The Doctor of the Future

Dr. Robert E. Dahl, BS, RPH, DC

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
                                         - Thomas A. Edison   (Inventor of the light bulb)

Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”, and his Hippocratic Oath which medical students recite upon graduation from most medical schools, stressed the importance of spinal manipulation. He lived 2,400 years ago (440to 357 BC) and wrote over 70 books on healing, including, Manipulation and Importance to Good Health, and On Setting Joints by Leverage. He stated, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

So, why should I care to learn about chiropractic and spinal adjustments? Because the most important possession in our life is our health! Everyone’s health can be improved with chiropractic. Why? Because everyone has injured the alignment of their spines that can cause dysfunction - to some degree – of the nervous system. Eighty plus percent of children at age 5 in one x-ray study revealed major misalignment to their spines. A study in a German pediatric hospital in 1986, by a doctor of physical medicine, Dr. G Gutmann, found 221 of approximately 2,000 newborns and infants (greater than 10%) had significant health problems in the first few days of life. Dr. Gutmann found the incidence of spinal misalignment (subluxation) to be 95% and correction of these subluxations generated dramatic improvement in the health of nearly all of the infants that were realigned. Dr. Gutmann also found approximately 75% of the 2,000 children had “atlas blockage” (subluxation) of the top neck bone with resultant diminished potential for life due to spinal subluxation.

Now lets add all the other traumas to our spines like babies falling off the changing table, rolling off the bed, falling off their tricycle or bicycle, monkey bars, skating, sports, off horses or bulls, auto accidents and the list goes on and includes everyone!

The connotation of chiropractic to most people is that chiropractors help back or neck pain. The best description of what we are supposed to address as chiropractors is to restore the miracles and full potential of life as stated in the book The Neurodynamics of the Vertebral Subluxation (A.E Homewood 1962, 1977). A subluxation is “an alteration of the normal anatomical or physiological relationships, or dynamics, or contiguous structures. Biochemical, biomechanical, pathophysioloical, radiological, subjective and objective symptoms, and other manifestations demand attention, investigation and consideration in depth of every chiropractic physician.” Homewood goes on to describe general, mechanical, chemical and mental cases of subluxation. Any one or more of these categories out of balance affects the other categories and will manifest itself with alarm systems such as pain, fatigue, indigestion, insomnia, restless, constipation or diarrhea and a hundred other dis-ease symptoms. What most people do is take a pill for each and every symptom rather than seek the underlying cause of the problems.

I personally estimate that 80% of new patients have pain because of chemical and or mental stress to their systems, which manifest themselves in acidosis to the musculoskeletal system. In a recent seminar by David Seaman D.C., he stated that the majority of back or neck pain is exacerbated by chemical caused subluxations. This makes absolute sense, because everyone has some degree of spinal misalignment, which is below the pain threshold level. Now add in too much sodas and steak, or listen to the daily news and the edge of the cliff we’re hanging onto with our neglected misaligned spines and we drop into the bottom of the canyon and have pain.

The resultant acidosis from the chemical, mental or structural stressors in the acute or chronic states have achieved noble status disease names that certainly only drugs can alleviate in the minds of our drug-crazed society. Masking symptoms with drugs usually ends up requiring more drugs to offset the side effects from the original drugs. All drugs have side effect, and the sooner one address the underlying causes and remove the drugs the better your body will be. Unfortunately, most people have no idea that they can chemically alter the symptoms within their body with simple knowledge of foods that have an acid ash or alkaline ash at the end of metabolism. Yes, neglected spines and body chemistry will eventually need drugs to stay alive with the broken down systems, but 12 to 15 prescriptions is insane.

Simply stated, we are a living computer system (nervous system) that runs on the energy (electricity) generated by our body (battery). Our computer hardware (brain) needs software (books) hooked properly to the body (battery) with wires (nerves) that don’t have bulged discs (subluxated spines) causing interference for proper function to the computer (brain).

Dynamic Living Magazine Issue Vol. 3  May/June 2011 continued on next page