was on the job again!
Sometimes, just when we think we haven’t
got a clue as to how things are going to work out, innate provides. Have
you ever examined your life as it zigs and zags, wondering, “how did I
get here?” I don’t mean physically in the place where you are sitting or
standing or sleeping, but here at the place where you are spiritually
and emotionally and chiropractically. How did you get here?
Innate has been on the job. How did you
find your office space, your mate, your CA, your first patient, your
1000th patient? How did all this happen? Some people think life is a
series of coincidences, or that they are being pulled around in life by
a force called fate. They show up and whatever happens to them just,
That’s not the philosophy BJ Palmer lived
by. He practiced an art of connectedness to source that emanates through
his Green Books. He recognized the power of becoming one with this
source, the fountain of all love, creativity, and abundance that exists
in the universe. “Get the big idea…all else follows” was not solely
based on the idea of chiropractic as ‘the big idea.’ It was a
reconnecting to innate that he implored us to do. He wished us to
understand that, if we can free up our innate intelligence and our
ability to talk to the ‘wee small voice inside,’ then we will be lead by
this intelligence to all the right people, places and things in our
life, at the perfect time.
People are coming to our offices to learn
this, to be a part of something bigger than a backache. They are
searching us out not for simple pain relief but for another way, a
better way to live.
are thousands of families and individuals in all of our practices who
have caught the idea that there is a different way to live life
altogether, one at which they are at 100% of their potential, all the
time, subluxation-free. I even watched my father pass away quietly,
without fear or pain, in his sleep, because with chiropractic on his
side, there is even a different way out of this earthly plane. There’s a
different way into this world, there’s a different way to live, and
there’s even a different way out.
Innate is on the job. Look around you as
spring begins. The flowers are popping up and the buds are sprouting on
the trees. How did they get there? Yes, you can argue that someone
planted them, or that a seed somehow managed to find its way into the
soil, but I believe in a divine intervention for everything. There are
no coincidences, just lessons, teaching us daily, ever moving us towards
the source of all creation. This entire universe was created by a big
bang, in which all the matter of the universe stemmed from. If that is
true, and we are created from energy, from the nothingness into the
somethingness in a millisecond of intention, then, as Dr. Wayne Dyer
states, all of the energy contained in our bodies dates from that very
moment of the creation of the universe! The abundance of the universe is
ours to connect to, if we so desire. How? Listen to the wee small voice.
Get the big idea. Feel the power of the entire universe in your
fingertips. Transfer that power to others, through your thoughts, words
and deeds. Love being a chiropractor. Know that all is well.
Philosophy and Success
Eddy Cohen, DC
The Basis of Chiropractic
as I see it…
is based upon the simple principle that the body naturally strives
toward health. This is the normal expression
of the body’s innate intelligence. The nerve
system’s primary responsibility is to coordinate this process.
If one of the bones of the spine becomes misaligned (subluxated),
the nerve system is interfered with and this striving toward health and
harmonious function is lessened. Simply put,
the body, whatever it’s state or level of health, is better off with a
good nerve supply.
That, to me expresses the
essence of the basis for chiropractic practice. And I believe it has
essentially been so since the very beginning. DD Palmer did more than
name chiropractic – he gave us an understanding never known before.
How amazing the incredible mind of DD Palmer. At the same time in
history that Quantum Physics was being born – he was giving birth to
Chiropractic. He stated…
“Life is the expression
of tone." In that sentence (he said) is
the basic principle of chiropractic. Tone is
the normal degree of nerve tension. Tone is
expressed in functions by normal elasticity, activity, strength and
excitability of the various organs, as observed in a state of health.
Consequently, the cause of dis-ease is any variation of tone,
nerves too tense or too slack.” He also
said… “Spinal adjusting is not an auxiliary to
any method. To relieve an impingement in acute disease by one adjustment
in less than a minute, so Innate can transmit functions in a normal
amount, is not an auxiliary to any method, neither does Chiropractic
need any method as an auxiliary. Those who expect to put in a lifetime
combating disease, fighting the entrance of disease, as though it was an
enemy with hostile intent, should not learn Chiropractic.
