Principles and Philosophy
Some interesting articles have been
printed lately on the issues listed as "Principles and Laws of
Healing" and the "Wisdom of the Body". What is even more
interesting is that these articles are being written by medical
articles were written by Michael Loes, MD and Dr. Zajicek
respectively, and printed in the "American Journal of Pain
Management" and "Medical Hypothesis", again respectively.
The language of these two articles
sounds familiar to chiropractors. For example Loes states in his
Principles, "Life (the vital force) is God-given but not
necessarily God-maintained; free choice exists. Build vital force
and health ensues." He also states, "The Body will make
every effort to preserve homeostasis and avoid stasis. Rid stasis
and healing happens."
other hand, Dr Zajicek in his article states, "Modern medicine
still fails to explain processes that operate in self-healing
diseases. We may thus distinguish between two kinds of processes
that operate in the body: explained and unexplained. The latter
operate in self-healing diseases, and are either ignored by
medicine or called placebos. The unexplained processes in
physiology were defined by Starling and Cannon as Wisdom of the
Body. The Wisdom of the Body is an attribute of live organisms.
It directs growing plants toward sunshine, guides amebas away from
noxious agents, and determines the behavior of higher animals. It
is essential for individual survival and was molded by natural
selection. During evolution the Wisdom of the Body encountered all
diseases, knows how to heal itself, and anticipates all diseases.
The main task of the Wisdom of the Body is to maintain health, and
improve its quality. It controls processes in the body so as to
make them healthier. The Wisdom of the Body has its own language
and should be considered when examining patients."
Well said for a non-chiropractor!
But to look back we can see that the founder of chiropractic, DD
Palmer may have said it best when he said, "That which I named
Innate is a segment of that Intelligence which fills the Universe.
This portion of the whole never sleeps, nor tires, recognizes
neither darkness nor distance, is not subject to material laws,
bodily wants are not essential, substantial conditions are not
needed for its existence. It continues to care for and direct the
organic functions of the body as long as the soul holds the body
and spirit together."
It is nice to know that the rest of
the health care world is finally starting to understand the
Principles and Philosophy that chiropractic has been based on for
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