One chiropractic college saw fit to dispute the possibility of a vertebral subluxation, producing pressure, interfering with nerve force flow, as THE cause of diseases contending the intervertebral foramina WERE SO LARGE and the NERVE SO SMALL that no pressure WAS possible.
Why a chiropractic college should deny the fundamental on which CHIROPRACTIC was premised is beyond understanding. If this issue remained unchallenged, CHIROPRACTIC at tap-root was denied. In THEORY we proved such because cases GOT WELL. In SCIENCE, somebody had to prove this statement right or wrong. Who else but ourselves could or would?
After seeking places in America, we were compelled to go to the Spalteholtz Labs in Dresden, Germany, to prove or disprove our foundation principle and practice.
There, we raised this question: “With a vertebral subluxation, can there be SUFFICIENT occlusion, with SUFFICIENT pressure upon nerves, which could and would interfere with quantity flow of nerve force thru the intervertebral foramina?”
This was A NEW question IN SCIENCE, neither proved or disproved, altho denied by medical men. Drs. Spalteholtz, Guenther, and Mueller accepted the challenge. This was THE FIRST time THIS question ever had been anatomically and physiologically raised in any lab, and particularly in this greatest of all world-wide research labs.
We proposed proving it on cadavers. We were promptly told this approach would prove nothing, because:
(a) bones, being the hardest substance, DO NOT shrink
(b) brain and nerves, being the softest body substance, DO shrink
(c) 40 to 50 per cent within 24 hours after death
(d) upon death, bodies are embalmed in formaldehyde, which further shrinks them
(e) cadavers are dissected in rotation, some as long as 18 months after death
(f) by that time, bones have shrunk less than 1 per cent
(g) brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves as high as 85 per cent
(h) thus, dissection COULD NOT prove the answer we needed.
There was only ONE way this question COULD BE answered:
(i) thru quick deep-freeze process IMMEDIATELY AT DEATH
(j) special permission from the German government was necessary to do this work on such bodies
(k) this made possible sawing out frozen sections AT ONCE before ANY shrinkage COULD take place
(l) this we did
(m) our quick deep-freeze process on many bodies proved brain FILLED cranial cavity; spinal cord FILLED neural canal; desiccated nerves FILLED intervertebral foramina
(n) therefore ANY sufficient occlusion COULD produce pressure and interference with normal quantity flow of nerve force
(o) this was THE FIRST TIME this problem had been SCIENTIFICALLY proven
(p) the Spalteholtz Labs then issued a report on their findings, proving Chiropractic was scientifically premised
(q) from the date of the publication of this Spalteholtz Report, the medical profession has NOT denied this anatomical
and physiological conclusion of the Chiropractic premise
(r) it cost us $5,000 to clarify this one disputable question.
(The one wet specimen in The BJP CC Osteo Lab, and fotografs of this work, are in a special frame. We suggest you study these at your
B.J. Palmer – book History in the Making (1957) page 30.