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What do The Measles and Flu Epidemic of 1918 have in common?

Has anyone heard anything about the measles lately?

You’d think it was the bubonic plague or polio by the way they are talking about it!

One thing is for sure…everyone is looking for the truth! And the truth is that we all want healthy and happy children, parents, and grandparents.

Regardless of what side of the argument you stand, we can all agree on one major component that is not being discussed….the strength and power of the immune system!

Pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine. Vaccinated or not vaccinated. Symptoms or no symptoms….We all want a strong healthy immune system! 

Enter Chiropractic! There’s no other way to gain maximum expression of immunity without it.

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Let’s go back to 1917-1918 when there was a international flu epidemic. This was before vaccines were even around. It is well documented that 20 million people died worldwide; 500,000 in the U.S. alone. At the same time of this epidemic, there was a new health field and rising science making its way onto the scene. Believe it or not, the flu epidemic helped put Chiropractic on the map!

These numbers will shock you: 

In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated 93,590 flu patients with 6,116 deaths; a loss of one patient out of every 15. Chiropractors saw 4,735 patients with the flu and only had 6 deaths. A loss of one patient out of every 789. National figures show that 1,142 Chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of only 54 patients. (25 deaths per 10,000) Reports from New York City alone showed that 950 people died from the flu out of every 10,000 cases treated.  WOW! WOW! WOW!

Starting to see the point?

Chiropractic saves lives! Chiropractic increases immunity! Chiropractic helps a person adapt and function! 

The Flu Epidemic put Chiropractic on the map back in the early 1920’s. What happened? Why is Chiropractic not well known for improving immunity anymore?This is important to know because it helps to see why the hype is now being put on vaccines.

measles picChiropractic became less about improving immunity and visceral physiology and more about dealing with back pain when antibiotics were invented and introduced. Then along came vaccines and Chiropractic continued to take a back seat to the “scientific” breakthroughs in medicine.

But did human physiology change? Was there some sort of shift in human function that made chiropractic effective in the 1920‘s for increasing immunity and preventing infections but not effective in the 1940’s or after?

Dumb question? Good marketing is the answer! Marketing and promotion made the new “proven” and “accepted” drug therapy approach to increasing immunity and treating infection as the gold standard.

There are literally millions of testimonies each year from Chiropractors whose patients experience the same results from the flu and other infections as Chiropractic patients did in 1918. We have to accept the fact that our communities have not heard about this because of medicine’s marketing and promotion of drugs and surgeries…AND NOW WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! 

I could explain to you the results of the PhD Ron Pero study showing that people under Chiropractic care had 200% increased immunity compared to those not under care. Or I could show you the New England Journal of Medicine study from Aug. 23, 1991 showing that an increase in catecholamines suppress the immune system and had determined whether a person was more susceptible to colds and infections. And then I would combine that with the 2011 study showing how much a single spinal adjustment significantly reduces those catecholamines and increases secretory IgA by 139%, making a patient less susceptible because of the boosted immunity. Or I could talk about the awesome 2004 study that showed 98% of asthma, allergy, and dermatitis (all immune system related) sufferers had vertebral misalignments as a common finding. And when they were adjusted had massive improvements compared to the control group who did not get adjusted. And so on and so on and so on….

But….I won’t bore you with loads of studies and statistics! The evidence is clear and we can now surely stand up and speak boldly and proud in the Power of Chiropractic and its effect on immunity!

So the next time someone wants to talk about the measles and vaccine issues, make that an open door to explain the influence Chiropractic has on the immune system. That you believe every human deserves the chance to have a fully functioning immune system.

Though we may not agree on our vaccine stance or bogus reports of the outbreaks caused by non-vaccinated children, we can agree that all humans should have the right to a fully functioning immune system throughout their entire life. And there is no way that can happen without taking care of your spine and nervous system!

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6 Responses to “What do The Measles and Flu Epidemic of 1918 have in common?”

  1. Chris says:

    thanks Dan!
    Another great post. I look forward to your posts and what more you put together to strengthen
    Certainty in our profession – the People deserve it!

  2. Chris Martin says:

    I thought this article was great! However when I tried looking up the articles in the New England Journal of medicine I could not find them. Is there any way you could send me the articles through email? Or send me the direct links to all of these studies. Thank you!!!!
    My email is

  3. L wendt says:

    You reference a 2004 study Re: 98% of asthma, allergy, ……
    Can you send me the name and information of that study?

    • Dan Sulivan says:

      I’ve seen this study listed as published in both 2003 and 2004, and I’ve seen abstracts with each year on it so they both must have had a publication come out on it. Here’s the 2003 version…
      Y Takeda, S Arai. Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases. The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2003 Volume 2 Number 1

      Dr. Sullivan

  4. Dr cindy frazier says:

    Great info, thank you for getting it out to the people!