Neuropathy Illustrated
The Philosophy and Practical Application of Drugless Healing
Andrew P. Davis, M.D., N.D., D.O., D.C., OPH.D.


The word "Pathology" comes from the word "pathos," which means "pain in the body", or the science of diseases. Were it not for pain we would have no idea as to what disease is. Disease is want of ease; want of ease is simply a lack of ease; an irritation that produces a sensation that is unpleasant, anywhere in the body, is called pain. Pain denotes a diseased condition, an abnormal condition. A description of disease has been the bane of ages. The medical profession has systematized diseases in such a manner as to separate them into various names, degrees, modifications and character; has attributed to them all kinds of causes, undertaken to relieve the pain without regard to the cause, by the use of opiates, sedatives, stimulants, tonics and all kinds of medicines. The effect of medicines, therefore, has been experimental; they affect the system according to the properties they possess. All medicines being foreign substances produce different effects in the system, according to their chemical constituents; and these chemical constituents are a combination of different molecules in their construction, possessing, to a greater or less degree, the chemical constituents of the four cardinal elements, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. The medical profession supposes that these medicines have a special influence over the pathological condition when administered to the patient, per orum, or hypodermically, and have so educated the people to believe that medicines are essential to their happiness by relieving (?) them of pain and disease.


Diagnosis is describing the conditions complained of. In other words, it is a description of disease, its cause, effects and consequences. The consequences are determined by the conditions found, and this is called "prognosis." Prognosis means telling the probable results of the disease, and these results are largely hypothetical, because many of the conditions which have been prognosed as incurable, spontaneously recover, regardless of the effects of the supposed remedial agencies and the disease itself, nature asserting itself when least expected. Hence the medical profession is a profession of experimentation, and until recently, no advancement has been made in the study either of disease or the effects or remedies. The profession has been keeping itself busy in searching for some cause outside the human body, and has endeavored to make the people believe that bacteriology is the leading thing essential in the medical profession, and demands more attention than medicine itself, attributing all diseases to some special school or class of bacteria, and have determined to destroy the bacteria through antitoxins or such agencies as, in their judgment, will be the most effectual in the destruction of the supposed enemy that has caused the disease.


The lymphatics as described by Anatomists, are the delicate, transparent vessels which carry the lymph of the body, which is a product of the blood, back to the heart and lungs. The lymphatic vessels have two coats, the external and the internal, but no middle muscular-elastic coat. They are found in nearly every tissue, texture and organ of the body which contains blood vessels, but are absent in the non-vascular structures. They are nourished by blood vessels distributed to their outer and middle coats, the large lymphatic vessels having three coats. They possess valves of semi-lunar form, placed at much shorter intervals than the valves in the veins. They convey lymph to the blood, possess the property of absorbing certain materials from the tissues and convey them into the circulation; hence they are called absorbents. They discharge their contents into the blood at two points - the junction of the subclavian and internal jugular veins; on the left side by the thoracic duct and on the right side by the lymphatic duct.


Lacteals are the lymphatic vessels of the small intestines, conveying chyle from the intestine through the mesenteric glands to the thoracic duct during the process of digestion. Lymphatic glands are small, glandular bodies, placed in the course of the lymphatic and lacteal vessels and found chiefly along the great blood vessels, at the root of the lungs, in the lumbar and coeliac region of the abdomen, the mesentery, the mediastina, the head, neck, axilla, groin and popliteal space.

The lymphatic system accompanies the veins, and as the blood passes through the arterial system into the capillaries, the elements passing through the capillaries into the surrounding tissue, dissolves the waste material, builds up new material, and conveys the water through the lymphatic tubes, into the veins; and conveys this blood back through the venous system into the heart. The lymph being an exudate from the blood itself, and being composed of waste material is conveyed through separate channels through out the entire body, and empties into two ducts - the thoracic duct on the left side, and the thoracic on the right side of the body. Impediment to the circulation of lymph produces inflammation of the glandular system, the lymph cells or follicles, and inflammation becomes malignant in almost all of the structure of the lymph follicles.

Malignant Disease.

