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The Flu, Pandemics and How Chiropractic May Help


Pandemic Preparedness

The 1918 Influenza Epidemic swept the world. As we face another possible flu epidemic, a look at chiropractic care 1918 influenza epidemic records is enlightening for pandemic preparedness. The Flu, Pandemics and other world health issues may be helped with Chiropractic.

1918 Influenza Epidemic Records from Walter C. Rhodes, DC

“The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas,” by Walter C. Rhodes, DC, states chiropractic care came into its own during the 1918 influenza epidemic. The following statistics from his chiropractic records leave no doubt chiropractic care offers value for influenza and pandemic preparedness.

Pandemic Preparedness from Chiropractic Records of 1918 Influenza Epidemic: IOWA

During the 1918 influenza epidemic, Davenport, Iowa, medical doctors treated 4,953 influenza cases with 274 deaths. At the same time, 150 chiropractors, students and faculty of Palmer School of Chiropractic treated 1,635 cases during the influenza epidemic with only one death.

The state of Iowa reports medical doctors treated 93,590 influenza patients with 6,116 deaths or one out of 15. The rest of the state, except for Davenport, reported 4,735 patients treated by chiropractor care with a loss of 6 which is 1 out of 789 during the influenza epidemic.

Pandemic Preparedness from Chiropractic Records of 1918 Influenza Epidemic: NEW YORK CITY

Reports from New York City during the influenza epidemic of 1918, show 950 out of 10,000 patients medically treated died. Whereas 25 patients out of 10,000 died under drugless methods. It’s not clear if drugless is chiropractic care but it is assumed.

Pandemic Preparedness from Chiropractic Records of 1918 Influenza Epidemic:OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma chiropractors reported 3,490 cases of influenza with 7 deaths during the 1918 influenza epidemic. It’s interesting because medical doctors gave up on 233 influenza patients so chiropractors were called in and saved all except 25 with chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Influenza Epidemic Ward: WWII Base Hospital, #84 Unit in Perigau, FRANCE

Dr. S.T. McMurrain, D.C. impressed his commander, Lt. Col. McNaughton during the 1918 influenza epidemic in Southwestern France. He requested Dr. McMurrain’s commission in the Sanitary Corps. All influenza cases were sent to Dr. McMurrain for chiropractic care.

1918 Influenza Epidemic and Chiropractic Records for Pandemic Preparedness

Interviews with chiropractors during the 1918 influenza epidemic reveal their practice picked up. Chiropractic care also became an acceptable science with new patients and students after the influenza epidemic. For pandemic preparedness, a look at chiropractic care 1918 influenza epidemic records is enlightening.


Chiropractic Care During 1918 Influenza Epidemic Reveals Startling Statistics copyright 2009.

Dr. Smith Comments:

The healthier your nervous system is the healthier you are. Chiropractic has always been about maximizing the function of the nervous system which controls your body, actions, reactions and your being. Your immune system is a part of your nervous system. To fight of infections your immune system is needed. It is very interesting to see that a natural way to treat the body helped  when the most deadly flu ever happened people did not find relief from a shot or toxic medication.

Doesn’t it make sense to keep the nerve that control your immune system free and clear of interference? If you have symptoms or are at risk, doesn’t it make sense to keep healthy rather than waiting for sickness or illness? If you have health problems like allergies, asthma, ADHD, anxiety, anemia, etc doesn’t it make sense to do everything you can to get their body functioning better with chiropractic care and a healthy lifestyle?

Every few months another study is coming out showing that chiropractic care is more about improving the function of the body than just treating pain. We are starting to see more people that use chiropractic and other natural health approaches first and medications/surgery as a last resort. That is the direction health care has to move to get a healthier population and reduce spending as well as less hysteria.


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