D. D. Palmer
THE MORAL AND RELIGIOUS DUTY OF A CHIROPRACTOR
The following has been sharply criticised by a few
chiropractors, but not as severely, nor by as many as was my announcement
of the moving of joints by hand. A part of this criticism was based
upon rival jealousy, the balance because of wrong impressions. That
which was on account of a lack of information discontinued as soon as the
would-be critics were well informed. I have received greater applause
at the close of the following lecture from my classes than from any other.
Every important chiropractic idea that I have advanced has been bitterly
assailed, yet, although somewhat discouraged at times, I have not turned
from that which I knew was correct.
The Constitution of the United States declares that
“Congress shall make no law respecting an established religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof.” The great state of California has granted
the same privilege in its medical act, by declaring in Sec. 17, “Nor shall
this act be construed so as to discriminate against . . . . the practice
of religion.” It was quite mindful and generous of those who framed
the California Medical Act to coincide with the Constitution of the United
States in not allowing the Medical Act to conflict with the Constitution
of the United States nor interfere with the religious duty of chiropractors,
a privilege already conferred upon them. It now becomes us as chiropractors
to asset our religious rights.
There could be no religion without science and philosophy.
Other states than California, in their laws to regulate
the practice of medicine, have been mindful of religious conscience.
Kansas. “Nothing in this act shall be construed
as interfering with any religious beliefs in the treatment of disease.”
Virginia. “This act does not . . . interfere
in any way with the practice of religion.”
Washington. “This act does not apply to . .
. nor interfere in any way with the practice of religion.”
Illinois. “Nothing in this act applies to .
. . any person who administers to or treats the sick or suffering by mental
or spiritual means without the use of any drug or material remedy.”
The new law of 1913 of the state of California says,
“Nor shall this act be construed so as to discriminate against . . . the
practice of religion.”
Chiropractic is a science and an art. The philosophy
of chiropractic consists of the reasons given for the principles which
compose the science and the movements which have to do with the art.
Science is accepted, accumulated knowledge, systematized
and formulated with reference to the existence of general facts -- the
operation of general laws concerning one subject. Chiropractic is
the name of a classified, indexed, knowledge of successive sense impressions
of biology -- the science of life -- which science I created out of principles
which have existed as long as the vertebrata.
Science is the knowledge of knowing. Scientific
religion embraces a systematic knowledge of facts which can be verified
by conscious cerebration. Knowledge is superior to faith and belief.
Faith is an inward aceptance of some personal act; we believe that it is
trustworthy, therefore, we have faith. Faith is a union of belief
and trust. Belief is an intellectual process, the acceptance of some
thing as true on other grounds than personal observation and experience.
Faith implies a trust in a person. We may believe in a proposition
in which no person is implied or thought of. Knowledge is knowing,
we know from personal evidence. That which may be evidence to you
may not be to me. That which we may accept as evidence today may
not appeal to us as such tomorrow. Our belief, faith and knowledge
depend upon our education. Our education depends upon our environments.
Art relates to something to be done. Chiropractic art consists in
the aptitude of adjusting displaced vertebrae, of which art I am the originator.
Chiropractic philosophy is the knowledge of the phenomena
of life, as explained by the understanding of the principles, of the science
and art. In my work on the Science, Art and Philosophy of Chiropractic
I have given an extensive explanation of the laws of life and the nature
The practice of chiropractic includes a moral obligation
and a religious duty. To comprehend these responsibilities it is
absolutely necessary that the chiropractor should be able to understand
and define chiropractic science. He must know not only the basic
principle upon which it is founded and the constitutional parts which form
its scientific structure, but, also, the philosophy of the science and
art of vertebral adjusting. To absorb and digest these all important
and essential ideas and make them a part of one’s very being, requires
a close study of The Chiropractor’s Adjuster.
Chiropractic deals with biology. It is the
only comprehensive system which answers the time-worn question “what is
Scientific chiropractors are versed in the principles
of chiropractic. They live according to its rules. They philosophize
on the art of relieving abnormal conditions by adjusting displaced bones.
As Educated Intelligences, they relieve undue pressure on nerves in order
that Innate may transmit and receive impulses to and from the various parts
of the body in a normal manner. They desire to understand the nature
of our physical existence and assign natural causes for both normal and
As a science chiropractic explains local and general
death to be but the result of law, a step on the road of eternal progression;
that any deviation from tone, the basis of chiropractic, is disease.
As a philosophy it is the science of all sciences.
