“Founded On TONE”

DD_Palmer1-father-pof-chiropracticsDaniel David Palmer founded Chiropractic in 1895 when he realigned the cervical spine on his janitor, Harvey Lillard, and restored his hearing.  Dr. Palmer, a magnetic healer, wrote these words on the title page of his first book: “Founded On TONE.” I published my booklet Rediscovering The Soul of Chiropractic in 2007.  In it I wrote these words:

In D.D.’s first book these words appear on the title page: “Founded On Tone.” In the pages that follow he proclaims, almost charismatically, that life is tone in human beings and that tone is health. In his second book, Daniel confides how initially he leaned toward the theory that nerves conveyed the vibrational “Tone” of life, and that spinal aberrations stretched and otherwise stressed the nerve fibers thereby distorting the frequency of that vibrational tone.

“An impulse travels over a nerve by waves known as vibration, similar as a pulse-wave, only more rapid . . . . Nerves, like material substances, are composed of particles, atoms or molecules, which vibrate, oscillate. When nerves are in a normal condition, known as tone—normal tension, normal elasticity and normal renitency [tonicity]—impulses are transmitted by vibration in a normal manner with the usual force . . . . Motor and sensory impulses are transmitted over the nervous system by molecular vibration.” (The Chiropractor 1914)

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

Magnetic healing has come around again. I’ve been practicing it since the 1970’s.  We call it “attunement,” a term that has come to be used by Reiki and other energy work healing methodologies.  Basically, we are working with the energetic body and through the energetic body with the physical body.  It is the energetic body that holds the patterns of health and disease that manifest in the physical body.  The principle at work is simple: change the vibration in the energy body and you change the manifestation in the physical body. The ultimate goal is to lift the energetic vibration of the physical body to a level where dissonant patterns of disease cannot manifest but only harmonious patterns of health. 

SOUND HEALING COMES OF AGE

Such words as “TONE” and “dissonant” and “harmonious” imply music and sound.  Sound healing has come of age and has even entered into main-stream medicine.  Of course the majority of sound healers are in the “Alternative” and “New Age” milieu.  I received my certification in sound healing in 2009 at Jonathan Goldman’s Healing Sounds Intensive out of Boulder, Colorado. This is a nine-day workshop intensive that is held every year and draws up to a hundred sound healers from all over the world to participate in a transformative journey into the vibrational world of Sacred Sound. This is only one such sound healing school offering training in this vibrational healing methodology.

THE TONE IS LOVE 

I just returned from an “Energetics of Healing” attunement intensive at Oakwood Retreat Center in Selma, Indiana  and will be flying up to Portland, Oregon this weekend to participate in another attunement intensive entitled “RESONANCE –THE HEART OF ATTUNEMENT.”  There’s another word that relates to music and sound.  Resonance is a principle at work throughout creation.  All of creation resonates to the TONE of Life sounding and resounding throughout the Cosmos. It’s the TONE of LOVE. 

THE PINEAL GATEWAY

Over the years that I’ve been exploring the frequencies of the sacred anatomy of our seven endocrine glands, I’ve noticed that a shift has taken place in the tonal frequency of the energy radiating from the pineal gland located in the center of the brain. That shift has gone a half step up from an F to an F#.  In his wonderful book SACRED SOUND, Ted Andrews writes in his historical account of Sacred Sound’s ancient past . . .

The Chinese healers used “singing stones”–thin flat pieces of jade which would emit various musical tones when struck. One of these tones was designated the kung or great tone of Nature. It corresponds in our own musical scale to the tone of F or F-sharp. The Sufis considered Hu to be the ultimate creative sound. The Tibetans considered the tones F-sharp, A and G to be the three powerful and sacred tones of the world. 

The corresponding color of F# is Violet.  I see a violet light pulsing and contracting to a fine focus in the dark space of my closed eyes when attuning the pineal gland with the Spirit of Love. This light is particularly strong when someone is sharing attunement with me and focusing the current in the area of my pineal gland.

There is an energetic gateway here in this gland that opens up to let in sacred energy from the divine spirit that is incarnate in each and every one.  This is the portal of light through which the angel enters his or her body temple after the temple is complete at the end of the third month of embryonic development.  Incarnation takes place in the womb when the house of being is complete and ready to receive the lord or lady of the house.  It is as well the portal for excarnation and ascension at the end of our earthly journey.  It is where the “silver cord” attaches that leads back to the realms of light.  If you wish to own a quartz crystal bowl, let it be an F-sharp bowl. I highly recommend it. 

