For example, why am I the only person in Southern California who knows how to drive on the freeway when it rains? Why do I exist? Why do people think that posting on Facebook their daily dietary intake is interesting to the rest of us? How did life originate? If God exists, why does he allow politicians? What will I become the moment my body dies?
Trying to answer these questions is philosophy, but for the purposes of this article I am going to use a slightly different definition, that philosophy is “a system a person forms for the conduct of life.” In other words, it’s your rules of life. And although we may be Christian, or Jewish, or Muslim, or Hindu, or atheist, or agnostic, we each have a philosophy of life, a system of rules that we each follow on a daily basis as we muddle through this thing. And although we can change the rules at any time, we still need them as a guideline that we use to make every decision. There are as many philosophies as there are people, and perhaps more.
And chiropractic has its own philosophy too. In fact, there are 33 guiding principles that have been written down, discussed, and studied over and over in the 116 years that men and women have been doing my job. And while I know that you don’t want or need to know them all, there are a few that might interest you, on a philosophical basis.
One, that there is a universal intelligence that is guiding this whole thing that we call life. Two, that there is an inner wisdom in your body that is perfect and knows what to do every single time to give your fragile body the best chance to stay healthy, vibrant, and alive. Three, that the nerve system carries the commands of this inner wisdom or innate intelligence to every cell of your body. Four, that the subluxation interferes with the nerve system and, therefore, the healing messages of your innate wisdom. Five, that this produces a state that can lead to pain and disease. And Six, that the adjustment corrects subluxation thereby restoring the flow of innate throughout the body, helping your body to stay more well, to heal, and to prevent disease.
And that leads me to my final statement of philosophy, made by the great Thomas Edison, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” That sounds a lot like my job. Go Tom!