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The Soul is the Intelligent Life

DD Palmer

The soul is the intelligent life–life guided by intelligence. It resides throughout the body wherever there is life.

It consists of expressed functional energy. Soul means life and life means soul, these two terms life and soul are synonymous.

Individualized spirit is the segmented portion embodied in each individual. The body, as an entity, is the organized substance which we recognize as a human being.

The mind is the intellectual part, that which is conscious, that which understands, reasons, wills and thinks.

All vital activities are guided by intelligent life. Intelligent life – the soul – is the bond of union which holds spirit and body together as one. Mind is the product of soul and body – of a living body.

Through the mind Innate (spirit) conducts the functions which control the body, and looks after its external welfare.

By D. D. Palmer

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We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul. We release the imprisoned impulse, the tiny rivulet of force, that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells, and stirs them into life. We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay; that robes the earth with beauty, and hues and scents the flowers with the glory of the air.

In the dim, dark, distant long ago, when the sun first bowed to the morning star, this power spoke and there was life; it quickened the slime of the sea and the dust of the earth and drove the cell to union with its fellows in countless living forms. Through eons of time it finned the fish and winged the bird and fanged the beast. Endlessly it worked, evolving its form until it produced the crowning glory of them all. With tireless energy it blows the bubble of each individual life and then silently, relentlessly dissolves the form, and absorbs the spirit into itself again.

And yet you ask, Can Chiropractic cure appendicitis or the flu? Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world?

By B. J. Palmer, D.C., Ph. C

 

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Use Simple Language

bjold03smWere I a Chiropractor I would use the term “misplaced vertebra” for “subluxation;” “first bone in the neck” for “atlas; “second bone in the neck” for “axis;” “flow of life-giving energy” for “mental impulse,” in explaining Chiropractic to a new patient or to someone wishing to know Chiropractic.

And I know that it works, because only recently I explained the principles of Chiropractic to an insurance adjuster who was trying to get an explanation of it for his company. The Chiropractor whom he consulted was a number one man and knows his business. He rattled off from memory the definition found on the front inside cover of “The Chiropractor;” but he failed to give the adjuster a concept of what Chiropractic is, what it does or why it does it. I then volunteered to explain it and did so without technical terms, and the adjuster went out of the office with something definite to write his company.

 

I could make quick converts to Chiropractic, because people believe what they SEE AND LOOK AT more readily than what they are told.

By B. J. Palmer, D.C., Ph. C – Book: Up from Below the Bottom

 

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The Big Idea – B.J. Palmer

slipA Thought from the Developer of Chiropractic.

A slip on the snowy sidewalk, in winter, is a small thing. It happens to millions.
A fall from a ladder, in the summer is a small thing. It also happens to millions.

The slip or fall produces a subluxation. The subluxation is a small thing.

The subluxation produces pressure on a nerve. That pressure is a small thing.

The pressure cuts off the flow of mental impulses. That decreased flowing is a small thing.

That decreased flowing produces a dis-eased body and brain. That is a big thing to that man.

Multiply that sick man by a thousand, and you control the physical and mental welfare of a city.

Multiply that man by a million, and you shape the physical and mental destiny of a State.

Multiply that man by one hundred thirty million, and you forecast and can prophesy the physical and mental status of a nation.

So the slip or the fall, the subluxation, pressure, flow of mental impulses, and dis-ease are big enough to control the thoughts and action of a nation.

Now comes a man. Any one man is a small thing.

This man gives an adjustment. The adjustment is a small thing.

The adjustment replaces the subluxation. That is a small thing.

The adjusted subluxation releases pressure upon nerves. That is a small thing.

The released pressure restores health to a man. That is a big thing to that man.

Multiply that well man by a thousand, and you step up the physical and mental welfare of a city.

Multiply that well man by a million, and you increase the efficiency of a State.

Multiply that well man by one hundred thirty million, and you have produced a healthy, wealthy, and better race for posterity.

So the adjustment of the subluxation, to release pressure upon nerves, to restore mental impulse flow, to restore health, is big enough to rebuild the thoughts and actions of the world.

