The Chiropractor
D. D. Palmer
    Diseases are classified (nosology) by pathologists according to the standpoint from which they are viewed.  Hereditary, congenital and acquired.  Infantile, adult and senile.  Conformable to their origin, zymotic (malaria, small pox and typhoid), infectious (transmission without contact) and specific (s. remedy, s. medicine, s. disease, having a specific cause, as syphilis and the eruptive fevers).  Agreeable to their manner of occurrence, sporadic (cholera and cretinism), endemic (belonging to a special part of the country), pandemic (affecting all persons of a city or a country).  Toxic (poison).  Compatible to their lesions (organic, structural change and functional).  Local, general and constitutional (hereditary, in consequence of inherent or acquired defects).

    Neuritis, an inflammation of the fibers of the nerve.  Arteritis, an inflammation of the nerves of blood vessels.  While arteritis is known as inflammation of an artery, the inflammation is really confined to the nervi vasorum, the network of nerves which surrounds a blood vessel.  Rheumatism, an inflammation of the nerves of a joint.  Medical authors class rheumatism among the self-limited affections, for which they give many probable causes.

    Spinal nerves, see The Adjuster, page 515.

    Neuritis and neuralgia, as conditions, are closely related.  The former refers to the inflammatory condition, and the latter to the pain.

    The walls of arteries and veins are composed of a fibrilated sheath and three coats.  The vasa vasorum, blood vessels of the blood vessels, enter the external coats, from which branches enter the middle coat, but not the internal.  The blood is returned from the walls of the vessels by small veins, venae vasorum.  The blood vessel walls are covered and permeates with a plexus, a network of nerves, the nervi vasorum.  See Gray’s Anatomy, page 577.

    Arteritis is an inflammation of an artery, really an inflammation of the nervi vasorum.  The inflammation may be in any one or more of the coats which form the vascular walls of arteries and veins.  Arteritis obliterans, the closure or obliteration of the lumen of a blood vessel.  Arteritis deformans, changes in the walls of blood vessels due to inflammation.  Softening, calcification, fatty degeneration, abscesses, ruptures, hemorrhages, ulceration, infiltration between the coats of the artery, are because of inflammation of the nervi vasorum.

    Inflammation (excessive heat) causes the vascular wall to become necrosed, softer than usual.  Arterio-sclerosis may be pathological or physiological, as determined by age.

    High tension and rapid pulse may be physiological or pathological.

    Inflammation modifies physiological processes.  Physiological functions pathologically performed are exaggerated or perverted capacities of the structure involved.  Hemorrhage of blood vessels, excessive exudation of fluid through their walls is but a physiological process, the emigration of corpuscles, exaggerated.

    Rheumatism may be acute or chronic, the former is characterized by inflammation, fever perspiration, pain and swelling of the joints.  The latter is slow in progress, the fibrous structure of the joints are thickened and contracted.  The fibers of the body affected may be that of nerves, muscles or tendons.  Rheumatism is attended with loss of motion and often more or less deformity.

    Gout is a form of rheumatism, more especially of the toes.

    Gonorrheal rheumatism is the result of gonorrheal poison contracting nerves, drawing the second lumbar vertebra out of alignment.  This displaced vertebra impinges upon nerves, causing nerve tension, continues the eurethral and rheumatic inflammation.  Gonorrhea is often complicated with prostitis, inflammation of the prostate gland, cystitis, i. of the bladder, ephidymitis, i. of the upper part of the testicles, salpingitis, i. of the fallopian tube and other pelvic diseases.  These accompanying ailments are because of displacements of lumber vertebrae brought about by reflex action, an involuntary nerve contraction, the result of neuritis (inflammation of a nerve).  Nerve and muscle contraction draw vertebrae out of alignment.  Adjust the first, second or third lumbar vertebra.

    Acute rheumatism should be relieved by one adjustment.  In such cases, how about uric acid and bacteria as causes?  Gorby.

    Inflammation may be known by redness, enlargement, excessive heat and sensitiveness to pressure.  An inflamed nerve may be recognized, when subcutaneous, by its hardened condition, its sensitiveness to pressure and its enlarged diameter.  It is contracted lengthwise and enlarged diametrically.  Knowing these conditions we are able to trace the pathway of subcutaneous nerves by palpation.

    Neurology is the science which treats of nerves and their disorder.  Nerves which are abnormal in their structure create abnormally performed functions, possess a greater or a lesser amount of heat than normal, their carrying capacity of impulses is above or below normal because of increased or decreased vibration.

    A neurologist is one versed in the anatomy of nerves, their physiological and pathological functions--normal and abnormal action.

    Read last paragraph, page 147 of The Adjuster.

    Neuralgia has many prefixes, such as mammary n.,, intercostal n., degenerative n., sciatic n., idiopathic n. and stump n.  Sometimes after an operation or an amputation, the stump of the subcutaneous portion covered by the scar and the portion amputated become the seat of neuralgic pains, which may render life miserable.  The wearing of an artificial limb is sometimes impossible, as light pressure against the stump will produce severe pain, owing to the sensitive condition of nerves.  These conditions may be relieved by adjusting the displaced vertebrae which impinge against the nerves.  The same pressure which caused the pain before amputation is yet pressing upon the same nerves, therefore a true neuritis continues.  The severed ends of the nerves may become bulbous, neuromata.  This diseased condition is known as amputation neuroma.  As the nerve is composed of many fibers there may be multiple neuromata.  Amputation neuromata are composed of proliferated nerve-fibers turned upon themselves and imbedded in a dense fibrous growth.

    Read pages 472 and 473 of The Adjuster.

    The walls of an artery consist of a sheath and three coats.  The inflammation may be confined to any one or more of these coverings which are known as the external, middle and internal coats.  The walls of the blood vessels are permeated with a plexus of nerves.  The vaso-motor nerves are of two kinds, constrictor and dilator, contracting and expanding.  In health these have normal temperature, normal tension.  In disease, there is either too much or a lack of tightness.  Arteritis is the result of two much tension.  Anemia is the result of not enough stretch.

    Rheumatism is recognized by an inflamed, painful, swelled condition of one or more joints, i.e., the surrounding tissue of a joint.  Rheumatism is neuritis of the joint nerves.

    In neuritis, inflammation of nerves, the heat may be so intense, as to cause degeneration (softening) of nerve tissue, necrosis; the nerve tissue may even disappear entirely.

    A temperature above ninety-nine is known as fever, its origin being a local inflammation -- heat diffused through the nervous tissue.

    When rheumatism is general look to c.p., when of one or both arms look to the dorsal. If of the lower limbs or lumbar region, the displaced vertebrae will be found in the lumbar, the lower the affection in the limbs, the lower the cause in the lumbar.