It deals with subjective, ethical religion -- the science which treats
of the existence, character and attributes of God, the All pervading Universal
Intelligence. Its possibilities will become unlimited, when His laws
and our duties as a segmented, personified, portion thereof, are scientifically
understood. It will lessen disease, poverty and crime, empty our
jails, penitentiaries and insane asylums and assist us to prepare for the
existence beyond the transition called death. It explains why all
persons are not equal, mentally and physically; or, if born alike, why
some become superior or inferior to others similarly situated, why certain
individuals are not able to express themselves as intelligently as others,
why some persons are not mentally and physically alike at all times.
To make clear this difference I will give a case and its termination under
chiropractic adjusting. Ed, seventeen years of age, was hemiplegic
in the left half of his body since birth. He had not uttered a word
that was understood by his parents or friends. Mentally he was that
of a child three years of age. Six weeks of chiropractic adjusting
caused the distorted sixth dorsal articulation to become normal in shape
and to occupy its normal position, releasing a stretched condition on the
sixth pair of dorsal nerves, creating a normal tension of nerves and muscles,
the usual force to impulses, arousing the normal amount of energy, consequently,
the normal expression of ideas. In six weeks Ed’s mentality and language
was that of others of like age and environments. Conation (desire
and volition) was equal to those of cognition and feeling. He became
subject to the law of duty, capable of acting through his moral sense of
right -- he was a moral agent. He was, alike, intellectual in each
of the three great divisions of the mind. I had performed a moral
duty, as well as a religious duty. It points out the conditions upon
which both health and disease depend. It explains why and how one
person becomes affected with disease while his associate or neighbor, apparently
living under the same conditions, remains well. Furthermore, it makes
plain the reason why one, or more, of the bodily functions are performed
in an excessive or in a deficient degree of frequency or intensity, either
of which condition is a form of disease.
When Educated and Innate Intelligences are able to
converse with each other, (a possibility which not a very distant future
may disclose), we shall be able to make a correct diagnosis. Heretofore,
these two intelligences have misunderstood each other concerning the laws
which govern life. When the science of biology is correctly understood
the span of life will be more than doubled.
Chiropractic has pulled aside the curtain of ignorance
which obscured the cause of disease; in time it will lift the veil of superstition
which has obstructed our vision of the great beyond. In time, spiritual
existence will be as well known and comprehended as that of the physical
Chiropractic science includes biology -- the science
of life -- in this world, and the recognition of a spiritual existence
in the next. The principles which compose it are substantive in their
independence and incentive to human and spiritual progress. They
originate in Divinity, the Universal Intelligence, and constitute the essential
qualities of life which, having begun in this world, are never ending.
It is an educational, scientific, religious system.
It associates its practice, belief and knowledge with that of religion.
It imparts instruction relating both to this world and the one to come.
Supreme spiritual existence can only be obtained through earthly experience.
Chiropractic sheds enlightenment upon physical life and spiritual existence,
the latter being only a continuation of the former.
Chiropractiac literature makes use of such technical
terms as are calculated to enlighten mankind in regard to the Universal
Intelligence which the Christian world has seen fit to acknowledge as God.
It enables its disciples to recognize the above facts, and teaches them
how to adjust their lives accordingly.
The casual thinker is obliged to admit that the universe
is composed of intelligence and matter; that the latter is neither intelligent
nor creative, while the former is omnipresent, filling all space; that
this creative intelligence uses material substance for expression, and
that life is the direct result of this intelligence seeking advancement
toward perfection by the use of visible, corporeal organisms.
Man is a dual entity, composed of intelligence and
matter, spirit and material, the immortal and mortal, the everlasting and
the transient. The manifestation of such an existence is intelligent
Chiropractors, especially, are aiding in this great
advancement by adjusting the osseous structure, the position of which has
to do with determining normal and abnormal tension, for in whatever part
function is abnormally performed tonicity is either lacking or excessive
-- Creative Intelligence is prevented from expressing itself normally.
Many a child has been injured at birth by a vertebral displacement which
caused an impingement upon one or more of the spinal nerves, as they emanate
from the spinal canal, the fibers of which are distributed to certain organs.
The result of this excessive tension is physical or mental debility, often
both, which, from a lack of pathological knowledge, may be lifelong; the
mental defect extending even into the next world. For we retain only
that which has been acquired during this earthly, preparatory existence.
By properly adjusting the neuroskeleton, these unfortunates may be enabled
to acquire sufficient knowledge, rightfully due them, to become useful
members of society and enjoy life in this world and the one to come.
