Category: Chiropractic History

Medical Mimicry

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I was looking for a computer disk in the closet earlier and I found an old piece of paper with a photocopy featuring some text from BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractic. Some will criticize the information posted, others will say that the words are just as strong and true today as they were when first written. Here is a scan of the image followed by a link to a PDF file I created of the photocopy before recycling it.

For those interested, here is the PDF file. BJ Palmer Medical Mimicry

I don’t know why this was on the shelf by itself, but not so oddly, I was having some thoughts about this subject earlier today. If you’re viewing the image above and its not clear what the text reads, it’s as follows…

The world is indoctrinated in medicine. People are conceived and born in a medicine cabinet. They grow up in a drugstore. Their priests and their tin gods are the AMA. They have been brain-washed, hypnotized, mesmerized and drugged to believe their life-force comes from Outside-In.

Chiropractic must un-brainwash the public and demonstrate that health comes from Inside-Out. But first we must un-brainwash the chiropractic, too many of whom have themselves not caught the idea that the vertebral adjustment releases Innate, works in harmony with Innate, becomes a partner with Innate in effecting the cure.

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

Colorado College of Chiropractic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

This post relates to a chiropractic college that existed during a short period in the state of Colorado. It’s a reminder of the importance in choosing a chiropractic school that has a strong historical background, good accreditation status, and hopefully a solid financial structure, when making the choice of a career as doctor of chiropractic.

Colorado Chiropractic CollegeThe Colorado College of Chiropractic was part of Marycrest International University and it was located in Denver, Colorado.

The school was closed by the end of its 2001 2002 school year, as a result of continued declines in student enrollment, as well as persistent financial difficulties.

On May 17 of 2000, Marycrest International University announced plans to develop a doctoral program in chiropractic, which was approved by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

According to the announcement the school was to begin offering courses in chiropractic during the fall of 2000. After receiving approval from the North Central Association (NCA), the hiring of faculty and staff, and the recruitment of perspective chiropractic students was underway.

The chiropractic program was located at a sister institution, Teikyo Loretto Heights, in Denver. The Colorado chiropractic school was to be focused on a contemporary approach to chiropractic in an evidenced-based environment, according to Dean Dr. Robert Davison.

If you were to visit to the chiropractic site in 2001, you’d be greeted by a welcome message that read…

At Colorado College of Chiropractic, we’re shaping a new generation of chiropractors. We’re building on what’s come before. We’re breaking through barriers. We’re training primary members of the health care team. We are a growing group of professionals who are dedicated to the vision of taking chiropractic beyond where it has ever been before.

We’re taking chiropractic Beyond the Expected.

Unfortunately for the institution, the school could not keep up in the increasingly competitive environments that is natural amongst chiropractic schools in the United States.

This school was unlike the Westside Manhattan Chiropractic College that I wrote about in July. It’s rare to see a new chiropractic learning institution open up in the United States. I believe the most recent was the Palmer Florida campus in Port Orange. Some chiropractic schools have histories that date back to the early 1900s.

The Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa, was the first existence, and is often referred to as the Fountainhead. Schools like Western States and the Cleveland chiropractic colleges have histories that root back to the founder of chiropractic himself, magnetic healer DD Palmer. From what I understand Dr. Palmer helped create the Portland school of chiropractic, later becoming Western States, and was on the faculty of Ratladge school of chiropractic in Los Angeles, which became CCCLA in the 1950s.

I’m curious if there are any practicing Ratledge graduates in the California area.

Magnetic healer turns chiropractor 113 years ago today

It was September 18, 1895 (113 years ago today) that a magnetic healer by the name of Daniel David Palmer racked a vertebrae back into position on the neck of a janitor who had gone deaf some 17 years earlier.

Daniel David PalmerThe man, who became known as the Father of Chiropractic, was practicing the art of magnetic healing in the Ryan building in Davenport Iowa when he encountered building janitor Harvey Lillard, who had been deaf for many years after suffering an injury.

As the story goes, DD Palmer palpated a lump on the janitors neck, theorizing that the two were related. Moving the vertebrae back into position Harvey Lillards hearing was reportedly restored and what was to become the practice of Chiropractic was born.

DD was born in Canada (March 7, 1845) and he moved to the United States when he was 20 years old. During his young years DD held jobs as a schoolteacher, beekeeper, and grocery store owner. He had a great interest and the health philosophies of the late 1800s, including topics such as magnetic healing and spiritualism.

His theory of the day centered on the concept that altered nerve flow was the cause of all dis-ease, and that misaligned spinal vertebrae had an affect on nerve flow. Palmer believed that restoring misaligned spinal vertebrae to their proper position would result in restoration of health.

To say his theories and postulations were met with great criticism would be an understatement but they were radically different from those commonly being presented at the time.

113 years later I I’m here writing about this on the Interwebz and I think that’s pretty darn cool. Party on DD!

Westside Manhattan Chiropractic College

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Take a walk today down West 72nd Street in New York City (around the cross streets of Amsterdam and Broadway) and you may pass an Urban Outfitters, General Nutrition Center (GNC), Citibank, Sleepy’s Mattress Center, and many other businesses. But in July of 1920 a stroll past 245 W. 72nd St. would’ve taken you by newly purchased property owned by the New York College of Chiropractic.

245 W. 72nd StI recently came across an old real estate report from June and July of 1920 that included some historical chiropractic information. Among sales listings for private dwellings was the selling of a five-story plus basement dwelling at 245 W. 72nd St in New York City.

The residence was owned by Maria Piel and it was sold to Max Carnot and Alfred Timon for a price of around $110,000.

