Chiropractic and Antibiotics from "Beyond Antibiotics" by Michael Schmidt
One of the tools of the chiropractic physician is the adjustment or manipulation of the spine and extremities. Over the years, chiropractic physicians have reported success in treating a variety of conditions associated with bacterial and viral infection. Manipulation of the vertebrae has an influence on neurologic function, lymphatic drainage, blood flow and muscle tension. Recent research by Patricia C Brennan, Ph.D., suggests that manipulation may also have a great effect on certain aspects of immune function. Her group showed that when the thoracic spine (mid-back) was adjusted, the respiratory burst cycle of white blood cells was enhanced. Manipulation is thought to stimulate immune function, in part by promoting the release of endorphins long associated with improving immunity.
There is also a growing body of clinical evidence. In 1987 Gottfried Gutmann, MD a leading researcher in the field of manipulative medicine, reported on the examination and treatment of more than 1,000 infants and small children using manipulation of the vertebrae. His findings reveal that many common ear, nose, throat and bronchial disorders of childhood respond more favorably to adjustment of the vertebrae than to medication. He states, "If the indications are correctly observed, chiropractic can often bring about amazingly successful results because the therapy is a casual one."
We are not saying that manipulation is the cure for infectious diseases. However, there is an aspect of manipulation that appears to stimulate resistance to disease.