I remember him as a bigot and outlandishly vulgar person. At an early age, I lived for 18 months in an apartment on Brady Street, directly across from the Palmer School of Chiropractic when my father was a student there in the late 1930s. One day I saw B.J. approach and spit in the face of two students who were walking on the sidewalk near "Lit'le Bit of Heaven." I could not understand this and asked my dad what could cause such behavior. I was told that B.J. vehemently hated Jews and so acted on occasion -- yet he would accept their tuition. It was common knowledge that B.J., like Charles Lindbergh, openly supported Hitler in the 1930s.
The social class he had was absorbed by association with his stylish, charming, educated, and widely loved wife, Mabel. Although they remained married for 45 years, it was in name only for about half that time. He was not a skilled adjuster: Mabel's cervical spine was destroyed by traumatic arthritis from his poor technic.
This reminds me of all the students and students' friends, family members, and significant others getting bad backs from the student clinic.
This old post about BJ traumatizing his wife's spine so well underscores how a chiropractic "expert" isn't an expert at all (or expert in nothing, I suppose). It's the way the whole field works..."experts" are made through marketing and political posturing...not through intellectual achievements. Afterall, not even BJ knew what he was doing.
There is no doubt that iconoclast B.J. was a skilled salesman, but he never started or maintained a chiropractic practice or established a chiropractic college. He lacked formal education, but he was not "dumb." He passionately emulated P.T. Barnum and Elbert Hubbard. His writings were self-published, but his worshipers bought them despite their price or substance. He sermonized frequently, but his peers did not consider him an educator -- except in promoting his dogmatic doctrinaires through mesmerizing rhetoric
B.J. knew how to hypnotize an audience, and how to use this to make himself rich. A graduate was not considered a "specific, pure, unadulterated chiropractor" unless he left Lyceum with a life-size bust and a half dozen portraits "in various thought poses" of the overseer of the Fountainhead.
person: I went to Stanford Medical for my facial reconstructive surgery after sliding 20+ feet on my face with my body in a scorpion position and not once did they take an x-ray of my spine to see if there was any damage. Turns out there was a hell of a lot of it!
Jul 15, 2014 13:53:49 GMT -5
The good guy: The science behind the wobble cushion. It's sound science same as the physical therapies used in traditional medicine. It is part of what they call spinal hygiene. The more you move your spine the more it pumps fluid in it. I have read in many places the w
Jul 24, 2014 18:20:38 GMT -5
Successful DC = cheating DC: I read success stories, from patients, but the field as a whole is pathetic! The student default rate of chiropractic is evidence enough there is no demand for chiropractic. Adjustments may help, but are a tool anyone can learn.
Aug 7, 2014 13:47:39 GMT -5
Dissappointed : I have been very disappointed in the quality of life I have been able to provide for my family. Other professions constantly embrace technology which allows them to better service their patients the chiropractor administers try to sell a sub luxation
Aug 15, 2014 10:56:16 GMT -5
Dissappointed : Subluxation 120 years and still searching. The reimbursement in chiropractic is minimal a person better served to obtain a degree in physical therapy state of texas degree physical therapy 28k.
Aug 15, 2014 10:58:59 GMT -5
Dissappointed : Physical therapy would of provided better results than your chiropractic adjustment its manipulation not adjustment another scam.
Aug 15, 2014 11:00:07 GMT -5
rachel: I totally do think that ML is a scam! I wrote about it here: http://rachelmsw.blogspot.com/2014/08/maximized-living-scam.html
Aug 16, 2014 16:42:54 GMT -5
nmsdc: Subluxations, cracks, and nerve interference are nonsensical marketing strategies chiropractors use to rip off the worried well.
Aug 19, 2014 14:07:45 GMT -5
aches: I think if we were well, we would not be searching for a cure for the pain.
Aug 20, 2014 19:56:22 GMT -5
aches: "Worried well" ? If we were well, we wouldn't be looking for relief from neck and back pain.
Aug 20, 2014 19:59:35 GMT -5
charade: if you think a crack is going to help your condition then you are smoking crack! the only light at the end of the chiropractic tunnel is the train!!
Aug 21, 2014 10:35:27 GMT -5
charade: aches: you misunderstood nmsdc's statement. they rip off the worried very well. read slowly and carefully.
Aug 21, 2014 12:33:19 GMT -5
nmsdc: I mean "worried" well people, who are scared and then ripped off for months or years of "subluxation" treatment when a massage or some manual therapy would do.
Aug 21, 2014 15:32:45 GMT -5
thankful: Under medical care, I had shingles twice. Each time, it lasted for several months. Upon a 3rd onset, I was under chiropractic care. It only lasted for 1 week! I have stayed with chiropractic care, and I have not had any more onsets of shingles.
Aug 23, 2014 20:45:37 GMT -5
Successful DC = cheating DC : Chiropractic is a joke!!! I am one. . . What profession has so many of its own bad mouthing it?! It should be outlawed and all these so-called chiropractic colleges should be shut down and forced to pay reparations to their graduates.
Aug 27, 2014 21:41:21 GMT -5
The goof above me: Just because you cheated and suck, doesnt mean they all did that...
Aug 28, 2014 14:20:41 GMT -5
thankful: 08072014-I thank God that I found a chiropractor with a wellness plan and educational classes. With adjustments and teaching, the ailments began disappearing. This is excellent health care. It is at a fraction of the cost of the health insurance system!
Aug 30, 2014 13:57:16 GMT -5
thankful: 08152014-I'm glad that physical therapy helped you. My chiropractor helped me too. I can climb stairs & arise from the floor without struggling or labored breathing. I can go for a walk & have the strength to exercise. I was able to return to work.
Aug 30, 2014 14:02:25 GMT -5
Why: I was wondering if anyone would give their opinion of the iq impulse. My daughter could not get any diagnosis from many dr's but the chiro that uses the iq impulse has shown improvement in her pain.
Sept 1, 2014 20:45:17 GMT -5
jadewarrior: Go to neuromechanical.com for information on the Impuluse iQ. Click the "Resources" tab at the top to look at some of the published, peer reviewed research validating instrument adjusting and the Impulse iQ. Go to go impulse.com to find a doctor using it.
Sept 2, 2014 6:44:09 GMT -5