Our bodies are founded on TONE. They resonate to the frequency of Love. The frequency of Love is F-sharp in my experience. The harmonic chord of F-sharp is F# A# C#.  If you want a little magic in your life, your health, your spiritual practice, then obtain three quartz crystal bowls that “sing” these three sacred tones. Set them in your meditation space and place them in the morning when you arise and just before bedtime. You will be amazed at how these sacred tones calm and bring focus to your mind as your pineal gland resonates with them.  

Here’s to your health and healing,

Tony's picture 2 from PeggyAnthony Palombo, DC

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Chiropractic Rationale: A Turn in the Right Direction

Anthony J. Palombo, DC August 15, 1963

Anthony J. Palombo, DC.”
August 15, 1963

THE PRECIOUS FEW

A colleague and very close friend up in New Jersey called me a few days ago in response to my last post, “Expression Allows Release,” in which I candidly allowed that my well had dried up; that what has needed saying has all been said, by me over two decades of publishing my HealthLight Newsletter and by so many other clarion voices with much larger audiences than I’ve ever had. He is Dr. Ken Harris, one of the “precious few” I referred to in that post who have maintained, lived and practiced the original truth that Chiropractic’s founder and developer, Daniel David Palmer and Bartlett Joshua Palmer respectively, brought to the healthcare arena. You can visit Dr. Harris’ Facebook page and read his posts on Chiropractic. He’s a man who walks his talk, and in so doing shines a bright and unwavering light on the path toward health and vibrant living. He and I shared a passionate mentor along the way in our careers in Dr. William H. Bahan, “Bill” as he was endearingly known and called by the hundreds of chiropractors who came to the light of his shining in deep heartfelt response to his clarion call.

“Keep writing,” my friend said, and with that encouragement I dip down once again into my reservoir of topics. The one topic I could never run out of words to write about is Chiropractic, particularly the philosophy and rationale for its science and art of adjusting the spine to correct misaligned vertebrae that encroach on nerve roots choking off the flow of vital nerve energy, life itself, from “Above, down, inside, out” to the body’s organs and tissue cells. There, that just about says it all in one sentence, and I want to say more. But first listen—and listen deeply—to these succinct words of wisdom from one of the precious few “principled chiropractors” who carried the torch for so many years, Dr. James Sigafoose, explaining in simple words the rationale of the Chiropractic Adjustment:

I just love his opening words because they articulate an eternal truth; a truth that awakened my heart and mind fifty years ago and turned me completely around in my thinking about health and healing and answered so many core questions. Questions like: “What is healing and how does it work in the body? What power and force drives it? How does the spirit of God touch and imbue the flesh of man with the Breath of Life? How can we stop dying if dying was indeed introduced to human experience as a result of ‘original sin’? What would the alternative reality be?”

“DEATH IS COMPLETELY UNNATURAL!”

I remember during one of Dr. Bahan’s symposiums hearing him drop this bombshell into our eager ears: “Death,” he said with deep conviction and absolute authority, “is completely unnatural! If it were natural, then why do we strive so hard to avoid it?” Why, indeed?  My God, we spend our entire lives struggling to stay alive. We’ve even developed an entire industry to this end: to fight disease and stave off the inevitable for as long as possible. That’s because deep down inside our subconscious minds we know that death is not natural. Death IS completely unnatural . . . and we remember a time when death was not a part of life. Life is what’s natural. We were not made to experience the death and decay of our bodies, the very temples of the Living God!  Oh, I’ve written passionately and poetically about that, too, in my first publication Sacred Anatomy. My second publication, Rediscovering the Soul of Chiropractic, was my meager contribution to the revival of the spirit of my beloved profession, which was undergoing an identity crises at the time.

Bill’s bombshell was surprisingly met with strong resistance from another clarion voice in our profession, Dr. Reggie Gold, a devout and almost fanatic “straight” chiropractor. Reggie Gold was one of Bill’s disciples up until Bill dropped this golden nugget of truth into our consciousness. He vehemently opposed this declaration to the point of leaving Bill to start his own following. So, there were points along the cutting edge of the sword of truth some of our leaders were wielding that caused division and separation. But that’s the nature of truth. It’s a fine and uncompromising light, and some of us simply could not handle the truth back then. Today we are more open to all possibilities, including the possibility that death is not eternal for us on Earth. Life is what’s eternal.   

