Category Archives: D.D. Palmer

BJ Letter to Dr. Oakley

Dear Friend Oakley,

Father received word from Dr. Harriman this a.m. saying he could come out any day this week except Monday and he would show him around the buildings…quite fortunate isn’t he.

Business has been very slow here for the last month and father is getting very much discouraged so much so that mama has almost persuaded him to sell out here, take his collection of heads, go to Washington, D.C. and start up a 25 cent museum.

How ridiculous when there are zoos of live animals that people can see free of charge!Chicago,Philadelphia,New Yorkare the same way. I think it is a very foolish piece of Business!

The facts of the case are that mama has been living high on her fine dresses, “that will make the President look at her etc. etc.” that & the hired help which all costs a pile of money & makes expenses heavy. So he says he is losing $200 monthly.

But he says “I have lived since I was 26 with 5 women & this is the best of them all and if I see they want to boss it I just let them do it.” He would do it even if they run him & his business in the ground.

Now if you don’t think he is doing the right thing for suffering humanity in quitting the ranks of Chiro to be a museum leader, tell him so when he comes out because he will be sure to broach the subject.

It was said that if he got a buyer he would sell his stuff here today & go east tomorrow. Might be good opening for you Oakley.

If you wish to write to me do so it will be strictly between you and I or public just as you want. Because I would like to know what you think of this outrage.

You can send to Gen’l Delivery or house as you please but G.D. would be safer. Yours truly,

Bart Palmer


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Healing the Sick by D.D. Palmer

We are living in an age of wonders. Every day we are surprised at some new invention and yet many of these new ideas are so simple and easily understood that we wonder why our grandparents did not know of them.

The healing art has made the least advancement of any of the sciences; and yet we need knowledge in that direction more than any other. Why not progress in the healing art? As soon as our loved ones are taken sick we call the doctor, and, too often, in a few days they are laid away out of sight; or, perhaps, they are left with us crippled or diseased for life. The medical science, so called, is no science at all; it is mere guess work.

Often cures are made by chance which seem miraculous. Thousands are cured by faith cures, Christian science, mind cures, magnetics, mesmerism, massage, etc. etc. But by what means none can give an explanation that would be received by the thinking masses. We know there is a cause, for every effect has its cause.

To-day we have a comprehensible explanation of the fundamental principles upon which all these cures are made. To-day the cause of diseases are located and those causes corrected just as surely as any mechanic would find the cause of inharmony or wrong working in a piano, wagon, watch, engine, or other machine.

A human being is a human machine and, like a machine, would run smoothly, without any friction, if every part was in its proper place. If every bone, every nerve, and all the blood vessels, muscles, etc., were just right, there would be nothing wrong. We look the human machine over and find what parts are out of place, why the blood does not circulate freely to all parts, why the nerves cry out with pain

Disease is the effect or result of some part of the body being disarranged. To put them in their proper place, would give the diseased person ease and allow nature to rebuild without being obstructed.

I do not go to the drug store nor ransack all creation to find a remedy. The remedy is in righting the wrong. The cause of the disease is in the sufferer, and the cause must be corrected. Often the circulation of the blood is obstructed at some place, causing some of the numerous blood diseases. If so, would it not be much better to remove the obstruction than to throw into the circulation one of the many poisons used by the medics for such a purpose?

If every part of the human body was in its natural place there would be no friction, no inflammation, no fever no weakness. If all was right, there would be nothing wrong. I often find an injury in some part of the human frame caused by a fall, a strain or shock, a partial dislocation or some nerve unduly strained, stretched, pinched, or something wrong which must be righted.

The human body is a bundle of fine sensitive nerves, passing over, under, and between the 200 bones and the many muscles and ligaments. These nerves are liable to be pinched, strained, stretched, or pulled out of place by the displacement of any one of the bones, muscles, or ligaments, causing any one of the many nerve diseases. When these nerves cry out with pain and distress, what should be done for their relief? The drug doctor would give some paralyzing drug, such as aconite, bella donna, digitalis, opium, morphine, bromide of potassium, by thrusting it down the throat or introducing it into the body of the poor patient. Why not remove the pressure, adjust the framework, and take the strain off of those sensitive nerves?

Diseases such as pneumonia, diphtheria, croup, inflammation of the bowels, brain fever, etc., are often cured in one or two treatments. Chronic diseases may take from two weeks to two months to effect a permanent cure.


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Chiropractic Philosophy: Summary

chiropracticInnate Intelligence is the term applied to the life within the body.We might say it is that which constitutes “You.” (The Philosophy of Chiropractic by B.J. Palmer 1922).

