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Deliver Your Message to Garcia

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“Deliver Your Message to Garcia

An odd message, perhaps, to read above the employee’s toilet at the Palmer School of Chiropractic, but certainly not out of character for our profession’s developer.

Was this just another example of his often obtuse form of humor, or did this epigram inscription have deeper meaning?

Learn more about this “message.”

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Deliver Your Message to Garcia[originally published in KCN, January 2014]

“Deliver your message to Garcia” is hardly what you’d expect to read on a bathroom wall, but it is precisely what was scribed above the faculty toilet at the Palmer School of Chiropractic a century ago.  BJ Palmer, our profession’s developer, was known for making the walls of his learning institution “speak” — even if the wall happened to be in the bathroom.  No square inch was safe from his sign-like display of painted epigrams.  The school was covered with thousands of these short, pithy, thought-provoking sayings. They were designed to not only spark interest, but reflection, and over time, action.

While many were self-explanatory, like “Keep Smiling,” some were not. “Deliver your message to Garcia” may be nonsensical to us today, but it had great meaning and cultural popularity in the first part of the twentieth century.

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Rats in a Dump
December 1, 2013, 10:11 pm
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If you have a dump, you’ve got rats.”

That’s what the late chiropractic icon, Fred Barge, used to say when it comes to one’s health.

It doesn’t work the other way around.  Rats don’t create the dump, rather rats are attracted to the dump.  In many ways, germs are a lot like rats in that they are both opportunistic.  Germs, like rats, not only seek out but require a place to set up camp.

How’s your dump?

– Listen to us talk about this reblog on SCR 170.

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640px-Landfill_face[originally published in KCN, January 2013]

As we find ourselves in the thick of cold and flu season our focus on avoiding germs becomes top priority for many of us.  We’re quick to Purell our hands and sanitize everything we touch.  But are germs really the issue?  The reality is, they’re no more of an issue now than they are at any other time of year.

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Rx on an Airplane
November 23, 2013, 10:39 pm
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“Fear lives in our beliefs. It keeps us from telling others what we know we need to tell them because we’re more afraid of what they might say versus what they might NOT say.” 

That was the driving force behind the action of chiropracTOR, Dave Jackson, aboard a flight bound for Seattle.

Of all the docs I have interviewed, Dave Jackson, is definitely in the “cool cat” category. His message is pure, genuine, grounded in the principle… and cool at the same time.  Enjoy this article, and be sure to tune into our interviews with the “cool cat” himself.

Listen to Dave Jackson

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Rx on a plane[originally published in KCN, June 2013]

“Fear lives in our beliefs.” 

That’s what Dr. David Jackson communicated to an assembly of chiropractors — of which I was one — in Seattle several months back.  He went on to say that fear keeps us from telling others what we know we need to tell them because we’re more afraid of what they might say versus what they might not say.  When it comes to sharing chiropractic, he’s more fearful of not telling people than he is at telling them.  He admitted, though, it hadn’t always been that way for him.  But as he began to witness more and more people falling ill and dying, he became too afraid of the results of staying silent.

To illustrate his point, he told us about an encounter he had on the airplane as he was flying up to our meeting.  He explained that…

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Robbing Banks to Steal Pens
October 25, 2013, 12:01 pm
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“Going to a chiropractor just for pain relief is like robbing a bank and only taking the pens.”

Sure you could rob a bank just to take pens, but why?  Robbing a bank for pens misses the point.  If you are going to go to the trouble of robbing a bank, do it right and go for the loot!

I love this social media chiropractic graphic produced by chiropracTIC advocate, Keith Wassung.  It’s thought-provoking and truth-telling.  In many ways, this graphic (along with his hundreds of others) is very much like the BJ Palmer Epigrams that were scribed on the walls of the PSC.

…a subject we’re giving air play on SCR 169

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Robbing Banks to Steal Pens[originally published in KCN, November 2012 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

Imagine a bank robber wearing the stereotypical burglar garb.  The safe stands open with bags of money piled high as he, in runner’s pose, is making a getaway.  In his hand is clutched, not a sack of cash, but a bunch of pens.  That’s right, pens.

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Parachuting Cats
September 27, 2013, 12:00 am
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“The problems we face today are often the solutions of yesterday.”

The Law of Unintended Consequences — we see it unfold everyday in the decisions our government and other mega companies make.  But, if we’re honest, when it comes to our health, we as individuals are guilty of it as well.  

The story of the Parachuting Cats illustrates this point beautifully, and it’s one we should not forget.  We’ll give it some air play on SCR 168.

 

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[originally published in KCN, May 2011]

In the 1950’s the islanders of Borneo, specifically the Dayak people, were stricken with a major malaria problem.  Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is mostly part of Indonesia. In their efforts to help, the World Health Organization came up with a solution that was simple, straightforward, and, in hindsight, stupid:

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Spizzerinctum
August 16, 2013, 10:22 pm
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Spizzerinctum the GoatSpizzerinctum. Ever since I figured out its meaning, it’s been my favorite word — so much so, that I gave the name to my goat. And the fact that the name is steeped in chiropractic history makes me like it even more.

Do you have a spizzerinctum?

 

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spizzerinctum 2[originally published in KCN, July 2011]

The word on my white board the other day was “spizz” — a word that invariably provoked a question from each one of my patients.

“What does spizz mean, Dr. Lamar?”

“Well,” I would reply, “it’s short for spizzerinctum.  Does that help?”

“No,” was the answer with a smile, I heard 99.9% of the time.  No one knew what it meant — except for one elderly lady.

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Restoration of Normal Cylces
July 19, 2013, 7:01 pm
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One of the things I appreciate about Social Media (and that would include podcasts such as ours) is that it allows us to virtually step off our “island” and relate and inspire (and be inspired by) our colleagues — colleagues that are right there in the trenches with us.  

Such was the case with when fellow chiropracTOR Steve Tullius posted a critical and timely message on Facebook reminding us WHAT IT IS WE DO as chiropractors.  Thank you Steve for granting me permission to share your post in this way.  And make sure you tune into SCR 166, because I’ll be talking about it too!

 

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Son on Shoulders 3[originally published in KCN, April 2013]

While I’ll be the first to agree that the advent of Web 2.0 and its ensuing social media revolution is chock full of pitfalls and traps, it does have some definite advantages.  One in particular is its ability to create strong communities of people united by a common interest that could never have come together otherwise, let alone meet.  Such is the case with social networking platforms, such as Facebook, and the principally-grounded chiropractor.  We chiropractors tend to be isolated islands, busy taking care of the people that seek us out as we proclaim an outlook on health that counters the vast sea that surrounds us.  It’s easy to get beat down at times.  And this is precisely how avenues such as Facebook can become a virtual life raft for practitioners like myself.  This outlet has enabled me to connect with hundreds of…

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