Chiropractic Medicine was Started by a Ghost! Seriously!
Daniel David Palmer, the “father” of chiropractic who performed the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, was an avid spiritualist.
He maintained that the notion and basic principles of chiropractic treatment were passed along to him during a seance by a long-dead doctor.
So, if you’re one of the millions of people who have visited a chiropractor in the past, you can thank a ghost for the outcome of the visit. Good or bad, facts are facts and D D Palmer claimed to have gained this knowledge from ghosts.
“The knowledge and philosophy given me by Dr. Jim Atkinson, an intelligent spiritual being … appealed to my reason,” Palmer wrote in his memoir “The Chiropractor,” which was published in 1914 after his death in Los Angeles. Atkinson had died 50 years prior to Palmer’s epiphany.
Chiropractic medicine as a religion?
D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, described the practice as “an educational, scientific, religious system” that “imparts instruction relating both to this world and the one to come.”
In his 1914 memoir, he made the case that chiropractors should be permitted to treat patients on religious-freedom grounds.
“The Constitution of the United States and the statutes personal of California confer upon me and all persons of chiropractic faith the inalienable right to practice our religion without restraint or hindrance,” Palmer wrote.
Why do chiropractors get to call themselves doctors?
They’re clearly not doctors, lacking both the extensive training and prescription-writing ability of a medical doctor. Yet, it may be hard to distinguish between the two professions when they share a common (and highly prestigious) title.
The practice dates back to 1922, when the state passed the Chiropractic Initiative Act.
It laid the groundwork for regulation of the industry and has remained largely unchanged for nearly a century.
The Chiropractic Initiative Act allows them to call themselves doctors, as long as they don’t claim to be medical doctors.
This apparently was very important to early chiropractic practitioners, whose beliefs were somewhat at odds with established medicine.
Being granted the legal right to call themselves doctors conferred upon chiropractors instant legitimacy as medical professionals.
Prior to passage of the 1922 law, California chiropractors were being thrown in jail, accused of practicing medicine without a license.