old man with serious terminal pancreatic cancer. This patient received chiropractic care during the later stages of the disease. In the remaining time the patient had before succumbing to the disease it was documented that the patient had significantly less pain and was able to reduce his medications. The journal article summed up this case by stating, "In this case chiropractic care was able to provide significant pain relief, reduce the amount of pain medication being taken (as well as the potential side effects), and temporarily improve the quality of life for a patient with terminal cancer."

The second patient was a 54-year-old man recovering from surgery for lung cancer. This patient was continually suffering from upper back pain and had gotten no relief for over one year. At that point the patient began chiropractic care. In this case the patient received immediate relief and was able to discontinue all pain medication after two chiropractic visits.

The principles of chiropractic make it plain that the focus of chiropractic care is not to directly treat the patient's pain but rather to assist the body and allow the body's own healing abilities to work at that person's maximum potential. These case studies show that ability and the effect on people suffering with serious conditions. The Journal article states it best when it said, "These clinical examples offer 2 specific instances of how chiropractic may improve the quality of a cancer patient's life."

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Chiropractic Care Increases Quality of Life for HIV/AIDS Patients

Most of the chiropractic work done with HIV/AIDS patients is new and very clinical

Clinical studies indicate chiropractic can: 1) boost immune system function, 2) help with secondary symptoms (i.e. peripheral neuropathy), and 3) address quality of life issues (reduction in stress, the prevention of disease and symptoms). All of these are empowering HIV/AIDS patients to live a more positive quality of life. This in turn increases life expectancy.

Chiropractic has been proven on a very introductory scale. In Jason Sernius' "Psychoimmunity and the Healing Process: A Holistic Approach to Immunity and AIDS", the use of chiropractic is highly recommended.

In clinical trials, chiropractic has shown great potential to boost immune function. A clinical study conducted at Life University by several chiropractors demonstrated CD4 cell levels increased 48 percent compared to control group. Both groups were monitored with Rand Corp. SF-36 to determine quality of life as rated subjectively. The adjusted group exhibited greater subjective improvement than the control group.

Several other preliminary studies also show the promise of immune system boosting. In 1991 Patricia Brennan, PhD conducted a study that demonstrated an increase of polymorph nuclear (PMN) and monocytes following a thoracic adjustment.

Chiropractic Care Improves Immune Funtion"People under lifetime care are 200% more resistant to disease than those who had never been adjusted and 400% more resistant to disease than someone with cancer. Subluxations decrease the genetic potential of the human species." -Ron Pero, Ph.D., Chief of Cancer Research at NYU School of Medicine Remission of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in a Patient under Chiropractic Care: A Case Report Gerald Lee BIO and Clarence D. Jenson, D.C. BIO This case report describes a course of events associated with the confirmed diagnosis and remission of liver cancer in a 60-year-old male patient. In March of 1992, the patient was first diagnosed from alpha-fetal protein levels and CT portagram, with two lesions of approximately 2 cm and 1.6 cm. The larger lesion was confirmed as heptocellular carcinoma, and the second a benign hemangioma. Following nine percutaneous ethanol injections, remission occurred in December of 1993. The patient was also under concurrent chiropractic care during this period. In March of 1995 the carcinoma reappeared with elevated levels of alpha-fetal protein. A CAT scan revealed one, or a cluster of small lesions, collectively 2cm wide and 4 cm long. The HMO ruled out surgery, and the patient declined a second course of percutaneous ethanol injections, or any further medical treatment. However, the patient elected to remain under chiropractic care. In November of 1995, alpha fetal protein levels dropped to "safe" levels, and a follow-up CAT scan revealed no lesions. The present report describes the relationship between the administration of Palmer Specific HIO chiropractic adjustments followed directly by periods of rest, and changes in clinical findings, both during the first and second active episode of the carcinoma. The patient maintained a detailed documented record of medical and chiropractic care, as well as a personal introspection relative to his quality of life during the experience. Commentary is also offered with respect to possible benefits derived from concurrent care. The patient is currently enjoying a life of retirement, and remains under chiropractic care.