Immune System Science Simplified

January 12, 2015


100years immune sys scienceA recent report by the American Physiological Society has confirmed and clarified the importance of the nervous system in regulating the immune system.

The report entitled Neural Control of the Immune System states “Neural reflexes support homeostasis by modulating the function of organ systems. Recent advances in neuroscience and immunology have revealed that neural reflexes also regulate the immune system.”1 This important research validates what many chiropractic patients have been experiencing clinically for more than 100 years.

While this information may be new to you, it is not new to the scientific community. In an October 2007 report named Medical News Today: Direct Route from Brain to Immune System Discovered by Scientists, they stated, “It used to be dogma that the brain was shut away from the actions of the immune system. But that’s not how it is at all. It turns out that the brain talks directly to the immune system, sending commands that control the body’s inflammatory response to infection and autoimmune diseases.”2

In 1995, The Lancet reported “the focus of science has shifted from separate entities of the immune system to an interactive immunology model. In the neural-immune concept, the brain has specific, two-pathways to the immune system.”3 Clinically, we have known this to be true for more than a century.

As the cold and flu season hovers and as your chiropractor would suggest, make the health of your spine and nervous system a priority. This will help you enjoy the elements rather than fear them.


1 Eva Sundman , Peder S. Olofsson   Advances in Physiology EducationPublished 1 June 2014Vol. 38no. 2,135-139DOI: 10.1152/advan.00094.2013

2 Medical News Today, Direct Route From Brain To Immune System Discovered By Scientists, Oct, 2007

3 Edwards, S. (1995, January 14.) Lancet.

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