I am a chiropractor by day. In short, this means I make a living by removing spinal misalignments that are creating neurological interference (defined as vertebral subluxations) which affects how the body and the brain communicate with each other.
This interference creates symptoms of all kinds varying from the simple back ache, to migraines, to all out serious digestive disorders and even death.
Not many lay people know this, but there is an ongoing war within the profession of chiropractic. This war has been going on for a long long time between so-called “straight” chiropractors and “mixers.”
Battle Lines Defined
A mixer (as defined by straight chiropractors) is a chiropractor who does anything else besides, or on top of subluxation detection and removal.
A straight chiropractor is one who focuses on the detection and removal of subluxations from his patients so that said patient can fully express life. This is done without regard to that particular patient’s symptoms. Symptoms are like a fire alarm in a burning building. When the fire department shows up, it doesn’t focus the water hose on the ringing alarm in an effort to silence it and then head home to let the building burn to the ground they focus on extinguishing the cause of the alarm.
When a chiropractor makes an adjustment, he is affecting the subtle bio-electric energies that originate in the hypothalamus of the brain, and pass to and fro throughout the nervous system controlling and coordinating every single function in the body.
Straight chiropractic, because its goal is the full expression of life in the individual, is often called “Vitalistic” chiropractic.
This is what I am attempting to do whenever I treat a patient.
Except that the explanation I gave you about affecting the subtle bio-electric energies that originate in the hypothalamus is not truly accepted by Vitalistic chiropractors as an accurate assessment of what a chiropractor does.
Vitalistic chiropractic which has its roots in the founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer is a pure belief-system of living organism and their relationship to the entire universe. It is a complete worldview. Vitalistic chiropractors believe that the power that made the body heals the body and that healing comes from “above down inside out.”
A False God
You can see this in the foundation of Vitalistic Chiropractic philosophy, Stephenson’s 33 Principles of Chiropractic. I encourage you to read them for yoruself, but let me summarize what the 33 principles essentially say:
Universal Intelligence is the power that made the body. Universal Intelligence uses Innate Intelligence to keep the body healthy by controlling the body’s Life Force.
Universal Intelligence is God. Lest you think I’m concluding this based purely on my own presuppositions: “You may call this Universal Intelligence—God, if you choose.” Vol. 1 “The Science of Chiropractic Its Principles and Philosophies” By B. J. PALMER, D. C., Ph. C.
In essence, what Vitalistic chiropractic philosophy teaches us about its god, is that God is in everything, and particularly in living things, God is expressed through the nervous system.
Our nervous system is the pathway to God.
Chiropractors are the great ambassadors of God and directly enhance our ability to relate and express God.
You will frequently hear Vitalistic chiropractors state subluxations are the biggest problem mankind faces. Death and disease would be non-existent if there were no subluxations.
I have, numerous times, heard chiropractors imply that horrific events in history like the Holocaust might have never occured had more subluxations been adjusted. I’ve heard them ponder if maybe many of Christ’s healing miracles might not have been the removal of subluxations from the lame, or blind individual.
In this worldview, sin is replaced with the subluxation, redemption through the cross is replaced with the adjustment and the preacher is replaced with the chiropractor.
If you think I’m off-base, have a good look at the picture at the top of this post again. That is depicting B.J. Palmer, the founder’s son with power over death and disease.
This is, for the most part, a philosophical argument. In the real world, in actual practice, there are very few truly straight chiropractors, or maybe put a better way, there are very few non-mixer chiropractors.
We are doctors, and we do have the freedom and responsibility to practice according to our individual patients, serving them with what they actually need rather than what we are philosophically comfortable serving them with.
I would say, most mature chiropractors believe this and practice accordingly.
But there are many chiropractors in the field who practice and believe a truly Vitalistic philosophy of chiropractic. Oddly, many are also professing Christians who are, I’m assuming, naively dabbling in idol worship and serving two masters.