You are a natural born healer! What? You didn’t know that? Indeed, even before you breathed your first breath, you were designed with an amazing innate healing ability that allows your body to heal all disease! Yes, it’s true! Your body is fully equipped to heal everything from a cut on your hand to cancer in your colon and everything in between. That is, as long as there is no interference.
In fact, we have all witnessed this amazing healing in action on many occasions throughout are lives. Think about the last time you cut your finger. Maybe you were distracted by your computer screen as you reached across your desk for a piece of paper and then – suddenly – felt that all too familiar intense, burning pain of a paper cut. You snatched your hand back and looked at the paper you were reaching for to see what had bitten you but nothing was there except the faint red tinge of your blood. You look at your finger and see a tiny, little slice in your skin. You think: “Holy cow! How can such a tiny cut bring such sharp pain!” (Or maybe your words are a little more explicit!)
Innate Healing Of A Paper Cut
Now, once you stop the bleeding and move past the pain, what do you do to cause that little cut to heal? You may cover it with a bandage to keep it clean but does the bandage heal the cut? No, the cut will heal with or without a bandage.
Maybe you use some antibiotic cream to kill any germs but does the cream heal the wound? No, the wound heals with or without the cream, as well. Your body’s innate healing works to heal the wound all on its own. In fact, that little paper cut set into motion a cascade of over 20 microscopic, biochemical reactions!(1)
Amazing! Those biochemical reactions cause the blood to coagulate, form a clot and prepare the injured area for the rest of the healing process. You probably didn’t know that, yet your body clots blood and heals cuts all the time, regardless of your knowledge of the process. That automatic process is so complex that if only one step is absent, one little enzyme, your blood will not clot – a condition known as hemophilia. It is an irreducibly complex process, a process that none of us could ever fashion on our own – truly a stamp of our Creator.(2)
Innate Healing of Cancer
“Okay”, you may say, “I get the blood clotting example but I have always been told that cancer runs in my family. There is nothing I can do about it. One day I will get cancer too.” My friend, I hope that I do not offend you but you have been lied to! Your body’s innate healing is designed to rid itself of cancer just as magnificently as it heals itself from a paper cut.
The immune system you were born with is designed to not only recognize and kill foreign invaders (bacteria, viruses, and parasites) but to recognize and kill aberrant cells that are part of your own body as well. Cancer cells are produced (and killed) in your body every day and you never realize it. It is a part of the normal process of cell replication.
However, if something goes wrong in that process, a mutated cell may develop and replicate, forming a tumor.(3) Your immune system has specialized cells that monitor your body for these mutated tumor cells, a process called immunosurveillance.(4) Other cells, called natural killer T cells are designed to help your body kill those tumor cells.(4) This is an innate process that happens every day in your body. Your body does not need any help to heal you of these cancer cells – it just needs no interference!
The Brain-Body Connection
Nueroimmunology is the scientific field that studies the relationship of the immune system and the nervous system. We have discussed some of the functions of the immune system (in killing cancer cells as well as foreign invaders) and endocrine system (in clotting blood) but it is the nervous system that brings your innate healing all together.
Your nervous system is composed of your brain, spinal cord and nerves. The purpose of your nervous system is to control and coordinate the function of every cell, tissue and organ of your body. In order for you to enjoy the scent of a beautiful rose, or the sight of an amazing sunset, for that paper cut on your hand to heal, and for those immune system cells to function and kill cancer cells, information has to flow unimpeded from the brain, down the spinal cord and across your nerves to every cell and organ that is performing those functions.
Your nervous system is the master control system of your body controlling every function and all innate healing in your body. In fact, your body’s ability to heal itself is directly related to the health of your nervous system. When you nervous system is healthy and unobstructed, your body can function and heal at 100%. However, if there is any interference in this normal flow of information from your brain to your body, healing is interrupted.
The Cause of Nervous System Interference
What causes interference in the nervous system? Your nervous system is protected by the bones of your skull and your spine. When your spine and nervous system are in the correct position, your nervous system is well protected and it allows your body to function and heal normally.
However, when your spine shifts out of its normal position (due to varying stresses), it puts pressure on the spinal cord and pinches nerves. This is called vertebral subluxation and it is the cause the nervous system interference. When this interference persists, the body cannot heal and the disease process starts.