The chiropractor who can accomplish the above desirable results and refuses
to do so, as a religious duty, should be compelled to perform it as a moral
Frank, a young man, twenty-one years of age, was
brought to me for correction. Physically, he was a cripple in upper
and lower limbs. His case was considered one of cerebral disease,
an imbecile. An M. D. would say his diseased condition was congenital,
acquired at the moment of birth, but, to a chiropractor it was acquired;
in fact, all diseases are acquired, have their causes, whether before or
after birth. In this case it was because of the sixth dorsal vertebra
being displaced at birth. By daily adjusting the vertebra which had
become abnormally shaped, was grown to the normal and placed in the usual
position, thereby enabling the spirit to perform its desired avocation
of creating a normal physical and the accumulating of normal ideas which
will last throughout eternity. By so doing I was performing a service,
a duty, I assumed when I accepted the trust bestowed upon me. By
so doing I was not only performing a normal obligation, but, also, a (subjective)
I hold it to be self-evident that all men and women
who have acquired sufficient knowledge and skill to remove the nerve tension
which prevents physical, mental and spiritual development, are engaged
in a work of a higher order than that ordinarily required of, and performed
by, the physician. They are practically the moral duties, and obligations
of religion and any attempt to prevent such acts by law is an unmitigated
crime against humanity.
Chiropractic science, its art and philosophy, deal
with human and spiritual phenomena. The conscientious reverent acknowledgement
of the phenomena, in sentiment and act, connects the spiritual with the
physical, and constitutes in its fullest and highest sense a religion.
The knowledge and philosophy given me by Dr. Jim
Atkinson, an intelligent spiritual being, together with explanations of
phenomena, principles resolved from causes, effects, powers, laws and utility,
appealed to my reason.
The method by which I obtained an explanation of
certain physical phenomena, from an intelligence in the spiritual world,
is known in biblical language as inspiration. In a great measure
The Chiropractor’s Adjuster was written under such spiritual promptings.
The object of a chiropractic education is the attainment
of information concerning the origin, development, structure, and functions
of our physical organism, the phenomena of physical earth-life and that
of spiritual existence. These are acquired by observation and demonstration.
Chiropractors declare that God is the All-pervading Intelligence, that
each individual, segmented portion of spirit is a part of that intelligent
creative principle; that only matter changes its form; that spirit modifies
its environment, and the dissolution is but a process of reproduction.
Chiropractic science elucidates the problems of life, gives us the incentive
to human endeavor and the agency by which sin, the violation, willfully
or accidentally, of moral or natural laws, may be eradicated by appropriate
adjustment of the neuroskeleton.
The cumulative function pertains to intellectual
growth, whether sane or insane. As we retain our mentalities and
carry with us to the great beyond only that which we mentally gather, it
is necessary, in fact, it is a religious duty, to so care for our physical
beings that our intellectual attainment may be of the very best.
The philosophy of chiropractic teaches the Universality
of Intelligence and that its aim is always onward and upward toward perfection.
This truth makes the practice of chiropractic a moral and a religious duty
both in theory and in fact.
Religion may be objective in its character.
As a cult it consists of the rites and ceremonies pertaining to the worship
of a Deity, and only known by external, devotional acts of reverence.
Subjective religion includes the moral and religious duty, the inner intellectual
feeling, the science which treats of the existence, character and attributes
of God and His laws regarding our duty toward Him. The former is
that of theology; it includes the peculiar modes of divine worship which
belong to and make the special distinction of tribes, nations and communities.
The latter is ethical religion and deals only with positives, existing
phenomena, properties which are knowable, together with their invariable
relations of co-existence and succession. A belief in magic, the
assistance of sercret forces in nature, constitutes the essential of objective
religion. The supernormal, the mysterious potency hidden from the
understanding, the supernatural, the occult secret power, is the original,
the basic element, the morbid outgrowth of subjective religion. Chiropractors
deal only with moral obligations and subjective ethical religion.
I do not propose to change chiropractic, either in
its science, art or philosophy, into a religion. The moral and religious
duty of a chiropractor are not synonomous with the science, art and philosophy
of chiropractic. There is a vast difference between a theological
religion and a religious duty; between the precepts and practices of religion
and that of chiropractic. A person may be a conscientious devotee
of any theological creed and yet be a strict, upright, exalted principled
practitioner of chiropractic.
