Chiropractic Pamphlets from Barge Chiropractic Clinic (1991)

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
July 9, 2020

Fred H. Barge, D.C. (1933-2003) was a prominent chiropractor who had 18 other chiropractors in his extended family. Following graduation from chiropractic school he interned with chiropractic’s developer, B.J. Palmer. He practiced at the Barge Chiropractic Clinic in LaCross, Wisconsin, taught at five chiropractic colleges, served as president of the International Chiropractors Association, and held many other positions in other chiropractic organizations. His colleagues considered him one of the leading spokespeople for chiropractic philosophy and subluxation-based chiropractic. He advocated regular (typically monthly) spinal checkups and adjustments from birth onward. His literary output included nine books, many articles, and a dozen pamphlets. A flyer for his book, One Cause, One Cure stated:

For as long as man has existed on the face of the earth, he has searched for The Cause. The cause of disease, the cause of health, the cause of success of failure … the cause of his problems and as long as chiropractic has existed as a profession it has been accused of being a cult, of embracing a One Cause, One Cure concept of disease. . . .

This book promises to be an enlightenment to all seeking knowledge in health, healing and life. It explains the teachings of Drs. D.D. and B.J. Palmer as revolutionary and revelationary concepts that were bound to engender the wrath of the allopathic medical physician who was still steeped in the heroic medical concepts of the tum of the century. The Palmers spoke of cause not of symptoms, and of the uniting in man of mind, body and spirit.

Here are some excerpts from the pamphlets that Barge’s clinic was marketing in 1991:

  • Chiropractic Care falsely claimed that “chiropractic care works in all disease” and that “regular chiropractic care is your insurance that your body maintains a good state of health.”
  • Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care recommended that pregnant women receive regular chiropractic care “right up to delivery” and that “infants should be checked by a chiropractor as soon as practical after the delivery.”
  • The Senior Years Need Not Be Like This falsely claimed that “chiropractic care benefits most all health problems.”
  • Deterioration, Degeneration and Back Pain claimed that “regular chiropractic spinal care is your best insurance against spinal deterioration.”
  • Immunization: Your Choice or Your Command?  asserted that “a spine chiropractically maintained in youth is the best assurance to a healthy life that you can give a child.”
  • Scoliosis & Curvature claimed that “chiropractic care has often proven to be the most effective means of [spinal] curvature control and correction.”
  • Bed Wetting Explained and Chiropractic’s Approach to That Problem falsely claimed that bedwetting can be caused by “subluxations” of three neck bones.
  • Children Need Chiropractic Care asserted that “simple spinal adjustments can solve a host of childhood problems” and that “once children experience chiropractic benefits they will ask to come again.”
  • The Cause of Disease: The Soil? or the Seed? claimed (nonsensicall)y) that “if the germ theory of disease were correct, there would be no one living things to believe it.”
  • The “Common Cold” Explained asserted that colds are the result of lowered resistance (not the presence of germs) and can be prevented by strengthening the immune system with monthly spinal adjustments.
  • Torticollis: The “Disc Block Subluxation” of the Neck claimed that “little beginnings like a ‘stiff neck’ can lead to life long spinal distortions>”
  • Tortipelvis: The “Slipped Disc” Syndrome stated that “chiropractic methods should be a primary consideration in all cases of backache.”

To read the full text of these pamphlets and book fliers, click here.