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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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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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Right Adjustment by Elbert Hubbard – 1910

Elbert Hubbard and B.J. Palmer were the best of friends, here is Elbert’s tribute to Chiropractic:

“We live in the age of investigation. We are all citizens of Missouri – show me! Bluf has had its day, and the operations of both business and professional men are now conducted out in the open, and subjected to the X-rays of critical analysis and the acid test of truth and reason.”

“Science has now lost its academic significance; and instead of being almost wholly associated with the occult and the mysterious, it is recog­nized as being simply common sense classified and intelligently applied.”

“We are beginning to think for ourselves, to seek for causes, instead of evolving remedies or effects. On the other hand we see hoary ideas and antiquated methods discarded and old superstition and dogma decorating the junk -pile.”

“A natural result of this spirit of inquiry has been in the increasing ten­dency to make the body the temple of health – strong and efficient.”

“So in the scrap-heap the keen observer will see musty, dusty boxes and bottles, and ‘scraps of paper’ written in a dead language. They are drugs, dope and prescriptions representing well-meant but pathetic efforts to cure disease or correct its effects – medicine given to correct the evils of medication.”

“We are beginning to realize the futility of pills and potions.”

“They do not cure – they only temporize. And to reason from a diagnosis is illogical – as the post-mortem will show.”

“The only logical way to health is to remove the cause of the disease.” “And this Chiropractic does.”

“Chiropractic is the science which has brought the backbone to the front, so to speak. Incidentally, it is done much to give vim to the vimless, substituting health for disease.”

“Chiropractic is based upon the assumption that all diseases have their cause in subluxation – that is partial dislocation – of the spine, which exercises undue pressure on the spinal nerves.”

“This impingement, or pinch, restricts the flow of mental impulses at some point in their passage through the nerves, from their origin in the brain to the tissues which they supply with mental energy.”

“Their source of food-supply is cut of, and they give notice in their own way by abnormal expression – by giving us pain.”

“For pain is the cry of an injured nerve.”

“Man is a machine. And even as up-to-date machinery – well balanced and controlled, free from undue friction – is a prime necessity to the manufacturer if he must produce the goods, so is it equally imperative that man be healthy, sound in mind and body, free from dis-ease, if he would succeed. ”

“And the Chiropractor is the expert engineer whose practiced eye and skillful hands adjust the broken down human machine, restoring it to robust health and its wonted vigor.”

“Chiropractic goes direct to the cause, instead of shilly-shallying or dillydallying with effects. ”

“It removes the obstruction from the hose that carries the vital current, reestablishing its free flow.”

“It places the individual in rapport with himself and with nature, the great healer.”

“This is the chief object of the Chiropractor: to restore harmony – to adjust the short-circuited wires of the nervous system and keep open the lines of communication between “Central” and the various “branches” – in other words, to get the body into thorough working order. ”

“Hence the Chiropractor does not clog the human mechanism with dope or drugs, nor does he resort to saw and scalpel.”

“His practice is bloodless and drugless. Adjustments are practically painless and the work of but a moment. ”

“You have nothing to fear at the hands of a competent Chiropractor. He is kind, gentle, patient, skillful – he is your friend. Also he is your teacher. ”

“A GOOD Chiropractor not only knows the science of adjustment of the spine, but he knows also life in general, and so is the better fitted to practice the healing art.”

“He is always more interested in health than disease.”

“He ever keeps in mind the ideal of perfect health and ever works to that end. His plan always seems to be to open up the sluiceway, to clear a path through the woods, to remove the rocks from the channel. He moves towards the definite point of health and happiness. ”

“And we are only well and happy and able to think, to work and to suc­ceed, when the spinal column is able to do its perfect work.”

“‘We are bathed in an Ocean of Intelligence’ says Emerson. The world is Spirit. Spirit takes material forms and one of these is the human body. The soul seems to be a part of the Great Spirit, partially segregated, as it were, in the individual body. ”

“Our business is to allow this Spirit to play through us. So the happy, relaxed, generous mood is always the healthy mood. ”

“We are a part of Nature – in fact, we are Nature. Nature is our Mother; and the more we love Nature, the more we understand her, the more we move with Nature the happier and better we are. ”

“The penalties of life are for the disobedience of the laws of Nature. The blessings of life come from being one with the Universal Mother, and the approachable, kindly and able Chiropractor adds to our gladness, efficiency and length of days by his knowledge of, and belief in, ‘right adjustment. ’”

Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842

EP Management, Inc,


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Ladder of Success – B.J. Palmer

100%–I did   BJ-studying

90%–I will

80%–I can

70%–I think I can

60%–I might

50%–I think I might

40%–What is it?