Chiro Religio, Chiropractic Religion, the Religion
of Chiropractic and the Religious Duty of a Chiropractor are one and the
Willard Carver, D. C., asks, “Do you believe it wise
to denominate chiropractic as a religion?” This question is equal
to asking a physician, Do you believe it wise to denominate medicine (not
the practice) as a religion?
Webster’s Dictionary, latest edition, date 1910,
gives near the bottom of page 1801, fifth column, the Latin phrase, religio
medici, meaning, a physician’s religion. Has not a chiropractor as
much right to a religion as a practitioner of medicine? Is not chiro
religio as consistent and comprehensible as religio medici?
“Do you believe it wise to denominate chiropractic
as a religion?”
To denominate is to name, designate, specify or characterize.
Wherein have I expressed a desire to RE-name the science, art and philosophy
of chiropractic? In what sentence have I designated chiropractic
by any other distinctive title than that by which it is now known?
In what paragraph have I specified or characterized chiropractic as a religion?
The science, art and philosophy of chiropractic is one thing: the moral
and religious duty of a chiropractor is a different proposition.
The founder, the fountain head, the creator, the originator, the developer,
the one who named the science, art and philosophy of vertebral adjusting,
says emphatically, it is not wise to denominate chiropractic by any other
name or title than the one by which it is known the world over.
F. W. Carlin, D. C., writes me, “The Religion of
Chiropractic is absurd.”
I fully agree with Dr. Carlin. To say or think
that the science, the art, or the philosophy of chiropractic, or that chiropractic,
the three combined, has a religion, is really absurd and ridiculous.
He also says, “All religions are mor or less based
upon superstition. There is nothing superstitious about chiropractic.”
He is right. All methods of treating diseases,
aas well as all forms of religion, are based upon superstition.
Chiropractic as a science, as an art and the philosophy thereof, also,
the moral and religious duty of chiropractors, are free of superstition,
they are based upon the knowledge of principles and facts.
There is the moral and religious science of chiropractic,
the moral and religious philosophy of chiropractic, the moral and religious
responsibility attached to the practice of chiropractic, the moral and
religious liberty granted to chiropractors by the Constitution of the United
States; also, the moral theology of chiropractic, known in the California
Medical Act as religion.
Morally, chiropractors are duty bound to help humanity
physically. Religiously, they are required to render spiritual service
toward God, the Universal Intelligence, by relieving mankind of their fetters,
adjusting the tension-frame of the nervous system, the physical lines of
communication to and from the spirit. By so doing they greatly aid
intellectual attainment and progress toward perfection through the untrammeled,
mental reception of intelligent expressions of individual spirits.
By correcting the skeletal frame the spirit is permitted to assume normal
control, and produce normal expression.
The importance of bone-pressure on nerves as a disease
producer (violation of public or divine law, the result of morbid conditions),
is receiving attention by physicians.
The Los Angeles Times of May 25, 1911, gives a case
of kleptomania wherein the knife was used to remove bone-pressure on nerves
which were supposed to cause “criminal propensities.” The “pretty
22-year-old woman, an uncontrollable kleptomaniac, had served one year
in prison for shoplifting.” The physicians considered her case “one
of disease rather than of crime.”
A month after the operation “a thorough revolution
had taken place in her mental faculties. Her change for the good
is going to be just as strongly pronounced as was her bent for the bad.”
PASADENA, March 30. -- Mrs. Jean Thurner of No. 315
West Avenue 50, Los Angeles, who attained almost world-wide fame two years
ago when she underwent an operation for kleptomania at the American Hospital
in Berkeley, at the hands of Dr. Herbert Rowell, who removed a piece of
skull as large as a dollar from the top of the head, on the right side,
was arrested at her home yesteday morning at the instigation of Detective
Charles Betts, charged with the theft of diamonds and rings valued at $581
from three Pasadena jewelry stores.
Instead of using the knife and drugs, chiropractors
substitute hand-adjustment of the displaced portion of the neuroskeleton
which presses upon or against some portion of the nervous system, which
injures, instead of protecting, the filamentous bands of nervous tissue
that connect the parts of the nervous system with each other and transmit
impulses to the various organs of the body.
The principles which form chiropractic science have
always existed; and are now being revealed to the world by D. D. Palmer,
through the Chiropractor’s Adjuster. This revelation of the science,
art and philosophy was given by one who tells me that he is indebted to
those who are farther advanced in the knowledge of physical and spiritual
phenomena than he is.
