Chiropractic Heuristics: A Study of the Immaterial

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Chiropractic philosophy and a simple heuristic as a prelude to a discussion of putative neuroimmune mechanisms of the subluxation complex.

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Chiropractic Heuristics: A Study of the Immaterial

  1. 1. Andrew S. Bonci, BA, DC MSCA D-II February 2012 Seminar 2 Hours CE Chiropractic Heuristics: A Study of the Immaterial
  2. 2. Disclosures I stand before you with NO conflicts of interest. I make my living the way you do, by lightening the burden of human suffering with chiropractic. I have nothing to sell to you, so relax and enjoy yourself and your time with your peers. Dr. Andrew S. Bonci Chiropractor
  3. 3. Dedication Socrates (Σωκράτης) (470 – 399 BC) Founder of Western Philosophy The Socratic method searches for general, commonly held truths that shape opinion, and scrutinizes them to determine their consistency with other beliefs. He was found guilty of both corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety ("not believing in the gods of the state"), and subsequently sentenced to death by drinking a mixture containing poison hemlock.
  4. 4. My Take Home Message
  5. 6. Seminar Objectives We will explore the basis of chiropractic heuristics methods which can be found in Stephenson's Chiropractic Text Book. This will lay the foundation for our 4 hour discussion on basic neuroimmune mechanisms of the subluxation complex.
  6. 7. Heuristics <ul><li>Heuristic refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery.
  7. 8. heuristics are strategies using readily accessible, though loosely applicable, information to control problem solving in human beings and machines. </li></ul>
  8. 9. James Firth, DC, PhC &quot;You do not know enough the moment you believe your education is over. You cannot teach after you stop learning. No allegiance is paid to inefficiency. No matter who you are or what you do ... doctor, lawyer or merchant … your guidance will be deserted, your counsel avoided and your wares rejected in the face of better brains or brands.&quot; James Firth, DC Chiropractic Symptomatology. 1914
  9. 10. The Challenge Patient has acid stomach. Patient takes Pepcid (famotidine). After adjusting T6 he no longer needs Pepcid. It would be nice if you could explain that one.
  10. 11. If it's true that these “work,”
  11. 12. then it should follow that ... … there is some overlapping mechanism of action that can be identified. … a review of the pharmacological mechanisms of action of Pepcid can help in our understanding of chiropractic. … deductive reasoning can serve as our methodology in this pursuit.
  12. 13. Nobody's selling out to the Pharmocracy. Relax!
  13. 14. Article 12: DEDUCTION Deductive reasoning is exactly suited to Chiropractic. Stephenson RW. Chiropractic Text Book. Freshman Text. 1927.
  14. 15. Art. 19: THE THREE PHASES OF CHIROPRACTIC STUDY 1. Study of the Immaterial. 2. Study of the Material. 3. Study of Art. Stephenson RW. Chiropractic Text Book. Freshman Text. 1927.
  15. 16. Study of the Immaterial The study of the Immaterial is the study of philosophy; that is to say, the study of intelligence , laws, causes, effects, rules, theories, functions and other abstractions . It is to gain a knowledge of the group of principles underlying the science . Stephenson RW. Chiropractic Text Book. Freshman Text. 1927. Video
  16. 17. Dr. Jason J. Campbell http://jasonjcampbell.org/
  17. 18. The Process We are interested, therefore, in a process . This process is a way of thinking ; a way of seeing ; a way of interpreting and understanding the world around us. Up-Side-Down
  18. 19. A fool's brain digests Philosophy into folly, Science into superstition, and Art into pedantry. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
  19. 20. If we are clear from the beginning … If we are conscious from the beginning … If we are precise from the beginning ...
  20. 21. Then, we will not lose our way.
  21. 22. Francis Bowen (1811-1890) “ Man is not an organism, See Sinnott's Textbook of Chiropractic Philosophy Vol 1. 2009; page 127. he is an intelligence served by organs.”
  22. 23. Art. 318. INNATE MIND Innate Mind is the activity of Innate Intelligence in the innate brain as an organ. The product of this activity is Innate thoughts or mental force .
