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Research on Chiropactic

As early as 1921, the medical profession validated chiropractic

Henry Winsor, a medical doctor in Haverford , Pennsylvania asked the question:

"Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as kidney diseases, constipation, heart disease, thyroid conditions, and lung disease may resolve - but how?"

Dr. Winsor decided to investigate this new science and art of healing- chiropractic.


After graduating from medical school, Dr. Winsor was inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature to experiment. He planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to the organ. As he wrote:

"The object of these necropsies was to determine whether any connection existed between curvatures of the spine, and diseased organs; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other."


The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of seventy-five human and twenty-two cat cadavers . The following are Dr. Winsor's results:

"221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were from the same sympathetic (nerve) segments as the vertebrae in curvature. Nine diseased organs belonged to different sympathetic segments from the vertebrae out of line. These figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide…for an organ may receive sympathetic filaments from several spinal segments and several organs may be supplied with sympathetic (nerve) filaments from the same spinal segments. In other words, there was nearly a 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs."


Dr. Winsor's results are published in The Medical Times and are found in any medical library. Winsor was not alone in his findings. Similar studies by other researchers have confirmed Dr. Winsor's conclusion that degenerated and misaligned spines have a high correlation with disease processes.

• Reference:
All quotes from: Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances - II. The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebral deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times , November 1921, pp./ 267-271.

What MD.'s are Saying About Chiropractic

Many members of the medical profession have made honest, open-minded investigations of chiropractic. Reprinted here are some of their views and comments...

Ill's Traced to Vertebrae

"It may never occur to them (his medical colleagues) that the headaches, stomach trouble, neuritis, or nervous irritability they are attempting to cure may be due to nothing more serious than a displaced vertebra, which any competent chiropractor can restore in ten seconds." - Herman Rubin, M.D., Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in Eugenics.

Chiropractic Adjustment Works

(Referring to severe headaches during and after specific movements of the Head)"...a chiropractic adjustment will work on the cervical region. We find in the case of the hypertension a drop from 25 to 30 mm right after the adjustment is given." - K. Gutzeit, M.D., in The Spine as Causative Factor of Disease.

Perform Miraculous Cures

"From personal experience alone, I am of the opinion that many patients suffer from some type of dislocation on the vertebral structures...there is no doubt that the consciousness of the orthopedic surgeon was aroused originally by the success of the bone-setters, the early manipulators, and more recently the chiropractors...the latter group has undoubtedly performed their miraculous cures in individuals who have been misdiagnosed and mistreated by the practitioner or internist." - Dr. Harold T. Hyman, professor, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, in American Journal of Medical Science

Patients Find Relief

"It is quite easy to replace the vertebrae with a moderate amount of manipulation and...many patients find relief in the hands of chiropractors" - James Brailsford, M.D. In British Journal of Surgery, "Deformation of the Lumbosacral Region of the Spine"

Chiropractic on Right Track

"You chiropractors are on the right track!" - George W. Crane, M.D.


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