D.D. Palmer, who founded Chiropractic in 1895, based his philosophy on a major premise: “A universal intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.”
In other words, without intelligence, matter could not exist. It may seem a little strange, but theists might unknowingly agree and call that universal intelligence God.
I have always liked the analogy that Dr. Reggie Gold shared to illustrate this principle: “If we found a watch on the side of the road, we could choose to believe that the elements and the structure of the watch came together
randomly to create the intricate timepiece. While I suppose anything may be possible, I doubt most people would dispute that the watch was in fact designed and assembled by the watchmaker.”
Why then, would we think the universe in its grandeur, or the human body for that matter, could be anything but designed intelligently? Either the universe operates randomly or with intelligence as Palmer’s premise supports.
If you do support that premise, then it must logically apply to all levels of the web of life. Your decisions about how to interpret the body’s symptoms and what actions to take are completely influenced by whether you trust
what is happening.
In other words, when we exhibit symptoms, we must ask: Should I trust that my body knows what it’s doing?