Continuing Education 

Science Gems Part 2

Dr. Haavik discusses interactions between the central nervous system (CNS) and the immune system, and the way stress impacts the immune system according to the latest research evidence. She will also explain scientific evidence about the link between chiropractic care and the immune system. She concludes with discussion of what one could and could not claim based on this research evidence.



Module 1 Outline
  • The way invading pathogens, injury, and stress are sensed by the body and signaled to the CNS
  • The different ways the brain responds to an immune challenge 
  • QUIZ



Module 2 Outline
  • The neuro-humeral-immune pathway of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • QUIZ



Module 3
  • The ways stress impacts the brain, including its effect on prefrontal cortex and its effects on the cholinergic anti-inflammatory system.
  • The way stress impacts the immune system.
  • The importance of accurately perceiving what is happening in the body
  • QUIZ



Module 4 Outline
  • A summary of the neuro-humeral-immune interactions
  • Key take home messages for patients
  • QUIZ



Module 5 Outline
  • Chiropractic and the nervous system summary
  • Research regarding chiropractic care and the prefrontal cortex 
  • Differences between basic science studies and clinical trials 
  • QUIZ



Module 6 Outline
  • Research articles regarding the effects of chiropractic care on immune function
  • Chiropractic care and cytokines
  • Types of research regarding chiropractic care and immune function
  • QUIZ




Module 7 Outline
  • Research regarding chiropractic care and its effect on immune function.
  • Chiropractic and autonomic nervous system function
  • QUIZ



Module 8 Outline
  • Current literature relating to chiropractic care and immune function.
    • What you can claim
    • What you cannot claim
  • QUIZ



Learning Outcomes and Assessment:
  • A summary the information from this class.
  • Take home messages to patients and other health care providers based on this review.
  • Examples of how to communicate this material with the public and where to get more information.
  • QUIZ




Heidi Haavik, B.Sc., Ph.D.

CE Hours



  • Each module contains a video presentation and a short quiz.  You must view the video prior to taking the quiz.
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