In truth, death was not a part of life for human beings in the Beginning when the Creator walked among us in a garden state in Eden. We brought death upon ourselves, along with the disease process that is Life’s way of unwinding forms it creates in the three-dimensional world of material existence that no longer serve a purpose. Our forms age and fail to give us freedom of movement at some point; and life is movement in chiropractic’s way of thinking. Death, then, is natural at this level. We fell from a much higher level where life in Eden was an experience of birth, life and ascension. That’s the alternative reality.

RESTORATION . . . THE TRUTH OF HEALING

The truth of healing, then, includes at its essential core purpose the restoration of man to an Edenic state of consciousness, a state of radiant life and health, and that was Bill’s point in making that declaration. There is even a Biblical reference to this restoration in the Book of Revelation, which I love reading from time to time just to remind myself of my mission and purpose as a physician.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God our of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athrist of the fountain of the water of life freely. (Rev. 21: 2-6) 

We were all thirsty for truth back then. I was very thirsty for some truth, coming away as I was then from seven years in Catholic Seminary utterly disillusioned in my father’s and his father’s religion, where I had once asked my “spiritual adviser” the burning question in my heart: “If eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brought death upon us, then why can’t we simply stop eating that fruit and live?” His answer was a real put-down: “Go study your Latin.”  Latin, of course, is a dead language, which was ironically appropriate for a fear-based and death-centered belief system. That was 1960. My answer came seven years later through Bill’s mouth: “We can stop eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and live!”  And he went on to describe how that was possible . . . and, more importantly, what eating of the fruit of that tree entails. Basically, judgement, which Bill called the only addiction there is. Think about it: how addicted we all have been to judgement of good and evil! “Alcohol is good. But alcoholism is bad. Sugar is good, but diabetes is bad. You won the lottery! That’s good. You spent all the money and are now broke. That’s bad.” Etc. But, then, that’s another subject matter. 

Bill’s most memorable declaration, however, is embodied in those words from John’s book: “Behold, I make all things new.” And that’s the promise Chiropractic re-focused for the healing field and for the world. That was Bill’s passionate mission in his life of service. “Behold, I make all things new.”  And he did just that, in his service and in his living. He brought his profession to the Fountain of Life and extended an irresistible invitation to drink from it by letting it pour out through each and every one of us who were willing to BE a fountain of living water ourselves for our patients and for our worlds.   

But first he had to wake people up so they could drink without drowning. He used to say shocking things so as to wake up his sleeping patients who would say to him that their suffering was, of course, God’s will. “Then get out of my office,” he would exclaim. “I wouldn’t want to change God’s will!” Bill wouldn’t let a single opportunity slip by to wake people up and turn them in the right direction. He once told me, when I felt my Catholic beliefs being challenged to the point where I had to let either them or him go, and I cried out “But, Bill, I am a Catholic!”—to which he replied without hesitation, “No you’re not! YOU are a Human Being made in the image and likeness of God!” How can one deny that truth? His words turned my world upside down . . . or rather me right side up. 

That’s what Chiropractic brought: a turn in the right direction. People don’t want to change. That’s what I’ve learned in my fifty years of service. The same passive state of consciousness prevails: “I broke it. You fix it. But don’t ask me to change the way I live my life.” And, if you wanted to stay in practice, you complied with this demand—and it is a demand, and we make this demand on every self-serving service we’ve put into place in our social, economic, religious, and governmental structures of governance by fear of consequences. As a people, we live our lives out of a consciousness of entitlement . . . and we get out of life exactly what we ask for and are entitled to: no more nor less than what we give into it. 

And—as the old Indian chief in the movie “Dances With Wolves” so eloquently ended his brief inputs into the tribe’s powwows—“That is all I have to say about that. We will talk again.” Until then, 

Here’s to your health and longevity,

Anthony Palombo, D.C.

Visit my HealingTones.org blog for inspired articles. This post is “The Body Electric, part 4: Ascension Harmonics. Enjoy!

 P.S. That picture of me is my” graduation picture from Chiropractic college. I was so serious about my new-found purpose and career in life.  

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Expression Allows Release

Tony picHere it is the first of March and it’s already time to publish a new post in my blogs. I haven’t even thought of what I might write about. Actually, my reservoir is rather empty. After sharing so much through my Health Light Newsletter over yea these past twenty-five years—a printed issue for twenty years—I simply don’t know what more I have to say—about health, that is. I am truly empty. Besides, others have taken up the torch and are shining light on what has come to be known as “whole health.” Just yesterday PBS had three programs on the subject, two of which featured Deepak Chopra with his “eat the rainbow” theme, and Wayne Dyer with his “I can see clearly now” theme. A third program, which I only watched for a few minutes, featured a woman whose topic was “Whole Health.” What I saw of it was very good, just what many of us in the alternative health field have been teaching since the middle of the last century.

