No honorable code (our unique objective and its supporting philosophy) can function when loyalty to self or a person (even a Palmer) is greater than or more important than loyalty to the principles.

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  1. David Suskin 12/21/2016, 2:11 pm:

    Does Loyalty to the principles evoke a reluctance to scrutinize their validity?

    • Joe Strauss 12/21/2016, 4:12 pm:

      David, it seems to me that “loyalty to the principles” should come only after you have scrutinized and fully accepted their validity. I think the problem with some chiropractors is that they have not separated the chiropractic objective/principles from Palmer’s “principles”, found in the Green Books, and they see them as synonymous thus creating a divided loyalty and a schizoid/mixed philosophy. Fortunately for me, I have not accepted much of BJ’s thoughts (ui as God, getting sick people well,etc.) and am able to scrutinize his writings in light of my already accepted as valid chiropractic philosophy as well as my divine viewpoint of life. Perhaps that’s why some, like Loban, abandoned BJ in the early days but did not abandon the principles.

      • David Suskin 12/21/2016, 5:36 pm:

        Joe, I continuously read your BJ series – blue books, to get Your critical analysis of BJ’s chiropractic philosophy, what is valid and what is not.
        Every time I review, a greater understanding of Chiropractic is revealed to me, through my learning process.
        You mentioned your divine viewpoint of life. As I have stated before, perhaps without a divine viewpoint, people, as perhaps BJ, and others, need to fill in that ADIO aspect of the philosophy (beginnings, creation or evolution of matter, intellient designed matter), with extraneous and perhaps erroneous concepts relating to universal and innate intelligence. You, perhaps don’t need to. These principles can be accepted on their own, with perhaps gaps (intelligent design in matter, LOM, congenital defects, imperfections in design, etc.) because your questions in your life, which shape your viewpoint have more satisfying answers to them.

        again – I know I get repetitious, perhaps annoyingly, frustratingly, relentlessly so (ya think?). My quest for congruency is critical for my loyalty. Loyalty to the principles is another word for what Claude always refers to as accepting as ‘Authority’.
        Innate Intelligence could not operate as such, if it did not have a designed, functional matter to work with. Universal intelligence provides the actions, propertes and organization to such matter, where functioning chemical molecules acting as functioning units (proteins, metabolic processing of energy, etc.) allowing for the signs of life to occur. My take is that Innate intelligence as a part of and a part from UI, plus the availability of UI in “living things’ is what allows for the intelligence behind the matter which expresses intelligent forces, and the intelligence that creates and adapts forces (ii) which create union and are expressed through matter. In other posts I have read Claude’s analysis of the 33P’s where he extends the operations of ii, down to the design and function of dna. I understand that we can take mechanism just so far, until we are back to that Zero point where ‘Life’, Vitalism becomes the entity that drives All ‘Living’ Intent. It’s kind of the beginning of the beginning. So the story goes that All is perfect, Life is perfect, except for LOM, which life uses to create an intelligent matrix to operate in. Kind of confusing, or perplexing.
        What about Congenital defects, or let’s say artifacts. If I live an ADIO life from an ADIO viewpoint, that means, this principle exists formost, and ALL must fit into its truth, it’s reality. No exceptions. So I must conclude, that let’s say, me. I was born, BORN, farsighted. Wearing glasses since early years. Some imperfect, universal force MUST HAVE INTERFERED WITH THE DEVELOPING EMRYONIC BIRTH PROCESS of me, otherwise I wouldn’t have been born with an eye defect. Again, congenital defect (judgemental word I know). I have many examples, but the gist is, to accept a so called Imperfect
        Perfection. I guess it’s like the concept of disease. If you accept the Authority of ADIO, then you KNOW that disease IS ALWAYS a LOM, not an inherent design of the intent of what creates me or maintains me alive, in existence. The flip side is that Disease IS an entity (glass half empty). Health, Disease, Health, Disease? Which IS the entity? Both? Neither? Just One? Without a bedrock Divine Faith, if you will, the flip flopping on these issues is fatiguing. I wish I COULD SORT IT OUT, or at least humanly accept it, accept the paradox. But I’m getting closer. Thank you for all you have offered me in your writings.

