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120 Years... A little history...A little perspective

Today, 9/18/15. is the 120th birthday of Chiropractic.

I have an old black-and-white photo on the wall, in my office, in the Adjustatorium. It was a chiropractic rally at Madison Square Garden in New York, in 1932. 16,500 chiropractors and their supporters. As Chiropractic was not legal in the State of New York until 1967 (New York was the third to last state to legalize), most of those chiropractors had gone to jail (some of them, many times) for “practicing medicine without a license.” Most of my older professors at New York Chiropractic College were “jailbirds,” with pride! At one time or another, chiropractors all over the country were jailed for adjusting people. It still goes on in Italy, France and Spain. Funny, that it was the medical doctors that worked to jail chiropractors (because of the threat they posed to them). Now, it is medical doctor-like (allopathic) chiropractors that seek to jail chiropractors. Weird, but true. So, now you know that, in addition to regular “New York Attitude,” I have “New York Chiropractor Attitude.”

In the old days, when chiropractors were jailed, most were given the opportunity to renounce their “D.C.” degree for an “M.D.” degree. They declined. What did they do in jail? They adjusted theirfellow prisoners and the guards. What did their practice members do? They demonstrated outside the jail, holding signs and chanting “FREE OUR DOCTOR!” In the 60’s, in New Jersey, when real chiropractic was threatened by a medical wannabe chiropractic board, practice members of dozens of practices banded together, demanding their right to receive Chiropractic. They sent letters. Sometimes, they showed up, by the hundreds, at Board hearings. The good guys won. So it will be, again. Even easier today, with the influence of the media and the internet. Keep reading. Further on, I will be telling you about our new “e-zine”( internet magazine). The best way to get the government to do the right thing is to publicly embarrass them into doing the right thing. In the future, whether the Board’s intended victim will be me, or one of my colleagues, I will count on you for your support of real Wellness VSC-based Chiropractic. As George Orwell wrote, “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Voltaire said: “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”

I often make mention of my “New York Chiropractor Attitude.” Well, in the historical context, I must give credit to Iowa BJ-3 pieceChiropractor Attitude. Dr. B. J. Palmer, the “Developer of Chiropractic,” said: “I will sell Chiropractic, serve Chiropractic and save Chiropractic if it will take me twenty lifetimes to do it.  I will promote it within the law, without the law, in keeping with the law or against the law, in order to get sick people well, and keep the well from getting sick.” Count me in!

Be Well

Dr Harte

Marin Straight Chiropractor



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