I was intrigued by her visual aid, which was a pyramid made of large smooth rocks with words printed on them that told of several things that affect our lives. The top rock was “Physical Health.”  Below this capstone were other things like nutrition, relationships, job, career, exercise, etc. . . . and in there somewhere near the obscure middle of the stack was the word “Spirituality.”  And it struck me how much we focus on our physical bodies and our physical health. After working in this field for fifty years, I’ve become rather bored by the subject.

So, as I sit down to write this post with an empty reservoir of topics, I  pause to reflect on a simple truth and principle that was stated for me many  years ago by my mentor, Dr. William Bahan: “Expression allows release.”

We give so much consideration to what we put into our bodies. Through our mouths we strive to put healthy foods and beverages into our stomachs and try not to put things that are bad for us. Into our minds we strive to put knowledge and wisdom from books, seminars and workshops, and try to have positive thoughts and feelings and avoid negative ones. Into our hearts we seek to put God, grace and virtue through religion, meditation, spiritual retreats and pilgrimages to holy lands and sacred sites. Not that these disciplines and practices are not valuable and necessary. But our health care and lifestyle practices appear to be all about putting things into ourselves to make us healthier and happier—or taking things out that are bad, or that have gone bad. We exercise our bodies with jogging, walking, gym equipment and Yoga. We steam them, rub them with oils, sauna and sunbathe them and put them on diets to lose weight. When all this fails to achieve promised and desired results, we turn to drugs for relief from pain and suffering and prayer for miracles when our situation seems hopeless.

If you were fortunate and aware enough to know about finding and correcting the cause of your ill health, you found your way to a chiropractor who adjusted your spine to “…release the imprisoned impulse, the tiny rivulet of force, that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells, and stirs them into life….”  The word “emanates” means coming from within, not poured in from outside. Chiropractic was the first drug-less healing profession to offer an alternative and about-face approach to health and dis-ease here in the West. Founder and developer respectively Drs. Daniel and BJ Palmer proclaimed loudly their “Law of Life” which stated that life and health in human beings comes from “ABOVE, DOWN, INSIDE, OUT.”  

It was this philosophy of thinking deductively rather than inductively that called me to chiropractic as my life’s work. They called it “The Big Idea,” which gradually faded away in the minds and hearts of many chiropractors as they compromised their profession’s principles in order to accommodate the public’s perception of chiropractic care — and more so the insurance industry’s reluctant and meager willingness to pay for limited chiropractic care for the relief of backaches and neck injuries and a few other related conditions that were medically approved. Chiropractic in by far the majority of its doctors’ clinics became just another palliative application to the physical body for the relief of pain. Its philosophy by and large sadly went by the wayside. I published my attempt to revive that philosophy back in 2000 in our professional magazine Today’s Chiropractic — reprinted in 2005 as a booklet Rediscovering the Soul of Chiropractic — to which I received a precious hand full of letters of response from principled colleagues both here and abroad. (Available from Health Light Publishing in St. Augustine, Florida: healthlightbooks.com) 

We’ve become resource poor. Just look at all the books on health. Look at all the prescription medications in the Physicians Desk Reference and all the vitamin products on the market. We’re left with no excuses for not being healthy and happy.  And yet, we’re still unhealthy and unhappy and addicted to putting stuff into ourselves to change our experience of our selves. 

To paraphrase a Biblical phrase, it’s not what we put into our mouths that makes us health and happy, but what comes out of our mouths. Health is within us. We already have a whole and healthy spiritual body standing in the wings behind our physical body waiting to be enjoyed in the flesh. It’s what gives our very flesh life and function! We cannot live without it. It’s perfect! It’s beautiful! It’s just the right shape and size, too! It cannot be sick! It cannot even die! What we can live without is our physical body. Think about it!

Now, think about this. If you can find a way to put your spiritual body into your physical body completely, your physical body with its mind and emotions would be perfectly healthy and happy. Oh, it will still die, but it will die healthy and happy! YOU, however, will carry on living in your spiritual body. Not on this beautiful earth, of course, but in the incredibly beautiful and wonderful realms of Light in Heaven. (I don’t believe there’s a hell, except for what we’ve made of life here on earth.)

