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ensue just as surely as the finger
would die if the string was not cut
or loosened.

We are all dying, a cell or two at a
time our existence depends, like
that of a popular magazine, upon
continued individual renewals. There
are supposed to be something like


twenty-six billions of cells in our
dwelling-place. When they are all
dead so are we. The little dams
across the river of life that arise
from obstructions to the blood stream
should be located early and removed
if we are to be successful in deferring
that unwelcome event.

Have you heard that an Osteopath
"rubs"? The word was never spoken
by one who knows osteopathy. Would
you say a jeweler's chief occupation
was squinting, because he holds a
glass with one eye and explores the
vitals of your watch? He uses the
glass to discover something wrong. So
the osteopath explores with the hand
(palpates) the parts of the body to
locate trouble. He depends upon his
sense of touch to enlighten him as to
tissue relationships. His chief con-
cern is not to rub where trouble has
been found, but to correct. Rubbing,
as a remedy, is massage, not osteop-
athy. The osteopath may prescribe

Would you say a jeweler's chief occupation
was squinting?


or practice massage, but when this is
done it is administered as massage, not
as the scientific adjustment of parts
osteopathic practice.

Fads are the children of fashion.
They are not even second cousins of
science. The high-brow who guessed
osteopathy a fad was mistaken in
the parentage.

Science is absolutely impartial. The
laws of the universe were codified
before man began to argue and as-
sume. It is not what people say
be they professional or layman
that determines the verdict on the
truth or falsity of osteopathic tenets;
the evidence is an open book read by
those who can interpret the language
of nature.

The reactions of the body are both
physical and chemical. It is the chem-
ical action, reaction, and interaction
of atoms in our bodies, that keeps
us alive. Drugs are known as being
chemically active. Therefore, it has



been thought that they were efficient
in altering the reactions in the body
when disease obtruded.

It is true that drugs may alter the re-
actions of the body. Observations and
investigations, however, have shown
that the production of such artificial
reactions which are positively efficient
in assisting the body in its defensive
or reparative activities are almost as
rare as goblins. The natural reactions
are obscure. No one knows all about
them. No one can have an under-
standing of the exact defects of the
equations as to time and place, nor
the kind or quantity of chemicals rep-
resented in any apparent deficiency.
The body manufactures according to
its own complicated chemical for-
mulas. Call to witness the healing
wound, the fountain of saliva, the
repairing fracture, the lactating breast.
Specialized cells take the elements
from the food, first breaking down
and then rebuilding them into new



compounds. If the body is structur-
ally right, this will be done without
hesitation to meet specific need. Cor-
rection of structure is indicated, rather
than uncertain dosage, when disease
is present.

Success is a goal that means much
in any man's life. To reach success
in our efforts to maintain or regain
health means more than most other
brands of achievement. The exhibit
of disorders that have the words
"successfully treated" written over
them under osteopathic ministrations
is large. One investigator put it this
way, "Osteopathy has the greatest
therapeutic agent known to science.
That agent is simply nothing more
than the adjustment of structure."

"How does an osteopath treat, any-
way?" you may have heard some one
asking. The answer has not often
been complete or satisfying. The
cloaking of the mechanism of the
body in fat and fascia, muscle and


membrane has obscured from many
just to what depth the vision of the
osteopath might penetrate. The elec-
trician repairing a motor or the
engineer a locomotive is not so handi-
capped. The osteopath must know
the anatomy so thoroughly that, un-
der all masking of relationships, his
mental view of the parts is clear. Vis-
ualizing the normal structures, hunt-
ing for abnormalities, he proceeds to
"fix," in so far as he is able, that which
he finds abnormal. He has no rule
of conduct except to find and correct
something perceptibly wrong.

Hitch one horse to each end of a
wagon, when would you expect to
reach your destination? Nature and
drugs pull in opposite directions. Os-
teopathy and nature form a team.
They pull together and arrive.

The staid old colt of progress often
shies at new truth, but that does not
prevent a thing being new and at the
same time true. Osteopathy is not



new in the sense that it is experi-
mental. Twenty-five years and more
evidence that it has long passed the
experimental stage. It is new, how-
ever, in comparison with the theory
and practice of drug therapy.

The individual osteopath may be
in error in a matter of diagnosis,
technique, or judgment. Failure of
the individual osteopath reflects no
more upon the science of osteopathy
than the farmer who fails discredits
the science of agriculture.

Information never benefited a man
to whom it was a stranger. The ben-
efit comes to him who knows. To
know of the mechanical basis of dis-
ease may mean life to him who un-
derstands when and where and how
to seek for a practical application of
that knowledge.

