Objective and Philosophy


The objective of chiropractic is the overall picture. The philosophy is a detailed description of the colors and objects, the different parts that make it up, give meaning to, purpose for, and define the picture. The objective is the forest, the philosophy, the trees. Want to have a different objective? Fine, just don’t call it the Mona Lisa, Sherwood Forest, or chiropractic.

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  1. Travis 09/21/2015, 8:35 pm:


    • Claude 09/21/2015, 9:53 pm:


      Since the chiropractic objective is the rational, logical and deductive conclusion of the 33 principles of chiropractic basic science, where, in your analogy, do you think that those 33 principles fit? 😉

      • Joe Strauss 09/22/2015, 6:55 pm:

        Claude, which came first, the establishment of our objective and then the (33 principles) philosophy that support that objective. Or, the 33 principles (most of which have nothing to do with chiropractic but have been embraced by us) and an objective being concluded from the understanding of those principles?

        • David Suskin 09/22/2015, 8:21 pm:

          You must have read my mind, or I was reading your mind. Wow.
          That we as chiropractors link, have linked the nervous system and subluxation to the 33 principles is, as I have tried to hurdle in being in agreement with, an induction that DD fell upon.
          As if this event of the discovery of and the naming of The Adjustment was an inductive/empirical event that inevitably either tied in with DDs/BJs thinking and deducing or was kind of a ‘waging the dog by its tail’ event. And if DD never did discover or rediscover the adjustment, would the philosophy have developed out of some of the other spiritists, (not sure what that vitalistic tinged movement was called) movements that we’re occurring during the pre-turn to turn of the century.
          Pardon my perhaps butting in to a question not directed to me.

        • Claude Lessard 09/23/2015, 12:32 am:


          Great question! –

          – In September of 1895, the chiropractic objective was to get deaf people to hear and soon after, that objective expanded to getting sick people well. Then came the 33 principles published in RWS textbook in 1927. It’s not until 10 years or so after BJ’s passing that the chiropractic objective migrated into the LACVS for the maintaining of health from the insights of Reggie. Then Sherman College… ADIO… Spinology. A few years later, after further inquiry into the 33 principles, we somehow were moving “TOWARD A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF CHIROPRACTIC” in the late l990s (100 years after the birth of chiropractic!). Then, through CTOB, the refinement of the chiropractic objective was rationally, logically and deductively concluded from the 33 principles of chiropractic’s basic science. –

          • Joe Strauss 09/23/2015, 11:55 am:

            Great comment, Claude. How come a French Canadian can say in one paragraph what it takes me an entire book (Refined by Fire) to say?

  2. David Suskin 09/21/2015, 10:13 pm:

    proxy: In the center of the forest.

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