But, of course, we can’t just put our spiritual body into our physical body like we download programs into our computers. We can, however, use our physical body with its mind and heart to express our spiritual body with all of its vibrant life, eternal truth, and its endless and unconditional love. Expression allow release.

A little poem comes to mind that Dr. Bill Bahan often used in his symposiums: 

How To Be Happy

Are you almost disgusted with life, little man?
I’ll tell you a wonderful trick
That will bring you contentment, if anything can:
Do something for somebody, quick!

Are you awfully tired with play, little girl?
Wearied, discouraged, and sick?
I’ll tell you the loveliest game in the world:
Do something for somebody quick!

Though it rains like the rain of the flood, little man,
And the clouds are forbidding and thick,
You can make the sun shine in your soul, little man:
Do something for somebody, quick!

Though the stars are like brass overhead, little girl,
And the walks like a well-heated brick,
And our earthly affairs in a terrible whirl,
Do something for somebody, quick! (George Varghese)

Do you feel all bottled up inside? Then let your Self out of prison! Expression allows release. Though we are constantly reminded by just about every health author, you are not what you eat. You are what you express in your moments of living. That’s what you know, what you experience. We know and experience that which we express in thought, word and deed in and through our hearts, our minds and our physical bodies. You want to be happy? Express joy. You want to know love? Express love. You want to know truth? Express truth. You want to know life? Express life. You want to have peace? Be peaceful. This is what will give your body whole health. It’s that simple. Everything else will follow.

Spirituality rightly belongs at the top of the pyramid. Your spirit, motive and attitude will set the direction of your actions and guide your choices in life. When in doubt, start with thankfulness. When you’re anxious, try patience. When worried and confused, try stilling your mind with the assurance that all is well. Realization of what we need to do in any moment comes through a tranquil mind from within. Be still and know. Like I said, we’ve been given all the resources we need to lead a healthy and happy life. All we need is to be fully present as a conscious being in each moment. My spiritual mentor put it very succinctly in a poem.

Any Moment

Any moment of hating, Any moment of lying, Any moment of resentment, Is a moment of dying. 

Any moment of loving, Any moment of giving, Any moment of thankfulness, Is a moment of living. 

All our moments add together Like the digits in a sum, And the answer tells us plainly Whether life or death shall come.    —Martin Cicil

Dr. James Sigafoose says it all in this clip:

And now my reservoir is full again. Expression has allowed the release of this post. I wish for you a beautiful day. Here’s to your health and happiness!

Dr. Tony Palombo

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Celebrating 50 Years of Service

Graduation 1963

Graduation 1963

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVICE

Today I celebrate my Golden Anniversary as a Doctor of Chiropractic and holistic healthcare practitioner. I received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Bebout College of Chiropractic in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 15, 1963.  

FROM WOULD-BE PRIEST TO HEALTER 

Seminary Days 1960

Seminary Days 1960

It seems only a few years ago that I dropped out of Catholic Seminary in New Orleans – and, shortly thereafter, left home and family in Lake Charles, Louisiana with $25 in my pocket and a car note – to attend Chiropractic college in the dead of winter. It was snowing in Indianapolis when I drove into that metropolis. I don’t remember where I slept that night — probably in my 1958 Mercury Monterey two-tone, two-door hardtop. I reported to school the next morning, signed an agreement to pay my college tuition of $2500 over the course of eighteen months, moved in with a few other students in a large house on Pennsylvania Avenue near the school on Meridian Street, and found a job through another student’s mother as a machinist making rocker arms for diesel engines and hospital bed pulleys, among other automotive and machine parts.  I was on my way to becoming a chiropractor, a profession my dad, next to his Catholic faith, thought the world of — which made it easier for me to leave the seminary and let go of the highly cherished and prized idea of becoming a priest.  I was called to be a healer. 

THINGS WERE DIFFERENT THEN

Back then chiropractic schooling was transitioning from a three-year to a four-year course. I believe I got in on the last of the three-year courses offered anywhere in the USA and Canada. We were taught by a staff of doctors from the “old school” where Palmer full-spine adjusting was taught as the main technique for correcting “subluxations” in the spine and releasing the innate healing power of the body. (A subluxation is a partial dislocation of a spinal vetebra as opposed to a luxation, a full dislocation — or, as we more commonly call it, a “misaligned vertebra.”) 