Osteopathy offers a peculiar service
to crippled nature. Health is nature's
plan materialized. You can begin at
the cradle to see that normal struc-



ture is maintained. The laws of form,
place, and function apply at all ages.
No child is too young to have some-
thing corrected if it needs fixing
few are so old that it is not worth
while at least to make the effort to
maintain normal structural conditions.

Take the case of our babies; a tripod
of causes support sickness in children.
Malnutrition, infection, and injury
form the legs of the tripod. Knowl-
edge of the dietetic needs of the child
cripples one leg, care and quarantine
is the answer to another, and osteop-
athy is the logical desideratum for
the third. With these props knocked
from under, diseases of children drop
from their high place of distressing
frequency to more endurable levels.

Nature is no speed maniac. She
is deliberate, but her plans carry.
Haste is not a part of her program.
The dignity of her stride is impressive.
You might plant a garden and wish it
to provide your dinner a week later.



You would be justly disappointed.
Many a one with distorted structure
and disordered function has been
almost as impatient. He has looked,
under treatment, for results in days
when, if he knew nature better, his
expectancy would have been gauged by
months. This applies in many chronic
cases where any process of repair
must follow slowly as life builds a
cell at a time. The corrective require-
ments in any case corresponds to
(a) the extent of the repairs to be
made, (6) the ability of the body to
secure and prepare the needed ma-
terials, and (c) the rapidity with which
the debris may be removed.

As a little question of engineer-
ing philosophy, would you skim a
pond or drain it? Would you try to
"sweeten" a swamp chemically or by
ditching? Would it be better to put
sprays up the nose for a catarrhal
condition or open the lymphatic and
venous "drain cocks" beneath the



jaw? Treat to assist the tissues to
maintain their normal resistance, and
microbes must shift for themselves.
Few cat-tails or reeds grace the marshes
that have been effectively drained.

A theory is one thing; a fact is
another. The theory of cough syrups
does not look comfortable in the com-
pany of the fact that there often is
an obstreperous rib irritating the nerves
to the bronchial tubes or pleura.

Organs can take little excursions
from home and duty as well as do
bones and ligaments. Gravity is al-
ways busy. This old earth attracts
a stomach, a pelvic organ, a kidney,
a colon, just as it did Newton's apple.
Unless there is adequate tissue tone, it
will pull them from their place in
the human plans and specifications.
When something is wrong with them,
it needs correcting as much as does
any part of the frame that is twisted.
The body needs food and "fixin*" It
does not need a potion or poison.



You will not want to burden your
mental freight-train with all the de-
tails of just how an osteopathic
physician applies his art. General
knowledge of the mechanical causes of
disease and the result of treatment
is sufficient. Sometime you may be
sufficiently interested to sift to the
bottom all the osteopathic information
available. You may even have the
honor, some day, of seeing your own,
or your child's, or your grandchild's
name on an osteopathic diploma.

Just one chain of events in a single
case may be outlined to let you see
the wonderfully complicated struc-
ture and function, also the extreme
delicacy of adjustment and action-
complex, which the body exhibits.
Suppose, for instance, we follow as
closely as we may the mischief trail
along which travels the mind scouting
for causes in such a condition as
exophthalmic goiter. This disorder
presents what we term a symptom-



complex, several evident errors of func-
tion acting simultaneously. There is
protrusion of the eyeball (exophthal-
mos), swelling of the thyroid gland
(goiter), and rapid heart action (tachy-
cardia), nervous symptoms, and nu-
tritional disturbance.

The osteopathic thinking machine
operates either forward or in reverse.
It reasons backward from symptoms
to causes and forward from causes to
effects. In a case of exophthalmic
goiter presented, an osteopath applies
logic thus: The thyroid is enlarged.
It must be enlarged from one of
several causes: either to meet the
demands of greater activity, over-
stimulation, faulty drainage, accu-
mulation of normal secretion, or
overgrowth of tissue in the gland, etc.
Physiology pictures for us the func-
tions of the gland. Organic chemistry
reveals something of the action and
interaction of its products. Anatomy
tells its nerve connections, blood sup-


ply, venous and lymphatic drainage.
Each one of these anatomical struc-
tures contributing to the perfect action
of the gland, the osteopathic fingers
explore to locate possible trouble.
Whenever palpable structural disorder
is found the attempt is made to
correct it. The success of the treat-
ment depends upon the skill in locat-
ing or the ability to correct the
something wrong (provided that there
is not actual tumor formation or de-
generation in the tissues of the gland;
then it becomes a surgical condition).
The internal secretions of the thy-
roid influence the heart rate, are the
controlling influence in the liberations
of energy in the body, have an in-
fluence on the activity of the nervous
and digestive systems and other func-
tions not so well understood. So
when the disturbance to the thyroid
is corrected, the gland will function
normally and govern as it should
the activity of the other organs with



