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Waiting for evidence of link between chiropractic & immune system

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To The Daily Sun,

After Reading Dr. Moneysmith's and Dr. Mills' ad asking us to help celebrate the birthday of the Chiropractic profession, it led me to wonder if these two "doctors" slept through or skipped anatomy class the day hearing was discussed. If they had been present they would have heard that Cranial Nerve #8 is responsible for hearing. Any eighth grader could figure that out. A cranial nerve comes from the brain itself, hence the name, it does not come from the spinal cord. Thinking that one can restore hearing by manipulating the cervical spine is just plain medically ignorant. But why let facts get in the way of a good story. But this is what D.D. Palmer, the father of chirproactic medicine claimed he did. There is no independent verification of this, all we have is D.D. Palmer's claim. Who was D.D. Palmer, and why should anyone believe him? In the words of a newspaper reporter, The Davenport Leader, the local paper where D.D. Palmer had established a magnetic healing practice and took to calling himself " doctor" had this to say about him:
" A crank on magnetism has a crazy notion that he can cure the sick and crippled with his magnetic hands. His victims are the weak-minded, ignorant and superstitious , those foolish people who have been sick for years and have become tired of the regular physician and want health by the short-cut method, he has certainly profited by the ignorance of his victims".

My theory is that the janitor in question was so scared to have that crazy old man twisting and pushing on his neck that he claimed that he could hear just to get him to stop. He probable innately knew that having someone twist and crank on his neck was not a good idea. Kevin Sorba, the actor who played Hercules on TV in the 90s, suffered a stroke after his chiropractor manipulated his neck.

This is my theory  which is yours for free. Unlike Dr. Mills, who wants you to pay $27 dollars for her theory. She wants you to be checked for subluxations, but according to the GCC a regulatory body in England who made a very strong statement regarding subluxations and chiropractic claims in 2010: "The chiropractic vertebral subluxation complex is a historical concept but it remains a theoretical model. It is not supported by any clinical evidence that would allow claims
to be made that it is the cause of disease or health concerns"
What we should celebrate are the advances in medicine in the last 118 years based on good scientific studies not on stories from charlatans like D.D. Palmer. Like my favorite medical breakthrough, vaccinations. I took a class offered through my church years ago to study the scriptures. The first statement from the Catholic nun who was running the program was "all knowledge comes from God". Flash forward to last week when a church in Texas had to call members in for a mass vaccination program after 15-25 members came down with measles. The church had preached that vaccinations were not needed. I pictured GOD sitting up there looking down on this church, shaking his head and saying to himself, "what is wrong with those people , I gave them the knowledge ".
I still have my $200 challenge out there. Any one who can show me the research from Dr. Pero that "Doctors" Moneysmith and Mills claim in their ad, that, "chiropractic manipulations can increase the immune system", the money is theirs. "Doctors Moneysmith and Mills have been surprisingly silent on this issue when challenged. One thing is certain however , these "Doctors" of chiropractic medicine are following closely in D.D. Palmer's footsteps.

Mirno Pasquali PA C