Zone Healing

Dr. Thurman Fleet (1895 – 1983)  was a great healer who lived in San Antonio, TX. His healing practice was so busy that the city had to re-route traffic in order to accommodate the people going to his office. His practice grew so fast that he had to move 3 times in order to conform with fire codes. Furthermore, the family members of  most of the prominent medical doctors in Texas at the time were Dr. Fleet’s patients. People came to Dr. Fleet from all over to be helped  to heal from practically any dis-ease. The healing results  that Dr. Fleet’s patients achieved were unequalled.

Dr. Fleet founded the Concept-Therapy Zone Healing Technique in 1931.  Dr. Fleet taught the following: "There are ONLY SIX kinds of disturbances that  can affect the human body. These are GLANDULAR, ELIMINATIVE, NERVOUS, DIGESTIVE, MUSCULAR, and CIRCULATORY. All diseased conditions, aches and pains, and other discomforts experienced by the body can be attributed to one or more of the above disturbances to the body’s 6 systems or Zones."

Diagnosis has always been very inaccurate. In fact, C. Everett Koop, the former Surgeon General of the US, said that approximately 70% of all medical diagnosis done in this country are in error. According to Dr. Fleet, The Zone Technique offers a process that eliminates the inaccuracy of diagnosis by  enabling the patient to know exactly what is happening in their body.

The human brain is composed of many centers.  These centers are formed in the embryonic stage of life and are developed from the dorso-medial ectoderm of the embryo. There is a center which controls the glands of the body, a center which is associated with the organs of elimination, a center which regulates the central nervous system, and which is differentiated as an ectodermal neural plate in the dorso-medial region of the ectoderm. The digestive organs are regulated by a brain center. In the motor cortex of the brain we find a center which controls all of the muscles of the body, and in the caudate nuclei (both), we find the center which regulates the flow of fluids (circulation) through the body.

As the body may be properly classified as an ELECTRICAL MACHINE, these 6 brain centers  represent the POSITIVE POLE of the body, and specific related points  in the spinal cord represent the NEGATIVE POLE of the body. When there is a disturbance in any of the bodily areas, one or more of these centers are “shorted out”, so to speak.  There has been a disruption of normal function of the entire center due to the effect of emotional, physical, or chemical stress.

The Zone doctor examines the patient to determine which of the brain centers are not in harmony with the systems they control. This is done by the Zone doctor feeling specific points on the patient’s head.  These points are related to the six brain centers by nerve connections. When a brain center is not sending the proper signals to its system, all bodily material associated with that system suffers. In order to correct this, the zone doctor   stimulates specific points in the spinal cord.  There are six sets of four points in the spinal cord (negative pole) that are related to the six brain centers (positive pole).  Stimulation of the proper points by the Zone doctor sends healing energy up the spinal cord to the brain centers that need balancing.  The balanced brain centers then send out the proper signals to the body’s systems and the body is better able to heal itself.

Dr. Fitzgerald fully agrees with Dr. Fleet that  the Power that made the body is the ONLY Power that heals the body. The body is better able to heal itself when its systems are balanced.

There are many components of health.  Having the energy balanced in the 6 systems of the body is one of these components.  Other aspects of achieving and maintaining health include: proper eating, proper exercise, proper recuperation (physical and mental), and right thinking/acting.  Dr. Fitzgerald addresses all of these with his patients.

The 6 Zones or Systems of the body:

Glandular System / Zone 1

Glands of the head
Glands of the stomach
Thyroid gland
Mammary Glands
Glands of digestion
Glands of the kidney region
Glands of the pelvis
Uterus and Ovaries or Prostate and Gonads
Outlook on life
Immune System
Hormonal System

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All glands of the body — namely, the accessory glands of the mouth (lingual, molar, parotid, salivary, and serous glands of the tongue) arytenoid, Bowman’s, Brunner’s, buccal, cardiac, carotid, ceruminous, ciliary, coccygeal, ductless glands (spleen, suprarenal, thymus, and thyroid) gastric, gastro-epiploic, genital (areolar, Bartholin’s, bulbo-urethral, urethra, Cowper’s, labial, mammary, gland of Littre’, preputial, prostate, uterine, vestibular) Blandin (Nuhn), intestinal, lacrymal, larynx, lenticular of stomach, lymph, liver, gland of Luschka, Meibomian, oxyntic. pancreas, parathyroid, Peyer’s, pineal, pituitary, pyloric, sebaceous, sub maxilary, sudoriferous (sweat glands), trachoma, and intestinal mucous membrane are all organized, regulated, and controlled by INNATE INTELLIGENCE from the GLANDULAR CENTER of the brain, located in the CEREBELLUM.