  23. 24. Art. 319: Educated Mind Educated mind is the activity of Innate Intelligence in the educated brain as an organ. The product of this activity is educated thoughts ; such as, reasoning, will, memory, etc. Stephenson RW. Chiropractic Text Book. Senior Text. 1927.
  24. 25. Te Nosce Ipsum
  25. 26. Patanjali and the Educated Mind Manas <ul><li>sensory, processing mind </li></ul>Chitta <ul><li>storage of impressions </li></ul>Ahamkara <ul><li>&quot;I-maker&quot; or Ego </li></ul>Buddhi <ul><li>knows, decides, judges, and discriminates </li></ul>BKS Iyengar http://www.amazon.com/Light-Life-Journey-Wholeness-Ultimate/dp/1594862486
  26. 27. Mind YOUR Mind <ul><li>Innate Mind </li><ul><li>Subjective
  27. 28. Context Oriented
  28. 29. Synoptic
  29. 30. Spirit/Soul </li></ul><li>Educated Mind </li><ul><li>Objective
  30. 31. Content Oriented
  31. 32. Analytic
  32. 33. Ego </li></ul></ul>
  33. 34. Caveat Chiroprac TOR
  34. 35. Objectifies everything. Preoccupied with effects. Cannot comprehend cause. Maintains division. Fractures reality into arbitrary subdivisions. Involves endless iterations. Moves across every imaginable scale. Educated Mind
  35. 36. Joseph Campbell This thing up here, this consciousness [ educated mind ], thinks it's running the shop. It's a secondary organ . It's a secondary organ of a total human being , and it must not put itself in control. It must submit and serve the humanity of the body. The Power of Myth (1988)
  36. 37. Innate Intelligence = Consciousness The main obstacle to man's development, then, is his lack of knowledge about the nature of consciousness itself. David R. Hawkins. Power vs. Force (p. 28). Kindle Edition.
  37. 38. Dr. Bonci, Please! Get to the POINT!
  38. 39. Carpe Lucem
  39. 40. http://www.chiropracticthatrocks.com/category/posters
  40. 41. Life consists of actions guided by intelligence. DD Palmer Basic Principles
  41. 42. Chiropractic Deals with Biology Biology and chiropractic include vital phenomena in contradistinction to [ the ] physical … ; those functions, energies and acts that depend upon life, [… are in ...] contrast to those which exist without intelligence . Palmer, D.D. ((1914)). The Chiropractor (p. 15). Lord Majesty Productions, a division of The Harper. Kindle Edition.
  42. 43. Biology Deals Indirectly with Life BIOLOGY is that branch of discussion of phenomena which deals with the action of life , through and upon matter, causing animation. Biology has been [ falsely ] conceived to be a discussion of life, or of living things. From Chapter 9 of Psycho-Bio-Physiology by Willard Carver, LLB, DC; 1920.
  43. 44. The Force of Life All things indigenous to the earth , are in themselves inanimate, and only take on the conduct of animation when they are impelled in a specific way by the force of life . From Chapter 9 of Psycho-Bio-Physiology by Willard Carver, LLB, DC; 1920.
  44. 45. Biology is NOT the Study of Life Biology is, therefore, not a discussion of life, per se, but is a discussion of the formation, and maintenance of structures ordinarily, although erroneously considered to be alive . From Chapter 9 of Psycho-Bio-Physiology by Willard Carver, LLB, DC; 1920.
  45. 46. Dr. David R. Hawkins Man's dilemma – now and always – has been that he misidentifies his own intellectual artifacts as reality .
  46. 47. Dr. Bonci, Please! Get to the POINT!
  47. 48. Carpe Lucem
  48. 49. Article 122: THE CAUSES OF DIS-EASE The cause of Dis-ease is interference with transmission of mental impulses. The subluxation is the physical representation of the Cause. Stephenson RW. Chiropractic Text Book. Sophmore Text. 1927.
  49. 50. Article 123: HOW THE CAUSE, CAUSES DIS-EASE Interference with transmission causes Dis-ease by preventing Innate from producing adaptation in the tissue cell; hence it becomes unsound and not at ease. Stephenson RW. Chiropractic Text Book. Sophmore Text. 1927.
