Dr. Dority on the 33 Royal Principles of Health:
#17. Cause and Effect

Welcome to “The Royal Principles of Health,” written by Dr. Michael Dority and presented by Selene River Press. 
This fascinating series is based on the 33 principles of chiropractic identified by R.W. Stephenson, DC, PhC, in his 
1927 classic Chiropractic Textbook. Dr. Dority calls these the “Royal Principles of Health” and invites you to learn 
how these foundational tenets illustrate the forces of universal intelligence that guide and determine our existence.

The Health of Our Future Children Is in the Food We Eat Today

Royal Principle #17 states: “Every effect has a cause, and every cause has effects.” 

When we realize that every effect has a cause, we become one with the person we were created to be. The attraction that brought our parents together in a natural union had the effect of creating new life: you and me. And by the cause of our creation, the body and mind impacts not only our own health but the health of the human race. Consider the following words that B.J. Palmer had printed on the clinic wall at Palmer College: “Every organ in your body is connected with the one under your hat.” If we want to embrace 100 percent of our health potential, what is the cause of that effort, and what is the effect? The cause is the proper flow of nerve life force, from brain cells to body cells and back again to the brain, traveling over and through the spine. Let’s look at the positive power of life force that is released by chiropractic adjustments. Every effect has a cause, and every cause has an effect.

Every effect has a “cause.” When I was in 4-H as a young boy, I wanted to earn the purple ribbon for showing my Black Angus bull at the county fair. To get the effect I wanted—the purple ribbon—I had to cause it. And to do that, I had to take on the responsibility of showing my bull. Though my dad was always there to coach me with his experience, in the end it was totally up to me. I had to grow the best hay to feed my champion cow. I had to cut and bail the hay when it was ripe and full of nutrition, and then feed the healthy hay and grass to my future champion. I had to groom, halter, trim, and clip hair and tail. I had to teach the cow to lead and to stand still. And I worked to properly adjust its stance and the posture of its neck and shoulders so the judges could inspect every detail of my bovine champion to be.

Don’t we all want to be awarded the purple ribbon of health and wellness? But how do we judge our health? Do we treat our bodies wisely? Do we feed ourselves as well as we would feed our 4-H show animal?

The cause of our health is the food we feed our bodies and how we maintain our spinal structure (the posture of champions) so that healthy communication can flow from our brain to our body over our nervous system. Health is simple. Life and health is set before us. Partake of the causes of health. It is as simple as that.

I needed to step out in faith that I could earn a purple ribbon with my show animal. I was emphatically encouraged to step out in faith to “get ’er done.” This created much agonidzo in me. This is the Greek word for anguish, agony, pain, distress, and conflict. These feelings are all perceived in the brain and nervous system, which then signals an appropriate response in the body. For example, the fight and flight response.

D.D. Palmer, our “chiropractic father,” set before us the three causes affecting our health. First, we must have a properly working spine and nervous system. Second, we must consume healthy foods (just like my champion bull). And third, we must maintain our healthy emotions as taught by Drs. Deb and Scott Walker.

This directs us to the principle that we must completely focus our concentration on embracing—and engaging with—the causes of health. This is how we achieve the purple ribbon of health.

Now, my 4-H Black Angus bull did not have any reaction of starvation that would affect his sperm count. This was measured after his purple ribbon ceremony at the fair to show prospective buyers he could produce offspring—and even future champions. At the time of his sale as a breeding bull, his viable sperm count was exceptional, thus ensuring his new owner that he could perform in his new herd.

In his introduction to the Lectures of Dr. Royal Lee, Vol. I, Mark Anderson includes a 1957 quote from Dr. Lee despairing the “illnesses of a people who are trying out the mass experiment of starving their endocrine glands (hormonal system) by the use of foods depleted of essential minerals and vitamins through processing refining and the progressive depletion of soils.”

It sounds like we better start eating real foods that make us healthy, just like my champion bull ate real foods that made him a stud bull. Our hormonal organs are the first and foremost tissues affected by a lack of proper nutrition. Male or female, the life of our offspring is in the food we eat today—so start today to make yourself, your family, and your patients purple ribbon champions of health.

What makes people perish into sickness? Lacking knowledge of the guiding principles of chiropractic health care. Lacking knowledge of nutrition and Standard Process whole food concentrates. Lacking knowledge of how emotions can negatively affect health. We must embrace the knowledge of our natural health forefathers. Let’s become the knowledgeable doctors we were called to be. Doctor means teacher. We must learn the concepts of true health so we can teach others how to avoid the disease and sickness of the age we live in. The journey begins with the lesson: “Every effect has a cause, and every cause has an effect.”

I recommend studying Muscle Response Analysis (MRA), taught by Dr. Lowell Keppel, to learn how to interpret the body’s reactions to MRA testing. The cause and effect. Remember, the body carries memory in the nervous system, and you can access it with this straightforward, simple analysis. MRA can help you discover the cause of physiological disharmony in the body, and this knowledge can guide you through the appropriate spinal adjustment, nutritional whole food support, and emotional clearing.

Some things to think about:

  1. Am I learning and understanding the causes of health?
  2. Do I consider it my duty and honor to advise patients on how to maintain health through every phase of life?
  3. Am I a champion for natural health care?

“If you want to produce a grand champion you have to put in the time and effort to make it happen.”  

—The words of my dad (and what he always encouraged me to do).

Images from iStock/NataliaDeriabina (main), microgen (post).

Dr. Michael Dority

DR. MICHAEL DORITY, now retired from his 44 years of chiropractic practice in Nebraska, credits his professional success to supporting the patient’s nervous system with whole foods, whole food supplements, and patient education. He has contributed to the health and well-being of many grateful families over the years. You can find Dr. Dority’s patient education posters here at Selene River Press.

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