This On Purpose Interview with Kent, Gentempo, and Senzon explores some new ideas about B.J. Palmer’s early theory. Between 1907 and 1909, B.J. Palmer developed the basics of his philosophy and subluxation theories. Several of his ideas were translated into articles and books by his students John Craven and Ralph Stephenson. Some of their interpretations were incorrect.
Diving into B.J. Palmer’s original theory opens up the philosophy of chiropractic in new and interesting ways. The depth of how B.J. Palmer viewed the organism in the context of the environment shines through. The energy and information are transformed in the organism. The transformation is the process through which mind and matter are enacted.
BIG IDEAS FROM THIS EPISODE
- B.J. Palmer’s theory of the “forun” was developed based on his readings on Electricity from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
- B.J. Palmer’s most distinct theories were written down as Vol. 2, Vol. 3, and Vol. 5.
- John Craven collaborated with B.J. on the second edition of Vol. 5 and the third edition of Vol. 2.
- Some of the mistakes Craven made were so subtle that they obviously got missed by B.J. and other.
- Craven’s student R.W. Stephenson used Vol. 5 as one of his main sources for his Chiropractic Textbook.
- Stephenson made some of the same errors as Craven and thus the original theories have been passed down to us as incorrect.
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