Who is the greatest enemy of the future of chiropractic, the mixer who is blatantly and openly trying to move us into the practice of medicine or the Traditional chiropractor who is ignorantly doing it by adopting outside-in, getting sick people well concepts, like research, into the “side effects” of chiropractic by addressing medical conditions?

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  1. sam 10/26/2015, 2:16 pm:

    What would be your ideal chiropractic research? What should future researchers focus on?

    • Joe Strauss 10/27/2015, 4:13 pm:

      Sam, welcome to the blog. It was great to be with you in SC and thanks for being my chauffeur Friday night. To answer your question: I think we should focus of researching and demonstrating philosophical theories and demonstrating as Bill D. says how “the body works better with a good nerve supply” without addressing medical objectives of curing disease.I think the late Joe Flesia was going in this direction with his research with Dr. Pero before his untimely death.

  2. CHARLES HOLLENSED DC 10/26/2015, 3:17 pm:

    I would add the chiropractor who is sitting on his hands either from apathy or ignorance and not doing anything to promote or protect the practice of chiropractic. Of your choices I would say the Traditional who has no clue of the uniqueness and effectiveness of pure chiropractic. We have something to offer and we better get going or we will see the PTs take over manipulation because it is covered by insurance and they get the patients.

  3. Bryson 10/26/2015, 7:15 pm:

    Both because they’re basically doing the same thing.

  4. Tom Gregory 10/26/2015, 7:40 pm:

    Add to that list the schools who have sold their chiropractic souls for the sake of acceptance. The devil has signed so many deals with this profession he’s got carpal tunnel syndrome – so I’ve been told! 😉

  5. David McGonagle 10/27/2015, 1:06 pm:

    The mixer. It is the radicalized liberal thought within the profession that has moved chiropractic into medicine, making it a duplication of that profession, therefore making chiropractic soon to be obsolete.

    The traditionalist may be treating symptoms, but they are doing it as an alternative to medicine, thus keeping the profession separate and distinct. Although they may bastardize the philosophy, the traditionalist will preserve the profession.

    The NTSC that sits on his hands while the profession slowly disappears as it transitions into medicine, may preserve the philosophy, but loses the profession.

    • Joe Strauss 10/27/2015, 4:47 pm:

      “The traditionalist may be treating symptoms, but they are doing it as an alternative to medicine, thus keeping the profession separate and distinct. Although they may bastardize the philosophy, the traditionalist will preserve the profession.” David, your above statement brings to mind 3 famous quotes;
      1. Conservative mixers- James Healey, DC
      2. Chiropractic devoid of its philosophy…J.P.Moreland
      3. We have met the enemy and he is us-Pogo

      • Claude Lessard 10/27/2015, 10:53 pm:

        There is a need to keep the dialogue open with the TSCs. Most were taught to be therapeutic or graduated from Sherman and ADIO without any business acumems falling prey to economic pressure of practice managements (more services=more income). –

        – Dr. Steve Jones, WHO chose to be a regular blogger on CTOB, was a great example of a TSC undergoing a transformation of immense philosophical proportion… until his untimely death just a few months ago. If anyone would care to read the last two years of his posts, you will see the evolution of his chiropractic mind. ALL that is needed is to invent a NEW possibility that will resonate with them and inspire them to move from point A to point B (from therapeutic to non-therapeutic).

        • Claude Lessard 10/28/2015, 1:21 am:

          Many of them are “begging” for it unconsciously!

        • Joe Strauss 10/28/2015, 3:36 am:

          Claude, part of the dialogue is to show them their position will only lead to absorption or destruction.They are practicing chiropractic in no man’s land or think that moving forwardwould be dishonoring to the Palmers.

          • Claude Lessard 10/28/2015, 11:34 am:


            We can do much to participate in the transformation of chiropractors, specially TSCs, in that I am convinced. Yet, pains and sufferings are the price we have to pay. Can we change TSCs in a night or a day? Can we give them as much as three months or even a year? A child is forming in the mother’s womb for nine long months, and it seems so long. But to make a NTOSC in the time of our present disorder with all the profession convulsed with hatred and strife and selfishness, that is a lifetime’s work and then it may not be accomplished in our lifetime. –

            – Even the best of chiropractic passionate love is filled with self-seeking. To work to increase our love for chiropractic and for our fellow man (and the two must go hand in hand), this is a lifetime job. We are never going to be finished. –

            – Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up. If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens. If we love enough, we are going to light that fire in the hearts of others, by inventing NEW POSSIBILITIES that will RESONATE with them and will INSPIRE them to MOVE from therapeutic chiropractic to non-therapeutic chiropractic. And it is love that will burn out the errors and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much. –

            – As we continue to disseminate information on COTB, this information has the potential function of uniting (pri10) chiropractors though the painful process of deconstruction and reconstruction (pri26). Yes, sacrifice and suffering is a part of the deal… and I don’t know anyone WHO has suffered as much as you, my dear friend JOSEPH. –


  6. Richie Barone 10/30/2015, 2:02 pm:

    YES! Thank-You Joe!

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