Skip to main content

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

- From the Desk of Dr Lee

There is currently a media frenzy regarding Measles in the United States, and one thing is for sure—everyone is looking for the truth. 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 not, we all want a strong healthy immune system!

Enter Chiropractic! There’s no other way to gain maximum expression of immunity without it. Want proof? Read on ...

Let’s go back to 1917-1918 when there was an 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:

During the flu epidemic of 1917-1918, In the state of Iowa alone:

  • Medical doctors treated 93,590 flu patients with 6,116 deaths; a loss of 1 patient in 15

  • Chiropractors saw 4,735 patients with the flu and only had 6 deaths. A loss of 1 patient in 789

  • National figures show that 1,142 Chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza in 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 medically treated

Starting to see the point?

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

The Flu Epidemic put chiropractic on the map in the early 1920’s. What happened? Why is chiropractic not well known for improving immunity anymore?

When antibiotics were introduced as the magic germ killer, chiropractic became less about improving immunity and organ function, and more about managing back pain and headaches. Then along came vaccines, and chiropractic continued to take a back seat to the “scientific” breakthroughs in medicine.

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

Or was there another possibility? The answer...great marketing! Marketing and promotion made the new “proven” and “accepted” drug therapy approach to increasing immunity and treating infection the gold standard.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of testimonies each year from Chiropractors whose patients experience the same results from the flu and other infections as chiropractic patients did in 1918. Our community and neighbors have rarely heard about this because of big pharma’s marketing and promotion of drugs and surgeries.

We now have an opportunity to do something about it!

You must have been told about the results of the greatest studies of our time:

  • Ron Pero, PhD showed that people under chiropractic care had 200% better immunity compared to those not under chiropractic care, and 400% better immune competence than those who were chronically ill.

  • New England Journal of Medicine reported on Aug. 23, 1991 that an increase in catecholamines (stress hormones) destroy the immune system. A 2011 study showed that single chiropractic adjustment significantly reduces catecholamines and increases IgA (neurotransmitters that regulate immunity) by 139%, making a person less susceptible to infection because of the boosted immunity.

  • A 2004 study showed 98% of asthma, allergy, and dermatitis (all immune system related) sufferers had spinal misalignments as a common finding. And when they were adjusted, they had massive improvements compared to the group who did not get adjusted.

The evidence is clear and we can now surely stand up and speak boldly and proud on the power of chiropractic and its effect on immunity!

So the next time someone wants to worry about the measles and vaccines, make that an open door to explain the importance of a strong immune system, and the influence chiropractic has on its proper function. Every person deserves the chance to have an optimally functioning immune system!

All humans should have the right to a properly functioning immune system throughout their entire life. And there is no way that can happen without taking proper care of your spine and nervous system with chiropractic!