March 2015: Shock Medicine: Stimulation of the nervous system could replace drugs for inflammation and autoimmune conditions.
The use of nerve stimulating electronic devices to treat inflammation and reverse disability is laying the foundation for a new discipline called bioelectronic medicine. It is being tested in clinical studies of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. It is based on a deceptively simple concept of harnessing the body’s natural reflexes to develop an array of effective, safe, and economical alternatives to many pills and injectable drugs. By precisely targeting the biological processes underlying disease, this nerve stimulating technology should help avoid the troublesome side effects of many drugs.
So how does stimulating a nerve help reduce inflammation? We’ve known for over 20 years of an inflammation causing molecule called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). This discovery had lead to a number of drugs meant to target and neutralize this molecule in an attempt reduce inflammation. The problem, as with any drug, is the dangerous side effects. Once swallowed or injected, pharmaceuticals travel throughout the body, where they may produce undesired consequences when interacting with cells that are not their intended targets. Conversely, when a nerve is stimulated it causes specific neurotransmitter release or the body’s self-made “drugs” deliver chemicals to specific tissues in precise, nontoxic amounts in just the right time, diminishing the occurrence of side effects. These researchers have found that stimulating certain nerves, specifically the Vagus nerve, caused TNF to decrease.
They go on to say that decades of immunology studies had focused on the role of the immune system in protecting the body independent of the nervous system. Immunity in these accounts centered on the workings of lymphocytes, monocytes, macrophages, and other white blood cells, but not neurons.
Finally, they go on to state that an immune response can be controlled by the nervous system!
The big idea, its all about the nervous system! It is the master control of your body! While these researchers have “found” this new cure, we have known for years that chiropractic adjustments stimulate the nervous system and allow it to function! This is why you’ll here us say we don’t care about your pain, because the nervous system is far more important to you!