80714299 - The - Evolution - of - Chiropractic

80714299 - The - Evolution - of - Chiropractic

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Terry A. Rondberg, D.C.

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Terry A. Rondberg, D.C. 2683 Via de la Valle Suite G 629 Del Mar, CA 92014 Copyright © 2011 by Terry A. Rondberg All rights reserved. No part of this book or site may be repro‐ duced or redistributed in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retriev‐ al systems, without permission in writing from Terry A. Rond‐ berg, D.C., except by a reviewer who may quote brief passag‐ es in a review. The author of this book does not dispense medical advice or suggest the use of any technique as a form of treatment for physical, emotional, or medical problems without the advice of a qualified wellness professional, either directly or indirect‐ ly. In the event you use any of the information in this book, the author and the publisher assume no responsibility for your actions. The author and publisher are in no way liable for any misuse of the material. First edition 2011 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ISBN‐10: 0615561330 ISBN‐13: 978‐0‐615‐56133‐2

About the author

Few wellness practi‐

tioners and authors have had as profound an impact on the chiro‐ practic profession as Terry A. Rondberg, D.C. During his 30+ years working in and for the chiropractic community, he’s been called every‐ thing from the “modern day BJ Palmer” to “the most dangerous man in chiropractic.” e e, non‐invasive, and vitalistic wellness discipline.

Respected by supporters and feared by opponents his life has been dedicated to safeguarding every person’s right to choose non‐medical wellness ap‐ proaches for their health care. Through a commu‐ nication network that has reached to all corners of the world, he has communicated, with passion, th fundamental precepts of chiropractic as a drug‐ fr

Dr. Rondberg has written and fought against those critics who’ve attempted either to categorize chi‐ ropractic as a therapy for back pain or to eliminate it altogether as a separate and distinct profession. He’s seen chiropractic evolve from an energy bas system focused on improving total neurological function to a medicalized subset of physical thera‐ py – and back again to its roots as an art, science, and philosophy of “being” that transcends the lim‐ its of traditional ideas of disease care. More than a passive spectator, he’s been a driving force for th return of chiropractic to those roots, and is now leading the way to even greater expansion of the profession by positioning it as the key element in a wellness paradigm that embraces physical, mental, emotio


nal, environmental, and even spiritual well‐ eing.

n as well s his innovative business procedures. b After his graduation from Logan College of Chiro‐ practic, Dr. Rondberg built successful private prac‐ tices in St. Louis and Phoenix. He was noted for his emphasis on public and patient educatio a

In 1986, Dr. Rondberg began publishing what has become one of the leading monthly chiropractic newspapers – The Chiropractic Journal – with a worldwide readership of more than 70,0. In an‐ nouncing its launch, he stated: “The Journal was born out of a belief that members of the chiroprac‐ tic profession need, want and deserve a reliable, credible source of news and information relating to our profession. We want a newspaper that will re‐ spect our intelligence by bringing us the facts relat‐ ing to important events going on in the associa‐ tions, courts, legislative halls, colleges and other places where our future and the future of our pro‐ fession is being determined.” He went on to say: “Chiropractic is a wonderful profession practiced by many fine men and wom‐ en. We hope to bring an abundance of good news of its accomplishments — and those of individual doctors. We trust in universal principles. We be‐ lieve the members of this profession, of whatever school of thought, possess much wisdom, honesty and dedication, but do not have a corner on those or other virtues.”

Today, The Chiropractic Journal remains the prima‐ ry source of information on affirmative activities within the profession, including global humanita‐ rian efforts, individual achievements, and positive media coverage. Dr. Rondberg also founded and published the Jour‐ nal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (now the Journal of Subluxation Research), a peer‐reviewed scientific journal publishing original research on the impact of subluxation on human neurologic func‐ tion. In 1989, Dr. Rondberg established the World Chi‐ ropractic Alliance as an international professional organization, creating a global network of contacts and resources. Using highly refined motivational methods, a thorough knowledge of electronic communication, and exceptional organizational talents, he guided the group from its earliest stages through its present status as a major association recognized as an NGO (Non‐Governmental Organi‐ zation) with the Public Information Office of the United Nations, with members on five continents.