The idea that knows the cause, that can correct the cause of dis-ease, is one of the biggest ideas known. Without it, nations fall; with it, nations rise.

The idea is the biggest I know of.

By B. J. Palmer, D.C., Ph. C

Paul Turnbull (727) 643-8376 purposeconsultant@gmail.com

President, EP Management, Inc. www.expandingpractice.com

 

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Taking Yourself too Seriously!

searchThe average businessman has long since forgotten Rule No. 9, “Don’t take yourself too damn seriously.” 

Thousands of businessmen have one fault in common. They are so close to their own thoughts, their own minds, their own selves, desk, office friends, employees, clerks, detail, correspondence that they suffer from the illusion of the near. 

They are with what they think, see and do so much at a time that they take it all too seriously and thus suffer from the nearness of themselves to themselves. 

I now live in a town where I am sold to everybody. They call me “B.J.” everywhere. I live in an immediate family of some 5,000 whom I bring to that city, who love me and I love them. These people appreciate what I do for them. They tell me and I listen to the plaudits of deeds well done. People come from far and near to thank me for what I have done, via some salesman. All of which makes me take my detail seriously. I suffer from it. 

YOU need the vision of the far. I need it. I keep my grip (suitcase) packed and when I begin to take my reform work seriously, right then is when I book a few Rotary, Kiwanis and other club talks and hide myself away from my thoughts, ideas, work, students, school, friends, that I might get myself away from myself, that I may walk the streets of strange towns, see strange faces, listen to strange tongues, that I may get the proper perspective of myself. 

Many people suffer with a constipation of thought and a diarrhea of words. Many a man has the eyesight of a hawk and the vision of a clam. 

Going away from home makes a man shut up and think. It also teaches him to overlook the hawky detail and gain a distant vision of himself, his service and his Big Job. 

Every man owes it to himself, his people and his service to go away about every so often. The more detail he has, the oftener he should go. The more worries, the more he needs to go. The bigger his work, the longer his vacation should be. 

He should go to conventions, attend luncheons, go fishing or hunting, anywhere that he may get away from himself; that he may sit on the banks of the river and there see himself at his desk, with his people, on the job. It is surprising how foolish all of us look when we gaze at ourselves after we get away from ourselves and see ourselves as others see us. 

Many a man realizes without analyzing. A certain clothing merchant of our city is noted for his ancestral business qualities. Business and money are his gods. Yet this same man told me but recently that he is now playing golf two afternoons a week. I inquired as to how he could get his mind into that state where he could make it pay. He tells me that the next morning he works three times as hard and accomplishes more than three times as much work. He comes home tired, sleeps sound, wakes up refreshed and piles in solid. Playing golf, he realizes the vision of the far without the mental analysis that accomplishes the end. He stumbled upon the conclusion and even yet doesn’t know. You and I can go into this with comprehension and intention. 

I am told that John D. Rockefeller rarely went near oil fields; that Mr. Carnegie knew little about steel itself; that John Patterson spends months in Europe away from his huge plant to know better how to run it when at it; that James Gordon Bennett managed the New York Herald from Paris; that Mr. Pulitzer manages the New York World from afar; that Mr. Wanamaker spends and Marshall Field did spend four months out of twelve in Europe for the express purpose of gaining vision; that a Boston department store manager is responsible for this statement:” I must study other business at least THREE MONTHS every year in order to manage my own business properly the OTHER NINE.’ 

We should get away from ourselves, our office, our business to get the proper perspective on its services.

B.J. Palmer, Developer of Chiropractic

Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842 purposeconsultant@gmail.com

President, EP Management, Inc. www.expandingpractice.com

 

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Five Phases of Care

DancingThere are certain phases that patients have to go through before they achieve total health. Some patients have already started to change before they visit a practitioner, most have not and in fact are so far gone that there doesn’t seem to be much hope of them recovering. But the human body has amazing recuperative powers given the basic ingredients to get well.

Years ago, when people had ready access to nutritious foods there were only four phases of care. Now an initial phase is needed in order for there to be improvement in the patient. Practitioners know that if the patient doesn’t assist in their recovery that total health is an impossible goal. A patient can counter all the practitioner does simply by eating improperly, not exercising, taking unnecessary medication or simply not following good advice. So it is important for the patient to get the idea fully that a Transition to a Healthy Lifestyle is the first step to recovering one’s health.

There are five distinct phases of care that a person who is trying to recover or improve their health goes through. Each phase gives separate and distinct benefits and each takes a different time frame to accomplish, depending on the initial condition at the time care begins.

1. Transition to Healthy Lifestyle phase

2. Acute or relief care phase

3. Corrective care phase

4. Strengthening phase

5. Maintenance or supportive phase

PHASE 1: Transition to Healthy Lifestyle, ideally this phase is completed first. However, some existing patients or new patients either haven’t done this phase or they are in pain and their doctor decides that they must receive Acute or Relief care first. This phase can be done at any time during their Phases of Care Program in conjunction with any other Phase. There are several excellent books for sale that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!” Dr. Gillian McKeith has sold over 2 million copies of her book with this title. Another all inclusive book is Ultra-Metabolism by Mark Hyman, M.D.

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PHASE 2: Acute or relief phase of care, this phase of care will be the initial stage if the patient enters the office in some degree of pain. This phase can be characterized by swelling, lack of motion, muscle spasm, or just plain feeling lousy. It is the stage in which symptoms predominate the patient’s concern. Treatment during this stage consists of chiropractic adjustments of the spine, various forms of physical therapy, ice therapy to reduce swelling, massage, Ion Cleanse (http://www.detox4vitality.com/), etc. This stage can last a few days or weeks.Treatment is normally at its highest level with many conditions requiring multiple visits each week.

The practitioner will take these factors into account when deciding on an acute care program: patient’s age, weight, how long the patient has had the condition, to what degree the patient can avoid the activities that aggravate the condition, to what degree the patient follows the advice of the doctor, patient’s threshold level of pain, does the patient have other health issues?

PHASE 3: Corrective Phase of Care, this phase begins when the pain has significantly been reduced. It is characterized by the patient feeling like he is able to resume his normal activities. This is a very important time because if the patient truly resumes all of his activities at this moment, it is common for the pains to begin to increase again. This occurs because the condition has not yet been fully stabilized. Treatment continues to utilize therapy in an attempt to continue to keep the muscle spasms in check as well as re-educate those same muscles into their normal tone and length. Ice therapy may continue as well. At this stage the chiropractic adjustments are attempting to increase spinal mobility in order that more normal function may return to the spine and nervous system. This phase of care can take a few weeks with very minor conditions to months in more severe conditions. The frequency of care can still be multiple visits per week, but perhaps not as frequent as in the acute or relief phase.

 

PHASE 4: Strengthening Phase of Care is characterized by either significant reduction of pain (or no pain) in most cases and continued stabilization of pain in the severely chronic cases. Frequency of visits continues to reduce, while rehabilitative exercises typically increase in this phase. Our goal in this stage is to strengthen the soft tissue that surrounds the affected spinal segments so that proper function becomes consistent in these regions of the spine. Consistent function not only allows for pain reduction of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, but also allows for the proper function of the organs and tissues that the nerves of the area control.

PHASE 5: Maintenance or Supportive Care, is the most fun for both the patient and the doctor. This is the stage in which the pain is either totally gone, or extremely stable in chronic situations. Treatment frequency can range from once per week to once every two months. The goal of this stage is to keep the patient at the level he desires. There are great benefits in this stage. Once a patient has worked hard to get to this level, it is much easier to keep it here. Usually a patient has gotten into better work, eating and exercise habits, which promotes good health to begin with. Also, the patient’s attitude at this phase is usually very positive. There is a feeling of accomplishment that comes with any job well done. Another tremendous benefit of this stage of care is that, if for some reason an injury to the spine occurs again because of something unforeseen, it is very common that instead of needing a significant amount of treatment to help, a relatively small amount of care usually does the trick. A good example of this is to note how fast highly conditioned athletes recover from injuries that would take most of us a very long time to recover from the same injury.

Final word, it is always up to the patient to determine to what degree he chooses to benefit from treatment and the Phases of Care Program. Doctors should always describe to patients the benefits of the five phases of care for their particular case so that they can make the most educated decision for their specific situation.

Yours in Health,

Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842

President, EP Management, Inc. www.expandingpractice.com

 

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What do you actually do for your patients?

Earl Hits a High NoteI have often asked my clients to list out the answers to the following question: “What do you actually do for your patients?” These are some of the answers:

1. Reduce or eliminate nerve interference.
2. Reduce or eliminate structural abnormality.
3. Increase immune system resistance to disease.
4. Restore body to optimum health.
5. Enhance the enjoyment of life.
6. Reduce anxiety.
7. Alleviate headaches, neck and back pain.
8. Restore normal gait.
9. Reduce and eliminate scoliosis.
10. Increase endurance.
11. Allow the body to heal itself.
12. Prevent disease.
13. Prevent or eliminate the use of drugs and unnecessary surgeries.
14. Give them natural alternative care.
15. Its inexpensive compared to other forms of treatment.
16. Its safe.
17. Results are usually immediate.
18. Increased energy.
19. Increased productivity resulting in increased income or saved income.
20. Increased sex drive.
21. Fertility.
22. Increase in quality of life.
23. Increased intelligence.
24. Decrease of arthritic activity, disk disease or degeneration.
25. Prevents injuries.
26. Increased awareness and alertness.
27. Decrease of trigger points.
28. Sleep better.
29. Reduces stress.
30. It gives the patient their life back.

The list could go on and you should add your own miracles to this list. The next question you should ask yourself is: “What is all this worth?” The answer is that it is “priceless.”

Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842 purposeconsultant@gmail.com

President, EP Management, Inc. www.expandingpractice.com

 

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Hundred Year Old Cure

laughter 2The power of laughter was given us to serve a wise purpose. It’s Nature’s device for exercising the internal organs and giving us pleasure at the same time. 

Laughter begins in the lungs and diaphragm, setting the liver, stomach, and other internal organs into a quick, jelly-like vibration, which gives a pleasant sensation and exercise, almost equal to that of horseback riding. During digestion, the movements of the stomach are similar to churning. Every time you take a full breath, or when you to laugh convulsively and loudly, the diaphragm descends and gives the stomach an extra squeeze and shakes it. Frequent laughing sets the stomach to dancing, hurrying up the digestive process. The heart beats faster, and sends the blood bounding through the body. “There is not,” says Dr. Green, “one remotest corner or little inlet of the minute blood-vessels of the human body that does not feel some wavelet from the convulsions occasioned by a good hearty laugh.” In medical terms, it stimulates the vasomotor centers, and the spasmodic contraction of the blood-vessels causes the blood to flow quickly. Laughter accelerates the respiration, and gives warmth and glow to the whole system. It brightens the eye, increases the perspiration, expands the chest, forces the poisoned air from the least-used lung cells, and tends to restore that exquisite poise or balance which we call health, which results from the harmonious action of all the functions of the body. This delicate poise, which may be destroyed by a sleepless night, a piece of bad news, by grief or anxiety, is often wholly restored by a good hearty laugh.

There is, therefore, sound sense in the caption, “Cheerfulness as a Life Power,” relating as it does to the physical life, as well as the mental and moral; and what we may call:

THE LAUGH CURE is based upon principles recognized as sound by the medical profession, so literally true is the Hebrew proverb that “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

“Mirth is God’s medicine,” said Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes; “everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety, all the rust of life, ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth.” Elsewhere he says: “If you are making choice of a physician be sure you get one with a cheerful and serene countenance.”

Is not a jolly physician of greater service than his pills? Dr. Marshall Hall frequently prescribed “cheerfulness” for his patients, saying that it is better than anything to be obtained at the pharmacy.

In Western New York, Dr. Burdick was known as the “Laughing Doctor.” He always presented the happiest kind of a face; and his good humor was contagious. He dealt sparingly in drugs, yet was very successful.

