Chiropractic Pamphlets from the National Chiropractic Association


Stephen Barrett, M.D.
June 3, 2020

The National Chiropractic Association, which was formed in 1930 merged with a smaller group in 1963 to become the American Chiropractic Association. The pamphlets listed here are undated but appear to have been published during in the 1950s:

  • Chiropractic Care for Spinal Disc Injuries
  • How Active Are Your Liver and Gallbladder?
  • Your Kidneys and Your Health
  • Chiropractic Corrects Lumbago
  • Chiropractic for Gastric Ulcers
  • “Tractor Back” and Other Farm Injuries
  • Chiropractic Care of Children
  • Correct Posture Will Pay Health Dividends.

Chiropractic Care of Children asserts  that “chiropractors have records of thousands of cases of subluxations . . . occurring in very early infancy,” that “your child should be given the advantage of periodic examinations and corrective treatment,” and that “maintaining the mechanical integrity of the body . . . . assures vibrant health.”

Your Kidneys and Your Health asserts (falsely) that (a) kidney failure is often caused by “some impediment in the transmission of vital energy which affects the trunk line of the nerves that serve the kidneys,” (b) your chiropractor has been especially educated and trained to detect the nature and cause of kidney disorders and to correct that cause, and (c) “your chiropractor is therefore your logical resource kidney disorders, and the sooner you seek his aid, the better.”

How Active Are Your Liver and Gallbladder? claims that disorders of these organs are caused by “weakened nerve supply” and that chiropractors can remove the cause iof these disorders.

The posture pamphlet suggests that more than 70% of school children have “spinal defects or postural distortions to some degree,” that these can lower the body’s resistance to disease, and that “a spinal examinations may show a condition, which, if not corrected will lead to heart impairment a year, or even ten years from now.”

Click here to read the full text of the eight pamphlets.