Max and Alfred were listed as officers for the New York College of Chiropractic and according to the real estate report the premises were to be altered and used exclusively as a college of chiropractic.

The property was located about halfway between West End Ave and Broadway, on Manhattan’s West side. A walk down 72nd St. past Amsterdam Avenue would take one to Central Park West in a mere matter of minutes, offering one a lovely stroll in Central Park.

Today, turning right on Central Park West, that short stroll will take you to the New York Chiropractic office of Dr. Jay Handt and son (located at 91 Central Park West). It’s about a half-mile from the colleges historic location.

There is no longer a chiropractic school located in Manhattan but there are certainly plenty of New York Chiropractors in the city and throughout the state. If anyone has any more history on this New York location as a chiropractic school in the 1920s, I’d love to hear about it.

1996 ICA Review and Who Had a Website

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

This morning I was scanning through a 1996 copy of the ICA Review (International Review of Chiropractic) and I noticed there was almost no evidence of anyone claiming to have a website or e-mail address. The publication is nearly 12 years old, but surely there had to be at least somebody mentioning the Internet in some fashion. I was attending chiropractic college at the time (CCCLA) and was quite active on the Internet, but was anyone else?

ICA Review 1996

I went back through the 98 page publication page by page, checking contact information for vendors, e-mail addresses for chiropractic authors, and web site URLs of chiropractic schools that were advertising in the publication. I even checked all the chiropractic classified ads on the last page.

There were ads for companies such as Foot Levelers, King Koil (a mattress Co.), Zenith (adjusting tables), Quest Seminars, New York Chiropractic College, Team WLP, and Document Plus (a billing company). Of all of the two dozen plus advertisers, there was only one mention of e-mail and one mention of a website. Not a single author included an e-mail address in their bio and there was no inclusion of e-mail addresses or web sites listed in any of the classified ads.

So who would have a chiropractic website in 1996, and would be listing the URL in trade magazines? Take a look at the ad below for Life Chiropractic College West.

Chose Life West

The advertisement reads “I want to be the best chiropractor I can be and I want the best education I can get. That’s why I chose Life West.” – Terri Lumm 1995 Graduate

I wasn’t surprised that the only chiropractic advertisement in the entire publication was for Life West chiropractic college. Does anyone remember the latest stuff from Gerry e-mails that when out in the mid 1990s? He was on the cutting edge in communicating chiropractic on the Internet.

What I found funny about the advertisement was that someone goofed up on the URL structure. Probably a common mistake when printing website URLs in 1996. Take a look at this close-up…

Notice the URL structure reads HTTP: W/WWW.LIFEWEST.EDU/ I just tried running that through my Firefox browser which results in an error message Address Not Found (Firefox can’t find the server at w.). Nonetheless, I think it’s an interesting look at chiropractic history on the Internet to see who was promoting their website in September of 1996.

By the way, 2005 Via Barrett, San Lorenzo, CA 94580-1368 is no longer a valid address for the chiropractic college. The school is located at 25001 Industrial Blvd., Hayward, CA, 94545 and they can be reached at (800) 788-4476.

I’ll get to the one advertiser mentioning their e-mail address and will have this post updated.

Chiropractic Costa Rica and Panama Missions

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I was browsing through some web pages on Planet Chiropractic today and I came across a half a dozen pages that had links to photos that were taken during chiropractic missions to Panama and Costa Rica from May and October of 2000. Spanish chiropractic

All the pages are grouped together and if you want to browse through the images you can view the main page here… Chiropractic mission to Panama February 2004

There are five pages of indexed image thumbnails which link to photos from a CREW chiropractic mission to Costa Rica in 2000, and pages of image thumbnails for one of the many chiropractic missions to Panama.

We decided to keep the pages for historical archive purposes so others can view the estimated 200 photographs from this set that are available from those missions. Images are actually still captures taken from a Sony VX-1000 handheld digital camcorder. Amazing how image technology has changed in the last seven years. Looking at some of the photos now they really bring back some memories. The first page of the image archives shows photographs taken in a civic gymnasium in Panama City, Panama. There are some photos towards the top of the page showing the lines of people waiting to get into the gymnasium for chiropractic care.

You can check out some of these thumbnails to view those images directly…

people in line image one people in line image two people in line image three

Check out the photo pages (use the main link above for Panama February 2004) to see all the images.

Hundreds of chiropractors participated in CREW (Chiropractors Restoring Energy Worldwide) missions from 1997 through 2004. Chiropractors traveled from the United States, Canada, Spain, Australia, and other parts of the world to provide free chiropractic care to the people of Panama and Costa Rica during these very successful missions.

There are 15 to 20 related news articles in the chiropractic archives and you can access most of them from here: News Search Panama

“The Masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their minds and their religion. They simply pursue their vision of excellence at what ever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them, they are always doing both.” – James Mitchner

World's oldest man born September 1895

The world’s oldest man appeared in news articles last week (Monday, June 18, 2007) after he received an official certificate from the Guinness World Records, verifying him as the world’s oldest male.

According to report on Yahoo! News, Tomoji Tanabe is currently 111 years old, born on September 18th, 1895.

Chiropractors will recognize that date as the day D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, gave the first chiropractic adjustment to a gentleman by the name of Harvey Lillard, in Davenport Iowa.

On September 18, 2007 don’t forget to say happy birthday to Tomoji and to Chiropractic, as they’ll both be 112 years old.

I recalled seeing the article in some news wire last week but I passed it by and did not read it until receiving an e-mail from a chiropractor in Connecticut. Many thanks to Dr. Robert Shaw in Milldale, Connecticut, for forwarding the article to Planet Chiropractic.