CHIROPRACTIC’S TUMULTUS HISTORY

Dr. Earl R Bebout

Dr. Earl R Bebout

Dr. Earl R. Bebout was one of several old-timers who broke away from the “Fountainhead,” established by Chiropractic’s founder and developer, Drs. Daniel David Palmer and his son Bartlett Joshua Palmer respectively, in Davenport, Iowa, to start his own school.  He was a devout  believer in the natural ways of living, good nutrition and yearly fasting, as was my field doctor in New Orleans, Dr. Frederick Doughty Beck, who told me about Bebout College. That was back in the 1930’s. “BJ” — as he was known to the early profession and is still known to this day — had narrowed the spinal adjustment down to one single vertebra, the Atlas, believing and teaching that all subluxations in the spine could be corrected simply by adjusting and realigning the first vertebra at the top of the spinal column called the “Atlas” — named by reason of its role of holding up the head and connecting it with the rest of the body, after the fabled Atlas who held up the world on his shoulders. He called it the “Hole-in-one” (HIO) technique, using a golfing term.

This departure from full-spine adjusting created a riff in the profession that resulted in the departure of several of BJ’s close colleagues from the Fountainhead.  Dr. Earl Bebout was a devout believer in the Palmer Full Spine Technique.  I was fortunate to get in on the tail end of this tradition and to be taught by this master of full-spine analysis and adjusting.  And he was a master in many ways, believing and teaching the old Palmer philosophy of chiropractic based on a new idea whose time had come —  what BJ Palmer called the “Big Idea” — that life flows from “Above, Down, Inside and Out” through human beings from Universal Intelligence via Innate Intelligence within; that “dis-ease” in the human body was caused by an interruption to that flow by some interference — be it physical, mental, chemical or spiritual — the “cure” of which could and would be achieved simply  by removing such interference.  The body would then heal itself from within.  Innate Intelligence, God within — not educated intelligence with knowledge and remedies from without — was and is the one and the only Source of healing of mankind’s diseases, be they physical, mental, emotional, social or spiritual.  Remove the interference to the flow of life and Innate Intelligence and all dis-ease will vanish from the face of the earth like darkness at the break of day. His was a “vision of things far.” He set out to train chiropractors the world over so that every human being could receive an adjustment and be cured of all manner of disease.

THE HEART AND SOUL OF CHIROPRACTIC — ITS PHILOSOPHY 

I bought into DD Palmer’s philosophy wholeheartedly, later on wrote and published a booklet about it entitled Rediscovering the Soul of Chiropractic. DD’s Chiropractic was “Founded On TONE,” as the first words on the title page of his first book The Chiropractor 1914 declares. As I tell the story in my booklet, “In the pages that follow he proclaims, almost charismatically,  that life is tone in human beings and that tone is health. In his second book, Daniel confides how initially he leaned toward the theory that nerves conveyed the vibrational “Tone” of life, and that spinal aberrations stretched and otherwise stressed the nerve fibers, thereby distorting the frequency of that vibrational tone.”  He may well be considered, then, the Father of Vibrational Medicine.  Here’s a excerpt form his first book:

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An impulse travels over a nerve by waves known as vibration, similar to a pulse-wave, only more rapid . . . .  Nerves, like material substance, are composed of particles, atoms or molecules, which vibrate, oscillate. When nerves are in a normal condition, known as tone — normal tension, normal elasticity and normal renitency [tonicity] — impulses are transmitted by vibration in a normal manner with the usual force . . . .  Motor and sensory impulses are transmitted over the nervous system by molecular vibration.

DD saw his mission in life as a spiritual healer. He actually practiced “magnetic healing” through the laying of his “healing hands” upon the body to increase life flow in its ailing parts.  He wrote:

Man is a dual entity, composed of intelligence and matter, spirit and material, the immortal and mortal, the everlasting and the transient. The manifestation of such an existence is intelligent action. . . .  The universe is composed of spirit and matter. All living material is animated by spirit.

DD wanted to make his new-found healing art a religion, both to preserve its founding spiritual, or vibrational, principles as well as to save it from inevitable confrontation with the medical powers of his day. His son had larger plans for it, as well as the confrontational spirit to face the medical powers that were. BJ took up his father’s torch and blazed a spirited path into the healing field with a passion no one of his day would match. He wrote of his vision with words that burned in the hearts and minds of the early profession . . . and in the hearts of many chiropractors to this day, myself included.  It is what compelled me in my pursuit of a healing ministry.

BJ Palmer, Developer of Chiropractic

Dr. BJ Palmer, Developer of Chiropractic

We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul to release the imprisoned impulse, the tiny rivulet of force that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells,and stirs them into life.  We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay; that robes the earth with beauty, and hues and scents the flowers with the glory of the air. 

