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An Ethnography
of a Chiropractic Clinic

Appendix B: The Thirty-Three Principles
of Chiropractic Philosophy

Reproduced from Chiropractic Textbook, by Ralph W. Stephenson, D.C., Ph.C., originally published in 1927 and re-issued in 1948 by the Palmer School of Chiropractic.


1. The Major Premise
A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.
 
2. The Chiropractic Meaning of Life
The expression of this intelligence through matter is the Chiropractic meaning of life.
 
3. The Union of Intelligence And Matter
Life is necessarily the union of Intelligence and Matter.
 
4. The Triune of Life
Life is a triunity having three necessary united factors, namely, Intelligence, Force, and Matter.
 
5. The Perfection of the Triune
In order to have 100% Life, there must be 100% Intelligence, 100% Force, 100% Matter.
 
6. The Principle of Time
There is no process that does not require time.
 
7. The Amount of Intelligence in Matter
The amount of intelligence in any given amount of matter is 100% and is always proportional to its requirements.
 
8. The Function of Intelligence
The function of intelligence is to create force.
 
9. The Amount of Force Created by Intelligence
The amount of force created by intelligence is always 100%
 
10. The Function of Force
The function of force is to unite intelligence and matter.
 
11. The Character of Universal Forces
The forces of Universal Intelligence are manifested by physical laws; are unswerving and unadapted, and have no solicitude for the structures in which they work.
 
12. Interference with Transmission of Universal Forces
There can be interference with transmission of universal forces.
 
13. The Function of Matter
The function of matter is to express force.
 
14. Universal Life
Force is manifested by motion in matter; all matter has motion, therefore there is universal life in all matter.
 
15. No Motion without the Effort of Force
Matter can have no motion without the application of force by intelligence.
 
16. Intelligence in Both Organic and Inorganic Matter
Universal Intelligence gives force to both organic and inorganic matter.
 
17. Cause and Effect
Every effect has a cause and every cause has effects.
 
18. Evidence of Life
The signs of life are evidence of the intelligence of life.
 
19. Organic Matter
The material of the body of a "living thing" is organized matter.
 
20. Innate Intelligence
A "living thing" has an inborn intelligence within its body, called Innate Intelligence.
 
21. The Mission of Innate Intelligence
The mission of Innate Intelligence is to maintain the material of the body of a "living thing" in active organization.
 
22, The Amount of Innate Intelligence
There is 100% of Innate Intelligence in every "living thing," the requisite amount, proportional to its organization.
 
23. The Function of Innate Intelligence
The function of Innate Intelligence is to adapt universal forces and matter for use in the body, so that all parts of the body will have co-ordinated action for mutual benefit.
 
24. The Limits of Adaptation
Innate Intelligence adapts forces and matter for the body as long as it can do so without breaking a universal law, or Innate Intelligence is limited by the limitations of matter.
 
25. The Character of Innate Forces
The forces of Innate Intelligence never injure or destroy the structures in which they work.
 
26. Comparison of Universal and Innate Forces
In order to carry on the universal cycle of life, Universal forces are destructive, and Innate forces constructive, its regards structural matter.
 
27. The Normality of Innate Intelligence
Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.
 
28. The Conductors of Innate Forces
The forces of Innate Intelligence operate through or over the nervous system in animal bodies.
 
29. Interference with Transmission of Innate Forces
There can be interference with the transmission of Innate forces.
 
30. The Causes of Dis-Ease
Interference with the transmission of Innate forces causes incoordination of dis-case.
 
31. Subluxations
Interference with transmission in the body is always directly or indirectly due to subluxations in the spinal column.
 
32. The Principle of Coordination
Coordination is the principle of harmonious action of all the parts of an organism, in fulfilling their offices and purposes.
 
33. The Law of Demand And Supply
The Law of Demand and Supply is existent in the body in its ideal state; wherein the "clearing house," is the brain, Innate the Virtuous "banker," brain cells "clerks," and nerve cells "messengers."

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