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Jay Handt, D.C., PhC

After seeing the movie, ďThe Last Samurai,Ē I felt this powerful churning in my stomach and couldnít sleep that night. No, it wasnít something I ate! What that uneasy feeling was, was how clearly the film portrayed what is happening in our Chiropractic world. But first, some history! The Samurai were an ancient order charged with protecting the Empire of Japan at any cost. They had been protecting their world for over 900 years, bound by a code of honor for service, discipline and compassion, to preserve, protect and perpetuate their simple, yet very effective way of life. They were, in fact, the warriors responsible for protecting the Empire, keeping it safe and secure from any outside forces.

It was never about money, ego or power. It was always about serving a higher purpose, serving the people, protecting the people and protecting their home and their Emperor to the point that they would die before dishonoring what they stood for. Unfortunately, western civilization was beginning to infiltrate their peaceful world. The Emperor was slowly being corrupted from the outside by a few who sought wealth over honor. These advisors had the ear of a very immature and inexperienced Emperor who had inherited the throne. This Emperor was, unfortunately, easily influenced by those whose self-interests superceded the good of the empire. They slowly poisoned his mind, convincing him that the old way of his ancestors no longer served the people, and that the Samurai, whose goal was to perpetuate the teachings of the ancestors, needed to be destroyed for modern Japan to grow and flourish. These advisors felt that wealth could buy honor, supercede discipline and circumvent commitment to a higher purpose.

I donít know about you, but Iím starting to feel like a Samurai Chiropractor, trying to hold back the onslaught of our profession that puts wealth before Chiropractic, holds the quick fix over discipline and who idolizes the material world over trust in the universe! There are those who are willing to sell their souls to become accepted by the medical community; those who would have Chiropractic reduced to back pain specialists, willing to give up all the Chiropractic miracles just to be accepted by the establishment and the insurance companies. I guess itsí easier to give in, to be accepted and to get a little more in your pocket than it is to stand up and fight like our ancestors did to inform the people of the power of Chiropractic; to help their bodies do the healing in every case! After all, D.D. Palmer didnít say, ďHarvey, when did you get that back pain? Maybe I can get rid of that pain in 800 visits!Ē B.J. didnít spend millions of dollars researching back pain. He researched how the Chiropractic adjustment affected the body and promoted the healing process. Did you ever wonder why there are so few Chiropractic miracles today? Maybe itís because ďmodernĒ Chiropractic lost its focus on caring for the body, connecting man the physical with man the spiritual. Instead, Chiropractors today focus on crumbs of the medical establishment. They seek out the safety of caring for low back patients and maybe even venture out to take care of a headache or two, but never insinuate that Chiropractic can help cancer patients, heart patients, diabetic patients, asthma patients, etc. They tend to leave that to those crazy Chiropractors, the Samurai Chiropractors! Those few who still have and hold the vision created by their ancestors. How right was B.J. when he said, ďFor you have in your possession a sacred trust. Guard it well.Ē Why is it that so few Chiropractors remember and honor these words.

Itís interesting how history repeats itself, even if in parallels. The Empress of our profession appears to be immature and ill trained in the ways of our Chiropractic ancestors and forefathers. She takes council by those who would sooner see all Chiropractic destroyed than in perpetuating the teachings of the Chiropractic philosophers. For whatever reason, they donít realize that by destroying the tenets and philosophy that formed the foundation of Chiropractic, they are, in fact, killing the goose to get all the golden eggs at once! Short-term gratification always robs one of long-term satisfaction and wealth. In ďThe Last Samurai,Ē the Emperor comes to his senses, regains his pride and puts the honor in care of his people above all else, but only after he learns of the death of his old teacher, the leader of the Samurai. I can only hope that the powers that be in Chiropractic come to their senses long before all the Samurai Chiropractors are destroyed! Itís time for the silent Samurais to rise up and force the hand of Chiropractic in the right direction! We can honor our ancestorsí teachings while still taking Chiropractic into the future. Itís not about living in the past; itís about learning from the past and improving on it.

