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Dynamic Chiropractic – May 23, 1990, Vol. 08, Issue 11

If You Had Been There With D.D. Palmer...

By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h), Publisher

Imagine the first class of chiropractic students. The excitement D.D. must have felt as he shared the knowledge that would evolve into the second largest profession of primary care providers. Could he possibly have realized what his efforts would accomplish? Or did he act out of compassion for his fellow man, unwilling to allow drugs and surgery to be the ONLY options available to alleviate the pain and suffering he saw around him?

Almost a century has passed since that time. The chiropractic profession has developed greatly in some areas of the world. Examination of the circulation/geographical breakdown of our profession (on this page), attests to that fact. But it also reveals the fact that there are areas where chiropractic has little more than token representation.

While the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia have strong groups of chiropractors serving their respective populations, Africa, South America and Central America are almost void. Sadly, there remains a vast portion of the world's population for whom chiropractic care is non-existant.

Back then, (as now) there was probably a strong segment of skepticism toward D.D. Palmer's method of treatment. And as history has taught us, there were also many supporters. Without those supporters, today's beneficiaries of D.D. Palmer's genius, might never have experienced the tremendous benefits of chiropractic care.

If you are one of the fortunates to enjoy a nourishing meal and sleep in a warm and secure bed at night, it is sometimes difficult to fully appreciate the plight of the hungry man, or the homeless family. Similarly, if you are a member of a population that has ready access to chiropractic care -- you might not devote a great deal of thought to those suffering needlessly for want of chiropractic care and treatment. Perhaps you don't need to be reminded about such matters, but you just wish you knew what you could do about them.

Okay, so you know that too much of the world still doesn't enjoy chiropractic care -- but now you can change that. Currently, the entire continent of Africa is crying out for health care. Over the next few decades their health delivery systems will be formalized. It is chiropractic's crossroad:


We can be included. There is a way. A chiropractic college in its infancy has just begun at the Natal Technikon in the province of Natal in South Africa. The South African Chiropractic Association has been able to insure the that there will be ABSOLUTELY NO DISCRIMINATION of any kind regarding chiropractic students at the college. Students of all races and from other countries are permitted to attend.

The very first class of African chiropractic students has begun in its first year. Unfortunately, the South African government does not commit federal funds to any new school, unless that school operates on its own for five years. The first two years the school must operate almost totally without support. Over the next three years, the college receives an ever-increasing amount of funding. Finally, after five years of operation, the chiropractic college is completely supported by the national government.

The 121 South African chiropractors have been donating large amounts of their own money to help get the college started. They are exhausting their ability to support the college on their own.

They need our help.

In order to encourage chiropractors from around the world to contribute to the promulgation of chiropractic throughout the African continent, the chiropractors of South Africa are conducting a raffle:

A Trip For Two To Include:

Round trip air travel to South Africa through London; accommodations in London, plus tickets to a West-End play; first class accommodations at the Mala Mala Game Reserve, one of the most fantastic animal-viewing safari lodges in the world.

To participate in this exciting opportunity, the South African Chiropractic Association is asking that you donate a $100 raffle fee towards the chiropractic college in Natal. All monies will go solely for the college; nothing is deducted for administration costs.

The entire continent of Africa is crying out for chiropractic care. The future of the chiropractic profession in the continent of Africa is at stake. The first African chiropractic students are eagerly studying to become doctors of chiropractic. All that is missing is a few dollars (pounds, marks, guilders, etc.). You can make an incredible difference in the future of the chiropractic profession worldwide.

For many, chiropractic has been a financial blessing. If you can, please send $100 (or more) for the first chiropractic college in Africa. If this is too much, please send what you are able.

MPI is proud to have been asked to process all donations. All monies donated will go directly to the college. Please make your check payable to "MPI -- African Chiropractic College" and send it to MPI, P.O. Box 6100, Huntington Beach, CA 92615.

If you would like to use your Visa or Mastercard to make your donation, please call (800) 327-2289.

You weren't there when D.D. Palmer brought chiropractic to the world, but as one of his proud and grateful beneficiaries, you can be a part of bringing chiropractic care to millions of people in Africa.

Please give, the future of worldwide chiropractic depends on it.

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