  50. 51. Fritjof Capra The main error of the biomedical approach is the confusion between disease process and disease origins. Fritjof Capra (1982)
  51. 52. Fritjof Capra Instead of asking why an illness occurs, and try to remove the conditions that lead to it, medical researchers try to understand the biological mechanisms through which the disease operates, so that they can then interfere with them . Fritjof Capra (1982)
  52. 53. Marcus Tullius Cicero 106-43BC Meliora sunt ea quae natura quam illa quae arte perfecta sunt. De Natura Deorum (45BC)
  53. 54. Marcus Tullius Cicero 106-43BC Things perfected by nature are better than those finished by art. De Natura Deorum (45BC)
  54. 55. Chiropractic intends on the removal of Interference to promote health. Bio-Medicine intends on the production of Interference to promote health.
  55. 56. Ars Chiropracticae Chiropractic philosophy is the knowledge of the phenomena of life, as explained by the understanding of the principles, of the science and art. Palmer, D.D.; Palmer, Daniel David 1914 The Chiropractor (p. 2).
  56. 57. Ars Medicae And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. God see Genesis 2:16-17 KJV
  57. 58. Do not eat of the TECHNOLOGY
  58. 59. An Interesting Difference Interference is the Cause of Dis-ease. Interference is the Cure for disease. Medicine Chiropractic
  59. 60. An Interesting Difference Interference is the Cause of Dis-ease. Interference is the Cure for disease. Medicine Chiropractic
  60. 61. Dr. Fred Barge Dr. Fred Barge (1933-2003) In other words, the molecular changes that accompany a disease are not the cause of the disease, but the result . The molecular changes are simply manifesting the disease – even at the very earliest stages of the disease process. From: Life Without Fear. (2001) Dr. Fred Barge (1933-2003)
  61. 63. Awareness of Illusion There is a powerful temptation to see biological mechanisms in a sequential, linear fashion when, in fact, they are nonlinear, parallel, and emergent in nature .
  62. 64. Amit Goswami The current worldview has it that everything is made of matter, and everything can be reduced to the elementary particles of matter ... [a]nd cause arises from the interactions of these basic building blocks. &quot;Scientific Proof of the Existence of God : An interview with Amit Goswami&quot; by Craig Hamilton in What Is Elightenment? magazine (Spring-Summer 1997)
  63. 65. Outside-In, Below-Up This is what we call ' upward causation .' So in this view, what human beings — you and I think of as our free will –- does not really exist.” &quot;Scientific Proof of the Existence of God : An interview with Amit Goswami&quot; by Craig Hamilton in What Is Elightenment? magazine (Spring-Summer 1997)
  64. 66. Emergence: Upward Causation Organism Organ Systems Organs Tissues Cells Organelles Molecules Atoms Subatomic Particles Consciousness Intelligence
  65. 67. Intelligence is Behind It All “Now, the opposite view is that everything starts with consciousness. That is, consciousness is the ground of all being.” &quot;Scientific Proof of the Existence of God : An interview with Amit Goswami&quot; by Craig Hamilton in What Is Elightenment? magazine (Spring-Summer 1997) Video intelligence intelligence
  66. 68. Biological Emergence “ Emergence is a potentiality becoming an actuality when local conditions are favorable and facilitated.” ~ David R. Hawkins ~
  67. 69. A B C A B C
  68. 70. Above-Down, Inside-Out “In this view, consciousness imposes &quot; downward causation .&quot; In other words, our free will is real. When we act in the world we really are acting with causal power .” &quot;Scientific Proof of the Existence of God : An interview with Amit Goswami&quot; by Craig Hamilton in What Is Elightenment? magazine (Spring-Summer 1997) intelligence
  69. 71. Emergence: Downward Causation Organism Organ Systems Organs Tissues Cells Organelles Molecules Atoms Subatomic Particles Consciousness Intelligence
  70. 72. Old Dad Chiro The All-Wise Creative Intelligence is as expressed. The Creator is unfolding creation , developing it toward perfection. The Chiropractors' Adjustor, 1910. Music Video
  71. 73. Esse est percipi In the West the flower symbolizes Love. In the East it symbolizes the unfolding of conscious awareness.

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