Universal Intelligence which stands as the primal Creator of all other things existent, and which is, in itself, self-existent; from which emanate or issue, Matter, Energy, Time and Space, is the first consideration. (Dr. Joy Logan, Chair of Philosophy, Palmer School of Chiropractic, 1908.)

Basic Principle of Chiropractic: That man is spiritual in nature and if you remove nerve interference the body will heal itself naturally without drugs.

Morally, Chiropractors are duty bound to help humanity physically. Religiously, they are required to render spiritual service to 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 correcting the skeletal frame, the spirit is permitted to assume normal control, and produce normal expression. (D.D. Palmer, Science of Chiropractic, 1910.)

The world is indoctrinated in medicine. People are conceived and born in a medicine cabinet. They grow up in a drugstore. Their priests and their tin gods are the AMA. They have been brain-washed, hypnotized, mesmerized and drugged to believe their life-force comes from Outside-In.

Chiropractic must unbrainwash the public and demonstrate that health comes from Inside-Out.

But first we must un-brainwash the chiropractor, too many of whom have themselves not caught the idea that the vertebral adjustment releases Innate, works in harmony with Innate, becomes a partner with Innate in effecting the cure.  (B.J. Palmer, D.C., Ph.C.)


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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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The Story of D.D. Palmer

photos-of-bj_page_02_image_0003Two years ago I was visiting my close friends Drs. Jane and Harvey Fish in Marietta, Georgia. It was September 17th and Dr. Harvey asked me if I was going to do anything for Chiropractic week that started the next day. I hadn’t given it a thought up to that point but overnight while I slept the Story of D.D. Palmer formulated in my mind. You know how that works, you set a task for your mind and then forget about it and a few days later the solution pops into your head and you either do something with it or you ignore it and it is lost forever.

I decided to do something and it possessed me to the point that I might have annoyed my hosts. However, Dr. Jane sat down with paper and pen on the deck and I dictated the story practically verbatim from all my studies and talks on the History of Chiropractic and having read some of the Green Books. All we had to do was correct a few grammatical errors and it was a finished product.

During this same visit, Dr. Harvey gave me a collection of pristine copies of Chiropractic philosophy books and a small heavy box, packaged in original postage from around 1920. He told me I could do whatever I wished with these antiquities. That day I headed out to spend a few days with my family in Asheville, N.C.

Chiropractic week started September 18th and my brother-in-law and I decided to take a drive for what we thought was an uneventful cruise through the mountains. But this was not to be the case! While driving another idea formulated in my head, “Why don’t you go to Sherman College of Chiropractic and donate these materials to the museum so that all Chiropractors could benefit from this treasure trove of gifted information.” We headed out as we were within a hundred miles.

I gave the books to Dr. Hart and he was thoroughly thankful. I handed him the packaged postmarked box and was about to leave when my brother-in-law stopped me saying, “You have to open that box or it’s going to drive you nuts wondering what’s in there.”

Dr. Hart took a scalpel and surgically opened the box and inside was a stainless steel replica of the Palmer School of Chiropractic. Apparently B.J. Palmer had these crafted into a bank with a slot in the top so that alumni could donate to the school by placing money in the bank and sending it back to the school. It was absolutely untouched, in the original packaging, still shiny and the quality of craftsmanship was outstanding.

It is now on display in the museum at the Sherman School of Chiropractic along with the gifted books from Drs. Harvey and Jane Fish.

The moral of this story is to pose a problem to your mind and then paying attention to the answer when it arrives, noting it down and doing something with it. B.J. Palmer used to have a notebook and pen by his bed so that if he woke up at anytime with an answer formulated in his mind he could write it down and not lose it. He had an electric typewriter constructed that held a continuous role of paper and during the day he would simply type out his “thots” in individual paragraphs and his secretary would cut the paragraphs out and stick them onto 8 1/2 by 11 sheets and place them by his typewriter. Then he would come back to them later, sometimes even days later, read them again and more data with flow and he would type those up and the process would begin again. This is how he wrote all the books he did.

So it worked for B.J. and it has happened to others and I woke up this morning with the start of this article firmly fixed in my mind. I didn’t know where it was going but I just started typing. It could happen to you. Pose the problem, e.g. “What should I say in my Weight Loss Workshop coming up?” And if you listen the answer with come out sooner or later. When it does, listen and start writing until you can’t write anymore, leave it and come back later. Don’t toil at it. You’ll have a finished workshop before you know it.