During the course of his career, at critical junctures Dr. Rondberg has been intensely involved in the political process on both the state and national le‐ vels. Through his work in Washington, D.C., he formed productive relationships with numerous Senators, Representatives, and other government officials, as well as top lobbyists. Demonstrating a keen understanding of the political process, he was instrumental in the passage of a major piece of leg‐ islation that was signed by President George W. Bush in 2001, as well as several other bills and gov‐ ernment actions. He also served on the Depart‐ ment of Defense Chiropractic Advisory Committee to help establish the protocol for making chiroprac‐ tic services available to active duty military person‐ nel. Over the past decade, Dr. Rondberg has written and published three highly acclaimed books that have sold more than half a million copies through‐ out the world, generating widespread publicity along with a reliable source of revenue. A sought‐ after speaker at chiropractic events, he also au‐ thors several blogs and websites, taking full advan‐ tage of electronic media to communicate his mes‐ sage to the profession and the public. Dr. Rondberg’s latest efforts have been directed to providing several vital tools for wellness practition‐ ers and their clients and patients, including Integra‐ tive Outcome Measurements, a scientific health‐ related quality of life (HRQOL) assessment tool, which provides a subjective evaluation of various components of wellness. In this volume, Dr. Rondberg reviews the evolution of chiropractic from his unique perspective as a chiropractic leader, supporter, and practitioner and explains the stages of its growth. Additionally, he considers its ultimate destiny as a true vitalistic ap‐ proach to well‐being that can help all people lead healthier, happier, and longer lives.

Other books by Terry A. Rondberg, D.C.

¾ Chiropractic First ¾ Under the Influence of Modern Medicine

¾ Chiropractic: Compassion and Expectation

¾ The Philosophy of Chiropractic (Green booklets)

¾ Chiropractic Malpractice Prevention Program (co‐ authored with Timothy Feuling)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 ... The Beginnings Chapter 2 ... Historical Foundations Chapter 3 ... Medicalizing of Chiropractic Chapter 4 ... The Final Step: Energy Healing Chapter 5 ... The New Chiropractic and Science

CHAPTER 1 – The Beginnings

In 1895, there were fewer than two billion people on the planet. Yet, one of them, David Da‐ niel (D) Palmer, founded a profession that would change the face of health care forever. The achieve‐ ment can never be over‐ stated, especially consi‐ dering that his creation (chiropractic) became the first and only alternative approach to loosen the medical industry’s iron grip on health care.

In his book “The Chi‐ ropractor,” DD Palmer was open and honest about how he came to “discover” chiropractic. “The me‐ thod by which I obtained an explanation of certain physical phenomena, from intelligence in the spiri‐ tual world, is known in biblical language as inspi‐ ration,” he wrote.

Never restricted by known physical sciences,

Palmer established as the basis of his entire concept the existence of a Universal Intelligence that mani‐ fests itself in living beings as “Innate Intelligence.”

He further proposed that health is the expres‐ sion of this Innate Intelligence through Innate Mat‐ ter, via Innate Energy.

As a “magnetic healer,” he understood the work of magnetic and energy forces in play throughout the environment and in our own bo‐ dies. His application of chiropractic was his unique way of influencing those subtle energy fields.

Palmer’s son, Bar‐ tlett Joshua (BJ) Pal‐ mer, later took up the work his father had begun and developed chiropractic into a field that in a few short dec‐ ades became so in‐ fluential it posed a threat to the domina‐ tion of allopathic med‐ icine. These two men – the founder and developer of chiropractic – were intelligent, far‐sighted, dedicated and determined individuals. The profession, and the entire world, owes them a great debt of gratitude.

They weren’t, however, infallible, which doesn’t make them any less great. It simply means we need to view them in the context of their times to truly understand their concepts and goals.

The same is true of so many other great indi‐ viduals in history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, for example, were true political and so‐ cial geniuses who overcame great odds to found a new nation based on ethical and moral principles. Yet, both owned slaves, a situation we now natu‐ rally find abhorrent. Would they, if they lived to‐ day, own slaves? Of course not. The times and atti‐ tudes have changed radically.

No doubt if DD Palmer were alive today, he would alter some of his concepts and conclusions in light of advanced scientific findings and our un‐ derstanding of the interconnectedness of all energy forces on earth. He was never reluctant, even in his own lifetime, to change his ideas and conclusions. He wrote his books on paper; he didn’t chisel them in stone.

