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20 Principles of Chiropractic

Dr. McKibbinReformulated from the 33 Principles in Stephenson’s Chiropractic Textbook
David B. Koch, DC, LCP (Hon)

THE UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES:

1. The Major Premise. The universe in inherently self-organising, and this self-organisational potential is expressed through all matter and at all levels of organization. Traditionally, this self-organisational potential has been called the universe’s universal intelligence.

2. This universal intelligence is always active in the whole universe, and in any given part of the universe, and is always sufficient to create whatever organization is expressed.

3. This universal intelligence is expressed through cause and effect relationships and over time.

4. This universal intelligence is expressed in matter through the agency of energetic interactions.

5. All energetic exchanges transmit information and create relationships in matter. These relationships among material parts constitute the form of the matter at any moment in time., Information is the potential to form a specific relationship between interactive parts; potential form.

6. The universe’s universal intelligence is the source of the information in any and all energy exchanges.

7. For any specific structure to express its self-organisational potential to its fullest, all the necessary matter must be present, and all the energetic interactions necessary to create the form of that structure must occur.

8. During the transmission inherent in any energetic interaction, interference can and does occur. Interference is that alteration to the information being transmitted by the energy involved in an energetic interaction.

9. At the inorganic level of organization, energetic interactions are deterministic and unindividualised. Such interactions are commonly characterised as universal laws.

THE BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES:

10. The self-organisational potential inherent to and active in the whole universe is necessarily also active in any part of the universe, including in every living organism. Traditionally, this has been referred to as the organism’s innate intelligence.

11. Life exists as a specific expression of this self organisational potential, and derives its meaning through its expression of the self-organisational potential.

12. In living organisms, this innate intelligence is expressed not only through atomic and molecular organization, but through higher order interactive processes as well. Traditionally, these have been referred to as the signs of life. These processes involve matter and energy exchange with the environment, self-creation, self-transformation, self-maintenance and reproduction.

13. A living organism’s innate intelligence creates the interactive processes of active organization within that organism, and therefore defines that is normal structure and function for that organism.

14. A living organism’s innate intelligence reorganises the matter and energy it assimilates from its environment into patterns of relationships that are definitive of and constructive to the entire organism.

15. A living organism’s innate intelligence is expressed through the medium of, and therefore within the limitations of, the atomic and molecular organization of the inorganic matter of which it is composed

16. A living organism’s innate intelligence is expressed in the relationships between the constituent parts of the organism (coordination), as well as in the relationships between the organism and its environment.

THE CHIROPRACTIC PRINCIPLES:

17. The innate intelligence of a living organism with a nerve system utilises the energetic interactions mediated over the nerve system to create organism-wide self-awareness, and to create organism-wide coordination internally and adaptation externally.

18. During the transmission inherent in energetic interactions mediated over the nerve system, interference can and does occur. Interference is the alteration to the information being transmitted by the energy involved in an energetic interaction.

19. Interference with the transmission of nerve impulses will tend to distort organism-wide self-awareness and/or organism-wide coordination/adaptation, decreasing the organism’s expression of its own self-organising potential.

20. Vertebral subluxation, to the extent that they interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses, can cause afferent dis-ease (misperception) and/or efferent dis-ease (incoordination)

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