1st Step Chiropractic: How Harvey (and Bob) regained hearing …

Dr. Philip Schalow

This is the story of two men out of many people who have regained function in an area thought to be gone, beyond hope.

Harvey was a hard-working, 19th-century entrepreneur who lost his hearing after heavy lifting.

Bob is a 21st-century man who noticed one cold autumn day that the “crickets” were still chirping while the snow was falling. That’s when he realized it wasn’t crickets in his head — his hearing was vanishing in a haze of tinnitis. What’s the matter?

All the tissues in the head, including the hearing apparatus, are nourished by nerves that come out of the upper back. This is a simple fact from biology.

In 1895, Dr. D.D. Palmer rediscovered the application of this fact for the modern world. From Hippocrates’ time, it has been known to “look to the spine for the cause of disease,” but somehow this was forgotten.

Palmer noticed something out of place, made an adjustment to Harvey Lilliard’s spine, and his hearing was restored instantly.

Although Palmer initially thought he had discovered the “silver bullet” for deafness, he later realized a larger principle was at work that could affect any condition. Palmer had discovered that the flow of information in the “computer network” nerve system can be interrupted by spinal segments locked out of position.

Research throughout the last 107 years continues to support Palmer’s hypothesis. Clinicians around the globe have observed cases of deafness resolve with chiropractic care.

The Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association is a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect and teach the philosophy, art and science of chiropractic. Throughout the 1950s, chiropractors were prosecuted and jailed for “practicing medicine without a license.” The IPSCA helped to set up licensing rules and legislation so all people could have the opportunity to get well naturally, without the use of drugs or surgery, through improved access to doctors of chiropractic.

As a result, Bob was able, more than 100 years after Harvey, to have easy access to his chiropractor, who did the proper adjustment that began his healing process. Two weeks after his initial adjustment, Bob’s wife, sitting across the dinner table, was astonished to see Bob suddenly open his mouth in surprise. “It’s quiet!” Bob exclaimed. “The noise is gone, and I can hear clearly now!”

As long as Bob holds his adjustment, his hearing is fine again, but when he loses his adjustment, he knows what to do about it, naturally.

For more about the IPSCA, look at www.illinoischiropractors.org. For references on the influence of chiropractic care on deafness, look at www.DynamicChiropractic.com/columnist/kent.

Dr. Philip Schalow is the owner of 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C., Rockford’s center for the NUCCA procedure. Call his office at (815) 398-4500, or visit myrockfordchiropractor.com.

From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue

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