In 1895, Chiropractic was ahead of its time, and its followers knew they had something special. Together, Chiropractors and patients were committed to do whatever it would take, from jail time, to marches on Washington, D.C., to get Chiropractic out to the masses. I ask you, are we destroying our future by denying the power of our ancestors? Isnít it time that we rise up, join together and fight for the honor and dignity that Chiropractic deserves? It is far better to stand for something bigger than all of us than it is to follow false promises. All that glitters isnít gold!

I call on you to stand up and be counted as a Chiropractic Samurai. The fight for philosophical Chiropractic wonít be over until the last Samurai Chiropractor dies! If you were the last principled Chiropractor alive, would Chiropractic, as we know it, be here for generations to come?

by Dr. Bobby Braile, Chiropractor

I have a great idea.  Let's dream up a scenario that is totally illogical, totally impossible, and could never happen.  And let's make it a defining moment in chiropractic. So, where do we start?

Let's start our fantasy by having the largest school in chiropractic have its accreditation yanked away by an agency made up of chiropractors.  Let's have almost 65% of the student body of that school be displaced, and their lives interrupted.  Let's have the founder of that school removed from the school and barred from coming on campus.

OK, now let's take our oldest most recognized chiropractic school and let's get the leader of that institution to resign after several years of unparalleled success. Let's throw in more drama by having the students and Alumni of that school vote no-confidence in the school's Board. And just for fun, why don't we invite the media to both of these events so this all plays out in the public eye?

Are we having fun yet?  Hey, just for kicks, let's get the Florida State Legislature to vote to spend $9 million to open a school of "Chiropractic Medicine" at a Florida State University system. Since that would be a state school, how about we set the tuition at about one-third of what it would cost to go to our other college?.

Hmmm, what else?  Oh. I know!  Let's increase the requirements to get into our schools so that it reduces the potential pool of possible students by over 25%, and increases the overall costs of a chiropractic education by about 20%.  Now, because of this, let's reduce student enrollment so severely that for the first time in decades, we have more chiropractors leaving practice and dying, than we have new students to replace them.  So, from this we can actually shrink the number of chiropractors in our profession.

What else can we do?  I got it!  Let's change the name of several schools so that they are not really chiropractic colleges. Let's appoint several non-DCs presidents, and let's make most of the faculty PhDs or MDs, and let's open schools all over the world that are called chiropractic but do not teach any chiropractic in their curriculum.

Boy, I'm sure glad this is only my fantasy dream!  If this were real it would be a nightmare! 

Every one of the things I have mentioned above is true!  Every one has happened and every one is real!  The reports I have listed above tell us that we are at a crossroads in our profession.  Now, more than any other time in our history, our profession stands on the brink of dissolution into oblivion and medical absorption.

In the scenarios I have reported on above, the one bright point has been that Dr. Guy Riekeman has been appointed to the presidency of Life University.  This adds some hope that all is not lost for that school and that a strong principled voice remains in our chiropractic educational institutions.

So what can we do?  BJ once said, "One man and Innate constitute a majority." Each of us need to be a beacon of chiropractic principle, each of us need to be involved, each of us needs to refer students to chiropractic school, and each of us needs to care.

New Beginnings offers us a rally point to renew our chiropractic souls. We need to be a part of a movement and transformation within ourselves and our profession that turns the tide and moves us in the right direction. The truth shall prevail! This is something that can not be altered.  So with this in mind, each of us needs to do what we can, to become involved, to spread the message, and to be an active part of the principled chiropractic movement.

We really have two choices, we can either sleep and dream, or we can awaken our spirits, and awaken the world to the truth and freedom that chiropractic offers the world. If we act, we are fulfilling an innate plan to spread the truth.  If we fail to do anything, we leave the future of chiropractic to fate.

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