|Suppressed Immune System|
During the flu epidemic of 1917-1918, both chiropractors and osteopaths noticed that their patients had a lower fatality rate, 0.25%, than the medical profession at 5-6%. The conclusion of a paper written in 1919 was that subluxations suppressed the immune system, and that removing them assisted the immune function. Now newer research shows that white blood cells increase with chiropractic adjustments. A smaller study showed that the immune system response of HIV-positive patients increase as measured by their CD4 count with chiropractic adjustments. So the next time you want to cancel your appointment because you're too sick, remember a chiropractic adjustment is just what the doctor ordered.
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