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Summary discussion of Chiropractic:

Chiropractic is a science, art, and philosophy created and developed in 1895, by D.D. Palmer. The idea is that human beings are self healing organisms, that our creator did not put us here helpless before disease.

Chiropractic recognizes that in every person there is an "innate intelligence" that maintains the body in an active organization. The difference between those who get sick and those who stay healthy is based on the susceptibility of the organism as much as it is on what is attacking the body. Therefore chiropractors try to be experts in health
rather than experts in disease.

The expression of this "innate intelligence" is from the mind of the person, down through the nervous system, and out to the rest of the body. Chiropractors try to make sure that there is no interference in this transmission through the spinal column. With the body optimally prepared
for the daily struggle against invading organisms the likelihood of illness is significantly decreased. With an awareness that there are many factors which contribute to the strength of the person, such as environmental, genetic, nutritional, lifestyle, emotional, etc.., chiropractors try to hone in on that part of us which is the ultimate controller and dictator of function: the innate intelligence.

We have found that when the spine is free of misalignments and dysfunction, what we call vertebral subluxations, the body works much better. Having applied this to countless patients over the last 100 years we, as well as many others such as **Irvin M. Korr, find that the removal of these subluxations has improved the health of people so much that
their innate intelligence is returned to the point that it can bring people back from seemingly insurmountable odds.

For example, the first patient of Palmer's was a janitor in the building where he worked. The man, named Harvey Lillard, had been deaf for 17 years, ever since he heard something in his upper back "give way".

Palmer reasoned that if he could adjust this spot back to its intended position that he might have some effect on the man's hearing. Palmer talked the man into allowing him to give it a try. Soon the man could hear. Realizing that he was onto something Palmer developed the science, art, and philosophy of Chiropractic.

The practice of Chiropractic is NOT a treatment for any condition or disease. To be a treatment, something must stimulate or depress functioning in the body. What we do is to try and restore the maximum potential of the body by freeing the nervous system of any interference. The result is a body that is more approximate to perfection in its
organic potential. While the success rate in the resolution of things such as asthma, indigestion, chronic infection, constipation, anxiety, backaches, etc.., is remarkably
high with Chiropractic care, it is NOT the goal of Chiropractic to treat these conditions. It is the goal of Chiropractic to optimize the body's innate ability to heal itself. The innate is limitless but the matter is limited and thus some people cannot return from the diseased state.

Consequently, it is the hope of Chiropractic that every man, woman, and child be checked for these vertebral subluxations to ensure that the genetic potential may be fully realized.

100 years ago we went to the dentist for a toothache, and today we go BEFORE the tooth hurts to have the flaws identified and corrected. This is the simple aspiration of
Chiropractic. Everything we say or do has a positive or negative effect on the body.

Dr. Stoll is trying to convey this message and give people the answers to health rather than just answers to their diseases. Everything we eat, do and think has far reaching effects. Each of these things can go so far as to actually induce spinal subluxations. D.D. Palmer called these things
"thoughts, traumas, and toxins" a century ago.

Dr. Stoll talks of total body bracing. As Chiropractors we see this bracing as part of a cycle that includes subluxations of vertebrae. It is a vicious cycle because one can cause the other. We know through electromylographic and thermographic readings that we can eliminate total body bracing with specific spinal adjustments. We also know that muscle tension can result in subluxations. This is why there is such a great importance in proper nutrition, stress management/skilled relaxation, posture, etc.

Chiropractors feel that the most important part is the removal of the subluxations but are also aware that these have their causes and that those causes, "thoughts, traumas, and toxins" can and should be minimized.

After years and years of trying to find an antidote to every disease, the allopathic medical profession has created a situation where they are directly responsible for the deaths of 300,000+ people a year because of reactions to prescription medications, complications to surgery,
nosocomial infections, and medical error. While they are masters of emergency care they are utter failures at "health" care and helping chronic illnesses. Our country consumes over half of the prescription medication in the world, spends more money per person than any other country, and still remains low on the list of health in developed nations. Why? Because allopathic medicine is a disease care system and not a health care system.

We cannot spend all our time trying to change our environment. Viruses and bacteria will ALWAYS be out there. We have to concentrate on improving the health of people prior to illnesses. As Hippocrates said, "Disease is not an entity, but a fluctuating condition of the patients body; a battle between the substance of disease and the natural self-healing tendency of the body".

Health and disease are opposite ends of a spectrum in which we all fluctuate. The goal is to approximate the healthy end.

Vertebral subluxations cause us to lose full access to our innate abilities by creating interference in our nervous system. Identification and removal of these subluxations is the job of the chiropractor. Due to the illegal boycott of the Chiropractic profession by the American Medical Association, and many other medical associations, the
chiropractic profession is being forced into the subspecialty of treating back pain. It should be now obvious to you why we are so knowledgeable in regards to the spine and why our methods have such great success in
these cases but back pain is NOT what Chiropractic is about. In their search for acceptance by the medical profession many chiropractors have given up the philosophy of Chiropractic, even the idea of an innate intelligence, so that they can pursue a practice based solely on resolving musculoskeletal conditions. In fact, there are some Chiropractic colleges that fail to adequately teach the philosophy of Chiropractic in the hopes that "sticking to back pain" will create an acceptance by the medical
community and thus will result in a higher status in the healing arts---exactly what the AMA would like to see!

Unfortunately, the osteopathic profession did this only to find the holistic approach to health care approach beat down to near non-existence in their profession. The opposition to the holistic approach is so great that it boggles the mind. The AMA continues to be the largest lobbying force on Capital Hill. ANY other healing philosophy, other than allopathy, is considered competition to the conventional medical monopoly and SO any attempt at compromise by any competing philosophy is seen as weakness and appeasement by the AMA.

Here are some quotes from a few physicians who are beginning to get what we call "THE BIG IDEA".

"Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases" Hippocrates, 460-377 BC.

"Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to work."
Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

"Intelligence is present everwhere in our bodies. Our own inner intelligence is far superior to any we can try to substitute from the outside."
Deepak Chopra, M.D.

"A kind of super intelligence exists in each of us, infinitely smarter and possessed of technical know-how far beyond our present understanding."
Lewis Thomas, M.D.

And finally, a quote from a chiropractic great: The son of D.D. Palmer. "To take in a new idea you must destroy the old, let go of the old opinions, to observe and conceive new thoughts. To learn is but to change your opinion."
B.J. Palmer, D.C., PhC.

"In view of the rich access of the somatic afferents, via spinal and supraspinal pathways, to sympathetic neurons, it would be truly amazing if even relatively minor disturbances in motion of the intervertebral or other joints, which are amenable to manipulative therapy, did NOT have autonomic and, therefore, circulatory, metabolic, and visceral repercussions of some degree. It would be equally surprising if the cost did not increase with time and with the superimposition of other detrimental factors in the patients life."
Irvin M. Korr, Department of Biomechanics, Michigan State University

David Ferguson, D.C.

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