As we saw 6 blogs on the subject of the skin, we must remember that the senses of touch, pressure, heat, cold and pain are called cutaneous senses, from cutis, the Latin word for “skin”.  The tongue has a high density of these receptors and a high degree of sensitivity.  The center of the back is more sparsely endowed with receptors, and shows a corresponding lower response.

A blind person reads Braille with the fingertips, not the knuckles or the pisiform bone of the hand.  Same with a chiropractor using her fingertips to “read” muscle tone of the spine.  There are some 640,000 cutaneous senses receptors distributed over the body’s surface.

Amazing isn’t it?


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All of you who have a “cold” every now and again, pay attention to what I am writing in this blog.

The symptoms of a cold do not result directly from the destruction of cells by viruses, but from the body’s response to this destruction — specifically, the inflammation that accompanies the immune system’s attack on the virus.

Amazing isn’t it?

Is there a bug going around (4)

As blood bathes the infected area, the throat becomes red and raw.  Meanwhile, some of the fluid in the extra blood in the infected area drains out of the capillaries and into the “Nasopharynx,” the area behind the mouth where the nose and throat join.

This fluid mixes with mucus to produce the runny nose and stuffed-up feelings usually associated with cold.  Fever increases metabolism and promotes healing by spurring the elimination of dead cells and the creation of new ones.  Fever also heat the body temperature beyond the range for viral reproduction.

All these incredible events are all under the direct control of the innate intelligence of the body using the nerve system to carry out its intent.

Amazing isn’t it?

Is there a bug going around? (3)

Science News (November 1996) reports that cold viruses respond to a chemical released by cancer cells within the human body attacking the cancer cells, and ingesting them.  This basically means that to have a “cold” is good to fight cancer within human being.  Studies done in the Ukraine reveal that people having 3 to 4 “colds” per year have lesser chances of developing cancer.

When cold viruses penetrate the mucus blanket, their reproduction kills cancer cells.  As these cells die, they release several substances, on of which is called histamine.  Histamines cause the tiny blood vessels, or capillaries, in the infected area to expand.  Capillary expansion stimulates increased blood flow into the area.  This increased blood volume carries with it white blood cells and antibodies that attack the virus.

Amazing isn’t it?

Is there a bug going around? (2)

Fatigue, stress, overworking, lack of sleep, anxiety and poor diet are all life factors that contribute to vertebral subluxation which in turn causes a change in normal nerve supply to the body.  This condition upsets the delicate ecology of the throat, leaving it dry, less acidic and a bit cooler.  These changes allow virus particles to penetrate the mucus layers, invade throat cells and reproduce.

Curing a cold therefore, does not involve  “eradicating cold germs”, but rather restoring healthy tissue equilibrium that inhibit viral reproduction.  Strange as it may seem, that is precisely what cold symptoms do.

Sore throat, runny nose, stuffy head and fever are the manifestation of the body’s efforts to re-establish a healthy balance in the throat.  The appearance of cold symptoms means that the body has deployed it healing forces.

Amazing isn’t it?