I have been on a print crusade for months, a rant designed to inspire more than just the defensive advice coming from the CDC, which I do generally support – covering our noses and mouths in public, social distancing, cleanliness and staying out of indoor crowds seems logical enough to me.
Yet, there must be more we can do to safeguard ourselves and build our body defenses, short of a vaccine even many health professionals question, and the studies I’ve uncovered do make bold statements about proactive strategies to help us withstand a viral attack – there is ample research about the benefits of Vitamins D3 and C, zinc, selenium, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.
What I have not seen until now is any data linking nerve system function to COVID-19, other than my Practice Upgrade Summit interview with Dan Murphy, where we discussed some concepts of chiropractic neuroimmunology. Our organizations and schools have seemed somewhat timid, which is understandable, but the reluctance to overtly contribute to the discussion has cost lives and missed opportunity for us to serve people, enhance our public image and earn a greater market share.
To a chiropractor, the necessity of proper nerve supply is a foregone conclusion – we don’t have to talk about COVID-19, our experience is that chiropractic care is good for whatever ails you, and we have been demonstrating that in our offices for 125 years. We can’t state that chiropractic care cures infectious disease, as it is outside our scope of practice, and may or may not occur, but each of us has enough anecdotal evidence to suspect a relationship, maybe a significant relationship. The nerve system is essential in resiliency and immunity, and that cannot be disputed by any objective scientist.
And that is what was discovered by a group of researchers who published an article called “Autonomic balance determines the severity of COVID-19 courses,” found in the November 24, 2020 edition of a journal named “Bioelectronic Medicine.”
Their premise is very straightforward. The multiple organ failure and death associated with COVID-19 is triggered by excessive serum cytokines, and the vagus nerve drives the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway, which stops the transcription of pro-inflammatory cytokines. So, balancing cytokine release depends on proper vagal signaling, which disrupts the replication of coronavirus.
So, these scientists say depressed vagal tone interrupts the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway, which directly influences the severity of COVID-19. And we know chiropractic affects vagal tone.
Say what? The vagus nerve must function right to protect the person from COVID? Could you say that again please, louder and on every news report? This is the missing link that opens the door for chiropractors to make their statement about helping coronavirus patients – not by treating coronavirus, but by doing what chiropractors do, adjusting patients to improve nerve function, which now is being proven to have a profound effect on the impact of COVID in infected patients.
The article itself is quite thorough and very technical, but the gist is obvious enough – the nerve system is critical in helping these patients to survive. If their vagus nerve is doing its job by shutting down inflammation, they are more likely to live through it.
This is something we should be alerting our patients to, so they can add chiropractic care to their prevention routine, not just philosophically, but based on cutting edge biochemistry. Please tell everyone you know. Don’t make unsubstantiated claims, just quote the science and tell your truth.
Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global
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