Doh! I've been 'in' IT for 3 decades and still find myself doing silly things. The lesson today is - make time and do it properly.
My VPS server was playing up - I worked out it was because of a problem with some c libraries - and I decided to do a clean install to be thorough, then restore the site data from my meticulous backups. I even patted-myself on the back for having a backup/restore plan in place for such eventualities.
So, I did the reinstall, did the data restore, and had the site back up in no time.
The 'non IT people' might care to skip the next 2 paragraphs.
What I didn't do was check the software as I reinstalled it from the approved CENTOS/REDHAT repositories, and that was a bad mistake.
It turns out that if you do a vanilla install of the Apache web-server (from rpm or yum) then it comes with the proxy module loaded and set. This means your web-server is effectively running as an open proxy server.
The upshot was that my server was now handling thousands of requests from clients all over the world for very unsavoury content - mostly porn.
Once I realised (and I have to thank LxGoodies who, without realising it, alerted me by telling me the server was not behaving properly) it was simple to fix (any techies who want the fix will find my posting in the web-server forum) but I really should know by now that you NEVER assume ANYTHING when dealing with internet-connected devices.......From hero to zero in a few short hours.....
Chiropractic-the science behind the healing
Dr. Terrence Roll
I shall demonstrate that the mechanism for chiropractic healing is not correction of subluxations of the spine, but results from an effect produced by entanglement in nerve fibres running through the spinal region. I shall further show that this mechanism accounts for the wide variety of pathologies which literature shows can be treated.
Ever since chiropractic was first discovered, in 1895, scientists have been looking for plausible mechanism. Numerous studies have revealed that chiropractic is beneficial in a wide variety of situations. The discoverer of chiropractic, Daniel D Palmer, posed as a magnetic healer until he discovered chiropractic in 1895. Magnetic healing is an important clue, largely overlooked by the scientific community. Palmer explained that chiropractic relied on ‘universal intelligence’. He contrasted this with innate,and educated intelligence. Universal intelligence is God; innate intelligence is the soul or spirit; educated intelligence is the conscious mind. Palmer believed innate intelligence utilises the autonomic nervous system to control the healing process, growth and repair. This innate intelligence, he said, is beyond knowledge. He went on to hypothesise that mental, chemical, or mechanical stress can produce displacement of the vertebrae, and this displacement interferes with the planned expression of innate intelligence through the nervous system. This interference results in various pathologies. By correcting the displacement, the chiropractor allows the innate intelligence to flow correctly and effect the healing which is its role.
Palmer was of the opinion that manipulation of the spine could cure almost any illness. Indeed he is reported as saying that 99% of all pathological illness is a result of displacement of the vertebrae causing innate intelligence to fail. Over the years different terminology was used to refer to this displacement of the vertebrae, and it is most frequently known nowadays as subluxation. Subluxation is a genuine medical term, but its use in this context is highly contentious.
Problems with Subluxation
Fundamental to this theory is the idea that displaced vertebrae produce an effect on nerves running through or around the spine. Many people will have experience with what is known as a trapped nerve, and they will be aware how painful and debilitating this can be. Clearly such a condition in the spine could indeed produce a range of pathologies, and treating this condition by freeing the pressure would certainly produce a result.
However, recent work done by Crelin casts doubt upon this theory. Crelin extracted the vertebral columns of six individuals within hours of death. Three were infants, one a full-term newborn female that failed to breathe after birth; the other two, a male and a female, were full-term infants who died of a respiratory disorder within a week after birth. The remainder were adults: a 35-year-old male who died following a heart attack, a 73-year-old male who died of pneumonitis, and a 76-year-old female who died of infectious hepatitis. His aim was to examine the inter-vertebral foramina (holes) through which pass the 24 pairs of nerves which could possibly be trapped or pressured by the vertebrae. He subjected the vertebral columns to a variety of stresses and bending and recorded the effect on the nerves running through the foramina. The results were quite clear. Even under extreme stress which would certainly have killed the individual, the nerves running through the foramina were not trapped and not subjected to any noticeable pressures. Even with the spinal column bent almost in two, the nerves were still able to slide back and forth through the foramina with no noticeable restriction of movement. This represents a serious challenge to the theory that chiropractic manipulation functions by releasing pressure on nerves. Since we know chiropractic works, and it seems clear that the proposed mechanism cannot account for observation, obviously a new mechanism must be proposed. Ironically this mechanism is probably the same one that Palmer was making use of in his time as a healer.
Modern science dismisses the craze for magnetic healing as quackery. Nonetheless there are many recorded instances of inexplicable cures directly attributable to this therapy. It was while examining these reports for a research paper, that I began to understand how magnetic therapy and chiropractic are linked. The obvious link is Daniel Palmer, but common sense would tell us that this is just a coincidence. In fact I propose that it is no such thing. Although Palmer was not able to express articulately what his therapies were achieving, because the vocabulary for such effects did not exist for several more decades, there was a common mechanism shared by the two therapies.
A new paradigm
Quantum physicists are very familiar with the phenomenon known as entanglement. This is where two subatomic particles are ‘linked’ in such a way that examining either particle forces the other into a fixed state, whereas until that time both particles can be described as being in two states simultaneously. Such effects have been studied in the laboratory for several decades. The effect is instantaneous even over very large distances, which means that something travels between the two particles faster than light. Magnetism, as is well known, is one manifestation of the electromagnetic force. Electricity and magnetism are different manifestations of what is essentially the same thing, a force mediated by photons. It is also well known that a magnetic field can produce pairs of entangled particles.
This is what Palmer was producing with the equipment. This is also what he dimly glimpsed with his metaphor of 'innate intelligence'. What in fact is happening is that pairs of entangled particles interact throughout the nervous system so that the slower nerve impulses can be redirected or refocused before they arrive. This is entirely unconscious, which Palmer realized when he tries to draw a distinction between 'innate' and 'educated' intelligence. Unfortunately Palmer was unaware of quantum physics and had no way to describe what he was observing.
But how does this fit with chiropractic? If we accept that Palmer's innate intelligence is in fact quantum entanglement throughout the nervous system, then it is not too difficult to see how magnetic fields produced noticeable effects, through the production of entangled pairs acting as 'controllers' for the path and strength of nerve impulses travelling along the central nervous system. How, though, could spinal manipulation produce similar effects? The key to understanding this is to examine the difference between chiropractic and conventional physiotherapy. One of the characteristics of chiropractic is quite violent manipulation. Most people are familiar with the image of a chiropractor ‘cracking’ the patient as they apply a vigorous manipulation. Physiotherapy does not generally do this. This violent manipulation produces electric discharges in the micro-volt range, in a similar way to which sparks are generated by striking two stones or two pieces of metal. Essentially electrons are displaced by the violent activity resulting in a different as a potential which can be measured as a voltage. We have already seen that electricity and magnetism are two aspects of the same force. It seems clear therefore the effect produced by magnetism on the entangled quantum particles can also be produced by an induced electric current resulting from the chiropractic manipulation.
I have proposed a mechanism to account for the observed beneficial effect of chiropractic manipulation. Moreover this mechanism is one rooted in conventional physics and requires no paranormal mechanisms or agents.