Question 6. What is the most important job of the Chiropractor?
Answer 6. Necessity is the mother of invention. Medicine never has, does not now, and will not in the future get sick people WELL, assuming its principles and practices remain as they are. This creates a NECESSITY for something that WILL get sick people well. That is most important job of Chiropractor. To accomplish this, calls for next most important job; educate people to what Chiropractic is and is not; what it does and does not; how it does it; then prove it, by doing it.
Question 5. Do you believe that axis can be subluxated without atlas being subluxated (I don’t); therefore, how can axis ever be considered the major?
Answer 5. Anything is possible. Such as you state is not probable. Atlas is primary. Axis may be, and frequently is, secondary. Axis can be considered major only in event Chiropractor thinks he can’t adjust atlas, therefore must take axis as second best.
(See SPECIFIC SUBLUXATIONS — CONSTANTS AND VARIABLES in Vol. XXIII Palmer, 1950.)
Question 4. A patient under Chiropractic for twenty months has developed a cyst in the breast. Nerve pressure has apparently not been carried for any length of time, yet the cyst has gradually enlarged from the time it was noticed six months ago. An operation has been recommended. Cancer in patient’s family has produced a mental hazard that would be reduced by such a removal of a cyst. You comment, please.
Answer 4. A cyst is a water blister under the skin. Adjustment, with consequent restoration of mental impulse supply, would withdraw water and reduce cyst. All that is CALLED “adjustment” is not always such. Mental hazard of “cancer” is a manufactured mental state, by propaganda of medical men, to force business to them. Offset this by calmly explaining to patient simplicity of Chiropractic and what it CAN do in such cases.
Question 3. Insofar as Chiropractic is concerned, what is your conception as to how socialized medicine will affect the future of Chiropractic? Should we commit ourselves publicly?
Answer 3. Socialized medicine will make doctors automatons; remove all initiative for better service; destroy any incentive to individualize cases; break down all hope of financial gain; and will make machines of men working on human matter. Progress is made only when men can delight in building for future betterment of the race. Same destructive tendencies towards medicine would do same to Chiropractic. Medicine, having direct control, would make it difficult for Chiropractic to succeed under these conditions, with this distinction: medicine does NOT get sick people WELL; Chiropractic does. Regardless of taxes paid to support socialized medicine, people WANT TO get well. If medicine does not, and Chiropractic does, people will pay additional fees TO GET WELL. Same underlying conditions which now prevail WITHOUT socialized medicine, will prevail THEN if it ever becomes a reality.
Question 2. Can we make only a partial correction by our adjustic thrust?
Answer 2. Can a subluxation be existent in DEAD man? Can adjustment be given to DEAD man? Answer to both is “No.” Bones can be made to move in dead men, but without mental impulse supply subluxation does not exist and adjustment cannot be given. Subluxations are PROduced by two forces clashing: an external invasionary force meeting with resistance of an internal force. Absence of internal resistive force makes a subluxation or an adjustment impossible.
Question 1. Explain how a kidney can function when the nerve supply is cut off; as the experiment on a dog explained in Best & Taylor.
Answer 1. No kidney “can function” when mental impulse supply IS cut off. A kidney, heart, or other organ CAN BE removed, severed from its normal body, after which it can be immersed in various chemical solutions from which it will contract and relax, but such is NOT “function.” There is a difference to be understood between a saline solution bringing about a “stimulation” or stimulated movement. Many people do not discriminate between stimulus and mental impulse action; between organs in natural situ and organs removed; between intelligent action and incoordinated movement. A muscle may be removed from a frog’s leg. It is “dead” as natural, normal, intelligent function in a living frog. That removed muscle can be made to jerk by an electrical, thermal, chemical, or manual stimulus.
Dr. Swanson, a 78 year old medical doctor from Iowa, practices for free. He simply has a donation box in his lobby. At a time when the economy is entering into a depression and many people cannot afford healthcare, his average donation is $10 and he sees 150 patients a week. Dr. Swanson has the right perspective on life and his medical practice.
“The fun of life is giving, and most people miss the fun of life,” Swanson said. “Money is the least important thing. If people would forget about money, and provide service, it would be a wonderful world.”
Chiropractors need to learn a lesson from this humble man and be willing to provide care to everyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay.