D. D. Palmer
TRAUMA, TOXINE AND AUTO-SUGGESTION
Trauma singular, traumata plural, an injury or wound.
Traumatic of, or pertaining to, or due to a wound
Traumatism, the morbid condition of the system due
to a trauma.
Trauma a noun, the name of a condition, the injury
or wound which is the cause of a diseased condition.
Traumatic, an adjective, pertaining to a wound, or
that which is caused by a wound, e.g., t. abscess, t. amputation, t. appendicitis,
t. cataract, t. dislocation, t. fever, t. hemorrhage, t. inflammation,
t. suggestion, t. lesion, t. disease, t. medicine and t. back.
Traumatology, a treatise on wounds, the science of
injuries, a description of wounds and the disabilities arising therefrom.
Diseases which are caused by displaced osseous tissue
or wounds are said to be traumatic or lesional. E. H. Laughlin in
his “Quiz on the Practice of Osteopathy” makes frequent use of the word
lesional in place of its synonym cause.
Toxin or toxine, means poison. Toxic is poisonous.
Toxicology is the science (the knowledge) of poisons. A toxicologist is
one versed in poisons, one who knows the changes likely to be produced
in functions by the use of drugs.
A poison is an animal, vegetable or mineral substance
which, when introduced into the system as ingesta, by injection, inhalation,
or external application, causes such changes in functions as to produce
disease or death.
A chiropractor does with his hands just what an M.D.
aims to do with drugs. An osteo aims to do with his hands that which
an M.D. does with medicine.
Do not forget for one moment that all organic functions
are the characteristic work of organs or an organism directed by an intelligence
known as spirit. This intellectual being transmits its impulses,
its commands, over the nervous system by molecular vibration.
Poisons are irritative, cause inflammation, excessive
nerve vibration, or they may be sedative or narcotic, produce stupor, reduce
vital power, produce slower vibration.
Modification of functions are known as disease.
Medical men divide poisons into two classes, organic
and inorganic. The former includes those poisons supposed to be developed
within the body and cause disease. The latter includes deleterious
substances from minerals, plants and snake venom.
Toxine in biology, as understood by medical men,
is a poisonous substance produced by microorganisms. Of these, two
kinds are recognized, animal toxine excreted by certain animal cells, and
the poison produced by bacteria.
All nerve irritants are traumatic, lesional or of
toxic origin; cause abnormal functionating, pathological action.
Toxicosis is a disease caused by poison, an abnormal
condition of the nervous system.
A toxicide is a remedy, an antidote, an agent, used
to destroy the effects of another poison, not as a chemical antidote, but
because of its opposite effect on nerves.
Landois in Human Physiology says: “The apparent
increase in the temperature of inflamed parts is by no means dependent
upon increase in the temperature above that of the blood, a condition that
has never been observed.” In other words: the temperature of inflamed
parts is not dependent upon nor coincident with an increased temperature
of the blood. This condition, a rise in the temperature of the blood,
corresponding to that of the inflamed organ or portion, has never been
observed. Inflammation and fever are not subject to, are not influenced
by, do not rely upon the quantity nor the temperature of the circulating
Within certain limits of intensity heat is essential
to the development of all organized beings; above a certain degree, it
is destructive to all organization and life.
At birth the temperature of the infant is slightly
above that of the mother. During childhood the temperature gradually
approximates that of the adult.
Heat production and heat regulation, maintaining
the same constant bodily temperature regardless of the surrounding degree
of cold or heat below or above that of the body, has been and is, a problem
to the medical profession. Inflammation and fever, pathological heat
conditions, do not offer to the germ theorist any solution of this perplexed
Howel’s Text-Book of Physiology says: “Anesthetics
and narcotics such as ether, chloroform, cocain, chloral, phenol and alcohol,
may be applied locally to a nerve and the conductivity and irritability
lessened or suspended entirely at that point, and restored when the narcotic
is removed.” Poisons affect nerves, not blood.
The following biological principles which go to make
up chiropractic science should be known and made use of by practitioners.
Nerve fibers possess the property of conducting impulses
outward and inward. The amount of impulsive force is determined by
the rate of transmission, the rate of that action upon the quantity of
vibration and the amount of that movement upon tension. Physiological
and pathological activity between peripheral end-organs and their central
connection is dependent upon nerve tension. The specific energy of
a nerve is due to its anatomical structure, its elasticity and tension.
A nerve pressed upon by a fractured or luxated bone
would be stretched were it not for the responsive principle of life which
resists pressure. The impulsive force normally conveyed by the nerve
is modified by the elastic resistance known as renitency. The result
is either too much or not enough functionating, conditions known as disease.
The contraction and expansion of the nervous system has a normal limit
known as tone, the basis upon which I founded the science of chiropractic.
Any deviation therefrom is recognized as disease. Tone denotes normal
temperature, normal structure, normal tension and normal vibration of nerves.
An angle worm, when relaxed, may measure six inches.
Press against it, impinge upon it, try to stretch it, and immediately a
response of increased tension is observed; it contracts lengthwise and
its diameter is increased. This ability of elastic resistance to
any opposing force is an inherent quality of all living matter. Dead
material does not possess it. An impingement upon a nerve calls into
action two opposing forces. The impinging body tends to stretch the
nerve, while the inherent principle of self-preservation exerts an activity
toward contracting it.
Reflex action is the bounding back of an impulse;
the conveyance of an impression from the central nervous system and its
transmission back to the periphery through a motor nerve. The amount
of function depends upon the renitency, the impulsive force obtained by
the bounding back.
Traumatism, as the cause of disease, increasing or
decreasing functionating, is direct by displacing osseous tissue.
Auto-suggestion and poisons, as causes, are indirect. They draw vertebrae
out of alignment by the contraction of nerves and muscles.
Insanity may be caused by auto-suggestion, continued
thinking upon one subject without rest. In such cases the third cervical
nerves will be found affected. Correct by adjusting the third cervical
Whether or not a given substance should be included
under the term drug depends upon the purpose for which it is sold (as regards
the seller) or used (as regards the purchaser). Any substance or
preparation used in treating disease is a drug. Medicine as defined
by the medical profession includes any drug or remedy used in the treatment
of disease. A remedy is defined as that which cures, paliates or
prevents disease. In its broadest sense it is defined as the art
or science of healing diseases, more especially the administration of internal
remedies. Thusly defined, a drug refers to the solid or liquid used
in the treatment of disease, while that of medicine includes the drug or
remedy used, also, the study and ability to treat disease. Medicine
is divided into internal and external, the former refers to the treatment
of organic diseases, abnormal functions and abnormal tissue, while the
latter refers to surgery, the treatment of external diseases.
In 1908 James Gillman, a rancher on Mount Hamilton,
Cal., who had been insane for several years, was bitten by a rattlesnake
on the hand. The hand became swollen and showed the usual symptoms
of snake bite. A few hours later the effects of the venom was no
longer visible, and Gillman was restored to saneness, his mind became as
clear and active as it ever had been. The poisonous venom had acted
as an antidote, its contractile quality upon the nervous system had drawn
the displaced vertebra, which caused his insanity, into alignment, accomplishing
just what the chiropractor would have done by hand.
Bacteria, microbes, or microorganisms are microscopical
vegetation, or those minute animals visible only with the aid of the microscope
which live and develop in fluids or on moist surfaces and multiply with
great rapidity. They subsist on dead organic material, are parasitical
Mould, a fungus, grows on decaying vegetable matter,
such as bread, cheese, gum and ink. Lippincott’s Medical Dictionary
says of the two latter, “Destroying their valuable properties.” As
much might be as wrongfully said of the mould on bread, cheese and stagnant
pools of water. The fact is that putrifying animal matter invites
living scavengers, whether buzzards or microbes; while decaying vegetables
and motionless water make suitable conditions for the growth and multiplication
of vegetable life.
Autosuggestion is suggesting to one’s self.
Nerves are the means, the channels of communication of one’s own thoughts
and very often those of another. That other may be in the physical,
near or far distant, or an astral being existing as a spiritual intelligence.
Nerves need mental and physical rest.
All functions, every act of the body, voluntary and involuntary,
are directed by and through impulses (thoughts) passed over the nerves, the
means of communication.