Immunity and Chiropractic

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Topic – Immunity and Chiropractic

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RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Andrew Shepherd. Dr. Shepherd is the founder and serves as Chiropractor and Nutritionist of Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness in Plano, Texas. Originally, Dr. Shepherd is from New Zealand. He has lived in over 14 countries around the world and is the author of two books, “Health Put In Your Reach” and “Forever Young.”

Dr. Shepherd has been published in “Chiropractic Economics” and has appeared on the Veria Health and Wellness Network. Currently, he has two shows running on the Genesis of Healing Network run by the Discovery Channel.

Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness has been recognized as “America’s Top Chiropractors in Plano, TX” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. We welcome him here today as Dr. Shepherd is widely considered to be one of the top chiropractors in the country and a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today we are going to talk about a very important topic: Immunity and Chiropractic.

RC: Hi Dr. Shepherd.  How are you today?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Hi Liz I’m doing great. Thanks for having me here today.

RC: Well thanks for being here.

Question 1: What is our immune system made of and how does it work to protect our bodies?

RC: So my first question: What is our immune system made of and how does it work to protect our bodies?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: That’s a great question. Our immune system basically is our defense mechanism against any pathogen, against any bacteria, against any mold, against really any invader to the body that it sees as foreign. Now, on any human body and in any human body at any given time, there’s over ten thousand different little bugs or pathogens (if you like) and it’s our immune system’s job to recognize which ones it can live symbiotically with, in other words, it’s okay having them around and which ones they need to attack.

So the central nervous system is the master system of the body. It regulates and controls the immune system. Now I’m not going to get in to a lot of detail because it’s a really big topic but white blood cells, for example, are going to, if you think of them like the old game Pac-Man where the little mouse went along picking up all the dots, that’s essentially what a white blood cell is designed to do. It’s going to increase when there’s some kind of infection or some kind of change to how the body is actually responding to an invader. So that’s often picked up by blood tests or when you first start to just feel horrible – that’s generally a sign, perhaps a fever will spike. That’s a sign the body’s immune system is kicking into overdrive in order to help to remove something that’s there.

Another part of the immune system is actually called the enteric system and that’s located within the gut. That is super important. Really eighty percent of your immunity comes from the enteric system which is the guts system. Now people who are taking proton-pump blockers/ antacids are really doing a number on their immune system within their gut. The acid is there for a reason, the bugs are in the gut for a reason and when we constantly abuse them with chemicals and with inappropriate medications or medications that have been used for an inappropriate length of time, it really weakens that immune system. And that’s why many times we’ll see a lot of people all of a sudden develop things like leaky gut syndrome and at that point, one of the common denominators is that person is sick almost all of the time because the body is not able to deal with the pathogens that are coming at it.

Question 2: What are some signs that our immune system isn’t working properly?

RC: Okay and that’s really interesting information about the immune system and the nervous system and what are some signs that our immune system isn’t working properly?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Essentially, you will start to get sick. That can be symptoms like nausea, dizziness, fever, disorientation, pains, occasionally breakouts on the skin. It can be changes to your mental abilities, changes to your vision, your hearing. You may notice bowel movements change. They may become strange; they may become infrequent; they may become diarrhea type. Your urine may change color. You could potentially have the feeling of almost like you have the flu where you know you don’t have the flu but yet everything aches, you just have no energy, no motivation, no mental clarity. Those are all signs that the immune system isn’t able to work properly and needs some help at that point.

Question 3: How can chiropractic treatments improve our immune system?

RC: Alright and how can chiropractic treatments improve our immune system?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: That’s a great question. One of the things we researched when going through school was the aspect of an adjustment on the nervous system and likewise further down the track of the blood pressure and the ability to remember (cognitive) and it was significant. After an adjustment, it spikes the immune system’s ability and the body’s ability to fight different pathogens by anywhere from 10-15%. And that’s simply because when the nervous system is functioning at 100% and the electrical signals are able to come from the central nervous system out to the particular organ that are involved, they’re able to function at their high level. So the immune system is working at 100% which is what it’s designed to do.