The London “Lancet,” the most eminent medical journal in the world, gives the following scientific testimony to the value of joviality:

“This power of ‘good spirits’ is a matter of high moment to the sick and weakly. To the former, it may mean the ability to survive; to the latter, the possibility of outliving, or living in spite of, a disease. It is, therefore, of the greatest importance to cultivate the highest and most buoyant frame of mind which the conditions will admit. The same energy which takes the form of mental activity is vital to the work of the organism. Mental influences affect the system; and a joyous spirit not only relieves pain, but increases the momentum of life in the body.”

Dr. Ray, superintendent of Butler Hospital for the Insane, says in one of his reports, “A hearty laugh is more desirable for mental health than any exercise of the reasoning faculties.”

Grief, anxiety, and fear are great enemies of human life. A depressed, sour, melancholy soul, a life which has ceased to believe in its own sacredness, its own power, its own mission, a life which sinks into complaining or vegetating aimlessness, has become crippled and useless. We should fight against every influence which tends to depress the mind, as we would against a temptation to crime. It is undoubtedly true that, as a rule, the mind has power to lengthen the period of youthful and mature strength and beauty, preserving and renewing physical life by a stalwart mental health.

I read the other day of a man in a neighboring city who was given up to die; his relatives were sent for, and they watched at his bedside. But an old acquaintance, who called to see him, assured him smilingly that he was all right and would soon be well. He talked in such a strain that the sick man was forced to laugh; and the effort so roused his system that he rallied, and he was soon well again.

Was it not Shakespeare who said that a light heart lives long?

The San Francisco “Argonaut” says that a woman in Milpitas, a victim of almost crushing sorrow, despondency, indigestion, insomnia, and kindred ills, determined to throw off the gloom which was making life so heavy a burden to her, and established a rule that she would laugh at least three times a day, whether occasion was presented or not; so she trained herself to laugh heartily at the least provocation, and would retire to her room and make merry by herself. She was soon in excellent health and buoyant spirits; her home became a sunny, cheerful abode.

It was said, by one who knew this woman well, and who wrote an account of the case for a popular magazine, that at first her husband and children were amused at her, and while they respected her determination because of the grief she bore, they did not enter into the spirit of the plan. “But after awhile,” said this woman to me, with a smile, only yesterday, “the funny part of the idea struck my husband, and he began to laugh every time we spoke of it. And when he came home, he would ask me if I had had my ‘regular laughs;’ and he would laugh when he asked the question, and again when I answered it. My children, then very young, thought ‘mamma’s notion very queer,’ but they laughed at it just the same. Gradually, my children told other children, and they told their parents. My husband spoke of it to our friends, and I rarely met one of them but he or she would laugh and ask me, ‘How many of your laughs have you had to-day?’ Naturally, they laughed when they asked, and of course that set me laughing. When I formed this apparently strange habit I was weighed down with sorrow, and my rule simply lifted me out of it. I had suffered the most acute indigestion; for years I have not known what it is. Headaches were a daily dread; for over six years I have not had a single pain in the head. My home seems different to me, and I feel a thousand times more interest in its work. My husband is a changed man. My children are called ‘the girls, who are always laughing,’ and, altogether, my rule has proved an inspiration which has worked wonders.”

Physiology tells the story. The great sympathetic nerves are closely allied; and when one set carries bad news to the head, the nerves reaching the stomach are affected, indigestion comes on, and one’s countenance becomes doleful. Laugh when you can; it is:

A CHEAP MEDICINE: “Encourage your child to be merry and laugh aloud; a good hearty laugh expands the chest and makes the blood bound merrily along. Commend me to a good laugh, not to a little snickering laugh, but to one that will sound right through the house. It will not only do your child good, but will be a benefit to all who hear, and be an important means of driving the blues away from a dwelling. Merriment is very catching, and spreads in a remarkable manner, few being able to resist its contagion. A hearty laugh is delightful harmony; indeed, it is the best of all music.”

Start Laughing your way to health!

Excerpts: 1909 Orison Sweet Marden, Success Magazine

Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842 purposeconsultant@gmail.com

President, EP Management, Inc. www.expandingpractice.com

 

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