Through and by these discoveries chiropractors are
able to relieve diseases which heretofore were pronounced by the medical
profession as incurable. Thousands of cases of this kind can be cited.
I created a science out of the principles revealed
to me and named it chiropractic. I correlated the art of adjusting
displaced vertebrae together with the philosophy of the science and art.
That these revelations were not made along the lines of medical and theological
investigations is not strange when we consider that very few great discoveries
have been made by those who were expecting results in certain smoothly
worn grooves of stereotyped education. It is not surprising that
those who have given to the world its greatest and grandest thoughts have
been, more or less, connected with those who had passed into the spiritual
Chiropractic gives relief to, and opens up a haven
for, those who are ailing, making them physically, mentally and spiritually
invigorated and whole. This noble work results in the direct salvation
of countless numbers of mental and physical wrecks; for, the consequences
of their disabilities do not stop at the grave, but continue on and on
into the enternal spiritual existence.
An author on chiropractic states: “The special philosophy
which he has worked out assigned as the foundation.”
Philosophy, special or general, is not the foundation
upon which I built the science of chiropractic. Its science is based
on tone. Tone is the standard from which we note the variations of
structure, temperature, tonicity, elasticity, renitency and tension; it
is the standard of health; any deviation therefrom is disease. Tone
is the BASIC PRINCIPLE, the one from which all other principles, which
compose the science, have sprung.
Chiropractic is a science. The art of adjusting
is the systematic, skillful application of chiropractic principles.
Much study and correct reasoning upon the laws which constitute this science
have developed its philosophy. The foundation of chiropractic does
not consist of its philosophy, nor of the art of adjusting. I discovered
the principles of which chiropractic science is constituted. By skill,
directed by the knowledge of the science and its philosophy, I originated
the art of adjusting. A knowledge of the science, art and philosophy
of chiropractic contain a moral and a religious duty; morally, it serves
as our basis of humane action according to our reason and judgment concerning
our physical welfare; religiously, it governs our motives of divine duty
with respect to the advancement of our spiritual existence throughout eternity.
Its principles embrace the faith, belief, practice, obligations and conduct
of our lives toward God and man.
Those who have a knowledge of, or a belief in, a
future state of existence, regardless of church or creed, can become believers
in and practitioners of, the religion OF chiropractors.
That which I named Innate (born with) is a segment
of that Intelligence which fills the universe. This universal, All
Wise, is metamerized, divided into metameres as needed by each individualized
being. This somatome of the whole never sleeps, nor tires, recognizes
neither darkness or distance, is not subject to material laws, bodily wants
are not essential, substantial conditions are not needed for its existence.
It continues to care for and direct the organic functions of the body as
long as the soul holds body and spirit together.
Physicians deal with the physical only; chiropractors
with both the physical and the spiritual.
Psycological investigation reveals the fact that
the spirit of man is a part of the All Wise Spirit, the Great Creator,
and as such possesses in an infinitesimal degree all the potentialities
of omniscience and omnipotence existing in God, just as one drop of the
ocean contains, in miniature, all the qualities of the briny deep as a
There are those who think the spirit of man has an
abiding place in the solar plexus or in the spinal column, or in the medulla
oblongata, or in the cerebellum, or in the cerebrum, or at least in some
portion of the encephalon, but just what part or how much space occupied
has not been determined.
The spirit holds the same relation to the body as
God, the All Wise Intelligence does to the Universe. If you can locate
the one, you can designate the location and define the limits of the other.
God is indwelling in theuniverse, everywhere present; He occupies every
part thereof; likewise, the spirit permeates every portion of the body
in which it dwells. God does not depend upon the universe for His
existence, neither does the spirit rely upon the body for its continued
Although the surgeon cannot locate or dissect the
spirit, that which creates intelligent action, yet we are conscious of
this vital entity.
Knowledge of, or a belief in, the continuity of life
has a tendency to uplift humanity, to make of man a desirable neighbor,
a good citizen, a moral upright being and a practical understanding of
right and wrong.
Innate is embodied as a personified part of Universal
Intelligence, therefore, co-eternal with the all-creative force.
This indwelling portion of the Eternal is in our care for improvement.
The intellectual expansion of Innate is in proportion to the normal transmission
of impulses over the nervous system; for this reason the body functions
should be kept in the condition of tone. Communication with the Eternal
Spirit, the Creator, is the goal of all religions.
