Next New Beginnings -
Sept 28 - Oct 1, 2006
Have a Great summer..
By Jim Dubel, DC
is a pretty neat little thing from Paul Harvey. He brings things into
perspective for LIFE.. I think it is time for all of us to rethink our
lives as Chiropractors and what it means to be one!.. Can you remember
your "first adjustment" ??
(See if you can guess the riddle at the end)
Paul Harvey Writes:
tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse.
For my grandchildren, I'd like better.
really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice
cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.
you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by
you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.
really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.
be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog
put to sleep.
you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.
you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's
all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but
when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I
hope you let him.
you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag
along, I hope you'll let him/her.
you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in
a town where you can do it safely.
rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your
driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with
someone as uncool as your Mom.
want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of
you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.
you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in
you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a
boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory
soap tastes like.
skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick
your tongue on a frozen flagpole.
care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a
friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your
hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go
fishing with your Uncle.
feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.
your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your
neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hannukah/Christmas
time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.
things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and
happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.
with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. I'm here for you. And if I die before you
do, I'll go to heaven and wait for you.
this to all of your friends. We secure our friends, not by accepting
favors, but by doing them.
asked this riddle, 80% of kindergarten kids got the answer, compared to
17% of Stanford University seniors.
greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it, The rich
need it, And if you eat it, you'll die?
B.J.’s Utopia And Contradiction
By Kevin Donka, D.C.
On pages 336 and 337 in
R. W. Stephenson’s Chiropractic Textbook is an article entitled “B.J.’s
Utopia.” B.J. Palmer believed chiropractic could theoretically bring
about a “utopia” if it were “given the chance to do its miracles and
reasonable time allowed for the results to be brought about.” This would
be “a world without sickness, insanity, blindness, feeble-minded people,
deaf and dumb, backward children, social evils, criminality, drunkenness
and its attendant evils, abnormal reproduction, etc.” There are many
reasons why we are not very likely to ever see such a society, but I
would like to concentrate on discussing two reasons why most
chiropractors are to blame for actually preventing the progressive
realization of this utopia.
The first reason is
simply that most people mistakenly believe that by eliminating what we
don’t want we will automatically have what we do want. The example I use
most frequently to illustrate this misconception is that you are not
automatically wealthy just because you pay off your debts. You simply
aren’t in debt anymore. In addition to this, by focusing so completely on
what we don’t want to see (read B.J.’s description again, you will see it
only describes what would not be present), we actually cause what we
don’t want to keep showing up. The simple truth is that you cannot escape
something you are giving your attention to! We must focus on a clear
vision of exactly what the community would be, not what it would not be.
The second reason most
chiropractors will not ever see this utopian society in their own
communities is that their offices actually depend upon sick people in
order to continue to be profitable! “Not me!” you say? “No! We have
procedures set up so that everyone in our practice can continue with
wellness/wholeness-based care.” The key here is that most doctors first
attract to their offices people who are either in pain or sick in some
way with the goal of “converting” them to a wellness or what I call a
“possibility” mentality. I think this is a noble goal. In fact, it is the
goal I personally have with every practice member who comes in initially
with a complaint of some kind.
The problem is, most
doctors actually market mainly to this segment of the population and have
procedures and plans set up to either “treat” the illness or, at the very
least, follow its progressive resolution. Look at this situation very
closely now. You will see that without the sick person, this doctor’s
practice and therefore his or her own financial security will quickly
die. I will suggest to you that no person will willingly work against his
or her own financial well-being. This then creates a major incongruence
between the desired outcome for the community and his or her own personal
prosperity. As a result, the doctor will find him or herself continually
sabotaging his or her practice whether consciously or unconsciously. Or,
at the very least, there will be a high level of stress and unhappiness.
It does not need to be this way!
The problem here is not
with the positive vision of what is possible for the community, it is not
even with the day to day procedures. It is with the doctor’s
understanding of the purpose of the adjustment and of the limited goal of
optimal health! Let me explain what I mean by this. If you believe that
the purpose of the adjustment is to allow the body to heal, then you will
require the presence of people in your community that need healing in
order for you to be successful! In addition, once a person is “healed”
there is no reason to continue with care except to prevent a problem from
occurring again. But, as I have pointed out before, living a life of
prevention means simply living to NOT DIE! Is that the purpose of life –
to not die? If on the other hand, you believe that the purpose of life is
to continually grow physically, mentally, socially and spiritually all
the way until you die, and you know that once you are healthy you can
continue this growth process, then the purpose of the adjustment becomes
about allowing for the greatest possible expression of our Innate
Intelligence. And, all people - healthy and sick alike – can benefit from
chiropractic care and continually grow toward the full expression of
their purpose and their potential in life. In this scenario, your
practice does NOT depend upon having sick people in your town in order
for you to prosper.
