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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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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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