As a Chiropractic Physician, I primarily concern myself with finding and correcting vertebral subluxation. This removes the nervous system interference and restores your body’s innate healing.
The Winsor Studies
Henry Winsor, a Medical Doctor with the University of Pennsylvania, overwhelmingly documented(5) the process of subluxation and nervous system interference in his research published in 1921. His work is a magnificent display of your body’s innate healing. At this time, Chiropractic was a relatively new field of healing. Dr. Winsor pondered:
Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as kidney diseases, constipation, heart disease, thyroid conditions, and lung disease may resolve–but how?”
His research consisted of dissecting human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae (spinal bones) associated with the nerves that went to that organ. As he wrote:
The object of these necropsies (dissections) was to determine whether any connection existed between minor curvatures of the spine, on the one hand, and diseased organs on the other; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other.”
What he found was “There was nearly a 100% correlation between abnormal curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs” in 50 cadavers with disease in 139 organs! The diseases indentified included: Larynx cancer, fatty degeneration of the thymus, pleural adhesions, pleural effusions, pneumonia, tuberculosis, pulmonary edema, pulmonary congestion, lung fibrosis, bronchitis, enlarged lymph nodes, influenza, heart endocarditis, heart dilatation, heart muscle degeneration, pericarditis, aortic aneurysm, liver cirrhosis, liver swelling, liver tumors, enlarged spleen, atrophied spleen, inflamed spleen, pancreas degeneration, cystic kidneys, appendicitis, uterine adhesions, prostate hypertrophy, prostate atrophy, cystitis, hydrocele, osteomyelitis of the tibia, etc.
In general, we found the ordinary diseases of adult life.”
Dr. Winsor’s findings noted the following specific relationships between vertebral subluxation and diseased organs:
· Stomach Diseases: All nine cases of spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) had stomach disease.
· Lung Disease: All 26 cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic spine.
· Liver Disease: All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid thoracic (T5-T9)
· Gallstones: All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic.
· Pancreas: All three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics.
· Spleen: All 11 cases with spleen diseases had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics.
· Kidney: All 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracics.
· Prostate and Bladder Disease: All eight cases with kidney, prostate and bladder disease had the lumbar (L2-L3) vertebrae misaligned
· Uterus: The two cases with the uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.
· Heart Disease: All 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae (T1-T5) misaligned.
Further, in research with anesthetized cats, Dr. Winsor found that these subluxations could be created, causing direct and immediate effects on the related organs. Releasing the subluxation – removing the interference – reversed the effects.
The conclusions of Dr. Henry Winsor’s studies were that the nervous system directly controls the function and healing of every organ of the body. When interference was present in the spine, disease existed in the organs. When the interference could be removed, the disease process could be reversed.
The Wellness Achiever Purpose
Your body is an amazing, self-healing creation. Your nervous system is key to this innate healing process. Since the early days of chiropractic, we have also found that interference to normal healing can be caused by sub-optimal nutrition and lack of proper exercise. Even emotional trauma and limiting thoughts have been identified as causes of interference to healing. D.D. Palmer, the discoverer of Chiropractic, called this auto-suggestion.
You have a purpose to accomplish in life. How effective can you be if you body is not functioning and healing normally? You will certainly be limited. The Wellness Achiever principles empower you to overcome these sources of interference and limitation.
Take Action! Today, begin the process of identifying interference in your nervous system (through Chiropractic evaluation), Nutritional status, Exercise techniques, and Thought patterns. Learn how to eliminate this interference and limitation and truly Achieve Wellness!
(1) Coagulation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coagulation
(2) Irreducible Complexity? Blood Clotting! by Robert Harsh http://www.doesgodexist.org/NovDec98/IrreducibleComplexityBloodClotting.html
(3) What Is Cancer? http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/cancerlibrary/what-is-cancer
(4) Cancer Immunology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer_immunology
(5) The Evidences of the Association, in Dissected Cadavers, of Visceral Disease with Vertebral Deformities of the Same Sympathetic Segments. Henry Winsor. Medical Times, November 1921, pp. 1-7