An Apple a Day …

07 Nov
Daniel David Palmer

A portrait of Daniel David Palmer (1845–1913).

I would like to introduce you to Daniel David Palmer (aka D.D. Palmer), the founder of chiropractic.

Daniel David Palmer or D.D. Palmer was born on March 7, 1845, in Pickering, Canada West (now is Ontario)  and died on October 20, 1913.

In 1865 Palmer moved to the United States, and around 1880 took up magnetic healing in Davenport, Iowa. After returning to Davenport, in 1895 Palmer met Harvey Lillard, a janitor whose hearing was impaired. Palmer claimed the man’s hearing was restored after manipulating his spine.

Palmer developed the theory that mis-alignment of the bones in the body was the basic underlying cause of all “dis-ease” and the majority of these mis-alignments were in the spinal column. In 1897 he opened the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport and started teaching his techniques. Lawsuits followed, and after brief incarceration, Palmer sold the school to his son, B. J. Palmer. B. J. greatly expanded the school and the general knowledge of chiropractic. Palmer moved west, opening several new schools in Oklahoma, California, and Oregon. His relationship with his son was strained after this point.

Palmer died in Los Angeles in 1913 of typhoid fever.

To learn more about D.D. Palmer, I suggest a .pdf outlining D.D. Palmer’s Lifeline at National Institute of Chiropractic Research.


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10 responses to “An Apple a Day …

  1. weggieboy

    November 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I was unaware of the Canadian origins of chiropractic. Two of my uncles were chiropractors, and there was some division in the family about whether chiropractors were doctors or quacks. (Of course, in a large family, which my father and uncles came from, there are always divisions of one sort or another! It made for “interesting” family reunions.)

    • tkmorin

      November 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

      I’ve had that debate one or one hundred times, too!

  2. Gypsy Bev

    November 8, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Great bit of history. It does seem that chiropractic heals a lot of problems.

    • tkmorin

      November 8, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I like writing about firsts and founders. I think it speaks of strength. 🙂

      • weggieboy

        November 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

        That’s why your blog always seems to fresh and vital to me! Great work and research on your part: This is a primo blog, one I’m glad I follow!

        • weggieboy

          November 8, 2014 at 9:41 am

          “so vital…”

        • tkmorin

          November 8, 2014 at 2:03 pm

          Doug, you are making me blush! But you also just warmed my heart and I sincerely thank you for your kind words of support! Thank you! 🙂

  3. avwalters

    November 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I never knew Palmer was Canadian! Thanks for always surprising us.

  4. purrfectkitties

    November 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Interesting post! Thanks so much for sharing! We love your “history lessons”. They are always very informative… 🙂 Happy weekend, sweetie! 😀 xx Roxy & Tigerlino ❤

    • tkmorin

      November 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      … and they’re short too. Well, most of the time 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy them.

      I hope you have a great week-end as well! ❤


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