The future of medicine maybe closer than you think! Bioelectric Medicine and Electroceuticals are top name contenders for this new branch of medicine. As researcher’s better understand and learn how to manipulate the electrical impulses of the nervous system we will have more targeted and safer ways to treat disease and stay healthy. Last year clinical trial was published demonstrating a small electrical device implanted in the neck near the vagus nerve to eliminate the cause of inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis showed positive results in 12 out of 17 patients. Medicare already pays for electrical treatments of Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. A well known example of Bioelectric Medicine are Pacemakers which have been used to electrically regulate heart rhythms for decades.
Venture capitalists have already invested $100 million in Biomedical Medicine. Imran Eba of Action Potential Venture Capital located in Cambridge said, “If we can understand how…electric signals travel through the nervous system…then we can start treating disease in a totally different way.” New advances in medicine are always exciting. Influencing the nervous system is fascinating. Influencing the nervous system to restore and maintain health is not new news to the chiropractic profession! Chiropractors have been influencing the optimizing nerve energy in the body since its founding in 1895!
In 1895, chiropractic care began in Davenport, Iowa. The founder, D.D. Palmer‘s first adjustment did not relieve low back pain, it restored deafness! The story goes; D.D. Palmer was a self -taught healer. (Prior to the Flexner Report in 1910 medical training was not standardized and many healers were self-taught. D.D. Palmer was on those self-taught healers). Harvey Lillard was a janitor in the building D.D. Palmer had his practice in. Harvey was almost completely deaf. Seventeen years earlier while in a cramped, stooped position, he felt a pop in his spine and went deaf.
After hearing Harvey’s history and feeling his spine, D.D. Palmer postulated that there was a bone out of place interfering with the flow of energy in the nervous system. He got permission from Harvey to push the vertebrae back into place. Immediately after Harvey’s hearing was restored. D.D. Palmer proclaimed that he corrected the flow of nerve energy which restored his hearing.
I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good. HARVEY LILLARD,
D.D. Palmer named this new healing art that restores nerve energy flow chiropractic, which comes from a Greek work which means “done by hand”. D.D. Palmer in his voluminous writings preferred to use the term “dis-ease” rather than disease to explain many human ailments. He defined dis-ease as “too much or not enough nerve energy”. Today research continues to prove D.D. Palmer’s theory’s correct on many levels. Your body can not be healthy unless the brain can communicate properly to all the cells of the body, and this communication is electric. Conventional wisdom now points to the fact that nerves can get pinched by herniated discs, but probably more often spinal joints don’t move correctly and get stuck which irritates the nerves. The original premise of Chiropractic is that adjustments, or spinal manipulation, puts motion back into the spine which corrects the electrical impulses of the nervous system which control all the systems in the body.
Chiropractic care for those who keep up with the literature is the most effective, safest and most cost-effective treatment for musculoskeletal problems. Ninety-Five percent (95%) or more of my patients present for pain syndromes associated with the spine. Sitting, computers, cell phones and just standing on 2 legs can be challenging to the spine and the delicate nervous system. Maybe it’s time for all of us to stay healthy by keeping nerve energy flowing optimally to present dis-ease.
Medical advances are amazing and as a result we are living longer and more productive lives. Maybe Bioelectric Medicine is the future of healthcare since there is promise that it can target cells and malfunctions in the body without the side-effects and cost of modern medicine. Still, we should always start first with the body’s ability to heal itself naturally. Chiropractic care has always been a big part of natural healing because it optimizes the function of the nervous system and optimizes nerve energy so the brain communicates properly to the various organ systems in the body. In 34 years of practice it is amazing how many patients who came to see me because of back pain comment on how their digestive issues or allergies have improved or cleared up. How is your nervous system energy functioning? If you are not sure, start the New Year with a nervous system function check-up at Performance Health Center.