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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dr. Winsor Changed My Life: My Chiropractic Story

If you watch the 25 minute chiropractic orientation video you will learn about the 4 life events that pointed me toward chiropractic.   One of these events was learning about Dr. Winsor.   (You can watch the video here.)

   As early as 1921, the medical profession validated chiropractic. Henry Winsor, a medical doctor in Haverford, Pennsylvania began to wonder: "Chiropractors claim that by 'adjusting' one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by 'adjusting' another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as thyroid conditions, kidney disease, constipation, heart disease and lung disease may resolve - but how?" He decided to investigate this new science and art of healing - chiropractic. 

  After graduating from medical school, Dr. Windsor was inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature to experiment. He planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to that organ. As he wrote:
    The object of the necropsies [dissections] was to determine whether any connection existed between minor curvature of the spine, on the one hand, and diseased organs on the other; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other.

  The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Windor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of seventy-five human and twenty-two cat cadavers. the following are Dr. Winsor's results:
    221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were observed to belong to the same sympathetic [nerve] segments as the vertebrae in curvature. Nine diseased organs belonged to different sympathetic segments from the vertebrae out of line. These figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide ... for an organ may recieve sympatheic filments from several spinal segments and several organs may be supplied with sympathetic filaments fromt he same spinal segments.

  In other words, there was nearly a 100% correlation between 'minor curvatures' of the spine and disease of the internal organs. The disease categories and correlations follow:
  • Stomach Diseases All nine cases of spinal misalignment in the mid- thoracic (T 5-9) area had stomach disease.
  • Lung Disease All twenty-six cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic (T 1-5).
  • Liver Disease All thirteen cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid- thoracic (T 5-9).
  • Gallstones All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid- thoracic (T 5-9).
  • Pancreas All three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid- thoracic (T 5-9).
  • Spleen All eleven cases with spleen disease had spinal misalignments in the mid- thoracic (T 5-9).
  • Kidney All seventeen cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracic (T 10-12) area.
  • Prostate and Bladder All eight cases with prostate and bladder disease had the lumbar (L 1-3) vertebrae misaligned.
  • Uterus The two cases with uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.
  • Heart Disease All twenty cases with heart and pericardium conditions hd the upper five thoracic vertebra (T 1-5) misaligned.

  Dr. Winsor's results were published in The Medical Times and can be found in any medical library. Windsor was not alone in his findings. Similar studies by other researchers have confirmed his conclusion that a well-aligned spinal column is essential for bodily health. 

  Although many medical doctors are ignorant of the relationshp of the spinal column to disease, medical literature contains the findings of many experiments proving chiropractic's theory and effectiveness. An unhealthy spine can cause disease in many parts of the body and a chiropractic spinal checkup and adjustment can help in the care and prevention of sickness and disease. 
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