Contact me at if you want me to send you a copy of “The Story of D.D. Palmer.” If you wish to speak to me directly and pose a problem for me to help you with, then call 727-445-7842 and I will do my best to solve that practice problem.

Paul Turnbull



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A Valuable Watch by D.D. Palmer

Woman“If you should let your watch fall or by any means get some parts of it displaced or injured so that it does not keep good time, or even refuses to run at all, you would take it to a watch Doctor. Suppose that upon examination he should tell you that he would have to cut out one or two cogs or remove a wheel in order to make it run, would you leave it with him? No, not for one minute. You would be likely to say, “I have carried that watch for many years, it has served me faithfully, it has always told me the correct time, and you cannot make me believe that the watch factory put in too many wheels or cogs.”

“Why not use as good judgment in regards to your mother, wife, or daughter who are much more valuable? You would not let a jeweler cut out any portion of your watch, but how many, when mother, wife or daughter has had a fall or met with some injury, thereby displacing some portion of the anatomy so that she is unable to do as formerly, call in the family physician, whom they have learned to love and respect. He makes a diagnosis and prescribes for her. Day after day he calls, takes the tem¬perature, respiration, and feels the pulse, and finds that her condition is no better. He finally advises you to take her to the repair shop, usually called a hospital. They decide that an operation must be performed; some parts of her person must be removed, they have done all else they knew and they must do something. You would not trust your watch in the care of one whom your best reason told you would ruin it by the removal of some of its parts, but you will trust a person whom you love far more than the watch to the tender mercies of those who rifle women of their motherhood. You listen to the sophistry of the wise Doctor, he is willing to take responsibility (as much as words go) and assures you that the operation of removing some parts of her body will put her on the road to recovery. You know that God did not put in any useless parts any more than the watch factory put in too many parts in your watch. With dread and fear you finally leave her, although you cannot help but think that the responsibility, the gain or loss, and the pay, all rest upon you and not the Doctor.”

“You cease to use your reason. You not only leave your mother, wife, or daughter in the hands of the despoiler, but you also take your watch to the quack jeweler, who at once removes two cogs or a wheel and returns it to you, saying that he hopes it will now run all right. When you took your watch to the quack it did run, but it failed to keep accurate time; now to your chagrin and disgust you find it will not run at all. You arrive at home and find that your mother, wife, or daughter has been returned pale, emaciated, and weak, but the physician assures you that all she needs is time and rest. But you are doomed to disappointment, for you find that time, like the Doctor’s knife, has not improved her condition, but, on the contrary, she is now much more helpless than before you spent her time and your money.”

“You notify the jeweler of the condition of your watch. He tells you of his apprenticeship, of his experience in the business; that he can take the insides of a watch all out, and did so with yours, and found that it had too many wheels to run well, and that possibly there are too many in there yet; if you let him have it once more he will call in some of his neighbors of like craft who are skilled in that line. They will hold council over it, examine it with a microscope and see for sure just what is the trouble, and so it comes to pass that you again leave your watch. Your family physician calls upon you and tells you he possibly did not cut out enough of her insides, and advises you to return her to the shop and they will hold consultation and advise with the medical staff and know of a certainty just what and how much should be taken out. You again yield your better judgment to one whom you think ought to know better than you; and she is again taken from the home and sympathizing friends.”

“In the meantime your watch is returned, or rather what is left of it. It no longer looks like the watch you once carried with so much pride, when everyone admired it and thought it such a beauty. The case is battered and full of wrinkles and bears no resemblance to its former self; it is ruined and destroyed beyond possibility of repair. Your mother, sister, or daughter, as the case may be is again brought home, or, at least, what is left of her; but she bears no resemblance to the woman you once thought so plump and beautiful. She is no longer able to walk or take a step; she is only the shadow of her former figure. Her haggard, care-worn looks speak only too plainly of her dreadful experience. The physician says the operation was a wonderful success. “We have done all we can; give her the best of care while she lasts.”

“This goes on to this day! How many of your patients have avoided this operation after receiving Chiropractic care? How many have had complications from having this operation before they came under your care? How many of these operations can you prevent in the future? Women are not really hysterical requiring surgery. They bare the stress of having to live with and care for men and children. Remove the cause of the stress, subluxations, and they will again enjoy life.”

Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842

EP Management, Inc.


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Human and Spiritual Phenomena

“Chiropractic science, its art and philosophy, deal with human and spiritual phenomena.”


“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 in duty bound to help humanity physically. Religiously, they are required to render spiritual service to 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 correcting the skeletal frame the spirit is permitted to assume normal control, and produce normal expression.”


D.D. Palmer – 1910


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