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.
fairchiro: Also people who are dieting and taking in very little calories may need a multi vitamin. And of course certain diseases require vitamins.
Jan 30, 2014 16:00:16 GMT -5
Rock: yes there is some illness with the homocysteine getting too high and one got to see a MD to check it out then they give you folic acid and vitamin b6 and b12. I got that illness myself.. but I was starving....I had anorexia.......
Jan 30, 2014 16:55:58 GMT -5
dwight: So i'm newly joined and have a query about a few happenings in which my lower back would extend and my actual maximum height would increase from 3-6 inches. After 2(3?) x-rays it was confirmed that i have mild scoliosis and extraordinary back muscle.
Feb 1, 2014 14:46:41 GMT -5
dwight: I dont know how else to explain what is happening to me but I was advised to get an MRI more than once in order to further dive into the cause or cure for my situation
Feb 1, 2014 14:47:06 GMT -5
dwight: is it possible for something like that to happen? if so, will it become a permanent issue? if not, how can i go about resolving that?
Feb 1, 2014 14:47:30 GMT -5
GoodGolly: I've never seem so much self loathing and inadequacy... What a load of crap. There are MANY DCs who are not subluxation based and THRIVING. Put on your big-girl panties and quit whining.
Feb 13, 2014 8:55:43 GMT -5
GoodGolly: There are problems with our educational processes and unscrupulous docs, but the same can be said for every profession. Your attempts here to disparage an ENTIRE profession say more about you than that profession. Grow up, grow a pair and get to work.
Feb 13, 2014 9:00:07 GMT -5
liedtoo: Sure ill get right to work cracking necks and backs and not getting paid for it. My 3 year old can do the same thing when she jumps off the couch and lands on my back. GoodGolly your still in chiroville, In reality the profession is a joke.
Feb 13, 2014 10:44:57 GMT -5
DHOW: Come on dude stop hating yourself and get busy.
Feb 13, 2014 15:08:09 GMT -5
Tim Whatley: The zealotry of Dr. Botnick paints a picture of a bitter, failed man. It's probably time for him to move on with his life.
Feb 17, 2014 21:44:02 GMT -5
Getreal TIM: Hey Tim, Dr Botnick is trying to actually educate current and future DC's about reality, not the fiction world of subluxations and chiropractic. I appreciate this site greatly and it has provided a lot of good resources, as well as a form of therapy.
Feb 18, 2014 15:38:00 GMT -5
Clunderthoud: Chiropractic certainly does work no matter what the theory, it just sucks as a career.
Feb 22, 2014 2:36:08 GMT -5
Clunderthoud: I now do chiropractic, VOM, and PEMF on horses and dogs after 20 dead-end years in DC practice. Did you know that many successful "horse chiropractors" are ropers, horse-shoers (farriers) cowboys, and journeymen with no DC degree at all?
Feb 22, 2014 3:06:50 GMT -5