“It is now maintained by the best authorities, among those who previously asserted that germs were the cause of dis-ease, that dis-ease is the cause of the germs.”

– John H. Craven DC, PhC (1924)


The above quote is one of the most significant contributions the chiropractic profession has provided for the world of natural health care.

This month’s theme is Reclaiming Your Natural Immunity and using the above quote as a foundation.

Many of you may be thinking, “what supplement could I take?” or “is there a new remedy that builds my child’s immune system more effectively?”

My goal for you is to reorient your true north when it comes to your immune system.

Did you know the primary driver of your immune system is your nervous system? Immune cells are actually stimulated into action through your neurology.

This month’s research report comes from a book from 1978 titled “The History of Chiropractic in Texas” by Dr. Walter Rhodes, DC.

Did you know that chiropractic gained licensure and legality in the United States because of it’s effectiveness in caring for patients who had infectious disease?

There is a compendium of research that highlights chiropractic’s role during the 1918 Flu Epidemic where the influenza virus decimated millions of people globally. The book highlights many things, but most significantly, the results for patients in the state of Iowa, specifically Davenport, Iowa the birthplace of the chiropractic profession.

“In Davenport, Iowa, 50 medical doctors treated 4,953 cases, with 274 deaths. In the same city, 150 chiropractors including students and faculty of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, treated 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 treated by chiropractors with a loss of only 6 cases – a loss of one patient out of every 789.”

The key to understanding the true significance about the above results is that we were seeing medicine’s ‘lost causes’ and clearly getting much better results!

Please watch this video from one of my mentors, Dr. Dan Murphy, as he highlights how chiropractic adjustments help immune function but also the results of caring for those who were medicine’s lost causes during the worst flu epidemic in history.


In the most recent Pathways Magazine article titled “Whatever Happened to Winifred Gardella”, Dr. Dennie Ehren DC highlights how in the 1950s, chiropractors were very effective at taking care of those with Poliomyelitis. Yes, Polio. Do you remember the images of Winifred Gardella (below)? The March of Dimes used the image of her in crutches to raise millions of dollars for efforts caring for Polio.

After two and a half years of extensive treatments from medical experts, her family was told ‘there is no hope’. Her grandparents decided to take Winifred to a chiropractor, Dr. Lewis Robertson in Glendale, CA. She was adjusted daily and after 6 months of care, she was able to walk without crunches and live without braces.


It’s important to understand that chiropractic does not ‘treat’ infectious illness. What we do however, is bolster the body’s internal resistance to disease by removing the interference to the its innate healing capacities. This capacity is so powerful that conceives, grows, births and feeds babies, it literally has the ability to prevent and reverse effects from one of the worst epidemics in human history AND one of is deadliest diseases in poliomyelitis.

Many of you have spent the last couple months feeling under the weather. In fact, some of you have cancelled your appointments and our awesome ladies upfront might have responded saying “the best times to get adjusted are when you think you are too sick or stressed to come in.”

There is no better, or more efficient way to help restore your natural immunity than getting your checked for interference to that innate intelligence within and have those subluxation patterns adjusted and corrected.