There is no living religion without a doctrine; a
doctrine, however elaborate, does not constitute a religion. The
doctrine of our principles, faith and knowledge, are as follows:
I believe, in fact know, that the universe consists
of Intelligence and Matter. This intelligence is known to the
Christian world as God. As a spiritual intelligence it finds expression
through the animal and vegetable creation, man being the highest manifestation.
I believe that this Intelligence is segmented into as many parts as there
are individual expressions of life; that spirit, whether considered as
a whole or individually, is advancing upward and onward toward perfection;
that in all animated nature this Intelligence is expressed through the
nervous system, which is the means of communication to and from individualized
spirit; that the condition known as TONE is the tension and firmness, the
renitency and elasticity of tissue in a state of health, normal existeance;
that the mental and physical condition known as disease is a disordered
state because of an unusual amount of tension above or below that of tone;
that normal and abnormal amounts of strain or laxity are due to the position
of the osseous framework, the neuroskeleton, which not only serves as a
protector to the nervous system, but, also, as a regulator of tension;
that Universal Intelligence, the Spirit as a whole or in its segmented
parts, is eternal in its existence; that physiological disintegration and
somatic death are changes of the material only; that the present and future
make-up of individualized spirits depend upon the cumulative mental function
which, like all other functions, is modified by the structural condition
of the impulsive, transmitting, nervous system; that criminality is but
the result of abnormal nervous tension; that our individualized, segmented
spiritual entities carry with them into the future spiritual state that
which has been mentally accumulated during our physical existence; that
spiritual existence, like the physical, is progressive; that a correct
understanding of these principles and the practice of them constitute the
religion of chiropractic; that the existence and personal identity of individualized
intelligences continue after the change known as death; that life in this
world and the next is continuous--one of eternal progression.
“There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual
body.” I Cor. Iv:44.
The spiritual and the physical are counterparts of
each other, duplicates in form, shape, size and color. The evidence
given by seers of every nation in all ages has been that a likeness exists
between the creator and the created.
Locating the spirit in the brain, the encephalon,
the mass of nervous matter contained within the brain-case, is circumscribed
and yet not definite. The nervous mass within the cranium includes
the two hemispheres of the cerebrum, the three divisions of the cerebellum,
the pons varolii and medulla oblongata. Morphologically, these seven
divisions of the encephalon are derived from the fore brain, the mid brain,
the hind brain and the end brain.
The muscular, vascular and nervous systems permeate
every avenue throughout the body. The conscious, characteristic actions
of personified intelligence are performed through the nervous filaments
of the body in which the spirit tabernacles.
The spiritual intelligence controls unintelligent
matter through the nervous system. Each and every portion of the
body is permeated by the spirit and its means of communication.
All functional acts are performed by the involuntary
nerves; they direct organic life. The voluntary are those under the
control of the human will, they look after the environments, that which
supports and constitutes animal life.
There are two series of ganglia (nerve centers) lying
along each side and to the front of the vertebral column, reaching from
the occiput to the coccyx, fibers of which extend into the cranial, the
thoracic, the abdominal and the pelvic cavities; these communicating nerve
branches connect the vertebral chains to the various organs, vessels and
There are 144, or more, nerve centers, sympathetic
nerve ganglia, designated by physiologists as so many brains differing
in size, color, texture, functions, location, and more especially in the
impulses received and distributed.
The controlling intelligence is everywhere present,
manifesting through the nervous system its desires for advancement, making
use of these nerve centers as receiving and distributing stations.
The founder of chiropractic has located the spirit
in man, found its abiding place to be throughout the entire body, a position
from which each and every nerve ganglia may be used for receiving and forwarding
Therefore, inasmuch as the light of life was revealed
to me in order that I should enlighten the world, and as our physical health
and the intellectual progress of the personified portion of the Universal
Intelligence depend upon the proper alignment of the skeletal frame, I
feel it my right and bounden duty to replace any displaced portion thereof,
so that our physical and spiritual faculties may be fully and normally
expressed, thereby not only enhancing our present condition, but making
ourselves the better prepared to enter the next stage of existence to which
this earthly existence is but a preliminary, a preparatory step.
By correcting these displacements of osseous tissue, the
tension frame of the nervous system, I claim that I am rendering obedience,
adoration and honor to the All-Wise Spiritual Intelligence, as well as a service
to the segmented, individual portions thereof -- a duty I owe to both God and
mankind. In accordance with this aim and end, the Constitution of the
United States and the statutes personal of California confer upon me and all
persons of chiropractic faith the inalienable right to practice our religion
without restraint or hindrance.