The World Health Organization ranks depression as the first most disabling disease among women and fourth overall. In the US, it afflicts about 18 million people. The majorities of the cases of clinical depression are due to imbalances in hormonal levels and are related to dysfunction in neurological signaling and chemistry.
“In fact, it takes an incredibly strong person to bear the burden of the depression condition. The name “hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction” is an appropriate jargon medical description that is accurate but would never make it into the headlines” – Dr. Philip Goldsmith, neuroscientist
The limbic system is the area of the brain that maintains homeostasis and the hypothalamus is the most important part of the limbic system. The input into the hypothalamus allows it to regulate and integrate heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, digestion, emotional responses, behavior, sex drive, body and skin temperature, appetite, thirst and body fluids, sleep cycles, metabolism, and much more. The effectiveness of the hypothalamus is directly proportional to the functional capability of the nervous system.
Hormonal imbalances can be the result of either too much or too little glandular activity. Spinal nerve interference and its resulting decrease in function may be a significant cause of endocrine dysfunction and hormonal related health problems.
“With few exceptions, hormone deficiency or hormone excess is the result of pathologic manifestations in the neural pathways that supply the hypothalamus”
– Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
Vertebral subluxations can be caused by any force or stress to which the body is unable to adapt. The body can adapt to the stress as long as the nervous and endocrine systems are capable of responding normally. All types of stress can not only cause vertebral subluxations, but it creates a viscous cycle in which the body can no longer adapt to stress as a result of a compromised nervous system. During an emergency, stress hormones are produced and they are utilized. The kind of stress we face on a daily basis is of a completely different kind. Our brain perceives stress as an emergency response and prepares the body for fight or flight. As the stress is continuous, the stress hormones are not utilized; they remain in the boyd and cause biological damage.