The incongruence has
been eliminated and you now open up the door to the possibility of
creating what you want for your community without compromising your own
financial freedom. B.J. saw chiropractic as an incredible way to help
sick people get well. I believe this is why he never saw his utopia
develop. His vision required his community to have sick people in order
for him to still be useful to it. It is time to take the incredible gifts
that D.D. and B.J. Palmer gave to us and expand our awareness to include
what is possible for us beyond just being healthy. Ask yourself how often
you put energy into seeing and experiencing a world without the things
you don’t want, as opposed to focusing your energy on creating exactly
what you do want. When you focus on what you prefer to see, that is what
you get. Remember – you cannot escape something you are giving your
Ask yourself what the
purpose of the adjustment is, and if can you expand your vision now. Ask
yourself how amazing the world would be if everyone truly understood the
miracle they are, and that chiropractic helps them express the Inner
Perfection that was placed within them at the moment of conception? We
may not see a utopian society in our lifetimes, but expanding our
thinking in this way will help each of us to see the perfection that
exists right here, right now and will allow us to appreciate and enjoy
the process of progressive unfoldment. When each of us reaches this level
of awareness, we will realize that experiencing utopia is possible on an
individual basis, because we will see that it is nothing more than a
choice each of us makes every moment of every day.
I am not a chiropractor
I am not a chiropractor
(just a spouse of one), but I have been coming to New Beginnings every
single time since chiropractic first came into my life through my love
and my wife (the lovely, talented and beautiful) Annie in the year 2000.
Thanks to her and so many of those who are part of the NB family I can
now join Bobby Tarantino and say “I live in a chiropractic world”. My
understanding and acceptance of it may not be as great as all in this
room, but I am an educated professional person who is capable of grasping
all aspects of chiropractic (physical, spiritual, philosophical, social
and so on). I have to tell you for me there is no turning away from my
chiropractic life. Chiropractic permeates all aspects of my life, and I
wouldn’t want it any other way.
I have been on this
planet a mere 42 years, and for most of that time I lived what I learned
in childhood and thought that chiropractic was something to handle minor
back problems. It’s amazing how very far from the truth this really is.
We all are reaching the masses one person at a time, and I believe it is
changing this world for the better. I know, and you all know, there is
much more work to be done. I struggle with the line between medical and
chiropractic approaches, at least in my mind. I supported the medical
approach as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for over 12 years. I
responded to over 3000 calls for assistance in our modern day 911 system
(most of them before my life was changed by chiropractic). I think there
is some agreement in this room that there is a place for the medical
approach to save some.
I heard a presenter at
the last NB mention the time factor in chiropractic and imply that the
improvement in a disease does not occur the instant of the adjustment,
but that the process starts in motion once the subluxation is corrected
through an applied force. So I can reason that there are cases where the
severity of the disease is so imminently dangerous to a life and/or the
faith in chiropractic is not strong enough to cease and bring ease. But
the sad sad truth that you all know is that the medical model has a
strong hold on most of the population of this country and throughout the
world and they over-medicate by pushing drugs for trivial discomforts and
cut up way to many people for nonsense. Very little attention is paid to
the risks associated, but an increasing percentage of the populace is
clearly awakening to the dangers of the medical approach and the benefits
of non-invasive techniques and a change in life-style.
The medical profession
is Big Business with powerful political allies but truth (chiropractic)
will prevail. My wife has a poster in her office that you all know and
probably someone here can take credit for. It reads Chiropractic First,
Drugs Second and Surgery Last. She added some key words to supplement the
sentiment. Chiropractic First – Inside Out, Drugs Second – Outside In and
Surgery – Insides Out. I am certain that of all those patients I took to
the hospital for emergency care as an EMT most could have been helped
through chiropractic. What a shame that there is so little understanding
of chiropractic in the populace at this point. The medical community may
save more lives than it losses, but they are never truly saved because
their patients continue to make the wrong choices and wait for the next
disease to strike while they deal with the multitude of side effects of
drugs and/or surgery.