  2. David Suskin 12/21/2016, 9:23 pm:

    Therapeutic methods increase the quality of life greatly. Without glasses I would have never thrive, unable to read, be educated, be fluidly mobile, etc. It would have been a great impediment. Dental care, gosh, without it where would we be. Life saving, ambulatory care, on and on. It’s challenging to Use OIBU (therapeutics) to better ones life, WITHOUT adapting that viewpoint of it, thinking THAT is where LIFE Exists or emanates from. Holding on to ADIO as ones view point in spite of unanswered questions, LOM befalling man! A challenge to stay Loyal to Principle as ones starting point.

    • Claude Lessard 12/22/2016, 10:00 pm:


      When I fly my airplane, my AUTHORITY is the law of gravity… and I respect it! I continually check my aircraft’s attitude, angle of attack, altitude, airspeed and power plant performance. –

      – When I host a party and cook a meal at my residence, my AUTHORITY is the enjoyment and pleasure of my guests… and I respect them! I continually check their needs, wants and desires (food, drinks, music… just about everything that pleases them). –

      – When I practice the chiropractic objective, my AUTHORITY is the 33 principles of chiropractic’s basic science… and I respect them! I continually check the way I tell the story over and over and over and over again in as many creative ways as doable and my locating, analyzing and specific adjustic thrusts of VS… in accordance to the 33. –

      – Like St Theresa of Avila used to say: “When you pray, pray… when you eat chicken, eat chicken”. There are different AUTHORITIES for different circumstances… don’t MIX’em up! 😉

      • Joe Strauss 12/23/2016, 6:44 pm:

        “When I host a party and cook a meal at my residence, my AUTHORITY is the enjoyment and pleasure of my guests… and I respect them! I continually check their needs, wants and desires (food, drinks, music… just about everything that pleases them). ”
        Interesting example/metaphor/analogy Claude. I would think that,if we can relate this to chiropractic, that your authority would be the recipe,Sara’s, your mom’s, the book’s but not your guests. As far a chiropractic is concerned as a profession we want to let everyone decide for him/herself.That’s called anarchy and what objective chiropractic with the 33 principles as our recipe is all about.It’s not “pleasing” the profession.”Respecting our guests,” means putting/allowing condiments on the table (eg.salt and pepper) but not changing the recipe.

        • David Suskin 12/24/2016, 12:54 am:

          I don’t understand?

          • Joe Strauss 12/26/2016, 4:36 pm:

            Webster:lawlessness, lack of government. Your/my Old Testament which I think is better as it relates to the profession “…everyone did right in his own eyes.”:

  3. David Suskin 12/23/2016, 8:37 am:

    But is the chicken Kocher? 😉

    • Joe Strauss 12/23/2016, 4:41 pm:

      David, do you spell that Kocher or Kosher?

      • David Suskin 12/23/2016, 10:03 pm:

        Kosher. (Typo)

  4. Claude 12/23/2016, 2:09 pm:


    To find that out requires yet a different AUTHORITY! 😉

    • David Suskin 12/23/2016, 2:42 pm:

      It’s the same Authority upon which (eg. Orthodox Jewish), pray to.
      My point:
      Congruency between the ‘Law of Life’ (UI>>II) – ADIO and
      the I’ll call the ‘Law of Survival’ – OIBU (‘Law of Educated’) ??
      But yes good point about the different Authorities involving
      the WHO, The You WHO makes the choice to recognize, to understand, to observe, to ignore, to without condemnation tell THE story, ONES story over and over.

  5. Claude Lessard 12/23/2016, 7:00 pm:


    EVERYTHING belongs! It’s ALL congruent! Law of gravity… law of aerodynamic, law of thermodynamic, law of organization, law of active organization, law of conservation of e/matter and ALL universal laws. –

    – Might you be looking for something OTHER than chiropractic?

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