The first issue of "The 34th
Principle" was a huge success!
response to our first issue of "The 34th Principle" was exciting and
overwhelming, Stevenson had 33, we now have the 34th from the
Jim Dubel, DC - Founder of New Beginnings
Is it religious to acknowledge that there
is a power that is greater than us, that animates the universe; that is
responsible for the unfolding of life? Is it religious to hold the
belief that the power that made the body heals the body? Is it religious
to believe that those two powers are one and the same, just as wave is
to the ocean and the wind is to air? Why is it that modern science is
beginning to acknowledge the existence of these forces, and the
intricate part they play in the healing process without religious
connotation or undertones?
Why is it that Chiropractors, whose
profession was founded and developed around that philosophy, are so
willing to trade places and head towards the antiquated, mechanistic
approach to healing? Why are the young Chiropractors so resistant to
Chiropractic philosophical foundation and opposed to the existence of
universal and innate intelligence? I wonder what is driving them towards
a failing model of health care and away from the principles that have
made Chiropractic what it is today. Are they trading their souls for the
chance to be accepted in society as doctors, not realizing that all
science was built on the foundations of great philosophers, such as
Socrates, Aristotle, Descartes and Palmer!
In all my years of practice, there has
been one common denominator that has flowed through the thousands of
patients that I’ve seen, and that is they were all seeking something
different, something better, something that gave them more hope than the
traditional medical route, which had failed them! If we don’t hold on to
our principles and live by them and teach them, we are just as guilty as
the medical doctor who prescribes aspirin for a headache. Though we know
that the adjustment is much more far-reaching, it serves no greater
purpose than the aspirin to the patient who thinks Chiropractic is just
about pain relief!
The majority of people on this planet
know and accept the idea that there is a higher power, and that this
power plays an intimate role in their life, health and well-being. The
question is, does it really made a difference what name one chooses to
place on that power and the expression of that power within our bodies?
D.D. Palmer chose to use the terms “Universal Intelligence” and “Innate
Intelligence” to identify these powers. The definition of Universal
Intelligence, as cited by R.W. Stevenson in “The Chiropractic Textbook”
is, “A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to
it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.’
(Principle No.1) His definition of Innate Intelligence is, “A ‘living
thing’ has an inborn intelligence within its body, called Innate
Intelligence.” (Principle No.20) He goes on to say, “The function of
Innate Intelligence is to adapt universal forces and matter for use in
the body, so that all parts of the body will have co-ordinated action
for mutual benefit.” (Principle No.23)
So great, yet so simple is this concept,
that it took BJ a lifetime of research and 40 volumes of green books to
explain it to the scientific community that was too immature to grasp
how powerful his discoveries were. Ideas and concepts that BJ discovered
are just now being validated by, of all things, more sophisticated
medical research! Doesn’t it seem logical to empower our belief (our
knowing) that Chiropractic works? It worked before we knew why it
worked, and it will continue working far into the future, whether or not
research proves it (even though we know it will!).
I feel sorry for the Chiropractic
students and young Chiropractors who, rather than accept Chiropractic in
full faith (the way medical doctors accept medicine in full faith!),
become side-tracked with the idea of the need for scientific proof to
validate what millions of Chiropractic patients already know – that
Chiropractic works! They may find themselves gaining a wealth of
knowledge, but failing to get the big idea as to the power of
It is only when they come to the
realization, that a person free of subluxations has a far better chance
of living and expressing their life to their optimum potential than one
who is subluxated, that their practices and lives will take on new
meaning and become truly successful! Once you own the philosophy of
Chiropractic, it becomes easy to see how truly scientific it really is!
All modern science has its foundation in philosophy, including
Jay Handt, BS, DC, PhC
the year 1927 Dr. Ralph W. Stephenson took B.J. Palmer’s Chiropractic
Philosophy and systematically indexed it into the Thirty-three
Fundamental Principles of Chiropractic. In the Preface to his
Chiropractic Textbook Dr. Stephenson wrote, “ to me the Fountainhead of
Chiropractic was BJ, not the school. “ He went on to further state, “ I
feel the fundamental principles of Chiropractic, as given by this great
teacher, are not to be tampered with by me or any one else...” End of
Let us now fast-forward to the year 2003,
76 years later. Stephenson’s principles remain embedded in the
philosophy that continues to govern our profession. If you call yourself
a Chiropractor then this is your philosophy. To date these simple rules
have not been disproved. In their simplicity they help in our
understanding of human existence and how we as Chiropractors can aid
humanity on earth.
Today our philosophy, in part, has been
adopted by many other philosophies, organized religions and professions,
including the medical profession. The majority of people in the world
recognize, using various descriptive terms, the existence of a Universal
Intelligence. These same people also recognize that there is an
organizational force that is “ built in “ living things...an Innate
wisdom, so to speak.
These premises in the 33 Principles are
by no means unique. What does make our philosophy unique is Stephenson’s
Principle No. 31 which states “ Interference with transmission in the
body, is always directly or indirectly due to subluxations in the spinal
column.” Yes, Vertebral Subluxations occur from birth until death and
interfere with your human body’s life transmission. That’s a Big Idea!
That big idea makes us as Chiropractors
so important for the continued well-being of all people on earth. It
makes both us and those who use our services truly unique. With a
Chiropractic Adjustment we enable human beings to continue to function
at their highest levels both physically and mentally, for a lifetime.
Some would say that the only job of a
Chiropractor is to locate and correct Vertebral Subluxations and that
Dr. Stephenson’s 33 Principles say it all...I disagree. Dr. Stephenson
ended with principle No. 33 but we don’t have to.
We can add Principle No. 34...the
Thirty-fourth Principle. The Thirty-fourth Principle states that once
you have learned the initial defining principles, No.1 through 33, you
must now adopt them in your life. Allow them to guide and direct you.
Allow them to govern every aspect of your life. Adopting the
Chiropractic Philosophy truly defines you as a unique individual.
Besides that, you must teach this philosophy to all persons you come in
contact with, family included, so you may change their lives as well.
The ramifications of these individual
changes are exponential. The world will be occupied by future
generations of innately driven individuals. You will be filled with a
feeling of accomplishment and will experience a success in life that few
have ever achieved. You will be responsible, in part, for a more
beautiful earth on which to live and prosper. You will be responsible,
in part, for a world whose future is filled with goodness and light.
It’s up to you.
What a Wonderful World it could be!
Robert W. Tarantino BS, DC. PhC
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