When any of the glands of the body have been disturbed by trauma, shock, disease concepts, emotions, toxins, foreign matter, strain, etc., there will be a reflex nervous action along the nerves which constitute the GLANDULAR zone; and, if this disturbance is of sufficient intensity, one or more subluxations of vertebrae will result. This subluxation will prohibit normal nerve energy from the positive to the negative pole, resulting in decreased activity in some of the glands and increased activity in others.

The spinal cord levels involved with Zone 1 are as follows:


The immediate effect of the application of the adjustive thrust is its stimulative action on the nerve centers. The entire body is composed of electrons and each cell is virtually a battery composed of electrons in definite relationship with each other. When the cell is deprived of its normal nerve supply, there develops a lack of cohesion of the elements composing it. As a result of the concussion of forces incident to the application of the thrust, there is a condensation of the electrons composing the cell, in consequence of which it functions more actively. In other words, the cell generates impulses as a result of the stimulus it has received iii the form of the thrust. This stimulation, coupled with the restored nerve supply resulting from the specific adjustment, travels upward along the route of the nerves to the brain center, thereby bringing about normalcy to the entire zone.

The immediate effects obtained by a scientific adjustment and the application of the thrust on associated centers can be ascribed to stimulation of the associated nerve centers. Those nerves convey stimuli from the periphery to the CENTRAL BRAIN CENTER and from the CENTRAL BRAIN CENTER to the periphery. Unless these pathways are free, neither the afferent nor the efferent impulses will reach their destination. If the BRAIN CENTER, which is in control of the GLANDULAR SYSTEM and which is governed by INNATE INTELLI GENCE, is left unacquainted with the needs of the periphery, the necessary impulses will not be generated, because it is a fact that all outgoing nerve force is generated in response to a stimulus from the periphery. Were this not true, there would be no need for nerve endings in the periphery. All that would be required would be outgoing nerves designed to convey impulses to the various parts of the body whose need for such impulses would be appreciated by a central governing intelligence.

The fact, however, that there are peripheral nerve endings, and that their stimulation excites the generation of impulses, shows that these outgoing impulses are in a large measure generated only when the need for such impulses on the part of any structure in the organism is communicated to the CENTRAL BRAIN CENTER. Inasmuch as the functional activity of each part is dominated by the impulses which it received from the BRAIN CENTER, and since these impulses are generated only when the BRAIN CENTER is made acquainted with this need, it follows that the pathways over which the incoming and outgoing impulses travel must be made free. Hence, adjustment of the subluxated vertebrae (by removing impingement from the pathway) and stimulative thrusts over the associated areas, must be considered as the most effective, natural, and permanent means of restoring a nerve zone or circuit to normal.

Eliminative System / Zone 2

Mucus elimination
Nasal passage
Bronchial tubes
Small intestine

Bowel movements
Alkaline/Acid Balance

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When INNATE INTELLIGENCE (Spirit) constructed the human body, there was placed into the brain a CENTER charged with the responsibility of removing waste products from the body. This center is located in the cerebrum.

The principal organs involved in the SECOND ZONE are as follows:

The Sinuses.
The Lungs, including Bronchi.
The Urinary Tract.
The Bowels.
The Skin.

The spinal cord levels involved with Zone 2 are as follows:


Peripheral stimulation of the afferent nerves in this center develops nerve impulses which, when transmitted to the cord, cause the following: (1). A stimulation of the motor center, a discharge of nerve impulses to the muscles calling forth a contraction; (2). A stimulation of the inhibitor center, a discharge of nerve impulses to the muscles involved calling forth their relaxation and inhibition. During this activity the discharge of the toxic material takes place.

