Simon Senzon

Dr. Simon Senzon has studied history and philosophy for more than twenty years. His focus on the philosophy of chiropractic and its unique role in the history of philosophy is highlighted in his many writings, lectures, and online courses.

Simon Senzon explores the questions at the heart of the philosophy of chiropractic from many perspectives.

 

AQAL: All Quadrant All Level

Dr. Senzon’s contribution to the philosophy of chiropractic in the last few years has been prolific. His newest articles on Constructing a Philosophy of Chiropractic are unique. Simon has taken chiropractic and developed a deep history of ideas, one that situates the science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic at the leading edge. Please check back to this website often and subscribe to our newsletter.

Simon’s application of Integral Theory and Integral Methodological Pluralism to the philosophy of chiropractic completely revisions the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic for the 21st century. The article is titled

*  AQAL image is from Ken Wilber’s Integral Vision (2007)

Seasons & Energetic Intelligences

In 2009, Dr. Senzon collaborated with Drs. Epstein and Lemberger to further develop Epstein\’s paradigm of Reorganizational Healing (ROH). This collaboration has led to several new articles in press as well as bursts of creativity and insight for all three authors.

“On rare occasions, one can step back and say ‘Wow, that is a really good idea.’  Now might be that time.”
– Bob Blanks Ph.D., professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

B.J. Palmer Poster 1911

Simon Senzon taught Subtle Energy Systems as part of the Masters Program in Integral Theory at John F. Kennedy University from 2007 to 2012.  In 2004, he became the director of the Integral Subtle Energies Center at Integral Institute. Simon taught the science and philosophy of subtle energies in relation to chiropractic history and philosophy for several years. It was a special topic of his lectures at the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers at Sherman College of Chiropractic. If you are interested in taking an online course on this topic, please let us know.

  • In 2001, Dr. Senzon share the prize for best paper at the AHC. The paper was published in the Chiropractic History journal later that year: A History of the Mental Impulse. Reprinted by permission of the Association for the History of Chiropractic.
  • Simon Senzon has been pioneering the Integral Approach to subtle energies. His first paper on the subject, Subtle Energies Viewed from Four Quadrants, was published in 2007 in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice.
  • In 2008, Dr. Senzon explored the shared history between chiropractic and energy medicine and published a paper on the topic in the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities:
    B.J. Palmer

    • In 2010, Dr. Senzon also decided to reorganize B.J. Palmer’s epigrams into a useful book of quotes for daily inspiration. The book Success, Health, and Happiness: The Epigrams of B.J. Palmer, is one-of-a-kind. The book begins with a foreword by Thom Gelardi about his days at Palmer Chiropractic of College in the 1950s and the influence Palmer’s aphorisms had on him. It is also filled with other gems such as an email to Dr. Senzon from the developmental theorist, Susanne Cook-Greuter on Palmer’s development, the biography mentioned above, and also select quotes from B.J. Palmer’s final green books.
    • After almost seven years of research and re-writes, in 2010, Dr. Senzon finally published his groundbreaking article B.J. Palmer: An Integral Biography in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. The article not only offers a deep psychological glimpse into B.J. Palmer’s development, it pioneers a new field; Integral Biography.
    • The Spiritual Writings of B.J. Palmer: Tenth Anniversary Edition is a special book. Simon just released this expanded edition in February, 2014. The book reproduces 70 high resolution images in the context of B.J. Palmer’s life of gradual awakening. The book originally launched alongside the Philosophy of Chiropractic website. It has been a challenge keeping it in print. At point, used copies were going for $999 on Amazon. After seeing copies for over $200 in 2013, Simon Senzon decided to completely revamp the book and make it available on demand.
      D.D., Dave, & B.J. Palmer

      “Reading Dr. Senzon’s Trilogy (The Spiritual Writings of B J Palmer, The Secret History of Chiropractic, and Chiropractic Foundations) was like getting the class notes for the Green Books. Each volume is full of little-known facts and thought-provoking tidbits of history, our history. Something that well researched and written, must have been a labor of love.”

      – Steve A. Jones, D.C., Chair of the KR Jones Philosophy Forum

      Simon Senzon’s books are still evolving. He recently transformed two of the books and started a new series called chiropractic classics.

       

      The Spiritual Writings of B.J. Palmer

      The Spiritual Writings of B.J. Palmer was the first book. It is still the most popular, mainly because there is nothing quite like it.

