Jim Dubel, D.C.
following story reminded me of an old B.J. Palmer quote:
“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today,
will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.”
The law of unintended consequences is as applicable to human nature
as it is to science. There is a story of a young man and the results of
his simple act of friendship:
One day when I was a freshman in high
school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was
Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to
myself, “Why would anyone bring home all of his books on a Friday? He
must really be a nerd.”
I had quite a weekend planned – parties
and a football game with my friends on Saturday afternoon –- so I
shrugged my shoulders and went on.
As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids
running towards him. They knocked all of his books out of his arms and
tripped him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw
them land in the grass about ten feet from him. As he looked up, I saw
terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. I jogged over to
him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his
eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, “Those guys are jerks. They
should really get lives.”
He looked at me and said, “Hey, thanks!”
There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed
I helped him pick up his books and asked
him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him
why I hadn’t seen him before. He said he had gone to private school
We talked all the way home, and I carried
some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid, and we hung out
all weekend. The more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my
friends all felt the same. Over the next four years, Kyle and I became
Since Kyle was the valedictorian of our
class, he had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t
me having to get up there and speak! Kyle was one of those guys who had
really found himself during high school. He’d filled out and actually
looked good in glasses. He’s also had more dates than I had, and all of
the girls loved him.
I could tell he was nervous about the
speech, so I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be
“Thanks,” he replied.
A few minutes later, he cleared his throat
and began his speech.
“Graduation is a time to thank those who
helped you make it through the tough years – your parents, your siblings,
maybe a coach … but mostly your friends. I am here to tell you that being
a friend to someone is the best gift you can give. I’d like to tell you a
I listened in disbelief as my best friend
told the story of the day we met. He had planned to kill himself over
that weekend. He spoke about how he had cleaned out his locker so his mom
wouldn’t have to do it later … that was why he was carrying so much stuff
Kyle added, “Thankfully, I was saved. My
friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.”
I heard a gasp go through the crowd as
this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw
his mom and dad looking at me and smiling the same grateful smile Kyle
often displayed. It was only then that I realized its depth.
Never underestimate the power of your
actions. With one small gesture, you can truly change a person’s life –
for better or for worse.
“It is better to light one candle, than
curse the darkness.”
All My Love, Loyalty, and Friendship,
TUNING OUR SPINES - FINE TUNING OUR LIVES
As chiropractors we know and experience
the adjustment daily in our lives. We strive to teach, mentor and promote
the adjustment to all that we come in contact with. Whether it be in our
daily lives or on mission trips around the world. We will never truly
know in our lifetime the impact that we have had while here on this
However, we were given a gift by DD Palmer
who’s insight may have been ahead of his time on purpose as a Compass to
teach us the true essence of chiropractic. He said eight simple words "
connect man the physical with man the spiritual", and he could have
stopped there and he would have said enough but thankfully he did not.
Each time we lay our hands on someone we
not only shift that being and that body, but anything energetically
connected to it. Author Joseph Chilton Pearce wrote The crack in the
cosmic egg, and Magical Child, teaches a group of theories and principles
to further answer many leaky theories that common psychologists have
stated. He clearly states that their is a biological plan for
adaptability and survival. Physical survival unfolds through creative
interactions with the world" species survival unfolds through genital
sexuality" and personal survival unfolds through the development of pure
He talks about evolution of intelligence
and how we are genetically encoded with past experiences of our
ancestors. That as we procreate not only do we learn like every man
before us has but we build upon their knowledge. Anything previously
discovered is encoded genetically with in our bodies and thoughts. Even
if separated on a desolate island a child could survive and learn
language, how to use tools and advance forward without ever being taught.
He further explains man and uses a parable
as man living in a garden. "We must tend that garden. We must be good
stewards of our resources and exercise careful dominion over them. Tools
could be an adjunct to this stewardship over the earth. We get in serious
difficulties when we substitute mechanics for personal power, for they
are qualitatively different functions." Many people in this world have
made a horrid mistake to confuse pharmaceuticals over their own bodies
Qualitative innate function to heal, coordinate and emanate life and
We have fallen into the mind set that
sickness and disease is a fearful state of being and that our focus
should be to fight it with drugs, therapies and surgery. Chiropractic
came from a sacred place to a sacred space in our lives to enlighten man
to the knowledge of self power. To no longer except a model of thinking
that is not based upon truth rather is based upon fear. Re connecting
mans physical being with ones emotional and spiritual self will create
better balance, a true knowing of self, and truth.
People make shifts in their lives after
something has shifted within themselves. For some it is simply the
adjustment, for many it is profoundly our philosophy and intent behind
it. Think of the families which we serve and the many shifts that happen
to them as they continue a lifetime of adjustments. If Joseph Chilton
Pearce is correct in his theory we have genetically encoded future
generations into giving and receiving pure and un adultered chiropractic,
Re connecting man the physical with man the spiritual.
ICPA and New Beginnings Extravaganza Weeks Away
Come join us at Now You Know 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 Extraviganza!
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 Research Director.
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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