Q&A #44-HIO


Many upper cervical practitioners believed  (and some still do) that only HIO was chiropractic, because vertebral subluxations  did not exist below Axis  and anyone who was adjusting below the second cervical was practicing the “adjustment” of misalignments at best, compensations at worst. What do you think and why?

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  1. Steve 02/03/2014, 8:41 pm:

    Two things come to mind,
    1. You cannot “adjust” a misalignment, only manipulate.
    2. Nobody has negated BJ’s research, that is to say no one has disproved his findings.
    I think the problem is that we all see results with full spine techniques, as BJ said we would. BJ was always striving to increase effectiveness while decreasing effort. It was all a matter of percentages.

  2. Matt 02/03/2014, 11:15 pm:

    I do think Atlas is the King but I also think Gonstead was onto something. Whatever adjustment helps innate find a state of ease is fine with me.

  3. todd 02/04/2014, 2:20 pm:

    would it be correct to assert that interference to any portion of a system must logically affect the whole system?

    • JoeStrauss 02/04/2014, 3:37 pm:

      Todd, I would think so. The only issue: is that affect to a demonstrable degree and should it be addressed? Some chiropractors think it should only be addressed when symptoms appear, when a medical entity is manifested. Yet we know that sometimes the first symptom of medical conditions is dropping dead.

    • JoeStrauss 02/04/2014, 3:40 pm:

      I should have written effect rather than affect.Sorry.

      • Claude Lessard 02/04/2014, 5:34 pm:


        You asked: “would it be correct to assert that interference to any portion of a system must logically affect the whole system?”

        Definitely! That’s WHY chiropractic deals with TRANSMISSION of the innate FORCES of the innate intelligence of the body by LACVS. In the absence of interference with TRANSMISSION of the innate FORCES of the innate intelligence of the body, the “whole system, as you mentioned will be affected and will benefit due to innate intelligence being ALWAYS normal and its function being ALWAYS normal (pri.27). –

        – It really is about hierarchy of complexities. If you recall, the universal diagram of cycles describes this hierarchy starting with the metaphysical innate intelligence/innate brain, moving to physical brain, then moving to innate body and educated brain and finally moving to educated body (for so called voluntary functions). As an example 😉 When the metaphysical innate intelligence of the body is “CODING” (adapting universal forces and matter) a genome size, it is the amount of an organism’s physical DNA that innate intelligence uses to code proteins. Ultimately, it is this code which possesses the bulk of the instructive information needed for organisms to develop into their final form, with all the highest level organism expressions. Coding genome size should thus correlate with the number of organism expressions.-

        – Principle #13 states that the function of matter is to express force (instructive information). The only aspect of organisms with which genome coding size would have to correlate is the number of highest organism function of expressions of innate forces. Now, something has to code this instructive information, and it is surely the supreme hierarchy of the metaphysical innate intelligence of the body, which is adapting universal forces and matter, that is responsible for CODING the physical DNA. WHY is it so? –

        – Through the evidence of the science of the 33 principles of chiropractic… more specifically principle # 10 which states that the function of force (instructive information) is to unite intelligence and matter. This is the CONNECTION between these two hierarchical levels. –

        – Therefore, it becomes crystal clear that addressing interference with theTRANSMISSION of innate forces (pri29), by practicing the chiropractic objective, IS the highest accessible level in the hierarchy of complexities of the LIVING vertebrate body… in SERVING the physical needs of mankind.

  4. RichieBDC 02/04/2014, 8:19 pm:

    I think that the Atlas-Axis vertebral subluxation complex is very important to correct but not the only subluxation of the spine. However if the upper cervical subluxations are not addressed and adjusted, the rest of the spine will not be stable. In the work I have done over the last going on 36 years, I’ve found most subluxations at C-1, C-2, C-5, and Sacrum.

    • ben rubinstein 02/05/2014, 5:23 pm:

      Where do you practice?

  5. ben rubinstein 02/05/2014, 5:22 pm:

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m an UC Dr. To be but all the advances that have been made since BJ passed, adds new levels of stress that the average patient in his era would never have experienced. Having said that, I know upper cervical adjusting is the most efficient method based on my personal results from receiving care. Having said that, if the patient needs an adjustment somewhere else in the spine, following a specific and scientific analysis, I say do what’s best for the patient!

    • Steve 02/10/2014, 5:01 pm:

      I don’t mean to put you on the spot Ben but what, if any, advances have there been to UC care, since BJ? I know of Blair’s work, any other?

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