Mar, 2016

Do you want a different result if you have cancer?

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Your vagus nerve may hold the secret to really beating cancer

If you’ve been reading some of my blog posts over the last few months you will have heard about the two sides of your nerve system — the sympathetic (or stress response) side and the parasympathetic (healing and recovery) side of your nerve system.

A recent article in the Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents (which I’m sure everyone has a copy of . . . . ) the scientist wanted to understand how much healing happened when the vagus nerve was more active. The vagus nerve is a big player in the parasympathetic side of the nerve system.

This is a direct quote out of the article, “the parasympathetic system, and primarily the vagus nerve, informs the brain about multiple signals and returns the body to homeostasis. Recent studies have shown that vagal nerve activity independently predicts prognosis in cancer. Here, we take this one step further and show that when vagal nerve activity is high, cancer stage no longer predicts tumour burden” 1

For those of you without a lot of science terminology in your background, homeostasis basically means “peace and happiness” for your body. So the vagus nerve activity returns the body to a healing state, and out of a stressed or anxious state.

The way the researchers measured vagus nerve activity in this study was by monitoring heart rate variability (something you can monitor on your FitBit or Apple Watch).

Dr. J’s summary. . . .

The more active your vagus nerve, the better your chance of beating cancer, regardless of the size of the tumour.

Here’s the big revelation. . . .

Today’s chiropractic increases your vagus nerve activity. A study in 2006 monitored heart rate variability, an indicator of vagus nerve activity. 2

The more we learn. . .

As the research rolls in from neurology and brain scientist we are proving what chiropractors have seen in their offices for years. Fewer colds, fewer flu’s and much better immune response in our patients compared to the non-chiropractic patient.

Now, with this research, even the size of a cancer tumour, a previously undisputed way to measure prognosis cancer, is being called into question.

In today’s ever increasing and stressful world, you can’t afford NOT to know how your nerve system and spinal cord is doing.

Posture is a reflection of how your nerve system is performing (or not)

So if you truly want to build a rock solid strategy for great, sustainable, long term health then get to a chiropractor that specializes in postural and neurological correction.

And when I talk about posture, I don’t mean what you look like on the outside.

A proper postural assessment requires a weight bearing x-ray (that means standing up).

Your body can compensate for a lot of postural problems, so just a photo is not telling you everything you need to know. A photo is better than nothing but I’ve seen some “reasonable” posture photos covering up pretty “messed up” x-rays.

Posture may not be sexy, but it is incredibly important.

If you are tired of health strategies that are just scratching the surface: if you want true, authentic, inside out healing, then todays chiropractic is for you.

If you are having trouble finding a chiropractor in your area that specializes in postural correction then connect with us. Leave a comment below or contact us at our office (250-870-9136) and we’ll try our best to connect you with a chiropractor in your area that does corrective work.


  1. J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2014 Apr-Jun;28(2):195-201. If you have an active vagus nerve, cancer stage may no longer be important. Gidron Y, De Couck M, De Greve J.
  2. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2006 May;29(4):267-74. Effect of chiropractic care on heart rate variability and pain in a multisite clinical study. Zhang J, Dean D, Nosco D, Strathopulos D, Floros M.