Subluxation-Based Nutrition: The Spleen

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Subluxation-Based Nutrition: The spleen

The spleen could be referred to as the Rodney Dangerfield of visceral organs since it seldom gets the respect it deserves. This is due in part to the fact that it seldom complains loudly enough to be noticed.

The spleen simply does not present well-recognized symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, shortness of breath, constipation or diarrhea. Its lack of importance is also undermined every time a ruptured spleen is surgically removed following trauma. The impression is that the organ is no more essential than a gallbladder.

The spleen is the largest lymphoid organ in the body. In the fetus it is an important blood-forming organ, but in the adult only lymphocytes are formed there. Nevertheless, any time the body calls for more red or white cells than can be delivered by the bone marrow or the spleen, muscle contraction will be found in those muscles that share spinal innervation with the spleen (T6 to T8).

In essence, the spleen is to the blood what the lymph nodes are to the lymph. It filters and cleans the blood, removing dead cells and foreign material.

The spleen is lined with aggregated lymphatic follicles. These are patches of specialized tissue filled with white blood cells. In the throat these follicles are called tonsils, in the small intestine they are known as Peyer's patches, and in the liver they are called Kupffer cells.

Autonomic control

Sympathetic stimulation contracts the muscle of the capsule and trabecula of the spleen. This increases blood flow to the periphery and can increase destruction of older crenated red blood cells resulting in nutritional anemia.

Direct evidence of splenic involvement can be difficult to diagnose since hypertrophy of the spleen is a very late clinical finding in pathology. Fortunately, muscle contraction of the left transverse abdominous muscle can be correlated with persistent muscle contraction adjacent to the six-inch to eight-inch thoracic spinal segments.

Seven symptoms signal involvement:

1. History of anemia or other blood disorder.
2. Gingivitis, sore or bleeding gums.
3. Swollen painful tongue, dysphagia, and glossitis.
4. Fatigue, hyperirritability, and restlessness.
5. Vertigo and tinnitus.
6. Low resistance, frequent colds and infections.
7. Muscle tension headaches.

Any abnormal findings on a complete blood count are laboratory indicators.

Physical signs of involvement are: a) tachycardia; and b) pallor of skin and mucous membranes (lips), and nails.

In the Meric System, the 15th vertemere is composed of the eighth dorsal vertebra and the seventh dorsal nerve above it. It supplies the following structures:

- Pancreas

- Reticuloendothelial (macrophage) system of the spleen and liver

- Diaphragm

- Duodenum

- Eighth pair of nerves and also muscles and skin in this immediate vicinity.

The spinal trigger point for this vertemere can be found by pressing medially on the lateral border of the Erector spinae muscle at the level of the seventh dorsal spinous process.

Tenderness is traceable from the spine along the intercostal spaces and may spread around the body to the abdomen. This vertemere overlaps the vertemere above and tender fibers may be traced to the tissues of the stomach.

The viscero-somatic reflex is found in the left transverse abdominous muscle contraction.

Nutritional Needs

A little-known but important study conducted at Penn State University in the early 1990s proved conclusively that the body assimilates and utilizes iron from food sources much better and without the side effects caused by supplementing with iron supplements such as sulfate and fumarate.

The spleen will always respond dramatically from nutrients that provide a food source of organic iron combined with its natural synergists and plant enzymes. Generally speaking, such foods or herbs will also enhance immune function.

Pau d'arco is used widely in South America for its immune-enhancing and antibiotic properties. It contains a high amount of flavonoids and iron which undoubtedly accounts for most of the claims made for it.

Yellow dock root is considered an excellent blood builder because of its high iron content. It has long been used for iron deficiency. It is rich in easily digestible organic iron and vitamins A, C, and manganese.

There is a plethora of research that attests to the immune enhancing properties of echinacea root. This herb also contains vitamins A, E, and C, as well as iodine, copper, sulfur, and potassium.

Astragalus is a Chinese herb used to strengthen the immune system. Modern research indicates it has a distinct vasodilating and diuretic hypotensive effect and high iron content.

Mullein leaves are high in iron, magnesium, potassium, and sulfur. It contains vitamins A, D, and B-complex.

The Chiropractic Journal.

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By Howard F. Loomis

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