When there’s an interference with that nervous system anywhere then let’s just take an example here of a garden hose. If we get a kink in that hose, water still comes out the other side, doesn’t it? But just not as much as it used to. So the same thing happens with the nervous system. When there’s an interference with that nerve, it still works okay but not nearly what it did. So when we are able to with a chiropractic adjustment, release the pressure off that nerve, it’s almost like the water in the hose is able to come back out flowing freely again and that is what allows an immune system to say,”Oh wow, now I have the information and the energy that I need to be able to fight what it is I need to fight.”

Question 4: What age is appropriate to start chiropractic treatments?

RC: And you know we all want our children to be at their peak and keep them healthy for as long as we can so what age is it appropriate to start chiropractic treatments with children.

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: I have an extra diploma in chiropractic pediatrics which gives me a little better understanding of the pediatric spine and the nervous system. I have two children. Mine were both adjusted at one 15 minutes old and the other at about 10 minutes old. So to answer your question, absolutely as soon as you can is the best answer. Particularly if someone has gone through a cesarean birth. When the babies are removed from the mother’s stomach as opposed to going through the vaginal canal in a normal birth process it creates an extreme trauma and stress to the baby and they don’t get to go through the canal which is what starts the spinal fluid wave going from the top of the skull down to the sacrum or the base of the skull. That’s super important. That wave like the waves coming in on an ocean is what allows the baby’s body to be washed with nutrients, washed with the spinal fluid from the inside out and create the beginnings of a healthy nervous system. So cesarean babies – it’s super super important that they get to see a chiropractor as soon as possible because we’re able to jumpstart that process which they didn’t get to do.

Question 5: What are other ways we can help maintain a healthy immune system?

RC: Great okay and my last question, what are other ways we can help maintain a healthy immune system?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: As it seems to be with everything with our health – diet and exercise – massive contributors. So we really have to understand that we can control our own health. We have a lot more power over it then you think. If you have genetic predispositions, in other words, if you have family history of certain disease processes, the great news about that is that doesn’t mean that it’s going to manifest in you or your body. Now if you have the same habits that created those disease processes in your family members, well then there’s a very good chance that you’re going to go down that same road. However, that’s where your choice comes in.

Diet. If you live on artificial foods, your intake of fruits and vegetables is low, your protein choices consist of McDonalds and Taco Bell, you’re going to have an extremely acidic body.  You’re probably going to be overweight; you’re probably going to be pre-diabetic; you’re probably using the artificial sweeteners and using diet sodas, those kinds of things. All of those are asking for healthcare issues.

So you get to choose that. That’s the great news. If you modify your diet and you don’t have to be perfect all the time. I encourage my patients be good six days of the week. Give yourself one day where you don’t have to worry about anything. Eat what you want, do what you want. But at least six days you’ve got to be cognizant of what’s going into your body because it effects your immune system. It’s like putting basil into a gasoline engine.  It’s not going to run. So if you put poor food into your engine or in other words your stomach and body, it’s going to get sick. It’s not going to run the way that it’s designed to do.

That’s the biggest thing that you can do to help maintain a healthy immune system and next there’s a lot of be said for the saying “Move it or lose it.” In other words, if you are sitting on the couch eating Twinkies, you’re going to get sick. Your immune system will be significantly compromised. You have to move. That doesn’t mean you have to join a gym and work out seven days a week but what it does mean is you need at least twenty to thirty minutes of moderate exercise minimum three times a week and you should also be lifting some light weights somewhere in the vicinity of twenty to forty minutes at least two times per week as well.

And here’s a little tip. One tsp of sugar will decrease and shut down the immune system by as much as sixty percent for one hour. Now that’s significant. Think about the snickers bar that you’re eating mid-afternoon, how many grams of sugar in there? Probably 4-5 tsp. Okay, now your immune system is shot for the next three to four hours. So somebody walking by you and sneezing at your desk, you don’t have a whole lot of chance of fighting that off. There’s a good chance you’re going to get sick. You can say thank you to them, however, you can also choose. So sugar is a big one. Anytime you’re actually physically sick, your immune system is working super hard so you’ve got to make sure that the fluids are high and that the sugar is almost removed entirely. Try that little experiment next time you’re sick. Remove all sugar and I guarantee you, you will heal in half the time you would normally.

RC: Thank you so much for being with us Dr. Shepherd.  We know you’re extremely busy so I just want to thank you for your time and your help today.

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Thank you so much for letting me be here.

RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. Andrew Shepherd, you can either go online at  or call (972) 212-5725 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals.

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