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Margil Family Chiropractic, P.C.

Richard Margil, D.C


Relationship between our Spine  and Disease

The Winsor Autopsies:

A study of the relationship between diseased organs and the spine.




There is an ongoing debate as to whether chiropractic adjustments have any sort of influence over  the organs of the body. Is what many chiropractors say true...that Vertebral Subluxations can cause the target organs to degenerate and malfunction (disease)? Well, these questions were asked by medical doctor Henry Winsor of Haverford, PA in 1921.



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

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 (vertebral subluxations), and diseased organs; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other.”

The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to conduct the studies.  


Here are the results of the study:

“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.  In other words, there was nearly a 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.”



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. 




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.

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