30%–I wish I could

20%–I don’t know how

10%–I can’t

0%–I won’t

-B.J. Palmer

There is a great difference between a man who thinks “perhaps” he can do, or who “will try” to do a thing, and a man who “knows” he can do it, who is “bound” to do it; who feels within himself a pulsating power, an irresistible force, equal to any emergency.

The difference between uncertainty and certainty, between vacillation and decision, between the man who wavers and the man who decides things, between “I think I might” and “I can,” between “I can’t” and “I will,” this little difference measures the distance between weakness and power, between mediocrity and excellence, between commonness and superiority.

Yours in Health,

Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842

President, EP Management, Inc.


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Multi-photo - Thank You“The miraculous-inspiration myth would have you believe that creative ideas are flashes of brilliance that suddenly appear out of the blue to a fortunate few. One only has to be in the right place at the right time and presto! Instant creativity and success descends on the lucky recipient. The problem with this myth is if you believe it, nothing will happen. Flashes of brilliance come to those who work for them.

“Any successful artist, writer, inventor or creative professional can attest to the absurdity of waiting to be inspired. First you begin and then the insights appear. Magical insights and solutions to problems are sometimes stumbled on, but they are almost without exception stumbled on by people who happen to be studying the problem.

“There is a term used to describe the behavior of those who waited to be inspired – procrastination.” Michael LeBoeuf, from the book “Imagineering.”

Each client I’ve consulted over the years has been unique. They each lived a different life, had different experiences, losses and wins. The one common thread that went through all of them is that despite or because of their experiences they were willing to help their fellow man to live a better life. They also knew when they couldn’t solve their own practice problems and reached for help from an outside source. Which means they didn’t give up even though they were facing what they thought were insurmountable problems.

Now the desire to seek help can also suffer from procrastination. A Chiropractor can want help but is unwilling to reach out and ask for it. It’s a personal thing. They each have different reasons why they just can’t seem to ask another Chiropractor or consultant to assist them in something they can’t seem to overcome. This of course makes the problem worse because it goes unsolved, collects other problems too it until it all looks like a deep dark hole with the doctor at the bottom of this well looking up.

All it would take is the asking of a question of another, “What can I do to get and keep more new patients?” Getting the correct answer, implementing that answer and observing if the problem resolved. If it did then it would be time to ask another question and another until all your practice problems were resolved to your satisfaction.

I might be that person to ask the question of. Call me at 1-800-789-9931 or my direct line at (727) 445-7842 and find out.

Yours in Health,

Paul Turnbull, Senior Consultant

EP Management, Inc.

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chiropractic logoI’ve been sending out a weekly Newsletter from my website at for the past two years and I would like to add you to my list of subscribers and share my wealth of experience. Ideally what I would like you to do is write to me at and give me permission to contact you by phone (leave your phone number) so that I can ask you some questions about your practice and determine if I can help you solve some of the problems you are facing.

If you simply want to talk about Chiropractic philosophy that’s fine too.

Yours in Health,

Paul Turnbull 1-800-789-9931 Direct line (727) 445-7842 Cell: 727-643-8376

Senior Consultant

EP Management, Inc.


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Survival Value

Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915) and B.J. Palmer (1881 – 1961) often got together to discuss world events and how to help their fellow man. They both wrote several books, articles, and published newspapers on the subjects of life, liberty, health and the pursuit of happiness. Here is an explanation from the book “Evolution or Revolution by B.J. of how the the term “Survival Values” was coined: 

Some years ago, during one of his periodical visits to us here at our home, over the     dinner table, the late Elbert Hubbard asked me: “WHAT ARE THE TWO MOST VALUABLE WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?”

I told him I had never given it a thot, and asked, What are yours?


I told him quite frankly I didn’t see much in them, to which he replied:


They have become a landmark in our thinking, ever since.

Later, we enlarged HIS thot. We added four more words:




meaning that what uses a person makes of his time–thinking, saying, and doing–are ACCUMULATIVE, day after day, year after year; and as they accumulate they are either CONSTRUCTIVE for welfare of man, or DESTRUCTIVE, injuring people with whom he commingled.

Elbert Hubbard’s life had an


Hitler’s life was that of


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


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