In his book, “The Glory of Going On,” BJ Pal‐ mer told his fellow chiropractors: “You HAVE in YOUR possession a SACRED TRUST. Guard it well.” He admonished them to “keep this principle and practice unadulterated and unmixed.” Still, BJ was an open‐minded teacher, who encouraged his students to use their own reasoning power to arrive at solutions to problems.

And BJ loved new technology. He owned the first automobile in the Davenport, Iowa area. In 1922, when the medium was still in its infancy, he purchased a local radio station to spread the chiro‐ practic message. He adapted existing technology to the Palmer School of Chiropractic, and built new instrumentation and research tools. He was un‐ afraid of trying new things and of advancing the science of chiropractic to keep up with the sciences of physics, biology, chemistry, and medicine.

Yet, he never forgot the main principles passed down by his father, DD Palmer, that the essence of chiropractic was the elimination of interference to the vital energy forces governed by Innate Intelli‐ gence.

In rethinking chiropractic for the 21st century, it’s important to maintain our strong admiration for the Palmers and all those who worked with them in the opening decades of the profession. We need to remind ourselves of the pioneering and courageous work they did and the remarkable achievements they made.

It’s also essential to keep the basic chiropractic principles at the heart of our understanding of the discipline – the “bottom line” premises about the existence of Universal and Innate intelligence, as well as a grasp of how that intelligence works through matter via energy.

Thanks to advances in quantum physics, an abiding respect for the Palmers is NOT incompat‐ ible with a strong scientific grounding. As this book will explore, their original views on chiropractic meshes perfectly with today’s awareness of bio‐ energy fields, cellular biology, and body‐mind connection.

CHAPTER 2 – Historical Foundations

Throughout their lives and careers, DD and BJ

Palmer refined their ideas about the process of chi‐ ropractic, subluxations, nerve interference, and other aspects of the profession. They tried, adapted, and discarded new technologies. Yet, the basic chi‐ ropractic foundation never changed.

The major underlying precepts were (and re‐ main):

⇒ There exists a Universal Intelligence, which brings organization to all matter and main‐ tains its existence;

⇒ All living things have inborn, or “Innate”

Intelligence which adapts universal forces and matter for use in the body;

⇒ Every living thing has ALL the Innate Intel‐ ligence it requires to maintain its life and optimal health;

⇒ Health is the expression of the Innate Intelli‐ gence through Innate Matter, via Innate Energy;

⇒ When there’s interference with the trans‐ mission of Innate Energy, the result is a de‐ crease in the expression of Innate Intel‐ ligence, which chiropractors call dis‐ease (not to be confused with disease!).

A review of these basic precepts is always helpful.

Universal Intelligence

Our existence isn’t mere “luck” as nothing in the natural order of the universe is random.

Since chiropractic is a deductive science, it be‐ gins with a major premise upon which all other conclusions are based. That primary assumption is that a Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.

Blind faith or religious fervor had nothing to do with the adoption of this premise. This is a con‐ clusion based upon observation of physical evi‐ dence. Just look around you. Is it logical to think that everything in the universe is the result of ran‐ dom selection or mere chance? Is it luck that a birds wing is perfectly designed for flight, right down to the tiniest pinfeather? Is it just accidental that a plants roots travel downward into the ground where it will find water and minerals, and its leaves grow upward where it will find sun and air? If we lived in a truly random universe, at least some plants would send their roots straight up‐ ward, and bury their leaves in the soil. It’s unlikely anyone has ever reported seeing such a plant.

Believing the universe is devoid of intelligent organization is like thinking that the Great Pyra‐ mids of Giza were the result of a rock slide. Could any random action have possibly created them? The Empire State Building? A bird’s wings? The roots and leaves of a plant?

Intelligence is clearly behind the natural won‐ ders that surround us, just as architectural won‐ ders owe their existence to human intelligence. Ob‐ viously, human intelligence isn’t responsible for the complex order of the universe – it hasnt yet begun to understand even a tiny part of it! It had to be something much greater. That something is what we call Universal Intelligence. While we aren’t sure what it is, where it came from, what its intent is – or even if there is an intent involved – we do know that it must exist, or nothing else would.

Is this Universal Intelligence God? No one knows. There’s no way to prove the existence of God, or describe Gods characteristics. Nor is there a way to prove the existence of Universal Intelli‐ gence, or describe its characteristics. How, then can anyone say whether they mean the same thing?

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