This force runs the entire Universe, as BJ poetically acknowledged when he penned these timeless words:  

With tireless energy it blows the bubble of each individual life and then silently, relentlessly dissolves the form and absorbs the spirit into itself again. And yet you ask, “Can Chiropractic cure appendicitis or the flu?” Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the Innate Power that animates the internal living world?

DAWN OF A NEW DAY AND BIRTH OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Chiropractic’s entry into the world through the Palmer’s at the close of the 19th Century — 1895, when it was discovered — and at the dawn of the 20th Century — 1905, when the Palmer’s opened their first school  — was the break of a new day, the dawning of a New Age of “Alternative” health care.  Orthodox medicine was just getting a foothold in the door of “ownership” of the health care “industry” and held, even in those early years, a monopoly in the health care arena. Medical societies such as the American Medical Association and local organized medical groups fought hard to force all other disciplines to bend a knee to medicine’s monopoly and join its ranks as MD’s under their self-authored and legislated “Medical Practice Act” or be arrested and thrown in jail, as BJ Palmer himself and many early chiropractors were in those days.

But the Palmer’s fought the good fight and Chiropractic became the first independent drug-less healing profession in America.  Osteopathy caved in to the political pressure and gave up its independence. It was from Dr. H.T. Still, the founder of Osteopathy, that DD Palmer learned much of his technique for adjusting the spine. I was thrilled to be in on this outworking, a part of history itself.

A DEADLY POLITICAL CLIMATE

I relate all this history in order to provide a sense of the political climate at the time I graduated from Chiropractic college and began my career as an alternative, holistic healthcare practitioner. It was deadly. Chiropractors were still being arrested and sent to jail in the 1960’s when I started up my first practice in Crowley, Louisiana. Some thirty of my colleagues were sent to jail for “practicing medicine without a license.” You see, an antiquated law of 1914, called the “Medical Practice Act,” was pulled off the shelf and dusted off to be used against chiropractors, “quacks,” as we were called. The law included giving a glass of water to a fainting person and charging a fee for the service.  The fee part was the clincher. Chiropractic was threatening their financial empire. Medicine was, and still is, bent on eradicating Chiropractic from the face of the earth. I was fortunate somehow to be passed over, but I wasn’t entirely overlooked. 

RUN OUT OF TOWN AS SECOND-RATE CITIZENS

We had bought a three-story antebellum house in Crowley that had been used solely as a medical clinic for thirty years prior to the old doctor’s death.  My first wife and I lived with her two young daughters in part of the house while the front of the mansion we refurbished and made into a chiropractic office.  It was a convenient arrangement and a lovely, solid old house with a modest monthly note of around $130 against a $13,000 mortgage.  I was charging back in those days a modest $3 for an office visit, which shortly increased to $5. We were seeing thirty to forty patients a day eventually, so we were surviving amid a relatively stable economy.

My wife worked with me in the office and the girls were attending St. Michael’s Catholic school.  We attended Sunday Mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, that is up until about the time the pastor started preaching against Chiropractic from the pulpit, telling his flock that we were quacks and should be shunned. When asked one Sunday morning by a shocked parishioner how it was that I was able to be a Catholic and a chiropractor, I began to get the message loud and clear that medicine had control of more than just the health care system and that we were looked down upon a second-rate citizens. That didn’t seem to affect the increasing flow of patients through our clinic doors, however. The people and the results we were getting proved the truth of what we were about and strengthened our resolve.    

As fate would have it, a medical doctor on the City Council brought a suit against me for having a business in a residential zone — mind you, in a building that had been a medical clinic for 30 years.  Our real estate agent hadn’t apprised us of the change in the zoning for that property and we couldn’t be grandfathered in.  Well, I fought the suit for a year with a well-known lawyer and lost out to the City of Crowley and Dr. McNeely, the alderman on the city council who had brought the charge against me.  Not being financially able to establish an office elsewhere in town, we folded up and moved to the Baton Rouge area to work for a busy chiropractor in Baker. The mortgage institution in Crowley took our house back with no discredit to our name. I think they were all in cahoots with one another to run me out of town. 

LIFE GUIDED ME ALL THE WAY

Bill BahanI said “as fate would have it” because it was through this doctor I worked for in Baker, along with other colleagues who were “listening to a different drummer,” that I met Dr. Bill Bahan from Derry, New Hampshire, who showed us how to put our lives on a “giving basis” and give Chiropractic to the people using the “GPC” (God-Patient-Chiropractor) fee system — or rather “no fee” system.  This meeting turned my life and the lives of my family around and upside down — or rather right-side up. The rest is history. All this took place in my life’s journey 50 years ago. Through it all, I felt the hand of God moving me along my chosen path.

