The Spanish influenza (flu) pandemic of 1918-1919 produced the deadliest infection in modern history, infecting an estimated 500 million people throughout the world. The pandemic infected almost one-third of the world’s population at the time, killing between 50 and 100 million people. Many people are surprised to know that young, healthy adults made up for many of the millions of casualties.

No effective drugs or vaccines existed at the time of the pandemic. People possessed no real treatments or means of preventing the spread of the strain. Millions of people were told to wear masks while schools and other places of mass gathering were shut down. Research that followed the pandemic determined that the deadly component of the 1918 disease occurred when the virus invaded the lungs and caused pneumonia.

An interesting sub-population gained significant attention during and after the 1918 flu pandemic. In the 1978 book, The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas, information regarding medical statistics in Davenport, Iowa, United States detailed 4,953 cases of flu were treated by 50 medical doctors with 274 deaths. In the same city, 150 Chiropractors and Chiropractic students cared for 1,635 patients with the flu with only one death occurring. In this example, 5.5 percent of flu cases that sought medical attention died during this terrible season whereas only 0.06 percent (less than 1/10 of one percent) of patients receiving Chiropractic adjustments died during the pandemic. In this example, Chiropractic patients experienced approximately 1/90th of the death rate experienced by those patients seeking medical intervention. The flu pandemic of 1918 put Chiropractic in the national spotlight as an alternative form of health care that focused on the intelligent power within the body.

Many experts warn of a global influenza pandemic that may trigger from massive interaction and intermingling of world populations through mass transit and commuter populations. This has created a focus on flu vaccines. A 2018 study titled “Vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly” in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews concluded that the “available evidence relating to complications is of poor quality, insufficient, or old and provides no clear guidance for public health regarding the safety, efficacy, or effectiveness of influenza vaccines for people aged 65 years or older. Society should invest in research on a new generation of influenza vaccines for the elderly.” Society deserves answers, solutions and insights that challenges status quo regarding flu prevention. The greatest health advocate at the disposal of each person exists in the form of internal intelligence found within the body. The brain and central nervous system contain an amazing wealth of intelligence built for health and well-being.

Chiropractors passionately pursue the education of every community when it comes to the best options available for family health. Prevention and healing from the flu represent only a few ways in which an optimally functioning nervous system maintains an environment capable of conquering and overpowering disease without the use of drugs and medicines. The human body manufactures billions of new cells every single day and constantly fights off foreign invaders and diseases. The body turns nutrients into living cells and tissues able to combat negativity in the environment.

The spine’s intimate relationship with the brain and central nervous system holds the key to better health and disease prevention. A properly aligned spine moves fluidly and allows the body to communicate between organs and the immune system. A 2010 study determined how a single spinal manipulation increased specific immune-fighting antibodies designed to fight infections. The spinal adjustment triggered production of Interleukin-2, a protein that regulates the activities of immune-fighting white blood cells.

The same type of spinal adjustments helped Americans experience a dramatic reduction in death rate compared to medical intervention during the flu pandemic of 1918. Chiropractic clinics across the globe administer a boost to vitality and millions of immune systems every day through simple spinal wellness that unlocks the potential within the body. There is a great healing power within the body and making sure it functions optimally is a wise idea. Proactive family health care begins with a trip to the Chiropractor.


Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Jan;12(1):15-22. 1918 Influenza: the mother of all pandemics.

Chiropr Osteopat. 2010; 18: 26. Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects.

The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas. Walter R Rhodes. 1978 (Texas Chiropractic Association)