A Subluxation-Free World


The above seems to be a goal for the straight chiropractic profession.  It is undoubtedly a very noble goal, for we know that an individual without vertebral subluxations functions better on every level.  Further, there is nothing wrong with having lofty goals as long as they are reasonable.  I am not quite sure that a subluxation-free world is a reasonable goal, especially from a philosophical viewpoint.  Perhaps it would be more appropriate to say our goal is a “regularly-checked and adjusted-when-necessary world.”  After all, if we see the vertebral subluxation as a worldwide plight that occurs in all people of all ages as a result of the normal activities of life, we cannot expect to wipe it out as we would some medical plague. 

Vertebral subluxations occur when a person fails to adapt to the state of the environment (the negative qualities of which are usually brought on by man).  Clearly, both the environment and the inherent weakness of the body (limitations of matter) are factors.  Whether in the occurrence of vertebral subluxations you see man moving up in an evolutionary process or down in a devolutionary process, his matter is not perfect nor is his environment.  To create a subluxation-free world we would have to have a perfect environment.  Further, we would have to have perfect people who did not make mistakes like tripping over the curb or falling down steps.  We would all have to be perfect drivers so no automobile accidents occurred.  We would all have to eat natural wholesome foods, drink pure water, and breathe pure air.  We would have to ensure that the adversities of life did not cause stress. 

Unfortunately, adjusting subluxations will not in and of itself make a subluxation-free world.  Only a perfect world full of perfect people could do that and given the above factors and the nature of man, I frankly, cannot see that happening.  Consequently, I do not strive to create a subluxation-free world.  I simply cannot embrace a goal that I see as impossible to achieve from a philosophical, practical and/or theological standpoint.  Does that make me a pessimist?  No.  I think I am a realist.  I believe I can keep people in my community walking around on a day-to-day basis with less subluxations, expressing more of their innate potential.  That is a worthwhile and rewarding goal.  Will it create a subluxation-free world?  I doubt it.  But it will improve to some degree the expression and the quality of life of individuals in my community and that to me is a goal worthy of attaining

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