The Truth

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on November 4, 2013

The mother of one of my dearest friends died recently.  He is a fellow chiropractor and practiced for years in Superior, Wisconsin.  As we were going through her home I found a dusty and cobweb laden plaque hanging in her basement.  Despite its location and condition its message shone brightly and represents what we in chiropractic call “vitalism”.  Vitalism is about the explicit recognition that there is an innate intelligence in the body that actually does the healing, that healing comes from inside out.  This concept and its application in the healing arts are what most separate chiropractors from other kinds of doctors who are more mechanistically oriented and who believe that healing comes from the outside.  Below you will find a quote called “The Truth” which was written by B.J. Palmer, the son of the founder of Chiropractic.

"The Truth"

We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul.  We release the prisoned impulse, the tiny rivulet of force, that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells, and stirs them into life. We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay; that robes the earth with beauty, and hues and scents the flowers with the glory of the air.

In the dim, dark distant long ago, when the sun first bowed to the morning star, this power spoke and there was life; it quickened the slime of the sea and the dust of the earth and drove the cell to union with its fellows in countless living forms. Through aeons of time it finned the fish and winged the bird and fanged the beast. Endlessly it worked, evolving its form until it produced the crowning glory of them all. With tireless energy it blows the bubble of each individual life and then silently, relentlessly dissolves the form, and absorbs the spirit into itself again.

And yet you ask, “Can Chiropractic cure appendicitis or the flu?”  Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world?

B.J. Palmer

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