Posted tagged ‘Harvey Lillard’

Harvey Brings Us a Fan

December 13, 2013

SCR Fan low res[originally published in KCN, March 2013 and Spizz Magazine Vol 2 Iss 2 2013]

I have many a tale to tell from behind our Spinal Column Radio microphones.  In the past, I’ve told of groupies braving the rain to take in a show, and how we podcasted atop the nearly forgotten grave of Harvey Lillard — the once deaf janitor who holds a place in chiropractic history as its first patient.  But I’ve never shared how this legend in chiropractic was responsible for bringing us a fan. (more…)

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Finding Harvey Lillard: Chiropractic’s First Patient — podcasting “6 feet over”

September 18, 2013

harvey-lillard-grave-marker[originally published in KCN, October 2012 and Spizz Magazine ,Vol 2 Iss 2, 2013]

I’m always on the lookout to break from the confines of my studio to record another episode of Spinal Column Radio.  Whether it’s firing up the mic to podcast on a sandy beach, conduct an interview while soaking in a hot tub, or introduce our show at 2500 feet from the backseat of a Cessna, my creative side is always thinking ahead.  Such was the case when I approached Dr. Graeme Gibson for an interview atop the grave of our profession’s first patient:  Harvey Lillard. (more…)

Now Hear This!

May 10, 2013

Now Hear This - TomLamarCartoon.com[originally published in KCN, September 2006 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

September 18th will mark the 111th anniversary of the first chiropractic adjustment delivered by our founding chiropractor, D.D.Palmer.  So, the question for all of you trivia buffs is, “What was the first chiropractic patient adjusted for?”  If you answered “lower back pain,” you’re wrong.  You’re also wrong if you answered “headache,” “neck pain,” “shoulder blade pain,” or “sciatica.”  The correct answer, just might surprise you, for  the first chiropractic patient presented with a condition that chiropractors tend not to be associated with these days:  hearing loss.

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Happy Birthday, Chiropractic!

September 15, 2010

[originally published in KCN, September 2003]

Birthday CakeMark your calendars!  Because on September 18th, chiropractic turns 108 [115 by today’s date in 2010].  It was on this day back in 1895, from his office on the second floor of the Ryan Block building in Davenport, Iowa, that D.D. Palmer delivered his first adjustment — an adjustment that not only changed the life of his patient, but the lives of millions that would follow the birth of this new profession of chiropractic.

So, just what did the first chiropractic patient complain of?  Well, it may surprise you, but it wasn’t back pain, neck pain, or even headaches. (more…)

…But wait! There’s more!

August 14, 2009

[originally published in KCN, February 2000]

visceral-but-wait-guyToday it is becoming more and more accepted by the health care community and public at large that chiropractors are great back doctors.  I would agree.  The scientific literature certainly supports our primary method of treatment for back pain, and more insurance companies are covering our services for it.  Considering our history of long uphill battles to gain “acceptance”  as a viable health care profession,  it is understandable that we might be drawn to settle into this “comfortable chair” of being labeled as back pain specialists.  But to do so would really be undermining the true potential that the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic has to offer. (more…)


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