It is very difficult to turn a medical fighter into a peaceful
It is clear from these
statements that DD Palmer was not talking about a new more effective
means of treating neuromusculoskeletal conditions. What he was doing was
giving birth to a completely new and different way of looking at your
body, your health and your life. What an incredible leap of
understanding. What an amazing leap of comprehension and awareness. How
many could have kept up? He gave us something truly amazing and
incredibly simple. But the leap was clearly too much for many of us. It
takes critical thinking and Vitalistic awareness to see where DD was
heading. But not all of us were thinking critically or Vitalistically
enough to get what he was really saying.
From THE DANCING WU LI
MASTERS, by Gary Zukav… “Not one physicist,
not even Planck himself, wanted to accept the implications of Planck’s
discovery, for to do so threatened a scientific structure (Newtonian
Physics) over three hundred years old. Heisenberg wrote about the
...When new groups of
phenomena compel changes in the pattern of thought ...even the most
eminent of physicists find immense difficulties. For the demand for
change in the thought pattern may engender the feeling that the ground
is to be pulled from under ones feet… I believe that the difficulties at
this point can hardly be overestimated. Once one has experienced the
desperation with which clever and conciliatory men of science react to
the demand for a change in the thought pattern, one can only be amazed
that such revolutions in science have actually been possible at all.”
Remember the words of
Colin Powell, “Opportunity knocks for everyone. But, everyone doesn’t
have their bags packed.” As a result of our inability, as a profession,
to truly appreciate the scope of chiropractic; we have split into
‘camps’ each of which thinks it has the only correct perception of
chiropractic. Mechanism says there is only right and wrong. Things are
either tangible, and therefore correct, or intangible and therefore
incorrect. So, if I am right and you think anything different, you must
be wrong. We can’t both be right, can we? Can both positions have some
truth connected to them and can we actually express them both
One of the things we have
learned from Quantum Physics is that a thing can have more than one
attribute. Like light behaving as either a particle or a wave depending
on the need of the situation. This understanding should be a lot more
comfortable to someone thinking Vitalistically than it appears to be.
Chiropractic is non-linear. It is not just one more method or means of
doing the same thing as medicine, whether orthodox or alternative. It is
a means of doing something different. DD Palmer said that chiropractic
is founded on Tone. By that he meant, clearly, that a living system
expressing normal Tone is capable of maintaining an optimal expression
of its ‘self.’ He also said that expressing too much or too little Tone
would result in loss of that natural attribute, that being dis-ease, and
ultimately a state of disease.
Unfortunately, we tend to
look for those statements that tend to support the position we have
already taken rather than see where they all lead while applying
critical thinking. We can see that process occur when we look at the
basic philosophy of medicine. That is known as Koch’s Postulate, which
is, of course, the basis of the Germ Theory.
1. The bacteria must be
found in every person with the ‘disease.’
2. The bacteria must never be found in a person without the disease.
3. The bacteria must be capable of culture (i.e. survival) outside the
body of the host.
4. The bacteria must produce the same disease when introduced into a new
Every scientist and
medical professional knows this concept to be provably false. Yet a
variety of rationalizations are used to prevent a change in
understanding and practice that makes more sense. Whenever things do not
go according to expectations – as is pretty consistent in this case –
those rationalizations are pulled out of the hat. It is Atypical, or it
must have been a Mis-diagnosis. Those explanations can remove
responsibility from the individual physician. But they do not change
reality. Drugs are tested in the laboratory, and in small-scale clinical
trials. Then approved for use in the general population where individual
physicians can prescribe them for any other condition they choose. The
results can be horrifying. Many investigative reports have born this
out. Although some have been saying this for a while, the media now
report that the real cause of recent shootings at high schools (and
other locations) around the country may be anti-depression medications.