Early 1970's

Early 1970’s

There is so much to be thankful for, and so many friends to whom I owe a debt of gratitude and more. So many people played a part in my beginnings as a chiropractor and throughout my career and spiritual journey.  I am profoundly thankful to God for each and every one of them, and I celebrate you as well on this Golden Anniversary day.  God bless you each one, those who are yet incarnate and those who have moved on from this earthly plane.  I am particularly thankful for all who have come to me in their health needs over the years — in Crowley, where we started out, and in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Belle Chasse, DeRidder, and finally back here in Lake Charles where I returned in 1988 to the place where it all began five decades, half a century, ago. And I’m still counting the days as I continue serving the sick through my wonderful profession of Chiropractic.  Much more could be shared, but I am well over the 2000 words maximum I try to limit my blog posts to.  So, until my next post,

Here’s to your health and healing.

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Ageing Gracefully

Anthony Palombo, DC

Visit my Healing Tones blog at HealingTones.org for inspired writings on current global events under the heading “Apocalypse of Light 2013”

 

 

The Heart Knows Best

    Welcome to Lifting Tones, my newest blog.  My name is Dr. Anthony Palombo.  I am a retired chiropractor and alternative healthcare practitioner from Louisiana up here with my wife to be with the grandchildren and to enjoy the Rocky Mountains and the blue Colorado skies.  I finally left the confines of the office after 43 years.  I continue to offer my expertise in clinical nutrition as a health coach.  If you wish to consult with me, send me an email at drpalombo@bellsouth.net and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  There is not a single health condition that would not benefit from nutritional and herbal therapies.  

The sacred healing art of Attunement has held my deepest interest over the years, and I continue to offer this service when and where there is a need and a request, even long-distance.  To set aside a time for sharing attunement long-distance, simply drop me an email with your telephone number and I will call you.  I love doing this kind of sacred energy healing more than anything else.  I have learned the benefit of using sound in my healing  work as well and teach a workshop intensive in Attunement with Sacred Sound.  You can visit my website for more information. My website is  www.healingandattunement.com .

To visit my first blog, go to:  http://www.attunementwithsacredsound.wordpress.com

Special request:   Please go to http://NextTopAuthor.com/?aid=512 and vote for my book, Sacred Anatomy-where spirit and flesh dance in the fire of creation.  Your vote will help greatly in moving my book toward a plublishing contract with Hampton Rhodes Publishing and getting this important message out to the world.  Thank you, and thanks for asking your friends to vote for me as well. 

Now to the main purpose of this new blog (which I invite you to subscribe to and follow).   During the last fifteen years of my professional carreer, I published a newsletter.  HealthLight was its name, and it was true to its name as a beacon of light shining upon a path to health and wholeness which I myself traversed for many years; still do.  It isn’t the traditional path of healthy diet and vigorous exercise – although it included a moderate amount of such essential ingredients.  My philosophy has always been:  eat for your heart’s  health eighty percent of the time and for your soul’s health twenty percent.  “Soul food” is often more beneficial than “health food.”   It is rather an internal path based more on spiritual values and perspectives than on physical values – more a spirit-based model of healing and wholeness (body-mind-spirit) than a medcal model of “fixing” health problems and issues.

Several fans of my newsletter have asked me – since I stopped publishing it when I retired two years ago – to bring it back, or at lease make some of the best and most inspiring and educational article available on the web.   So, what better way, I thought, than via a blog?! 

Now I need to do a little digging through my filing cabinet back home in Louisiana, and see what I have saved on CD’s, before I start sharing these morsels of wisdom with you . . . but I will do it.  So bear with me . . . and follow me.  (I like that word  “follow” we bloggers use, although I encourage my fans to follow no one but their own heart and gut.) 

Perhaps this little morsel of wisdom from one of my last newsletter will give you enough food for thought and meditation while I compose my next post.  Here it is.  Read it deeply –  with your heart as well as with your mind.

“No, you’re not going crazy.  Life is intensifying.  You’re simply going through transformation — from being ‘only human’ to discovering your divinity — from a state of needing to understand with your mind to one of knowing in your heart.  The heart knows and understands.  Listen to your heart. Welcome change.  Enjoy the mystery of life. Live well!”

Take care of your heart.  Till I see you again,

Dr. Anthony Palombo