Malignant disease in the form of cancer, attacking the glandular system, resists all kinds of treatment, being formed by the decomposition of blood chemically, and not permitted to assume a solid form, is allowed to exude through the glandular tubes, and constantly drain the entire organism. No application to a cancer in the form of fluid or paste, is absorbed into the tumor, because of the conditions constant exudation of the fluid portion of the gland and lymph follicles. The glandular system is of vital importance in the circulatory apparatus. It, like the veins, becomes the sewerage of the body, and obstruction anywhere in the lymphatic tubes produces the same kind of effects as obstruction in the veins. Hence the importance of relieving the pressure from the entire organism, so as to include the removal of the pressure from all the vessels involved, together with the nervous system. The circulation of all the fluids is an essential under all circumstances the perpetuation of health, or the removal of disease, when existing. The glandular system possesses the power, and whose functions are the secretion of fluids for the purpose of lubrication or dissolving tissue or food, must be kept free from pressure in order that the glands perform their normal function. Obstruction to the glandular system in the mouth, embracing the three large glands that furnish the saliva, would interfere with the digestive process and cause disease, on account of not digesting the food so that it could be assimilated. Whether obstruction takes place in the ducts leading from the glands, and from the organs to be lubricated, or whether interference to the extent that lessens the function producing deficiency of the secretion, has the same effect. Excessive irritation of the glandular system would produce excessive secretion, and thus being weakened by its excess, would weaken the process of digestion and produce disease also. Interference of the circulation of the lymphatic secretions results in toxemia and a general poisonous condition of the entire organism, any kind of disease may ensue.

The same thing holds good in the obstruction to the circulation of the venous blood. Where congestion is the result of impeded lymphatic circulation, the glands always overflow, and results are manifest in toxemia, enlargement of tissue, fever, redness, swelling, inflammation, pain and in many instances, death.

The importance of keeping free the circulation of the lymph and the venous blood, cannot be over-estimated. The manipulations of the body should have for their object the freedom of the circulation of all the fluids, and the removal of all undue pressure upon the nervous system, remembering that MIND permeates every tissue in the body through the laments of the nervous system and expresses itself at the endings of the nerves. If there be pressure anywhere along the line of the nervous system which interferes with the communication of the mind, a disturbance is manifest where the filaments end; whether that be by excitement, stimulation, building up the tissue or tearing down the tissue, or the arrangement of molecular structure in the parts.


The various conditions called disease, are reachable through spinal nerves. There are thirty-one pairs of them, and each leash has a special function, and where the filaments, of each leash, end the functions are expressed; either in motion, sensation, or sympathy.

That function denominated sensation may be expressed by pain, and usually it is an indication of some pathological condition, and conditions may cite to some lesion which interferes with normal function

It will be noted that a normal condition of the system means normal function. Normal function means painless functioning of all of the organs in the body.

Where the leashes or bundles of nerves emanate, or pass out of the foramina, on the sides of, and underneath, in front of the lamina of the vertebra, they begin to pass out of their sheath, and begin their functioning; for there is where they begin to enter into the muscular, or other tissue, and as they pursue their course they continue to spread out in the tissue until all of said leash has ended in tissue; perhaps having passed through several structures or muscles, each filament ending somewhere along the line from its emergence from the spine, to where it ends.

This is the case with each and every nerve in the spinal column, normally. The upper portions, especially the upper cervical, control the tissue in which each filament ends, and may act in combination with other nerves which may come from other foramina, even remotely from the locality supposed to be governed thereby.

Nerves emanating from a special, or any, foramen, may not end in the muscle at the beginning of its exit therefrom, but may pass through many muscles and not begin to distribute its filaments until several muscles have been traversed; so that we should be cautious not to overestimate our conclusions until we know we are right.

Neuropathy pertains to the functioning of the nervous system, and should we make a mistake as to the function the nerves perform, emanating from a special foramen, we prove our inability to diagnose conditions, and thereby lessen the confidence of our patrons. The Neuropath should know his business, for every condition known as disease is more or less influenced by the nervous system.

The nervous system influences the circulation of the blood and other fluids of the body; the manufacture of the various secretions in the glands is the product of nerve influence, they being the conveyancers of the intelligence the mind - which permeates every tissue.

It should be understood that interference with nerve filaments, undue pressure, or exhaustion from excessive functioning of eyes, or genital organs, causes many, functional, human ills, which, if arrested, permits normal conditions to be re-established, and health restored.