      Success, Health, and Hapiness: The Epigrams of B.J. Palmer

      Success, Health, and Happiness is Simon’s latest book. It categorizes B.J. Palmer’s classic epigrams into topical chapters. The book also includes extended excerpts from Palmer’s later writings to make a more complete picture of Palmer’s outlook throughout his life. The final part of the book is an Integral biography of B.J. Palmer. The biographical sketch is the first of its kind because it pioneers the application of Integral Theory to biographical writing.

      The Secret History of Chiropractic

      Secret History was Simon’s second book and it is quite a gem. It follows the first book by including many of the  “spiritual” quotes of D.D. Palmer’s. The book also tells many of the pivotal and almost forgotten stories from chiropractic’s early days.

      Chiropractic Thoughts by J.R. Drain

      Chiropractic Thoughts by J.R. Drain was originally published in 1927. When Simon got permission to publish Drain’s later work Man Tomorrow (1949), from his granddaughter, he encountered Chiropractic Thoughts. The book is so good, that Simon decided to rush into the project and start the Chiropractic Classics series. Drain’s book is philosophically on par with any of the Palmer green books from that era.
      Ralph Boone 1942-2010

      During chiropractic school and for his first few years after graduation, Dr. Senzon was mentored by the late Ralph Boone, Ph.D., D.C. (1942-2010). Boone (pictured) helped Simon to refine his writing skills and bring out his ideas about early chiropractic philosophy and 20th century systems theory. This led to Simon’s first peer-reviewed publication and several other writings, courses, and lecture series.

      Simon was first introduced to chiropractic as a young child covered with psoriasis. At age four, his parents drove him 45 minutes twice per week to Dr. John Pagano, D.C., a graduate of the Lincoln Chiropractic College. In Pagano’s quest to help a patient with terrible psoriasis, he studied and followed the teachings of Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet. In the 1940s, Cayce would go into trance and dictate various approaches to health, healing, and disease. For psoriasis, the prescription was chiropractic along with a very pure diet (herbal teas, 80% fruits and vegetables, no sugar, no preservatives, no red meat, no white flour…). In four months, Simon’s young body was almost clear (Pagano’s book Healing Psoriasis). The power of the body to heal itself, the wonder of spiritual insight, and the chiropractic adjustment were each at Simon’s core.

      In high school, after a painful automobile collision, where Simon’s head cracked the windshield, he was told that his cervical curve would never return. The fine chiropractors that worked with him through Simon’s college years, were focused on rehabilitation and the chiropractic adjustment.

      Upon graduating from college, Simon started Network Care, a light touch approach to chiropractic that was known to produce powerful healing experiences. He soon observed over a period of several years, his life and the lives of his family were transformed. Chiropractic took on a new level of depth for Simon. After he finished his Masters degree in philosophy, he started Sherman College and studied to learn the art of chiropractic and the vital importance of vertebral subluxation correction. Dr. Senzon is in private practice in Asheville, NC for the last 10 years.

      During his graduate work at Goddard College (and even prior to that during his undergraduate studies at the innovative Delta College program at SUNY Brockport), Simon studied the vitalistic and evolutionary philosophers alongside classical philosophy and history. His yearning to understand human evolution from the perspective of enlightenment and history fueled his passionate studies of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, Bergson, Teilhard de Chardin, amongst many others. Simon completed his MA thesis on the integration of Body, Mind, and Spirit by combining Eastern meditative traditions and Western psychology, with an emphasis on the works of Plato. Prior to this Simon explored the “evolution of evolutionary theories,” and researched for an entire year on a topic he called, “The Universal and Particular.” This was several years before he found the writings by the Palmers on Universal and Innate.

      Many of Simon Senzon’s writings, lectures, and interviews from 2012 & 2013 are found in his Chiropraction Blog posts. Simon invented the word “chiropraction.” It means the philosophy of chiropractic in action. This entire website is an ongoing action to move the philosophy of chiropractic forward in a dynamic way. There is a long history in chiropractic of inventing words. Chiropraction is the newest chiropractic word.

      There were several other dialogues and classes that will eventually become online content. Some have already become video excerpts in the blog posts. Instead of updating the various pages of Philosophy of Chiropractic website, Simon has added most of the content as references in the Blogs. Most of these are captured in the online library.