The brain, nervous system, sensory system and the immune system…
The brain and nervous system controls the body.
How? Through the sensory system. Sensory meaning our senses. Our body senses our environment and sends those signals to our brain. Our brain then determines how we should react (smile, eat, sleep, run, sing…).
You’ll remember, way back in Kindergarten, we learned we have 5 senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound.
Turns out, we have 7 senses:
- the inner ear (balance) and
- the function of our spine.
What’s more, the function of our spine is responsible for 80% of the sensory information that the brain receives.
Our body sends signals to our brain >> our brain decides what to do >> then our body reacts. All of this in a split second, of course.
We live through our nervous system.
All of the communication from our sensory system to and from our brain happens through our nervous system. The brain gets messages delivered by the nerves and sends messages back to our body through the nerves.
This is true with the immune system as well. Our immune system is regulated by our nervous system.
The immune system is regulated by the part of the nervous system (the autonomic nervous system) that controls the balance between the “gas pedal” and “brake pedal” in our body.
How does the immune system work?
The immune system is the body’s defense against infection and illness.
In a normal immune system: something happens, our body sends soldiers, they get the job done and cleaned up, then the soldiers are disbanded, and everything returns to normal.
The immune system has two parts, the Th1 and the Th2.
Understanding how they work is important in making good choices to keep our immune system working and staying healthy.
When one part is more active than the other, the other is less active.
Th1: Killer T Cells
Their job is to kill stuff. Think…the marines, atomic bombers, ninjas.
In the body that looks like rash, diarrhea, fever, inflammation, runny nose… The mindset of the Th1 Killers is, “Something is in here that does not belong and is harmful. Let’s get it out!”
This process is known as externalization. Moving things out of the body.
Th2: Caller ID (Long Term Memory), Real Immunity
Their job is to remember stuff. So think…spies, reconnaissance, surveillance team.
We don’t feel a reaction when they’re working. Their mindset is, “That something the Killer Cells found is not allowed in here again. Write it down and file it away so if we see it again we know what to do.”
This process is known as internalization. Our body produces antibodies to remember what just happened so our immune system can react more quickly and efficiently next time.
Another way to look at it: When a house is on fire the first people on the scene are the fire fighters. They put the fire out any way they can as quickly as possible (Th1). After the scene has calmed down the fire inspectors show up. They figure out how this happened and what we have to do to prevent this from happening again (Th2).
The gas pedal dominance lowers the Th1 Killer response immediately.
The most common point for the immune system to first become unstable is during a baby’s delivery. When a child is pulled out, many times the first subluxation (partial dislocation of a vertebrae) is unintentionally created.
With a vertebrae slightly misaligned, the child’s body becomes locked into “gas pedal” mode. The gas pedal mode is when their brain and nervous system are concerned with SURVIVAL rather than growth and development.
Other factors that lower Th1 Killer response are:
- stress during pregnancy,
- birth intervention (clamps, C-section, vacuum…),
- antibiotics (remove any identification for the Killer Cells),
- fever reducers (chemically block the Th1 response),
- allergens (dairy, wheat, soy…).
When these factors occur and Th1 is lowered, we have what’s called a Humoral Shift: Th1 activity decreases then Th2 activity increases.
For example, if Th1 Killer cells are lowered then the first time a child is teething, it’s likely they’ll get a cold that develops into an ear infection because of the weakened immune system.
Ear infections are then able to keep driving deeper into the ear, nose and throat and possibly eventually into the lungs as bronchitis, asthma, and eventually allergies.
From before birth to about the age of 2, a child’s nervous system is developing faster than any other time in their life.
How can you know if your child’s immune system is working and how can the immune system be rebooted?
Here’s what you do:
Step 1: Call us and let’s set up a time to talk thru what your child has been through and the symptoms they’re struggling with. (We call it Day 1.) 402-915-0846
Step 2: On Day 1, after discussing what life has been like for you and your child, we’ll do a simple, pain-free neurological scan on your child’s spine to learn if their immune system and drainage system are working properly.
Step 3: Included in the $100 fee for this process is a Day 2 where you’ll come back in with your child on a different day (so we have time to evaluate the scan). We’ll walk you thru what the scan has shown and give your child an adjustment to begin reconnecting the communication between their brain and body.