Vol. 11

No. 1


Human beings have always searched for methods
to preserve health in the face of aging, infection and disease.

One such route to health has increasingly been the promotion of the body’s own self-protective and self-healing mechanisms. These mechanisms, in turn, are dependent upon the  strength of the body’s “natural immunity,” its inherent ability to defend itself against infection and degenerative disease.

For most people, this natural immunity has been compromised to a greater or lesser degree by the stressors of modern living. Prolonged stress in the form of unhealthy dietetics, toxicity, fatigue, injury or emotional upset can reduce the body’s ability to keep up with the deleterious effects of these and other such stressors.

Natural Immunity and Disease
The inability of a person’s natural immunity to cope adequately with a multitude of stressors is, in fact, the cause of disease. Hans Selye, M.D., author of The Stress of Life, puts it another way when he says that “disease is failure of adaptation to environment (internal or external).”

How does stress interfere with natural immunity?  In practical terms, natural immunity depends upon the degree of functionality of the body’s nervous system and blood circulatory system. When the body’s nervous system can no longer adapt to stress, its venous and lymphatic circulatory systems will no longer be able to effectively drain toxins from its cells or bring fresh blood to nourish and regenerate tissues.

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, D.O., father of osteopathy, has said: “Remove the cause which stops or clogs the blood flow, and the blood itself will work the cure.” It is, however, the nervous system that first registers the symptoms of distress and tries to adapt to the changing environment. And it is by restoring health to the nervous system that the blood circulatory system can restore health to the body.

Many osteopaths, along with many chiropractors, have focused on the adverse effects of excessive fatigue, undue excitement, toxic exposure, indigestion, gravity, physical or mental shock and spinal distortion in disrupting normal nervous system and blood circulatory functions. Any of these common factors affect the nervous system and blood circulation simultaneously, but we’ll be addressing here the role of the nervous system as the first line of defense.

Locating Immune System Headquarters
It was discovered 60 years ago that the aspect of the nervous system most frequently involved in health challenges is located in the digestive system. Terrance Bennett, D.C., the chiropractic founder of Neurovascular Dynamics, wrote, “Life is maintained through the abdominal nerve plexuses. We have a means through the abdomen to control the autonomic nervous system.”  The gastro-intestinal tract, richly supplied by the enteric (gut) nervous system, reacts adversely to dietary or emotional stress.  

Current research validates the empirical observations of these early pioneers. The gastro-intestinal tract has been found to house from 60 to 70% of the body’s lymphoid or immune-defensive tissue.

Although lymphoid tissue resides in many places in the body, including the throat, stomach, appendix, bone marrow, spleen and lymph nodes, the bulk is in the small intestine. This gut tissue, also called GALT (Gut Associated Lymph Tissue) permits the absorption of needed nutrients. It also defends the body against unwanted food or chemical toxins by producing antibodies, antigens and other specialized cells. Consequently, the small intestine (situated literally in the center of the body) can be considered the headquarters of the immune system and must be in good working order to provide optimum defense.

Emergence and Impact of “Leaky Gut Syndrome”
Our fast-paced lifestyle, combined with processed foods often laced with pesticides and herbicides, frequently inflames the immune cells lining the walls of the small intestine. Inflammation of this delicate lining creates tiny openings which allow the absorption of toxins back into the bloodstream. This condition is known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome.”

The introduction of toxins into the bloodstream via Leaky Gut can manifest a  myriad of health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, skin conditions, allergies, chemical sensitivity, mental or emotional disorders, hyperactivity, gastro-intestinal disorders and premature aging.        

Healing the Immune System
It is obvious, then, how vital it is to restore health to this region when immune function is impaired. This involves three important steps:

1. The removal of the dietary agents that may be irritating the entire digestive system, particularly in the area in the small intestine.
2. Periodic detoxification in order to re-open all channels of elimination.
3. Restoration of normal blood and nerve supply to the inflamed gut tissues through manual chiropractic methods.

When circulation and nerve supply are restored to the gut, healing can begin and optimal immune function restored.

Delay or failure in taking these steps will hamper the healing process by keeping natural immunity in a repressed state. Natural immunity, critical in these challenging times, can be re-awakened and supported when these often overlooked areas are recognized and addressed.

Newsletter Archives

The following previous issues can be accessed by clicking on the title:


Vol. 10, No. 1: "Reflex Healing"

Chiropractic methods may seem, at times, to be mysterious and have little obvious connection with the object of a patient's complaint. While the "light touch" used at Friedman Chiropractic may possibly appear superficial, it is actually a critical tool for helping the body to regain health.

Vol. 9, No. 1: "Hara and Healing"

There is an old Taoist saying which advises: "When you are sick, do not seek a cure. Find your center and you will be healed." "What is this Òcenter" of which the ancients spoke and what is its importance to natural healing?

