How Autopsies Proved the Miracles of Chiropractic -Sunnyvale, CA.
Back in 1921, a medical doctor, Henry Winsor, set about to understand if, in fact, there was a correlation between certain areas of the spine having misalignments (the official term is subluxations) and malfunction of organs.
Dr Winsor hailed from Haverford, Pennsylvania and he posed the following question: "Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra [bone of the spine], they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting other parts of the spine conditions such as kidney diseases, constipation, heart disease, thyroid conditions, and lung disease may resolve – but how?"
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Winsor was inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature to experiment with these concepts. He planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organs and the vertebrae (bones of the spine) associated with the nerves that traveled to those organs.
As he wrote: "The object of these necropsies [dissections] was to determine whether any connection existed between curvatures of the spine (vertebra misalignments), and diseased organs; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other."
A Little About Your Nervous System - the link from organs to brain To understand Dr Winsor's work, we need to discuss and understand the nervous system. The human nervous system is divided into different parts:
• There is the central nervous system (CNS) composed of the brain and spinal cord – this is the master human computer and its primary connecting cord with the rest of the body.
• Then there is the peripheral nervous system (PNS) which includes all the nerves carrying messages to and from the central nervous system that connect to muscles (consciously controlled - you decide to wiggle your little finger and it moves) and organs (unconsciously controlled - you don't need to tell your heart to beat for it to do so).
• That aspect of the PNS (peripheral nervous system) that regulates functions automatically (unconsciously) is called the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
• The autonomic nervous system is itself divided into the sympathetic nervous system (which tends to speed things up) and the parasympathetic nervous system (which tends to slow things down). The nerves of the ANS that go to organs and control their function pass each vertebral level along the spine. So too do the nerves that travel to muscles that are consciously controlled.
If one or more vertebrae are out of place (misaligned) causing inflammation, this inflammation can put pressure on a nerve traveling from the spinal cord and going to either muscles or organs, having a negative influence on their functioning.
100% Correlation Found Between Spinal Irritation & Disease The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of seventy-five human and twenty-two cat cadavers.
The following are Dr. Winsor’s results: “221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were observed to belong to the same sympathetic (nerve) segments as the vertebrae in curvature. In other words, there was nearly a 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.”
Heart Disease All 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae misaligned (T1-T5).Pancreas All 3 cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).Lung Disease All 26 cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic area (T1-T5).Spleen All 11 cases with spleen disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).Stomach Disease All 9 cases of stomach disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic (T5-T9) area.Kidney All 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracic area (T10-T12).Liver Disease All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).Prostate and Bladder Disease All 8 cases with prostate disease had the lumbar vertebrae misaligned (L1-L5).Gallbladder All 5 cases of gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).Uterus 2 cases with uterine conditions had the second lumbar (L2) misaligned.The "T" and "L" mentioned above refer to the thoracic (T) and lumbar (L) spine respectively. The thoracic spine is the mid-back region and the lumbar spine is the lower back. Most nerves traveling to major organs exit the spine from the mid back or thoracic region.
The reproductive organs sit low in the body and they are therefore associated with the nerves from the lumbar spine. Dr. Winsor’s results are published in The Medical Times and are found in any medical library. Winsor was not alone in his findings. Similar studies by other researchers have confirmed Dr. Winsor’s conclusion that degenerated and misaligned spines have a high correlation with disease processes.
So what are your thoughts? Does it seem important to keep the vertebra of your spine in the correct alignment? Does it make sense now how a 'back problem' can have far reaching effects, way beyond local pain? Does this make you want to get your spine and that of your children and family checked?
The miracles of chiropractic may not be as well known as they should be, but the scientific evidence supporting how they occur is anything BUT new. Do yourself a favor and get checked for spinal misalignments.
Does your spine seem misaligned?If you are suffering from any of the problems listed above—contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION. Call (408) 733-0400 to schedule. Our medical center is located in Sunnyvale, CA. If you are not local to us, our DESTINATION CLINIC treats patients from across the country and internationally. We will help you find the underlying root cause!
To your health,
Dr. Rupa Chakravarty
Chemical cocktails When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you'd find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. But there's more to this chemical cocktail than meets the eye.
--By Mary Squillace, Health.com
It confuses your body
Artificial sweeteners have more intense flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit, says Brooke Alpert, RD, author of The Sugar Detox. Even more troubling, these sugar stand-ins have been shown to have the same effect on your body as sugar. "Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain," Alpert says.
It could lead to weight gain, not weight loss
Diet soda is calorie-free, but it won't necessarily help you lose weight. Researchers from the University of Texas found that over the course of about a decade, diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. And get this: participants who slurped down two or more sodas a day experienced a 500% greater increase. The way artificial sweeteners confuse the body may play a part, but another reason might be psychological, says Minnesota-based dietitian Cassie Bjork. When you know you're not consuming any liquid calories, it might be easier to justify that double cheeseburger or extra slice of pizza.
It's associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes
Drinking one diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in a University of Minnesota study. Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of conditions (including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference) that put people at high risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, Bjork explains.
It has no nutritional value
When you drink diet soda, you're not taking in any calories—but you're also not swallowing anything that does your body any good, either. The best no-calorie beverage? Plain old water, says Bjork. "Water is essential for many of our bodily processes, so replacing it with diet soda is a negative thing," she says. If it's the fizziness you crave, try sparkling water.
Its sweetener is linked to headaches
Early studies on aspartame and anecdotal evidence suggests that this artificial sweetener may trigger headaches in some people. "I have several clients who used to suffer from migraines and pinpointed their cause to diet soda," Bjork says.
It'll ruin your smile over time
Excessive soda drinking could leave you looking like a Breaking Bad extra, according to a case study published in the journal General Dentistry. The research compared the mouths of a cocaine-user, a methamphetamine-user, and a habitual diet-soda drinker, and found the same level of tooth erosion in each of them. The culprit here is citric acid, which weakens and destroys tooth enamel over time.
It makes drinking more dangerous
Using diet soda as a low-calorie cocktail mixer has the dangerous effect of getting you drunk faster than sugar-sweetened beverages, according to research from Northern Kentucky University. The study revealed that participants who consumed cocktails mixed with diet drinks had a higher breath alcohol concentration than those who drank alcohol blended with sugared beverages. The researchers believe this is because our bloodstream is able to absorb artificial sweetener more quickly than sugar.
It's associated with depression
A recent study presented at a the American Academy of Neurology meeting found that over the course of 10 years, people who drank more than four cups or cans of soda a day were 30% more likely to develop depression than those who steered clear of sugary drinks. The correlation held true for both regular and diet drinks, but researchers were sure to note that the risk appeared to be greater for those who primarily drank diet sodas and fruit punches. Although this type of study can't prove cause and effect, its findings are worth considering.
It may be bad for your bones
Women over 60 are already at a greater risk for osteoporosis than men, and Tufts University researchers found that drinking soda, including diet soda, compounds the problem. They discovered that female cola drinkers had nearly 4% lower bone mineral density in their hips than women who didn't drink soda. The research even controlled for the participants' calcium and vitamin D intake. Additionally, a 2006 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that cola intake (all kinds, not just diet) was associated with low bone-mineral density in women.
It may hurt your heart
Just one diet soft drink a day could boost your risk of having a vascular event such as stroke, heart attack, or vascular death, according to researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University. Their study found that diet soda devotees were 43% more likely to have experienced a vascular event than those who drank none. Regular soda drinkers did not appear to have an increased risk of vascular events. Researchers say more studies need to be conducted before definitive conclusions can be made about diet soda's effects on health.