Pamphlets from Sherman College of Chiropractic (1976)

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
June 6, 2020

In 1976, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic published 15 pamphlets that promoted subluxation-based chiropractic:

  • Chiropractors Do Not Treat Disease
  • Why Chiropractic Is Different
  • There’s Nothing Wrong with Me, I Feel Fine!
  • Chiropractic Questions and Answers
  • Your Children Deserve Chiropractic Care
  • Cooperation. . . Because You Care, It Works
  • The Spine, Your Life Depends on It
  • Healing Takes Time
  • The Intelligence within You
  • Chiropractic Today for a Better World Tomorrow
  • Treatment, Cures and Chiropractic
  • Health Assurance
  • Drug Abuse
  • Family Chiropractic Care
  • Your Body’s Warning System

To read the full text of 13 of these pamphlets, click here. The basic ideas that run through them include:

  • Health exists when every part of your body is functioning properly. That can occur only when 100% of vital nerve energy is flowing.
  • Chiropractors maintain the nervous system free of interference, allowing the body to function properly and be healthy.
  • Interference with the nervous system frequently occurs in the spine where a vertebra is jolted out of position and causes pressure on nerves (a subluxation).
  • The task of the chiropractor is to locate (analyze) such subluxated spinal bones and to correct (adjust) their position to eliminate these impingements on the nerves.
  • The bones of the spine can be guided back into their proper positions with the help of a skilled practitioner . . . With the aid of a skillfully-delivered force, your body can return the out-of-place vertebra to its proper position. Pressure on the nerve is relieved, the nerve is once more able to transmit its messages, the organ or cell once more receives proper instructions, and the entire body is restored to a state of full health.
  • The chiropractor is the only person of the healing professions who is able to systematically locate and reduce pressure on spinal nerves. He or she is,
  • Most medical procedures are aimed at relieving or covering up symptoms.

These ideas are not compatible the body of knowledge related to health, disease, and health care that has been widely accepted by the scientific community.