The Chiropractor
D. D. Palmer
    Pathologists tell us that hemiplegia is “Usually due to cerebral disease.”  “The condition is due to hemorrhage, embolism, or thrombosis.”  “An escape of blood into one side of the brain arrests the action of this organ, so that the part of the body which is moved by nervous influence of this side of the brain is paralyzed.”  “Due usually to a lesion of some part of the corpus striatum and internal capsule, of the crus cerebri, or of the cortex or subcortex of the opposite side of the brain.”  A. P. Davis “Claims that osteopathic treatment offers better results than can be derived from any other source known, for the reason that blood (arterial blood to the parts) is the only tissue builder and preserver.”

    One of my earliest discoveries was that hemiplegia, paralysis of the lateral half of the body, was due to a displaced sixth dorsal vertebra; that displacements of the articulations caused extreme nerve tension; that by replacing the luxated vertebra, the nerve, or rather the fibers of the sixth dorsal nerve, resumed normal tension and normal functionating.  In some cases it is alternate, one-half of the body and the opposite of the face, or it may affect the lower limb on one side and the upper limb on the opposite side.  If the paralysis does not include the face and head, but the balance of the body, look to the cervical.  In facial hemiplegia, paralysis of one-half of the face, look to the cervical.  Infantile hemiplegia, birth paralysis, look to C. P. Hemirheumatism, affecting a lateral half of the body, look to C. P.   Paralysis and  rheumatism are opposite conditions; one exhibits too much function and the other a lack of action and sensation.

    Adjust center place for diseases which affect the whole body, or a lateral half.

    Knowing the region of dislocation, it is easy to locate the displacement and the affected nerve by noting the contour of the spinous processes and nerve sensation by palpation.

    The ganglionic nerve-chains extend from the occiput to the coccyx; fibers of which extend into the cranium and become a part of one or more of the cranial nerves.  The double axial vertebral nerve chains are distributing agencies for the nerves of organic life.  They control the circulation of the blood, respiration, nutrition and all the vital processes.  They are the involuntary nerves, not directly under the control of the human will.  They are connected by communicating nerves, one with the other, and with the various organs, blood vessels and viscera.

    There are many diseases which are caused by a displacement of the sixth dorsal vertebra.  To illustrate, typhoid fever is the result of decaying animal and vegetable effluvia, a subtle emanation of a noxious, morbific character, having an injurious influence on human beings when inhaled.  Poisons act on and contract the nervous system, contracted nerves act on muscles pulling vertebrae out of alignment; vertebrae out of alignment stretch nerves, cause increased contraction, vibration and heat; excessive heat causes necrosis in those organs or parts to which the fibers of the sixth dorsal nerves end in and innervate.  Local inflammatory conditions occur, such as necrosis and suppuration of the intestines, lungs, spleen, liver and degenerative changes in the kidneys.  The vertebral ganglionic chains distribute fibers to various parts of the body, carry involuntary impulses, whether normal or abnormal, create functions which result in health or disease.

    To use the language of pathologists, “The system reacts in some way, as yet unknown, to check its progress and to bring it to a termination at the end of four weeks.”  “It is impossible to cut short the disease.”

    In some cases the symptoms of typhoid continue for months or years.  This unlimited condition is known as ambulating or walking typhoid.

    Cretinism appears during the first three years of life.  It is a condition of physical, mental degeneracy and non-development.  It is characterized by goitre, or an absence of the thyroid gland, premature ossification of bones, deformity of the head and face, large thick lips, protruding tongue, misshapen cranium, lack of sensibility, stupid countenance, thick neck, shortness of arms and legs, prominent abdomen, imbecility or idiocy, arrested bodily growth, mental development lacking -- dwarfed idiots.

    The “sympathetic nervous system is based upon superstition and while in vogue now, will not be in fifty years.  It is unknown to the P.S.C. and is replaced with a direct brain cell-to-cell nerve connection.  We have said right along that the basis of the sympathetic nervous system was wrong because we are taught that man has 129 ganglions which are equivalent to 129 brains.  When I saw there was no use for a sympathetic nervous system, I threw it out, and then just had to put something better in its place, so I discovered Direct Mental Impulse.”  Since D. D. Palmer ceased to be the editor of The Chiropractor, its pages do not teach and its clinics do not make use of the sympathetic nervous system, the cranial nerves, the accessory, or communicating, or recurrent nerves.

    A case of hemiplegia will illustrate the difference between the “direct mental impulse” theory discovered by B. J. Palmer and so taught to his students and that of the nervous system found in man alive and dead, and known by all anatomists.  To reach each portion of the body affected by hemiplegia by the “direct method” would require the adjusting of a half-dozen or more vertebrae, as given by the “combination of functions” method.  This form of paralysis is the result of one displaced vertebra impinging upon one nerve and not a “combination of functions.”  Considering the ganglionic chain of the sympathetic nervous system, the impingement is only on one nerve, one bundle of nerve-fibers which are distributed to the parts affected by the sympathetic ganglia.  These ganglia are relays in the pathways for the transmission of impulses from the regions in which they arise to the tissue in which they are distributed.  Communications between the central nervous system and the sympathetic is established through both efferent and afferent fibers.  All spinal nerves are joined by gray rami communicantes from the sympathetic trunk.  Corresponding communications exist between the cranial nerves and the sympathetic, but these occur farther toward the periphery and in not so regular a manner as the communications between the spinal nerves and the sympathetic system.  Through this ganglionic distributing agency the fibers of one nerve reach one half of the body.  This impingement will be found at center-place.  In the “direct system” the half-dozen or more places adjusted, none of which were displaced, will make displacements, if moved, cause impingement upon nerves and affections in the portion where they end.

    A case of hemiplegia (lateral half paralysis) has just been presented to me.  The patient received pseudo-adjusting from the hands of the originator of the “direct mental impulse” system at atlas, axis, 3d 5th, 8th, 9th and 12th dorsals, also on the 3d lumbar, in all 8 places, missing center place, the 6th dorsal.  The “direct mental impulse” system is anything but direct.

    See last paragraph on page 254 of The Adjuster.