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Today’s post is about immune system improvements under chiropractic care.  Did you know that chiropractic care has been shown to increase the immune system function in patients?  Even in severely compromised immune system people?  Let me share with you a few studies.  The first is a study on chiropractic care and HIV+ patients.

HIV+ patients have a severely depressed immune system and the level of White Blood Cells (CD4) is an indicator to how well or poorly their immune system is functioning.  Usually WBC’s (White Blood Cells) are low in HIV+ patients.  In this study they took a group of patients and designated them to have chiropractic care and another group didn’t.  The group that received chiropractic care over a 6 month period had a 48% increase in CD4 counts.  The group that didn’t receive chiropractic care had a decrease in CD4’s by 8%.  Now, I’m not saying chiropractic care is a cure for HIV+, but it does help a patient battle the disease and gives a patient a better chance at living life more fully!  You can read the abstract below.

HIV+ Study

Selano JL, Hightower BC, Pfleger B, Feeley-Collins K, Grostic JD. “The Effects of Specific Upper Cervical Adjustments on the CD4 Counts of HIV Positive Patients.” The Chiro Research Journal; 3(1); 1994.

The next study I want to bring to your attention is Dr. Pero’s research in 1989.

“One of the most important studies showing the positive effect chiropractic care can have on the immune system and general health was performed by Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University. Dr. Pero measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases. In his initial three-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more, the chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases. The immune system superiority of those under chiropractic care did not diminish with age. Dr. Pero stated:

“When applied in a clinical framework, I have never seen a group other than this chiropractic group to experience a 200% increase over the normal patients. This is why it is so dramatically important. We have never seen such a positive improvement in a group…”

Pero R. “Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results.” The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989; 32.

The chiropractic immunology connection was strengthened in 1991 when Patricia Brennan, Ph.D. and other researchers conducted a study that found improved immune response following chiropractic treatment. Specifically, the study demonstrated the “phagocytic respiratory burst of polymorphnuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes were enhanced in adults that had been adjusted by chiropractors.” In other words, the cells that act like “Pac-Man” eating and destroying bad cells are enhanced through chiropractic care.

Brennan P, Graham M, Triano J, Hondras M. “Enhanced phagocytic cell respiratory bursts induced by spinal manipulation: Potential Role of Substance P.” J Manip Physiolog Ther 1991; (14)7:399-400.”
Much of Dr. Pero’s information is taken from


I hope this helps you understand the profound impact chiropractic care has on your immune system.  If you are sick all the time or would like to boost your immune system so that it works even better, give us a call and we can help you!

Naturally Restoring Your Health!

Dr. Gunderson