Brain-Nervous System/Immune System Connection

I great write up by our friend Dr. Carl Moe at Tree of Life Chiropractic in Redmond, WA.


human_cell_1Dr. Robert Ader, psychologist at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, performed the key experiments to prove the brain-nervous system-immune  system connection. The following summarizes the essential evidence of the connection between the brain, the nervous system, and the immune system.


  • Nerve endings are found in the tissues of the immune system
    • The central nervous system is linked to both the bone marrow and thymus, where immune system cells are produced and developed, and to the spleen and lymph nodes, where those cells are stored.
  • Changes in the central nervous system alter immune responses and triggering an immune response alters central nervous system activity.
    • Researchers have found that inducing an immune response causes nerve cells in the hypothalmus to become more active and the brain cell activity peaks at precisely the same time that levels of antibodies are at their highest. The brain monitors immunological changes closely.
  •  Lymphocytes are chemically responsive to hormones and neurotransmitters.
    • Immune system cells have receptor-molecular structures on their surfaces that allow them to receive information from the nervous system and other parts of the immune system.


“The nervous system plays an important role in both the control and activity of the immune response. The sheer power of the brain to affect the body as a whole and general state of health is amazing.”

-Human Anatomy and Physiology (p. 179)

The science of chiropractic is founded on the premise that a properly working nervous system is essential in controlling and regulating bodily function. At Tree of Life Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on being specific in not only adjusting of the spine but being specific about knowing when you need to be adjusted in order for your nervous system to work properly and optimally.


-Dr. Carl Moe


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