which it is associated nervously or

It is possible to trace, so far as
known, the links between the dis-
turbed activity and the faulty struc-
tural relationships in practically all
disorders from baby's colic to grand-
father's hardened arteries. The per-
verted physiological processes resulting
in pathological changes are, however,
often exceedingly complex. There are
sixty or more recognized organic com-
pounds which the body manufactures
for its own use; a chemical disturb-
ance in any one of these, and disorder
more or less severe follows. The
remedy is rarely to be found in
attempting to supply from outside
sources the deficiency, but rather an
attempt to correct the interrelation-
ships of the various parts of the mech-
anism is indicated. Then nature's
remedies will be normally supplied
from the body's own factories and



There are few "specifics." They
number but three or four. With
these exceptions, no authorities affirm
that drugs cure. Search the pages of
modern medical literature for your
own satisfaction, if you will not credit
the statement. The trend of general
scientific thought more and more ap-
proaches the osteopathic concept of
the self-sufficiency of each organism.
Each organism is capable of managing
and prefers to manage its own affairs.

As for the adaptability of osteop-
athy, it, with its ally surgery, is
prepared to provide scientific care for
human ills, suffering only the limita-
tions of the individual practitioner
and the recuperative reserve of nature.
Specialists have arisen devoting their
time and attention to particular phases
of the application of the osteopathic
principles. This shows the breadth of
osteopathic applicability and adapta-
bility. It is not a system "good for
one thing" or for "some things," but


its logic and treatment apply to each
function and all structures wherever
there is exhibited something wrong.

What a reflection on ability to
locate mechanical disproportions to
have a tailor or dressmaker be the first
to observe a short leg, a high hip, a
drooped shoulder, a flat chest, a cur-
vature, when these conditions should
have been caught in the mental
camera of the "family physician."
Ten to one, he had never scientifically
investigated structural conditions, but
kept wondering and experimenting as
to whether powders, potions, or pills
would remedy the result of such
faulty structure.

Would you like a simple, little defi-
nition to paste in your hat? Memo-
rize this: Osteopathy is the application
of the law of adjustment to whatever
may be interfering with the harmonious
functioning of the human mechanism.
There it is, postage-stamp size. Like
a stamp it carries far.


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C/aus to soothing syrup


Nature is the great physician; man
but a humble assistant. Few children
can spell incredulous when they are
five. They believe what they are
told, from Santa Glaus to soothing
syrup. The idea of taking "some-
thing" for something wrong has often
grown up with them. Unlike the
obvious absurdity of an individual
Santa Claus, the absurdity of the
drug fetish grips their opinions, be-
cause for them the mystery of disease
still holds. It is not surprising that
it continues to do so, for opportunities
for original, scientific investigation
are, to the masses, denied. In the
absence of personal investigation and
knowledge, they must simply go on
crediting what they are told.

The inquiring find the more rational
way. Thought is the great emanci-
pator of the individual and the race.
A man is never too old to gather a few
dry sticks of experience, kindle a fire,
and thereby enliven his judgment.

o/ your " works " doesnt sound
quite natural


Be it morning, noon, or midnight,
when there comes a tap on the door
of your consciousness that something
is wrong somewhere with the work-
ing of your physical engine, Think!
Thought and action has ever pro-
vided the adaptation and preservation
of the race. Your approaching sta-
tus may depend upon them at the

It may be your carburetor is sput-
tering; it may be a grating of gears;
it may be a cough in the muffler; it
may be your clutch that is slipping;
it may be your battery has short-
circuited; but when the hum of your
"works" doesn't sound quite natural
you must realize that somewhere there
is something wrong.

Just remember that what you need
most of all, just then, is a mechanician;
one trained to locate the mechanical
troubles of your go-cart and fix them.
Let that thought stick to your brain
like a cocklebur.


Venture an inventory oj that bag oj notions


Many a six cylinder has kicked and
quit halfway on the highway of life
because all the driver understood was
to provide gasoline for the tank, oil
for the crank-case, and water for the
radiator. The added knowledge of
"how-she's-made" and "how-she's-
run" would not have permitted life's
joy ride to be tempered or abbreviated.

Venture an inventory of that bag
of notions !



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