Reports are that 4% of those taking these drugs are likely to become
homicidal. And over 2 millions children are currently on them. You can
do the math and see what 4% of 2 million comes to.
So I for one am very
grateful that DD gave us something very different. But to truly achieve
the advantage of that we must think differently too. We must see all
that chiropractic can be.
On one hand we say the
sole purpose of chiropractic care is to restore a normal state of Tone
by removing nerve system interference, and that we do not treat any
disease or condition. But, we also know through over 100 years of
experience that one result of that correction we call the adjustment is
reduced disease and infirmity. I say to deny that is foolish. As Bob
Marley said, “In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.”
Yes, just like light,
chiropractic can have different attributes at the same time depending on
what it needs to be under the circumstance. People do get well with
chiropractic care. When we say “get well” we may be referring to the
more normal expression of Tone. But we are foolish if we do not
acknowledge that people we care for also get less sick and symptomatic
as a result of chiropractic care. The list of so-called conditions from
which people have traditionally gotten well as a result of chiropractic
care is enormous. Colic, ear infection, allergy, asthma, cluster
headache, migraines, diabetes, congestive heart disease, colitis,
lymphomas, ulcers, arthritis, are just a few. There are so many more.
But if I ask you where to adjust to cure or alleviate any of these we
know there is no certain answer. We don’t even know where to begin to
treat disease although we do certainly know there are areas of the spine
that are more likely subluxated than others.
So we are left in the end
with what DD Palmer gave us in the beginning. DD Palmer should be
recognized, and I hope one day will be, as one of the great geniuses of
his age. There is no doubt in my mind, or in my experience, that we have
exactly what most people are really looking for today. They want a means
of experiencing true wellbeing without resorting to drugs or surgery. We
just need to meet them where they are and show them what can be. And
that is the real key to successful low stress, high income, and fun
practice, on a daily basis. And that is what we can all experience by
just telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Eddy Cohen, DC
Eddy Cohen currently
works with Charles Ward, DC and Ward Success Systems, teaching
chiropractors to be successful in a philosophically congruent practice.
He has been a practicing chiropractor since 1982 in a high volume, and
‘cash based’ family practice. He taught chiropractic philosophy and
child adjusting at Life College, and co-created (with Dr. Larry Webster)
the ICPA Chiropractic Pediatric Certification Program. He has lectured
and authored numerous articles on chiropractic philosophy; cash based
family practice, ethical practice procedures, and adjusting infants,
children, and pregnant women. He is also a regular speaker at New
Beginnings. He says: “I believe that people
want exactly what chiropractic offers. They simply don’t know we have
it. It is up to us to tell them the truth.”
ICPA and New Beginnings Extravaganza Weeks Away
join us April 29 thru May 2, 2004 and experience a
practice-changing event in chiropractic philosophy, science, and art!
Come share the excitement of both New Beginnings and the International
Chiropractic Pediatric Association Extravaganza!
Philosophy: Experience Chiropractic Philosophy: Keynote
Philosophy Speakers: Drs. Guy Riekeman, Bob Hoffman, C.J. Mertz,
Pasquale Cerasoli, Bob Braile, Eric Plasker, Tony DeMarco, Jay Handt,
Peter Kevorkianand the rest of the New Beginnings Philosophy Team.
Science: Enjoy the validation of Chiropractic Philosophy with
our Keynote Science Speaker: Bruce Lipton, PhD. Make informed choices on
Vaccines: "Immunity and Chiropractic" presented by: Stephen Marini,
D.C., PhD. Hear the ICPA Research Update with Joel Alcantara, D.C, ICPA
Art: Multiple I.C.P.A. Technique Workshops including Webster
Technique Certification. Plus special ICPA Family Practice Panel. Drs.
Claudia Anrig, Tony Carrino, Jeanne Ohm, Carol Phillips, Armand Rossi
and Jim Thompson.
years event will be held at the
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