Diabetes: Maybe More Than We Thought

  • Written by Dr. Lucas Szczepanik B.Sc., D.C.

    Chiropractors are generally known as “back doctors”. More accurately we are spine doctors. We focus on musculoskeletal problems such as neck pain, back pain, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and arthritis, just to name a few. During our education we learn about the entire body and the relationship between the body’s internal organs and the nervous system (composed of the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves that travel to the organs and other tissues of the body). The brain sends signals down the spinal cord and through the nerves to the organs. Simple body functions like breathing, digestion, the beating of your heart are all regulated by the nervous system. Another concept in our education is the relationship between the nervous system and the body’s internal organs as it relates to disease.

    The basic question that arises is “is there a communication problem between the nervous system and the internal organs?” and “is this a possible reason for common illness such as Asthma, Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, High Blood Pressure etc.?”

    The findings of a recent study by Dr. Hans Michael Dosch, Dr. Michael Salter, and research team at a hospital in Toronto, was published in the National Post on Friday December 15th. Their main discovery is proof of a link between the body’s nervous system and the pancreas as it relates to the disease diabetes. To this point diabetes has been thought to be the result of an auto-immune response (the body attacking itself) against the pancreas. Researchers now believe they have proof of the nervous system triggering diabetes. The researchers injected a substance to counter effect malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas of diabetic mice. After injection the mice became healthy, some even as long as 4 months with just one injection. Further study by the team, which included the University of Calgary, showed that the nerves of the mice were secreting too little of a substance needed for proper pancreas function. A loss of proper communication from the nervous system to the pancreas. This is a very preliminary study and warrants many more years of testing, including testing on humans to see if the relationship is the same. This news is very exciting as this changes the way we perceive a disease that affects millions of Canadians and Americans.

    This does not mean there is a direct correlation between misalignments in the spine and the onset of diabetes. It is simply a new way of thinking in terms of this disease. It is just one more small piece of evidence that a healthy nervous system will allow proper function of the body. The full details of this article can be found at http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/index.html



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