Can regular Chiropractic care affect you on a genetic level? The answer is yes. But how?
DNA is the molecule of life. It contains our genes which make us what we are. DNA makes up our chromosomes which are held in the nucleus of our cells. DNA is very fragile and susceptible to damage from environmental stresses. It is estimated that our cells experience anywhere from 1,000 to 1,000,000 incidences of DNA damage PER DAY.
If this DNA damage is left and not repaired, our DNA sequences cannot be read or will not be read properly. This will result in abnormal cell function or expression. Three things can the occur; senescence, which means the cells stop dividing, cell death and/or tumor growth. All three are not good things as they lead to poor health and premature aging.
Going through life, we experience physical, chemical, and emotional stress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. The investigators hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level.
Oxidative stress, metabolically generating free radicals, is now a broadly accepted theory of how we age and develop disease. Oxidative stress results in DNA damage, and inhibits DNA repair.
The good news is that our cells are equipped with numerous enzymes (too many to list) whose job it is to continually repair this DNA damage. This DNA repair can be measured through blood tests that measure serum Thiol levels. The serum Thiol level is an indicator of the level of DNA repair. The higher serum Thiol, the more DNA repair and the better your health and aging.
In a landmark study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, chiropractors collaborating with researchers at the University of Lund found that chiropractic care could influence basic physiological processes affecting oxidative stress and DNA repair. These findings offer a scientific explanation for the positive health benefits reported by patients receiving chiropractic care.
The researchers measured serum thiol levels in 25 patients under short term chiropractic care, and 21 patients under long term chiropractic care. The results were compared to those of a non-chiropractic control group of 30 subjects.
Long-term chiropractic care of two or more years was shown to re-establish a normal physiological state independent of age, sex, or nutritional supplements. Symptom-free or primary wellness subjects under chiropractic care demonstrated higher mean serum thiol levels than patients with active disease, and produced some values that were higher than normal wellness values in non-chiropractic subjects.
Serum thiols are primary antioxidants, and serve as a measure of human health status . The test provides a surrogate estimate of DNA repair enzyme activity, which has been shown to correlate with lifespan and aging.
After you have completed corrective Chiropractic care you need Wellness care to maximize your health potentials.