Vol. 8, No. 3: "Water: The Overlooked Nutrient"

We can live weeks without food, but no more than a week without water. For health, we need a balance of fluids for all of our cells to function properly.Our bodies consists of from 50% to 80% water. These fluids are what carry nutrients, waste products, and minerals to our cells. The fluid in our bodies can be divided into two main groups: There is fluid inside our cells (intracellular fluid) and fluid outside our cells (extracellular fluid).

Vol. 8, No. 2: "Fibromyalgia"

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects over 8 million Americans, 80% of them female. People with this chronic condition have symptoms of severe fatigue and multiple sites of aches and pain in their muscles, ligaments and tendons. Years ago, people with this condition were told they had fibrositis, myalgia, rheumatism or were just plain hypochondriacs.

Vol. 8, No. 1: "Food Allergies"

Many medical experts predict that between 50%-60% of all Americans have negative reactions to some foods. These reactions are not restricted to the intestinal tract but can also cause brain, immune system, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and skin symptoms...

Vol. 7, No. 2: "The Law of Polarity"

Since ancient times there have been many seekers of Nature's secret laws of healing. One such doctor was Randolph Stone, DO., DC., who explored the world in hopes of determining the common denominator of all healing systems. He concluded that there is an unseen field of electro-magnetic energy that both runs and heals the body. Dr. Stone organized his discoveries into a method he called Polarity Therapy ...

Vol. 7, No. 1: "Toxic or Tired?"

Fatigue is epidemic is our society. Common causes of this malady can vary from life-style choices to dietary indiscretions. Many people are aware that their exhaustion may come from poor food and emotional pressures, but an often overlooked factor is "auto-intoxication." Autotoxemia is poisoning with toxic substances formed within the body.

Vol. 6, No. 1: "The Importance of Posture"

There is an old adage that states: "The shape you are in determines the shape you are in." The implication is that the way one's body looks reflects one's general health. This idea goes back to the ancient Greeks who appreciated an erect and poised body in athletics and the arts, particularly statuary. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, exhorted: "In all diseases, look to the spine."

Vol. 5, No. 1: "The Four Stages of Healing"

An understanding of how the body-mind becomes ill can be helpful in guiding us through the healing process. The body becomes ill and gets well in an orderly manner whether the stressor is nutritional, mechanical, or emotional. The stages of disease in the order of progression are Acute, Sub-acute, Chronic, and Degenerative. All stages are various degrees of a condition called "inflammation." ...

Vol. 4, No. 1: "The Healing Field"

Many people wonder what is the mechanism in the human body that co-ordinates our daily physiology and also heals illnesses and injuries. A simple finger cut, for example, goes through many stages of tissue healing. How does the body know what type of connective tissue to lay down and when the scar is ready to fall off? ...

Vol. 3, No. 6: "Understanding Your Gut Feelings"

Most of us believe that important decisions are made via the intellect or the reasoning part of the mind. Current scientific research reveals this to be only partially true. It appears that we think with our minds but experience our emotions from another locale within the body: the stomach area. ...

Vol. 3, No. 5: "Retracing: The Untold Story"

There is a belief among many health practitioners working with natural therapies that a person who is in the process of getting well may undergo some sort of a "healing reaction" in order to fully heal. The "healing crisis," as it is known, occurs at a point when the body's self-healing mechanism has begun to "retrace" its own history of illness in order to completely heal and rid itself of the accumulated residues of disease...

Vol. 3, No. 4: "May the Force Be With You"

The physicians of the ancient world believed that health comes from a power within the human body which they called "Vis Medicatrix Naturae" or the healing power of nature. The Greek physician-philosopher Plato observed that every living thing is activated by an "inherent vital principle" which both runs and heals the body-mind complex...

Vol. 3, No. 3: "Change Your Thinking...Change Your Life"

The philosopher-psychologist Henry James observed almost a century ago:
"The most profound discovery of my generation is that, by changing one's thinking, one can change one's life."
Increasingly, science is finding that, by engendering positive and uplifting thoughts, we can not only improve the quality of our emotional and spiritual lives, but we may be also able to influence the quality of our physical health. ..

Vol. 3, No. 2: "Is It Mind? Is It Body? Is It Body-Mind?"

Except for a small number of physical complaints such as injuries or acute infections, there is an increasing array of health complaints being labeled as having a "stress-related" or emotional component. By current estimate, almost 90% of present health issues have emotional stress as a partial cause of disease. How can we, as health consumers, know if a disease derives from emotional or physical causes or from a combination of both? To find the answer to this question, it is helpful to look to the past. ...

Vol. 3, No. 1: "Fatigue and Its Remedies"

At various times throughout our lives, all of us will experience a sense of tiredness or fatigue. Sometimes this feeling will last a day or two but, for some people, it can persist for months, years, or even a life-time. It is important to understand that serious fatigue, that is, fatigue that is not attributable to temporary over-exertion, is actually a symptom of some other process going on within the body-mind unit. Prolonged fatigue is not an illness in itself, but a manifestation of a health imbalance. ...




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