1896 - Dr. D. D. Palmer described the benefits of chiropractic spinal manipulation as being mediated primarily by the nervous system.
1897 - Dr. D. D. Palmer opens the first school of chiropractic.
1907 - Along with many other chiropractors, Dr. D.D. Palmer is jailed and charged with practicing medicine without a license. Although the chiropractors won their first test case in Wisconsin in 1907,
prosecutions instigated by state medical boards became increasingly common. Patients protested their chiropractors’ incarceration and chiropractic doctors conducted political campaigns to secure licensing statutes, eventually succeeding in all fifty states, from Kansas in 1913 through Louisiana in 1974.
1975 - A conference sponsored by the National Institute of Health spurred the development of chiropractic research.
1987 - Following 11 years of legal action, a federal appellate court judge ruled that the AMA had engaged in a “lengthy, systematic, successful and unlawful boycott” designed to restrict cooperation between MDs and chiropractors in order to eliminate the profession of chiropractic as a competitor in the United States health care system.
During the proceedings it was shown that the AMA attempted to:
• Undermine Chiropractic schools
• Undercut insurance programs for Chiropractic patients
• Conceal evidence of the effectiveness of Chiropractic care
• Subvert government inquiries into the effectiveness of Chiropractic
• Promote other activities that would control the monopoly that the AMA had on health care
1992 - I was hospitalized due to a back injury and told by my orthopedic surgeon that I needed back surgery to address a painful herniated disc that affected all my daily activities. A friend recommended that I visit his chiropractor. My orthopedic surgeon urged me not to see a chiropractor unless I wanted to die. Dying was
better than sitting in a wheelchair for the rest of my life, if the surgery was a failure. Upon experiencing the chiropractic adjustment I was able to walk again without pain. I was so elated by my recovery that I decided to go back to school and study to be a chiropractor. I was already 48 years old but my motivation was ageless, my focus was on being able to help as many people as I could with subluxations, without the use of drugs or surgery. My son Dr. Ralph Esagui, was a witness to my recovery and when I signed up toattend chiropractic college he resigned from his engineering position at Bell Laboratories and joined me at school. When I applied for several scholarships I was privileged to receive the Harvey Lilliard scholarship, based on a man that had lived over 100 years ago. If you have any questions or enjoyed this blog let me know. I’ll be addressing the meaning of subluxations next week.
Until then have a most inspiring week.
Dr. Veronica Esagui