Principles of Chiropractic 15-18
Last time we finished with the Universal Principles of chiropractic's 33 principles. The Universal Principles dealt primarily with the very foundation of chiropractic, all the way down to describing the fundamentals of quantum forces as well as larger forces at play at both the atomic level and the larger structural levels. The next set of principles, numbers 15-30, deal with how these forces relate to biology and are hence referred to by Dr. Koch as the Biological Principles. The first four are written as follows, along with their original order number as usual:
15. Organic Matter. The material of the body of a living thing is organized matter. (19)
16. Innate Intelligence. A living thing has the intelligence of the universe inborn within it, referred to as its innate intelligence. (20)
17. The Chiropractic Meaning of Life. The expression of this innate intelligence through matter is the Chiropractic meaning of “life.” (2)
18. The Triune of Life. Life is necessarily the union of this intelligence and the matter of a living thing, brought about by the creation of specific internal (innate) forces. (3)
Like the Universal Principles, Koch arranged these to begin with the most basic and fundamental principles first. Theses are the ones that most people would be able to readily see and simply take for granted as being true. Number 15 in particular exemplifies this because not only are living things composed of organized matter, it's the same with non-living things as well. However, organic matter in particular is show to be unique in the later principles.
The following principle, Innate Intelligence breaks from this simplicity and really begins the Big Idea of chiropractic. In fact, 17 and 18 are almost necessary just to help explain Innate. While all matter, living or not, has Universal Intelligence, living things are also endowed with Innate Intelligence. This Innate Intelligence is what distinguishes life from non-life. It is what is responsible for organic matter to work together to form a cell, for cells to work together to form tissues, and for tissues to work together even with completely different tissues in order to make complex beings. It would be almost impossible to come up with a single common scientific term to correlate with Innate. The best one could do is a combination of observed aspects of life including DNA coding and homeostasis, as well as more metaphysical aspects such as soul, will, instinct. Although my own short description here, Innate could be described as “the forces inside of living things that allow them to resist and overcome the forces acting on them from the outside.” Innate lets living things survive forces that would be able to destroy every one of its individual components. It's the force that creates and heals the body. This will be expanded upon even more next time with the next few principles.
--Joshua J. J. Jorde D.C.