sickness chiropractic immuneResolution of life-long chronic illness in a 48-year old male following 1 year of chiropractic care.

Patient presented with frequent illness, vertigo, nausea, dry left eye, atrial fibrillation, gravelly voice, wheezing, anxiety, stomach cramps and reflux for ┬▒15 years.

He is now training for marathons.

There is nothing more rewarding than science applied to real life and miracles becoming expected clinical outcomes.

Neuroimmunology studies the interaction between the nervous system and the immune system. Traditionally, it has been thought that the immune system is only controlled by hormones and cell proteins called cytokines.

A new understanding is that the brain directly influences the immune system by sending messages down nerve cells.

Networks of nerve fibres connect to the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes and bone marrow. Experiments show that immunity can be altered by changes in brain function.

neuroimmune neurotransmitters dendritic cells

Signals from the brain, called neurotransmitters, communicate to dendritic cells to recruit the best T cell for a foreign invader. Neurotransmitters come from other sources too, like the gut, which is why gut problems compound illness. The brain can also influence the immune system through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (stress) axis, suppressing immunity. Disruption of these complex interactions between the nervous system and immune system, altering release of neurotransmitters, contributes to inflammation and sickness1. Read more


Lungs-asthma-chiropracticAfter 20 years, I no longer need my inhalers – Sharen.

Asthma, explained by dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system: the “other-way-round” theory.

Now as a full time practitioner doing postgraduate work in the autonomic nervous system, I would have treated my 6-year old asthmatic self quite differently, knowing what I now know. After all those hospital visits and years of drugs, I would have suggested other ideas to my mother.


  • Asthma is driven by a hyperactive parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Corticosteroids can have long term damaging effects on the body.
  • Specific spinal adjustments are imperative in asthma management.

Nervous system control of the airways is not normal in asthmatic patients1. This creates “neurogenic inflammation”: bronchoconstriction, mucous secretion, coughing and wheezing because the bronchial walls have become too big for air to easily pass through.


To understand what I’ve dubbed the “other-way-round” theory, you need to know what sympathetic nerves do and what parasympathetic nerves do. General convention describes the sympathetic nervous system as the fight/flight response (click image to enlarge) and the parasympathetic system as resting/digesting, which is what most people know. While this is true, it is only true for the end-organs that these nerves fire to. Both systems have the ability to turn things on or turn things off.

You’d think because of the sing-song rhyme that sympathetic nerves would cause constriction, and parasympathetic nerves dilation? When it comes to the airways, it’s the “other-way-round”. Read more

Bedwetting or Nocturnal Enuresis

bedwetting nocturnal enuresis chiropractorNocturnal enuresis means uncontrolled urination at night after the age of 5 years.

This article highlights brain-based reasons for bedwetting, outside of pathological conditions such spina bifida, kidney disease or urethral obstructions. It’s for the parents who have already tried alarm clocks, reduced fluid intake before bed time, done reward charts, watched their child go to the toilet before bed or may have even considered medication.

There are 2 types of nocturnal enuresis: 1. The child who has never been dry for more than a few months at a time (primary nocturnal enuresis); and 2. The child who has been completely dry for more than 6 months and then starts to wet the bed again (secondary nocturnal enuresis).

In the context of brain-based bedwetting, the mechanisms for either would be similar, and would generally respond favourably to chiropractic care.

The 3 commonalities in a child with brain-based bedwetting are as follows:

  1. A child who is sensitive in nature or has experienced recent emotional events.
  2. A child with poor sleep rhythms – disturbed, restless, or very deep sleep.
  3. A child displaying retained primitive reflexes (see below).

Sleep disruptions in children are usually a normal symptom of central nervous system development but enuresis might be sign of┬áimmaturity of the sleep mechanism. Sleep is coordinated by the brain, its emotional centres, the circadian cycle and hypothalamus, the brainstem and autonomic nervous system. It’s a complex overlay of multiple controls, which is why there is never one straight forward answer. Read more

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