In calling for an increased excretion from the kidneys, a stimulative thrust over the nerves emitting from the spine at the 12th Thoracic vertebra will cause the following activity to take place. Stimulation of the central end of the inferior splanchnic (at the 12th Thoracic) causes reflexly a contraction of the sphincter muscle and an inhibition of the detrusor muscle. At the same time the compressor urethra is inhibited in consequence of an inhibition of its spinal center. As a result, the urine is freely discharged.

The tonus of the colon is regulated by the ELIMINATIVE CENTER of the brain through the central nervous system through both augmentor and inhibitor nerves. The augmentor nerves comprise both preganglionic and postganglionic fibers. The inhibitor fibers also comprise both preganglionic and postganglionic fibers. The former have their origin in the lumbar region (2nd LUMBAR) of the spinal cord, from which they emerge at the second lumbar. They then pass into and through the sympathetic chain and the inferior splanchnic nerves to the inferior mesenteric ganglion around the cells of which they form an arborization. The postganglionic fibers pass directly to the muscle fibers of the intestinal wall. STIMULATION will cause increased evacuation from the intestines.

Nerve System / Zone 3

Nervous System
Sense organs
Reproductive organs
Immune System
Hormonal Balance

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The cerebrum, the upper part of the brain, is the seat of the THIRD ZONE. It is the part of the brain that controls our thoughts and emotions and is divided into two distinct halves called hemispheres. The hemispheres of the cerebrum have no connection whatever with each other until we get down to a great, underlying, transverse bridge, known as the corpus calosum, containing millions of transverse nerve lines over which the working interchange takes place between the two hemispheres. Energy flows over the lines of nerves in measurable form and quantity, and a similar energy exists in cells, ganglia, and tissue masses of the brain and throughout the nervous system. This energy, when it becomes kinetic, that is to say when it flows, activates the machinery of the mind.

There are two ways of dividing the nervous system. One method is to classify the brain, the spinal cord, and the cranial and spinal nerves together and call them the cerebro-spinal system; and to classify to itself the vast structure of internal nerves that go to the vital organs, calling it the ganglionic or sympathetic system. The other method is to group the brain and spinal cord, calling them the central nervous system. The cranial and spinal nerves are then grouped and called the peripheral system, and the sympathetic is classed by itself and called the sympathetic.

According to the first method, we have two divisions of the nervous system; according to the latter, three divisions. The latter method is more modern, and it is better because it keeps the cranial and spinal nerves clearly before the mind and enables us to refer to them as a group. As a matter of fact, however, there are no such divisions as these in the nervous system insofar as its physiological functioning is concerned, or in its anatomical aspect. The nervous system, from the apex of the brain to the tips of the fingers and toes and on through the plexuses to the glands and vital organs of the body, is mechanically a united whole.

The basic, elemental substances of the brain and nervous system are nerve cells, nerve fiber, and nerve tissue of several kinds. The central nervous system and the ganglia in various parts of the body are full of nerve cells, and we also find one or more individual cells iii the peripheral terminations of certain nerve fibers. The fibers are of two kinds: namely, short association fibers and the longer fibers reaching to peripheral extremities, the latter being bound together in bundles which we call nerves, or nerve trunk lines. No nerve in the body is more than three feet long, each length of nerve being equipped with a receiving and a discharging terminal. When a current is passing over a nerve route, as for instance, from the brain to the big toe, it passes through relay stations, some of which are known as plexuses, while the simpler, non-functioning relay points are called synapses.

The CENTER in the brain which is in control of the NERVOUS ZONE may be out of harmony with the other parts of the zone due to many causes, and when this occurs, certain phenomena may be observed. A correction of the zone will bring about an improvement, not only in the entire nervous system but in various organs associated with the zone.

The spinal cord levels involved with Zone 3 are as follows:



Digestive System / Zone 4

Salivary glands
Gall Bladder
Stomach glands
Foods Assimilation

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The human body is a chemical laboratory. It differs from an ordinary chemical laboratory in that the body or Spirit has a knowledge of chemical phenomena unknown to all the chemists on earth. SPIRIT within is the chemist.
In the floor of the fourth ventrical of the brain is the CENTER which regulates the digestion and assimilation of foods, and the manufacture of substances which are used to keep the body in health.

