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Winsor Autopsies Report

As early as 1921, the medical profession validated chiropractic.

Henry Winsor, a medical doctor in Haverford , Pennsylvania asked the question:

"Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as kidney diseases, constipation, heart disease, thyroid conditions, and lung disease may resolve - but how?"

Dr. Winsor decided to investigate this new science and art of healing- chiropractic.

Dissections

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Winsor was inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature to experiment. He planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to the organ.

As he wrote:

"The object of these necropsies was to determine whether any connection existed between curvatures of the spine, and diseased organs; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other."

University Permission

The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of seventy-five human and twenty-two cat cadavers . The following are Dr. Winsor's results:

"221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were from the same sympathetic (nerve) segments as the vertebrae in curvature. Nine diseased organs belonged to different sympathetic segments from the vertebrae out of line. These figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide ... for an organ may receive sympathetic filaments from several spinal segments and several organs may be supplied with sympathetic (nerve) filaments from the same spinal segments. In other words, there was nearly a 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs."

Let us examine some of these disease categories:

  • Stomach Diseases
    All nine cases of spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) had stomach disease.
  • Lung Disease
    All twenty-six cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic spine.
  • Liver Disease
    All thirteen cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid thoracic (T5-T9)
  • Gallstones
    All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic.
  • Pancreas
    All three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics.
  • Spleen
    All eleven cases with spleen diseases had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics.
  • Kidney
    All seventeen cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracics.
  • Prostate and Bladder Disease
    All eight cases with kidney, prostate and bladder disease had the lumbar (L2-L3) vertebrae misaligned
  • Uterus
    The two cases with the uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.
  • Heart Disease
    All twenty cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae (T1-T5) misaligned.

In Conclusion

Dr. Winsor's results are published in The Medical Times and are found in any medical library. Winsor was not alone in his findings. Similar studies by other researchers have confirmed Dr. Winsor's conclusion that degenerated and misaligned spines have a high correlation with disease processes.

Reference

All quotes from: Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances - II. The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebral deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times , November 1921, pp./ 267-271.