One of my friends and patients complained about chest pain “after an adjustment”. He has been my patient since back when I was a massage therapist and before I got my chiropractic license.

His life has been drastically transformed over the past 10 years, but this time he was really confused.  When he had his last adjustment, he started having a chest pain 3 days later. I checked and did not find anything unusual and I said, “Don’t worry, let me adjust you and everything will be fine.”

Another 3 days later he comes back and said, “Dr. D look, I developed this allergic reaction around my heart rate monitor” and I asked him to show it to me and I see Shingles there.

Here is where my frustration started to grow even more. He said to me “I am totally confused! I am eating healthy, exercising, getting adjusted, and praying. So why am I getting Shingles/Sick? It hurts and I am in pain.”

About Shingles

Shingles, also known as varicella zoster virus (VZV), a.k.a. Chickenpox, herpes zoster, or zona, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters involving a limited area. Typically the rash occurs on either the left or right of the body or face in a single stripe. Two to four days before the rash occurs there may be pain or tingling in the area, mimicking muscular or bony/joints pain. Otherwise there are typically few symptoms.

The rash usually heals within two to four weeks; however, some people develop ongoing nerve pain which may last for months or years, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia.

Once exposed, Herpes Zoster Virus is a permanent virus in our body and can be dormant for decades and its “sleeps” in the Dorsal Root Ganglia, in our nerves bundle in the spine.

Conversation Continued

I said that you encountered this virus long ago before you even knew me. My friend said, “yes, indeed I had Chickenpox long time ago. And had been treated “successfully” by an MD.” I smiled.

I explained to him that Adjustments improves immune system function at least by 200-400%.  So the immune system activated and detected the virus, provoked it to flare up, in order to make a complete immune competence that was interrupted by medical intervention and the body never learned proper immune response for VZV in the first place. To gain a complete immunity we need to go through a complete cycle, not interrupted!

My friend said “It’s amazing how our body protects us from foreign objects!” My further response probably shocked him. I said that our body innately does not see it as a foreign object. Our body sees it as a friend like a “Coach” to train us. Not necessarily comforting us but make us stronger. It’s just different.

So the virus gets to what it needs and we get training for our immune system so that we can survive in our environment and be able to fight even stronger viruses. It’s simple training and it’s good for us. Our body can live with it in complete symbiotic relationship, if we allow it. The more we suppress it the weaker we get!

Jesus said “Love your enemy”. It can be applied on the biological level too. Love is built in us. We just often make choices based on fear and wrong beliefs.

My friend said “WOW! God’s love is actually built into us on the genetic level!”

I said “EXACTLY, because God created us perfectly and doesn’t allow anything to happen to us that can NOT be used for a greater good.”

Here is something to reflect on!

How often do we only want Comfort, instead of Healing?

How often do we curse the very same blessings that we really want?

How often are we quick to judge something that is good for us?

How often do we make wrong conclusions and wrong connections, because  “someone told us” differently?

How much trust do we have in God and his own creation and his plan for us?

How much fight are we willing to have to gain something greater?

Through the very same Symptoms we’re actually healing! Through Symptoms we heal!