This past Friday night was the first ever Philosophy Night at Parker College of Chiropractic. I was back in Dallas for the weekend and decided to go check it out and I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I was pretty impressed with the school for putting this function together.
Dr. Dukowitz spoke first. He started out with a very interesting comment comparing how many cheers the Texas Rangers would get for winning the American League pennant (which they did) vs what we, as Chiropractors would receive, and we have the knowledge to help people change their health and their lives. He made the point that it was a sad statement for our profession and our ability to communicate what we do, which I agree.
During his talk he let the students know that there is a world bigger than midterms, finals, and boards. There are people sick and suffering, given no hope by allopathic medicine except for more drugs and more surgery. Then, in many cases, the only option is to simply live with the pain and misery caused by mechanistic approaches to vitalistic deficiencies.
At one point, Dr. Dukowitz played audio of B.J. Palmer speaking. Every time I read one of the green books or hear audio of B.J. Palmer speaking, I am always amazed at how little difference there is in our profession and the attitude of health in our nation now as opposed to 50, 60, 70, or 80 years ago. It’s just that marketing is more sophisticated now compared to then, especially when you factor in the Internet, cable, and satellite television.
Personally, I’m not a Chiropractor who needs someone to fire me up about Chiropractic. It’s all I think about most of the time, but I will say that by the end of Dr. Dukowitz’s talk, I was pretty fired up about my profession.
Dr. Billy DeMoss took over during the second hour. Most Chiropractors know that Dr. DeMoss is the one responsible for creating the Dead Chiropractic Society and putting together the yearly Cal Jam events.
Where Dr. Dukowitz left off, Dr. DeMoss picked right back up and ran with it. This was the first time I’d ever heard Dr. DeMoss speak. He is quite a character, but there is no doubt about the passion that burns inside that man.
A former Chemistry major and an avid surfer, Dr. DeMoss has been practicing for 25 years in California. His entire talk was filled with quotes from B.J. Palmer, intense passion for the philosophy of Chiropractic, and numerous hilarious jokes and inuendos. I was also pretty impressed with his conviction to health. He mentioned how he eats 80% raw fruits and vegetables, does not drink alcohol, and surfs two hours each and every day. It’s one thing to talk the talk, but when I see docs actually walking the walk, it’s very inspirational.
All in all, I have to give a lot of credit to Dr. Gilles LaMarche and his staff for putting this together and Drs. Dukowitz and DeMoss for flying out on their own dime to speak to the students.
All in all, between Dr. LaMarche and my friend Dr. Eric Russell, they are really beginning to create a culture of philosophical awareness at Parker that did not exist when I began my academic career there in 2005. Parker Seminars and Parker College were always two VERY different things to me, but now, it really seems as if they are getting around to changing that (see the video below for more on that). Between these Philosophy Nights, which will now be mainstays, and the introduction of the Talk the TIC competition this past year, Parker College is really making some positive changes in the philosophy realm.
And THAT is what makes good doctors… not good scores on National Boards!