D. D. Palmer
Inflammation is from a Greek word which means a
flame, to burn as a flame, a condition of being inflamed.
The early idea of inflammation was that of an entity
and the treatment that of exorcism, adjuration or conjuration of evil spirits,
expelling or driving out or off an evil spirit by using a holy name.
Pathologists state, inflammation is an inflammable
condition, which like a fire must be subdued by appropriate means, such
as antiphlogistines, counterirritants, venesection, cupping, leeching and
the use of mercury. That inflammation is a local attempt to repair
an injury. That inflammation is a local reaction to irritation, it
tends to counteract an injurious agent and repair its deleterious effect.
That inflammation is conservative in tendency, benign in disposition, the
result of a carefully adjusted protective mechanism. That inflammation
is a purifyer, a body cleanser.
The condition known as inflammation is brought about
by disturbed tissue which have been damaged. The fact is, as demonstrated
by the art of chiropractic, borne out by the principles of the science
and the reasoning of its philosophy, inflammation and distubed functions
are the result of nerves being injured.
Inflammation is a condition wherein the function
of heat is performed in too great a degree, the result of morbid nerve
Inflammation is recognized by redness, swelling,
heat, pain, impaired functions, over renitent tissue and a change in catabolism.
Inflammation may be seated in any organ or tissue
of the body wherein there are nerves. The hair, nails and cartilage
are void of blood vessels and nerves, therefore are not subject to inflammation,
neuritis or arteritis.
The part inflamed has a temperature much higher than
the rest of the body. Blood has the same temperature throughout the
Inflammation modifies physiological processes.
Some of our grandfathers believed that animal heat
was furnished by a set of nerves which were known as calorific--heat furnishing.
When the surrounding temperature was above 99 degrees, there was another
set which they named frigerific--cold producing.
I am often told that anatomy cannot be otherwise
than correct. I do not object to the slight difference in the number,
form and structure of normal tissue found in different subjects, reversed
organs, but I do disapprove of the physiological and pathological deductions.
Grey says on page 846 of his 1910 edition, “Inflammation of the spinal
cord (myelitis) may follow any of the acute specific fevers.” Fever
is diffused inflammation. There can be no fever without a local inflammation.
Inflammation always precedes fever. The sensible phenomena indicating
inflammation are redness, heat, pain, swelling and disordered function.
Redness because of excess of blood containing the red corpuscles; heat
because of nerve excitation, contraction and excessive vibration; pain
is a sensation confined to nerves only; inflamed nerves are swollen, enlarged
in their diameter and contracted lengthwise; functions are disordered because
of disturbed nervous tissue, normal function depends upon normal amount
of energy, an impulse gives too much force or a lack of arouses too much
latent energy or not enough.
We are told by pathologists that the pain and swelling
are because of congestion. Pathologists look to blood as a functional
disturber. If a disturber it should also be a corrector. The
blood is one of the four liquids of the body, the only one which circulates;
the other fluids osmose, transudate through moist membranes.
Dunglison says, “Inflammation is not easily defined.”
If pathologists knew that heat was a function of nerves, the cause and
the condition of inflammation would be easily accounted for and explained.
Such knowledge would let in a flood of light on the etiology of many diseases
now given as obscure.
Blood circulates; serum, lymph and chyle, osmose,
transudate, pass through a moist membrane.
Artero-sclerosis in old age is physiological.
In youth and adult life it is pathological.
Post mortem examinations show but little of which
we desire to know. Examine the living subject for benefit and information.
Neuritis, nerve inflamed, sensitive to the touch,
hardened, enlarged diametrically and contracted lengthwise. Microscopic
examination shows myelin sheaths, swollen fibers (filaments, axis sylinders).
Owing to the number of fibers we may have multiple neuritis. Filaments
of one nerve may leave it and join another. Neuritis changes the
structure of nerves. Arteritis modifies the structure of arteries.
Inflammation is present in most, if not all diseases,
in the acute if not the chronic.
Inflammation of the mucous membrane causes catarrh
of any canal, cavity or hollow organ which communicates externally by an
aperture through the skin.
Nerve contraction causes an undue amount of heat,
gall stones, hardened ear wax and dropsy are because of inflammation.