Due to my training and
nature I sprung to action on September 11, 2001. I was headed into New
York City for work by car that morning that the terrorist struck. My
thought was that I could help care for casualties. I got off at an
unfamiliar exit, parked my car at a diner in Jersey City and walked a
fair distance to the Holland Tunnel expecting that there would be a heavy
flow of emergency vehicles into the city for mutual aid. There were none.
I spotted an ambulance down the road and made my way to them. I ended up
in Hoboken where thousands of people were being shuttled across the river
by ferry (all other crossings were closed).
The emergency response
community has plans in place for such catastrophic events and there was
staging for decontamination of people closest to ground zero, and amble
emergency medical support and triage for hundreds to thousands of people.
All for naught, since, in this case, most people either perished inside
the towers or made it out unharmed. There were very few that sustained
injuries and then came through Hoboken on that day. I came to NB soon
after that day and heard of the chiropractors that responded to serve on
that day and days to follow. A few chiropractors helped more people
recover from that horrible event than the multitude of emergency
responders. It was a horrific event, but a good opportunity to spread
I had a childhood with
ailments like many, so I had surgery (tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy and
tubes in my ears for chronic infections. I had who knows how many
vaccinations and medications because my parents thought that the correct
approach was the medical one. Imagine popping pills for an upset stomach
and a sinus headache for 36 years, and then one day someone guides you
down a different path. You begin to understand, accept and have faith in
this approach. Now I no longer take medications. I trust that my body has
an innate healing capability and that chiropractic is a major step to
help manage disease and keep me performing my best at all times. I am
connected to a higher universal intelligence. Our kids grow up without
the standard and ever increasing round of vaccinations that the medical
profession pushes. They grow up so full of life through chiropractic. I
am certain many of can fathom this and know about this transition in life
either because you have also experienced it or are closely connected with
someone who has.
My birth family doesn’t
get it. Although they whine that they hate to go to the medical doctor
and say they feel worse afterwards, they still do. Annie and I take
opportunities to explain the chiropractic approach, but ultimately it is
a personal choice. We do the same with others in our lives as well. It
seems so clear to us that when you take a medication to relieve a symptom
you then feel better, but since you are not healed you can worsen your
condition by continuing activities that those symptoms were protecting
you against. For many people there seems to be a huge hurdle to leap to
join the chiropractic world. The other side has instilled such fear that
they are essentially brainwashed into this heavy reliance on the medical
approach. That may be harsh to say, but until chiropractic gains much
wider acceptance there is little that can be done do persuade many.
Perhaps I was just fortunate to have someone close to me assist me
across. Again, I cite the entire NB family as being a major resource in
I have one last thought
I would like to share at this time. As I said I am not a chiropractor,
but I believe I am a strong supporter of chiropractic. After being at NB
so many times I believe that you can be a chiropractor but not practice
chiropractic without the philosophy. What you get here makes the
difference between simply giving an adjustment and changing lives for the
better. From what I gathered here most schools don’t teach the philosophy
and therefore most new DCs only adjust and practice symptom-based care
not much differently than an MD would. Not having the experience I don’t
even want to mention this any further.
This is an internal
conflict in the chiropractic profession that is best left to those with
degrees. I am drifting from my original thoughts anyway. I want to
mention how I, as a non-chiropractor, support chiropractic. My wife
practices chiropractic. She is also a full time mother of our 5 children,
2 of which are preschool aged. At this stage the balance is such that the
family needs limit the practice. She serves chiropractic well by
adjusting and passing on the philosophy to each patient. Since the income
is in turn limited we utilize other income, namely my salary, to support
the practice. I think this shows the dedication that she and I have to
chiropractic. We certainly look ahead to a time when the practice will
help us reach a state that satisfies all our financial desires. I also
support chiropractic by taking over family roles that my wife has when
she attends meetings or has patients. At times this means I take time off
from work and other times I give up the little free time I have. It
always means we give up time together. I realize that this is not an
unusual arrangement for most couples today, but my wife will see patients
with little notice and at all hours of the day. Lastly, I support
chiropractic by sharing what I know with those around me. I have learned
so much in the last six years of my life, and it is valuable enough to
make sure the message reaches as many and as quickly as it can.
I love to come here and
participate in NB and absorb the knowledge that exists in this room. Each
time it is a little different, whether by design of the board or by
changes in me, but I always feel uplifted and more focused on
chiropractic after sharing these experiences with the NB family. And I am
not even a chiropractor, so I can only imagine how incredible you all
feel after a NB weekend. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with
for a New Future
Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend
When: Sept 28 - Oct 1, 2006
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