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!
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self-interests superceded the good of the empire.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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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.