The healing of wounds and fractures require a rise
in temperature in order to furnish a larger per cent than usual of the
The degree of general temperature determines the
per cent of red and white corpuscles. Local temperature determines
the per cent of red or white and the amount of leakage deposited.
Necrotic inflammation causes death of tissue; softened
tissue has little or no vibration, the carrying quality of impulses.
Inflammation is characterized by excessive emigration
of leukocytes from the blood vessels, which soon disappear by colliquative
Arteritis is an inflammation of an artery, the nervi
vasorum is irritated, inflamed. Blood vessels rupture because of
being softened. Softening and hardening are known as malacia and
Many persons suffer in an amputated limb, because
the pressure, the cause of pain and other diseased conditions, has not
“Blood poisoning, septicemia, pyemia, toxemia,” are
medical terms used to account for any ailment which is presumed to arise
from introduction of decomposed organic matter into the blood, excrementitious
toxins of the intestinal canal not properly eliminated, putrefactive micro-organic
germs which grow and multiply in the blood.
In the above pathological conditions, please remember,
morbid tissue and abnormal functionating always accompany each other.
It is impossible for either to exist without the other. “Blood poisoning”
will be found coexisting with a more or less intense nervous irritation
known as inflammation, a tissue necrosis. The tissue shows very marked
alterations, the cells or intercellular substance is softened and disintegrated.
While it is a fact that inflammation causes abnormal
organic manifestation, there are no new functions developed. Physiological
acts have become pathological.
We are now back to the elementary proposition, nerves
heat the blood, as well as all parts of the body. Hyperthermia changes
the amount of and the per cent of the solid substances of the blood, the
corpuscles. Behind all abnormal functions, is the change in the structure
of nerve tissue and an increase or decrease of nerve vibration.
The following quotations were clipped from The Los
Angeles Times of August 17, 1912.
“Cold feet and cold hands -- other things being equal
these indicate poor circulation.”
I presume that circulation refers to the blood, as
no other fluid of the body circulates, makes a circuit. The blood
remains the same temperature throughout the body regardless of the feet
and hands being cold or warm. The blood is the same temperature in
the warm hands and the cold feet; the same blood circulates throughout
the body about seventy times a minute.
“You should eat nourishing food and make good blood
and enough of the starches, sweets, and fat to make heat.”
If it takes nourishing food to make good blood, then
bad blood would be the result of eating unnutritious food. “What
is one man’s food is another man’s poison.”
Dr. Warman follows the above with morning and evening
exercises of the hands and feet. Exercise excites the nervous system,
causing an increase of vibration, consequently increased heat.
A. T. Still, the founder of osteopathy, says, on
page 74 of his work, that bad blood is the cause of fibroid tumors, painful
monthlies, constipation, diabetes and dyspepsia. The founder of chiropractic
states that, nerve impingement, pressure against nerves, and more or less
nerve tension than normal, is the cause of these diseases -- quite a difference
between osteopathy and chiropractic. Food furnishes material for
the production of living tissue; it embraces those substances which are
necessary for the maintenance and composition of the body. Bad blood
is defined by pathologists as a deficiency in quantity, or a lack of the
proper amount of red corpuscles. Pernicious anemia, a deficient amount
of blood, or a deficiency in the relative number of red corpuscles, is
a pathological condition which does not depend upon the amount of, or the
quality of the food taken, but upon the temperature of the body. It is
true, ingesta which irritates, acts as a poison on the nervous system,
modifies the activity of molecular oscillation and increases heat production.
The circulation of the blood and its quality depend upon the condition
of the nervous system.
Medical practitioners state, an anemia may be due
to an insufficient amount of food, excessive drain, exhausting discharges,
blood-waste, hemorrhages, action of poisons, idiopthic (no known or recognized
cause), and the cause is often obscure.
Traumatic injuries and poisons affect nerve plexuses which
are freely distributed on the surface and into the substance of the heart, the
nervi vasorum surrounding the arteries and veins, supplying the media (middle
coat) with a network of nerve fibers which form dense plexuses giving them the
power of contractility. This function of shortening into a more compact
form, a power possessed by living muscle-fibers and the nervous tissue, is modified
by poisons and the displacement of the neuroskeleton.