Long-term chiropractic patients have been found to have higher levels of blood chemicals associated with effective DNA repair and exhibit an overall healthier state of being—this according to the February 18, 2005 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.
A retrospective analysis carefully examined 46 people, all over the age of 40, who participated in regularly scheduled chiropractic adjustments for the short term (8-52 weeks) or the long-term (52-312 weeks). A control group of people who had not received chiropractic treatment was also included in the analysis.
In the beginning of the test, researchers conducted blood tests on each patient to determine serum thiols levels—a chemical in the blood that helps block and repair the damaging effects of stress on DNA. Serum thiols are measured in terms of ‘nM cysteine’.
Researchers found that non-chiropractic treated patients in the control group had serum thiol levels of 124 nM cysteine while those being treated by chiropractic adjustments has much higher levels. Non-chiropractic patients actively battling a disease generally had levels below 90 compared to similar patients under long-term chiropractic care who had healthier values of 146.
The article concluded by saying, “The results clearly support the recommendations being made for wellness care by chiropractors. In addition, it should be stated that these results occurred under normal practice conditions and indicate what most chiropractors are likely achieving when performing long-term care. Also, it refutes earlier views that five to seven years of care was necessary to optimize human health status, as indicated by serum thiol levels. Our sampling indicates that this can occur in a time frame approximately half that period. Finally, there is no doubt that chiropractic care was the dominant factor in being able to realize thiol values that in some cases have not been seen in nutriceutical testing, the only other intervention shown to improve thiol values.”
In short, this scientific study proves yet again that receiving a regular schedule of chiropractic adjustments will have a direct and positive impact on your health and quality of life.
[Source: Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 2/18/05]