Inspirational Books

Inspirational Books enable us to see through the myth that better health can only be achieved by doing unpalatable chores, and quitting all the things that we enjoy.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In the struggle to discover the secrets of better health, a full life, quality years, this is one way to ensure that we reach a healthy, happy retirement. Years when we will have time for a rich haul of retirement sentiments and travel, and to enjoy our grandchildren and all those things we had no time for in the arduous years.

It's a tragedy to be needlessly robbed of those years, simply because we didn't know that a tomato a day would save us from prostate cancer, for example. Knowledge is power, and that we get from inspiring books. 

But mostly better health is about the simple things. Sharing in the thoughts of writers helps us to focus on better health, giving nudges in the right direction, without putting us under guilt and stress.

In this site you will find many stirring authors, both chiropractors and others who, through their writing, have added quality years to our lives and, perhaps more important, more life to those years.

"A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them."

- Horace Mann, 1796 - 1859

Inspirational Books

Dr. Bernard Preston D.C.

1. Frog in my Throat
2. Bats in my Belfry
3. Stones in my Clog

The book stones in my clog.

Preston, being the son of two chiropractors, his daughter also a DC, has all the qualifications to tell the inside story. Written in the delightful James Herriot genre, his stories will tease and amuse both chiropractors and their patients alike.

We managed to winkle one short story out of him: Heb je geen zin in Sex Mevrouw Rooimans? , Have you no desire for sex, Mrs Rooimans? Why would such a question find its way into a Chiropractic questionaire? It's in English, of course.

4. Chiropractic Riches

by Drs Trish and Matt Hammett, DC

We are privileged to list Chiropractic Riches, interviews with twelve great men and women within the profession who have discovered success and riches. This is a must-read for every chiropractor, not that you'll agree with everything they say as you struggle to do your own perilous balancing act on the tightrope that stretches between greed, on the one hand, and an honest living on the other.

5. Journey of Scott Haldeman

The book Journey of Scott Haldeman by the author Reed Phillips.

by Reed Phillips

“Scott Haldeman has done more to break down barriers and create opportunities for the chiropractic profession than any other person in the last score of years in the 20th century.”

Scott Haldeman, DC, PhD, MD.

Grandmother, Dr Almeida Haldeman DC was the first chiropractor to practise in Canada, in Saskatchewan to be precise, in 1905.

Dr Almeida's son, Dr Joshua Haldeman DC, graduated from Palmer College in 1926. Young Scott was born in Saskatchewan in 1943.

The Haldeman family, with Scott only 7 years old, emigrated to South Africa in 1950. Father Joshua became the president of the South African Chiropractic Association.

Dr Scott Haldeman DC graduated from Palmer College in 1964...

"Those who meet Scott Haldeman today see a much-honoured, prosperous neurologist from Southern California in his mid-60's. Few understand his humble origins, the battles fought, the challenges and disappointments overcome, and the magnitude of his vision and achievements."

The Chiropractic Report.

6. Stop Smoking Permanently

Allen Carr

Smoking WILL knock ten years off the average life, and the end will usually be S-H-one-T unless one is lucky enough to have a fatal heart attack. Then it's shit for those you leave behind in your prime... You will also be taking bucketfulls of pills, have more backache... STOP SMOKING PERMANENTLY ...

7. Pain free Golf

8. Life The Manual

by Dr Frank Sovinsky D.C.

It's always a pleasure to find another inspirational book written by a Chiropractor, not just for his colleagues, but for all of us. This one too is a gem ...

Subtitled When the pursuit of happiness makes you miserable it rings a bell of accord in most of our lives.

9. The Chiropractic Theories

by Dr Robert A. Leach D.C.

Chiropractic philosophy has in the past been a highly divisive issue in our profession. It is wonderful to find such a well documented book that will be well received by both sides of the 'philosophy' divide. Written by Dr Robert A. Leach D.C., it has been recommended by Dr Charmaine Korporaal, DC.

10. Celebrity Chiropractic

by Dr Warren van Zyl

South African chiropractor van Zyl treats many top sportsmen and women. From his experiences he writes this most entertaining book, Celebrity Chiropractic.


11. Anti-Cancer, A new way of Life

by Dr David Servan-Schreiber, psychiatrist.

In this inspirational books, David tells of his battle with brain cancer, and now at 47 how he is fitter than he felt at 30. It's the perfect book of hope to give to anyone you know who's had cancer.

12. How to live to be 100 despite your doctor

by Dr Bruce Hagen DC

Father of two chiropractors, Dr Hagen stirs the pot with his How to live to be 100 despite your doctor .

Which doctors, you may well ask? Including your chiropractor?

13. Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul continues the Chicken Soup series, warm and inspirational books about the human struggle towards a better world. By an inspiring Chiropractic college president.

Retirement sentiments

Every chiropractor knows that he loses numerous patients, mainly men, who die within two years of retirement; they die of boredom. Leaving a challenging and fulfilling jobs, suddenly there is a vacuum; nothing more to live for.

It's one of the wonderful things about being a chiropractor; most of us go on working into our dotage, bringing all the experience of many years to bear on nuggety chiropractic problems. But without the pressure.

But every person needs to have retirement sentiments in the planning before that day actually arrives. How about writing a chiropractic book, doctor? Just like Reed Phillips, Bernard Preston, Bruce Hagen and many others have done?

Or build a chiropractic website as Barrie Lewis has done; simply something you're passionate about.

Just this week whilst preparing this roasted butternut squash recipe I had the great joy of introducing my grand daughter to the idea that four half butternut is two whole fruit. Enriching one's grandchildren's lives is is a wonderful retirement sentiment.

Roasted butternut in a baking tray.

In short, Inspirational Books is where you will find them.

Physical Therapists providing a Chiropractic adjustment?

Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.

It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.

In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.

Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?

The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.

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