WHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS SECONDARY
We have discussed various clinical features of the immune system in several previous issues of THE UPLINK (Issues #6, #7, #17 and #32.) In this issue we continue to add to this discussion.
In Issue #32 we noted that a primary immune system involvement creates many other secondary muscle and organ problems. These are mediated by the hypothalamus (HPT). In this issue, we will discuss how HPT activity can create secondary immune system problems. In fact, the HPT activity itself may be secondary as the HPT responds and adapts to some other chemical or organ stress.
THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG
To review, in primary immune dysfunction, the HPT adapts and this creates problems throughout the body. Various inhibited muscles will respond to HPT tissue when the immune system is primary.
The opposite is also true: The HPT can adapt to various other chemical or visceral problems and send messages that impact immune function. When this occurs, an immune system muscle (infraspinatus, lower/middle trapezius, pectoralis minor) will strengthen on HPT tissue. The clinical key is:
IF HPT STRENGTHENS: PRIMARY IS:
Weak indicator muscle only Immune
Indicator & Immune muscle Some other organ
THE “EYES” HAVE IT
To determine what organ is causing the HPT to adapt, and how that organ needs to be treated, you can use a visual focus sympathetic-parasympathetic challenge. Test the immune system muscle and have the patient look at a distant object such as the ceiling (which creates a SYM reaction), then have the patient look at his or her own nose (PS effect.)
If the distant eye focus strengthens, then some organ needs more SYM activity. Pinch all of the visceral referred pain areas (VRPs) until you find one that negates the immune system muscle weakness.
If looking at the nose strengthens the immune system muscle, then some organ needs more PS activity. Rub all of the VRPs until you find one which negates the immune system muscle weakness.
Procedure when immune system is secondary to the hypothalamus (and the HPT is secondary and adaptive to yet some other organ problem):
- Weak indicator strengthens on HPT tissue
- Infraspinatus or lower/middle trapezius or both pectoralis minors weak. HPT tissue strengthens.
- Check for SYM or PS by testing weak immune muscle with eyes focused on an object in the distance such as the ceiling (SYM) and eyes focused on the tip of the nose (PS.)
- If SYM – pinch all VRPs until one strengthens the weak immune muscle
- If PS – Rub all VRPs until one strengthens the weak immune muscle
- Treat the VRP related organ accordingly:
- Treat to increase SYM by IRT to the Chapman’s reflex with an oral offender
- Treat to increase PS by rubbing Chapman’s reflex in the traditional way.
- The immune system muscle will now be strong, as will the original weak muscle, and anything else that was related (such as a cranial fault, TMJ, or whatever.)
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF “51%ERS”
Steve Gangemi, DC (WHS office partner) made a marvelous observation about 51%er muscles. In a 2003-04 ICAK-USA paper entitled “The Other 49% of the 51%er,” Dr. Gangemi discussed his findings that any 51%er is an indication of one of two things:
1) an Injury Recall Technique injury or
2) an immune system involvement.
Correcting of the IRT and/or immune system involvement (as discussed in this and the previous issues of THE UPLINK) will result in the 51%er pattern disappearing. Either the muscle will be strong with no 51%er activity or it will be weak in the clear.
This becomes a great boon to patient management. If you find a 51%er, right away you know that you must find either an IRT injury (autogenic facilitation will not strengthen a weak muscle) or an immune system problem (immune system muscle is weak.) Both are important to fix first for optimal patient response. Using 51%ers as an indicator for IRT or immune problems will help you get to the core of the patient’s problem much more directly!
STOPPING JOINT DEGENERATION will be one of the topics of Dr. Schmitt’s seminar “Degeneration Intervention – Gut, Liver, & Joints” to be presented in Philadelphia on October 16-17, 2004 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in the city center of Philadelphia. (It is also the topic associated with This Issue’s Special Offer. See box below.) This one-time seminar will primarily focus on nutrition. Other topics will include the use of activated B vitamins, cholesterol’s & cytokines’ effects on the liver, little known neurological effects of homocysteine, and a model for why some patients are so sensitive to MSG and aspartame. 12 hours of chiropractic continuing education credit has been applied for through Logan College Postgraduate Division in numerous states, and DACBN recertificationapproval has been given for this seminar. Contact Michelle at (919) 545-8829 or see www.theuplink.com for more information.
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IRT STORIES: Without question, the most-commented-about technique ever taught by Dr. Schmitt is Injury Recall Technique (IRT). Doctors tell of dramatic clinical successes with all sorts of named and unnamed conditions including life-changing recoveries from chronic problems.
We have decided to ask you to write up your favorite case history(ies) using IRT and we will post them all in a file on our web site. Please write these briefly – a paragraph or two will be fine. (See the example below.) Our intent for this is not publication, but for clinical sharing and to help expand our clinical awareness of the widespread application and effectiveness of this technique. You may use your name, or remain anonymous as you wish. (We would just use your initials if you ask.) Send your IRT experiences via e-mail to Michelle at email@example.com. We may slightly edit them with your permission.
IRT CASE: A 23 year old female graduate student had tripped and fallen in a parking lot bruising her cheekbone two years previously. Within a day or two, she began having symptoms which escalated to a full blown trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux.) IRT to the area of her cheek injury eliminated the pain in the office and the tic douloureux was gone.