Majors and Minors


Sure, people do get well under chiropractic care. But that is such a minor aspect of what chiropractic does. Unfortunately, we have majored on minors for so long as a profession, we have lost sight of what the major is. The major is what chiropractic does for every man, woman and child every time. It allows the innate intelligence of the body’s forces to be more fully expressed. It does that whether you are sick, healthy, just been born or have one day left to live.

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  1. Straight DC 06/06/2014, 6:39 pm:

    I truly agree with chiropractic’s contribution to the world being allowing the innate intelligence to be more fully expressed & it’s something we need to communicate with every person we meet. However, I do not think getting well is a minor aspect of what can happen when under care. I cannot think of too many people who do not want to be well.

    • Joe Strauss 06/06/2014, 8:47 pm:

      Obviously, Straight DC, it’s relative. If you do not have a plant stand in your home, a brand new 784 channel, cable ready, 54 inch television is a nice addition to your living room and will adequately hold a beautiful plant on top. However if you learn what the TV can really do, you will probably be disappointed at sitting in your easy chair every night merely looking at the plant. I agree that most people “do want to be well”, but I also think everyone wants more out of life than just being well. If people do not choose that, well, that is their decision. If chiropractors choose not to explain that to people because, it may be rejected, it’s too much trouble, it might no fit into their W&L viewpoint, there is nothing in it for me, I don’t have time, I’m not a good speaker… that’s sad. I think it was Winston Churchill who said “some of the greatest accomplishments are by people who don’t feel well.”

  2. Steve 06/06/2014, 10:23 pm:

    Ask someone that has had a chiropractic breakthrough. My dad suffered migraines for 26 years, 3 to 5 per week at times. Chiropractic did in 3 months what medicine could not do in 26 years. He was so impressed he became a chiropractor. (4 of his 5 children did as well) Not only did adjustments help his headaches but the chiropractor explained why he was having them, which the MDs couldn’t do either.
    We all know it is so much more than healthcare but please do not discount or belittle the patient that gets “miraculous” results.

    • Joe Strauss 06/07/2014, 2:42 am:

      Steve, I would not think of belittling or in any way detracting from your Dad’s or anyone else’s positive experience with chiropractic or the result (4 of 5 chiropractors in the family !) But I believe your Dad’s real breakthrough, as you call it, came when he realized the far reaching and immeasurable effects of removing an interference to the body’s innate forces.
      If his breakthrough was only that his migraines went away, he would not have been the great model to all his 5 children and the motivation for four of them to enter the field. He would have been just a better than average migraine headache reliever. His positive experience came through migraine headaches but his breakthrough came through his understanding of the impact of the innate philosophy which far exceeded his symptomatic relief. Perhaps like most people going to a chiropractor, he at first could only relate to his experience. But as time went on he was better able to see the objective which was far greater than the results. Most important, he was able to convey that understanding to you so that you can go out and impact the world with that chiropractic philosophy in a manner greater than he did. What father would or could do more for his son.
      Here’s to your Dad, who took what a chiropractor gave him, broke through with the idea that chiropractic was not just about migraine headaches and passed that breakthrough on to you. Let’s hope and pray that we can be as faithful as your Dad in the breakthroughs that he and others have enabled us to have and understand and pass those breakthroughs on to those who come after us.

      • Claude Lessard 06/07/2014, 11:31 am:

        AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

      • Steve 06/09/2014, 9:16 pm:

        Dad’s breakthrough came when he realized there was a different path available. His personal experience opened his eyes to the ADIO philosophy which was congruent with his view of life. I think this is quite often the case. Those that accept chiropractic, for what it is, already see life as an inside out flow. Those (Drs & patients, PD & PMs) that think life is all about what happens to them, rarely get it.

  3. Glenn Allen 06/09/2014, 2:55 pm:

    Hi Joe. I have been sitting here trying to decide on how to respond, and decided to hold off because I am so new to all of this. Then, after reading your responses, I realized, there is no need to respond. You said it all. As Claude said, AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

    • Claude 06/09/2014, 4:07 pm:

      Hi Glen,

      Welcome to COTB.

    • Joe Strauss 06/09/2014, 4:39 pm:

      Thanks Glenn. Welcome to the blog. I hope we hear from you often in the coming months.

  4. Claude Lessard 06/09/2014, 5:37 pm:


    I would truly like to read any and all posts from your perspective as a chiropractor and a spinologist. I know that, like Tom Gregory, your contribution will be extremely valuable to clarify… conflicts. Feel free to comment on any past posts… anytime. 😉

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