Many are unaware that Peter Jennings was not born an American. He was a Canadian by birthright. Most are also unaware that late in his life he became a U.S. citizen. This decision was one he did not take lightly and a circumstance that took place with no fanfare. Few would disagree that with his death America lost one of it's greatest citizens.
In the introduction to his book, The Century, the late Peter Jennings recommends an exercise in looking at why things are the way they are. He writes:
"In recent years, a popular historical exercise has been to ask a simple question: What if? . . . as you read through this book, you, too, may be tempted to wonder what your world would be like had some of its critical turns been reversed. What if the soldiers of Operation Overlord had not met success on the beaches of Normandy in 1944? What if the Manhattan Project's diligent physicists, many of them racked by guilt over their mission, had failed to beat the Germans to the atomic secret that would end the war in the image of a mushroom cloud in 1945."
He goes on . . . "and yet, when considering the twentieth century, "What if?" is a question that brings as much lament as gratitude. For it is just as valid to ask...what if those foolish men who set the globe on its course toward the misery of World War I had chosen a more prudent and peaceful method for working out their differences."
While Peter Jennings' exercise in exploring how we shape our thoughts and beliefs are directed at global events, the "what ifs?" related to chiropractic are more personal to us as chiropractic physicians; and for the growing number of satisfied chiropractic patients it becomes personal from a consumer's perspective as well.
Chiropractic - Rich with American Heritage
As chiropractors we are certainly aware of our profession's heritage and hardships. It's likely that you are not. As you might guess, the history surrounding chiropractic has been difficult. Through our worldwide acceptance, it is better today than it has ever been. And it is getting better. We have arrived at a time where Harvard researcher Dr. Eisenberg has described alternative medicine as being "no longer alternative".
As an experienced reporter, Peter Jennings wouldn't have to expend much effort to discover that a significant part of chiropractic's plight can be traced to the politics that are such a big part of the American health care system . . . a health care system that admittedly has many shortcomings.
From a chiropractor's viewpoint, I can't help but wonder how Peter Jennings would report on the difficult path that our profession has been forced to walk. To begin with he would learn that chiropractic was founded over 100 years ago. He would discover that it was founded in America's heartland. He surely would have discovered that as a profession we have appropriately met the test of establishing higher standards; that chiropractic is tied to solid healing concepts. He would also discover, oddly enough, that some of the concepts that have guided chiropractic for over 100 years are now being embraced more and more by the public as well as the American Medical Association.
During a time where chiropractic has found it's way into virtually every corner of the world, I would hope that Mr. Jennings would conclude a couple of things. First, that "chiropractic" represents the absolute best in American innovation; and secondly, as a nation we should take great pride that we have this to share with the rest of the world.
Please understand the message here is not that chiropractors should take over our health care system; that would be ridiculous. The message here is that as a profession we deserve a more prominence place in our health care system today based on scientific support as well as the benefits we can provide.
"What If?" and Chiropractic
So what if chiropractic assumed its rightful position? Without doubt, your choices as a consumer would be different. How your choices can and should be different is a driving force behind BACKBONUS.COM.
Get our message and you'll understand what good chiropractors already know. Once you have developed this understanding, take Peter Jennings recommendation and ask yourself . . . "What if?"