His table was the only one with an empty seat at lunch so I took it. I didn't even get his name. He was an older man, but looked healthy and young at heart. I asked if he was still practicing and he said he had just retired last year after 60 years in practice. 60 years! Either he was really exaggerating or he was in his eighties. Then he gave me some unsolicited advice.
"Don't believe chiropractic works, Know it."
He went on advise me not to get caught up in trying to be a medical doctor and be what we aren't. We shouldn't want to be anything but chiropractors. We offer a better alternative than drugs and covering up symptoms. Why would we want to offer a solution that won't fix the problem when we have the ability to do so?
I've had conversations with other family and friends that say they do or do not believe in chiropractic. I can choose to not believe in gravity, but if I jump off my roof I'm not going to fly. Believe it or not, it works!
When I thought of being in practice for 60 years I thought of all the miracles this old time chiropractor in New York must have seen. We see patients walk in with headaches that walk out with out one. We see chronic shoulder pain of 20 years that leaves after a few treatments. We see low back pain melt away right after the adjustment. He knows chiropractic works. I know chiropractic works. Do you know?