With all of the talk about the Coronavirus and the problem it is becoming worldwide, we wanted to share something about that makes you think twice about how your body’s immune system and chiropractic are related. The 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish Flu) has been labeled as one of the most devastating outbreaks in the history of the world. The number of deaths in 1918 is estimated at between 20 and 40 million people worldwide. Over 675,000 American citizens lost their lives due to this awful epidemic. Why are we talking about this? The 1918 flu crisis was a turning point in the Chiropractic profession. Chiropractic historians have marked the 1918 Flu Pandemic as a major factor in the success and proliferation of the chiropractic profession as a whole. Here are some of the statistics that give merit to the power the Chiropractic adjustment had in preventing flu deaths.
In Davenport, Iowa 50 medical doctors cared for 4,953 cases with 274 deaths. Also in Davenport, 150 chiropractors saw 1,635 cases with only one death. In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated 93,590 patients, with 6,116 deaths, a loss of one patient out of every 15. In the same state, excluding Davenport, 4,735 patients were seen by chiropractors with a loss of only six patients – a loss of one patient out of every 789.
National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors cared for 46,394 for influenza during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients – one out of every 859.
In New York City, 950 out of 10,000 cases died with medical methods while 25 out of 10,000 died using drugless methods.
Yes, the medical profession was seeing a majority of the worst of the worst; however, one of the greatest statistics backing chiropractic care comes from the state of Oklahoma. There were 233 cases in which the medical doctors had cared for patients and eventually pronounced them as “lost” or beyond hope… chiropractors took care of all 233 with only 25 deaths.
Medical care has increased by leaps and bounds since 1918, but two things that haven’t changed are Chiropractic and your body! The same premise of adjusting the spine to remove interference to your nervous system, allowing your immune system to function at it’s best, is still the same premise that Chiropractic uses today!
Chiropractic’s journey into health care took a huge leap forward thanks to its incredible effect on the thousands of Americans during the flu crisis. People came to see first hand the amazing results that can be obtained with the chiropractic adjustment. When you get adjusted, you increase your body’s natural immune system response. An increase in immune function is important for everything from the cold and runny nose to influenza, and even some chronic diseases. An adjustment will stimulate your immune system to better fight off any illness in your body. Not only is it good for those who are sick, adjustments have a wonderful effect on healthy individuals as well. Sometimes the most beneficial adjustment is the one you get when you feel good (it’s a lot easier to stay healthy, than to fix sick).
We live in a very different day and age than in 1918 and the stresses we have today are far greater in many ways. We have technology that wreaks havoc on on our posture, which interferes with our nervous system. We are exposed to pollutants and toxins in our environment and food that were not thought of then. Fortunately, we have other tools at our disposal today as well. Besides getting regular chiropractic adjustments, it is important to practice proper posture, limit screen time, and eat a healthy diet rich in fresh, whole foods and to drink plenty of clean water.
If you are interested to see if Chiropractic can help your body heal itself the way it was meant to, feel free to give our office a call at 412-200-5305. If you are not near our office, we will try our best to get you in touch with a Chiropractor in your area!