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.
Are You Fueling Your Fire of Health?
Royal Principle #11 states: “The forces of Universal Intelligence are manifested by physical laws; are unswerving and unadapted; and have no solicitude for the structures in which they work.”
Fire is loved, and fire is hated. It is a two-edged sword that can bring warmth and comfort or pain and suffering. My dad always related this to me. He was born in 1909 in the back bedroom of the family’s old farm place. The oldest of four, he became his dad’s helper, or “fireman,” on the threshing crew during the summer wheat harvest. Here in the plains of Nebraska, wheat was (and is still) a major crop. Most farmers of that time couldn’t afford their own harvest machines or crews to help thresh their wheat. However, my grandpa (Dad’s dad) had a Case steam engine and a Red River Special separator (a threshing machine). It was called a “separator” because it separated the grain or wheat from the chaff and straw. Grandpa and his crew would go from farm to farm threshing wheat over the summer harvest. This was the time of year when all the hard work done earlier brought about a harvest of blessings.
Pictured below is Grandpa’s machine and crew in front of a big pile of harvested wheat straw. A total of 12 men were needed to get the wheat harvested, not to mention the teams of horses needed to bring wheat bundles to the thresher and water to the steam engine.
My dad became the firemen when he was 15 years old. He was in charge of getting the steam engine fired up and running and also ensuring was it oiled and greased. To keep the engine running while the wheat was being threshed (or fed into the separator), the steam pressure had to be maintained up to 150 pounds. To manage this, Dad had to pump water into the boiler and keep the fire in the firebox hot and blazing. If he didn’t do his job properly and efficiently, there could be a whole lot of trouble with the entire operation. He was always watching and listening, constantly monitoring for “symptoms” of mal-function.
Our central nervous system has a similar job. It must always be on watch, vigilantly orchestrating the entire range of functions in our body to bring harmony and balance. In this way, we can have our own harvest of health. To borrow a quote from this research study on the effects of spinal manipulation: “This processing of our body’s sensorimotor integration is a central neural function that appears vulnerable to altered input, (by spinal subluxations) from the spine.”
Thus, movement deficiency caused by spinal subluxation complexities can result in a decrease of necessary brain stimulation and lead to a similar decrease of brain function. If the structures of the spine are out of balance, it can alter nerve function, meaning our bodies will not be able to adapt to the forces we encounter. This malfunction can be expressed as symptoms of dis-ease and ill health by way of the altered nerve communication.
My grandfather worked around the steam engine and thresher, ensuring that all the belts, pulleys, and gears of the separator were well greased and aligned, and that all of the harvest crewmen did their work to get the wheat to the separator and then into the grain wagon. Much like the work of a doctor of chiropractic, he had to make sure everything ran smoothly.
The process of wheat harvesting from that time shows how the work of the Universal Forces of nature seen in man and machine can be beneficial or harmful, depending on how you engage them. Imagine the steam engine is our brain and the threshing machine is our body. They are connected by the big “belt” of our spinal cord. This brings us to Principle #11, as stated in R.W. Stephenson’s Chiropractic Textbook: “The forces of Universal Intelligence are manifested by physical laws; are unswerving and unadapted, and have no solicitude for the structures in which they work.”
By this we can see that Universal Intelligence is always there, always in control in all things, including steam engines and threshing machines, plants and animals, your brain and your nervous systems. It is in the men, women, and boys working the wheat harvest and in the patients we see in our chiropractic offices.
The original kernel in a kernel of wheat is created by Universal Intelligence. In its form is a Life Force and the physical components that will grow and reproduce to ten-fold or a hundred-fold when planted in healthy soil, thus able to reproduce itself in a healthy manner. It has everything it needs, both in itself and in the soil, to grow and prosper and live its life to the fullest. We human beings are no different from that grain of wheat.
Like you and me, a steam engine is created from raw earthly components. It employs Universal Intelligence and physical laws to produce the energy it needs for work. Only by the force and intelligence of the fireman (the central nervous system) to do his job can the entire set of machinery do its work of bringing in blessed harvest.
Our bodies, created by the Force of Universal Intelligence, experience a harvest of health through the choices we make. The fireman that runs the operation of harvesting our health consists of the brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves working together.
Pictured below is threshing in action. Nature and pure energy. Fire and smoke, sweat and toil, from man and beast. These are the elements of the soil, sun, and seed being reaped for all. They will be mixed and matched, and eventually made into the seeds of ourselves and of future generations. Standard Process embraces and provides supplements made from whole foods. Grown naturally on the company’s own certified organic farm, they provide the seeds for your harvest of health.
You and I are in control of how we harvest the blessing of health in our lives. We are blessed with a ten-fold, hundred-fold, or even thousand-fold return of life and health from the seeds we have sown into our lives. Our children and grandchildren come from our seeds. As Dr. Royal Lee reports in Vitamin News (1951), “Precursors of both female and male sex hormones are now known to definitely exist in wheat germ oil.”
Dr. Lee explains that vitamin E found in wheat germ oil functions in the prevention of sterility in both the male and female. It promotes and supports mental alertness, growth and vigor, resistance to infection, the endocrine glands, and our skin, hair, and nails. Nerve and heart function is affected by lack of vitamin E. This deficiency can also result in muscle tissue degeneration.
So be strong and productive. Fire up the steam engine of health in your life. Separate your health from the chaff of sickness so it may be blessed and renewed. You are the fireman of your body—the engineer controlling what goes into your firebox (GI tract). Put the fire of healthy foods into your body so you can harvest abundant health and energy. Grind your own wheat with the Lee Household Flour Mill to bring your hormonal system into balance. Eat real whole foods. (Bleached white flour lacks the wheat germ.) Remember, no wheat germ or vitamin E, no human germ cells.
Just as you are the fireman and engineer of your body, your nervous system is in control of that body. Keep it smooth and oiled with chiropractic adjustments so your human gears, belts, joints, muscles, and nerves, as well as your immune, digestive, and reproductive systems all function in health. Keep your body machinery in tiptop health. With these simple steps, the Forces of Universal Intelligence will produce a harvest of health.
Provide fuel for your fire (hormones)—and for your family and patients—with Standard Process Wheat Germ Oil (3–6 per day). This will help prevent and restore those affects described so long ago by Dr Lee. In this way you will create a harvest of health for you and future generations.
Some things to think about:
- To change and to improve are two different two different things — German proverb.
- “No Pressure, no diamonds” — Mary Case.
- Success means to constantly monitor.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
—Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
Image from iStock/magicmine (main). Post images from Dr. Dority.
A note from Dr. Dority on the pictures in the post: The pictures are taken from the two photos I have. They were in my grandparents old farm house on the kitchen wall next to my great grandfather’s Civil War cavalry saber, seen on my logo “Warriors of Wellness”. Solomon D. Butcher, who took the photos, was a Nebraska photographer who started in 1886 making a photographic record of white settlement of the Nebraska Great Plains. The pictures are at the Nebraska State Historical Society museum in Lincoln NE. There is a site where they can be purchased from the St Historical Society. The pictures were taken 1910 in a field of wheat located on my family’s original homestead settled in 1867 by my great grandfather. So I guess that’s the “chaff on the wheat” from this old farm kid.