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By Freddie Ulan, DC, CCN

Why is nutrition the key to otherwise unresolving chiropractic cases, today more than ever?

I believe it’s because malnutrition has become the norm rather than the exception. Dr. Royal Lee identified the problem more than half a century ago:

“We have drifted into this deplorable position of national malnutrition quite inadvertently. It is the result of scientific research with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable that can be made by mass production methods in central factories, and distributed so cheaply that they can sweep all local competition from the market.”

The truth of Dr. Lee’s provocative statement may not have been self-evident in the 1950s, but today it is indisputable. In the mad rush for ever-greater shelf life and speed of preparation, nutritional considerations have been swept aside in today’s supermarkets, or at best, relegated to the “Greenwise” shelf. The toxin-induced subluxations D.D. Palmer warned about 100 years ago are far more prevalent than even he could have foreseen.

I know whereof I speak. In my own case, the best chiropractic adjustments available could not arrest the precipitous decline of my health in 1991, let alone reverse it. To save my own life, I had to accelerate the advance of clinical nutrition beyond what the pioneers of the subject had achieved.

I was unable even to continue in practice until I recovered my own health sufficiently, with the help of a colleague implementing my new techniques, which I called Nutrition Response Testing.

Today, I am delighted to say that over 500 practitioners have attained a level of clinical mastery surpassing what I was able to achieve in my own practice in the 1990s. A few elected to specialize in nutrition almost exclusively, but a great many more have achieved a balance of chiropractic and nutrition in smoothly integrated, stress-free (and largely insurance-free) practices.

Many of these chiropractors were interviewed during our December, 2014 Symposium to discover the common denominators that enable these integrated chiropractic/Nutrition Response Testing practices to function so smoothly. Six of their stories have been chosen to appear in this issue.

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