Some of the glands secrete substances which cause the blood vessels all over the body to maintain tone and contractibility. From other tissues come forth antagonistic medicines that relax the arteries, one set of chemicals keeping a system of checks and balances over the other, working in mutual and intelligent opposition to each other. From certain highly organized cells, the Spirit created pigments — marvels of color combination for the eyes, the skin, the hair. There is red for the arterial blood; blue color combinations for the blood in the veins; yellow and green colors for the manufacture of bile; purple for the spleen; black for the choroid of the eye, the blues, the browns, the. greens of the irises of the eyes; the brown of the freckles; the black, brown, yellow or red of the hair; and so on, ad infinitum. Functioning in the body are chemical processes and actions far beyond the ken of the world’s greatest chemist. Mysteries of medicines, enzymes, colors, hormones, magical actions that, be it remembered, are always tending towards health unless the encroachments of wrong living interfere with the functioning of the SPIRIT.

n physical laboratories, we know that if chemicals are combined heedlessly and thoughtlessly, explosions will result; also flames and deadly gases develop. It is true, also, of the human digestive tract. If chemicals from foods. drinks, or toxins are incorrectly combined, there will be explosions, heat, and deadly gases generated within that give rise to much suffering.

The BRAIN CENTER that controls Zone 4 is located in the floor of the fourth ventrical.

This zone is composed of the following areas:



Muscular System / Zone 5

Muscles in neck region and arms
Normal feeling
Nerve life
Muscles of the chest, abdomen and back
Spinal alignment
Normal tone
Muscles of the pelvic region and thighs
Muscles from thighs to feet
Immune System
Equilibrium/Balance/Center of gravity

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The cerebellum is the seat of the BRAIN CENTER from which SPIRIT coordinates and regulates the muscles of the body. The activity of this center is largely of a reflex nature in origin and is excited by impulses which come to it from peripheral organs.

In this activity, as in other forms of reflex activity, the mechanism involves: (1) afferent nerves, e.g., cutaneous, muscle, optic, and vestibular, and their related end organs, tactile corpuscles, muscle spindles, retina, and semicircular canals, all indirectly connected with (2) the cerebellar centers; (3) efferent nerves indirectly connected with (4) the general musculature of the body. Both station and progression are directly dependent on the development and transmission of afferent impulses from the previously mentioned peripheral sense organs to the cerebellum. Tactile, muscle, visual, and labyrinthine impressions and sensations not only cooperate in the development and organization of the motor adjustments necessary to the maintenance of the equilibrium and locomotive coordination but, even after their organization, they are necessary to the excitation of cerebellar activity.

Any injury or shock, either physical or emotional, will distort the normal nerve functioning of the FIFTH ZONE, resulting in a disruption not only of the equilibrium of the body but also a displacement of the center of gravity of the body.
As stated previously, the
BRAIN CENTER, from which INNATE controls and regulates the muscles of the body, is located in the cerebellum.

This zone is composed of the following areas:



Circulatory System / Zone 6

Thyroid gland
Blood pressure
Blood vessels of back, arms, chest, abdomen, and lower extremities
Lymph vessels
Movement of limbs

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SPIRIT, upon construction of the human body, created a regulatory CENTER charged with the responsibility of seeing that the blood and other fluids circulate normally in the body. This BRAIN CENTER is located in the CEREBRUM.
The restoration of the zone to normal will enable the brain center to bring about a normal condition in the entire circulatory system of the body.

This zone is composed of the following areas:



Important Note: Chiropractic has only one goal.  It is important to understand what this goal is, and to understand the method that is used to achieve it.

Adjustment: An adjustment is the specific application of forces to facilitate the body's correction of vertebral subluxation.  The chiropractic method of correction is by specific adjustments of the spine.

Health: A state of optimal physical, mental and spiritual well being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Vertebral subluxation: A misalignment of one or more of the 24 vertebra in the spinal column which causes alteration of nerve function and interference to the transmission of mental impulses, resulting in a lessening of the body's innate ability to express its maximum health potential.

Chiropractors do not offer to diagnose or treat any disease or condition other than vertebral subluxation.  Regardless of what the disease is called, chiropractors do not offer to treat it. The chiropractor's only practice objective is to eliminate a major interference to the expression of the body's innate wisdom.  The only method used is specific adjusting to correct vertebral subluxations.


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