THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
Reginald R. Gold
December 16, 1925 – March 24, 2012
“If you’re not out to change the world, everything else is just Mickey Mouse.” ~Reggie Gold
Reginald R. Gold, D.C., Ph.C., referred to simply yet reverently as “Reggie” by most, died at his Bala Cynwyd, PA, home on March 24, 2012. A chiropractor, philosopher, teacher, mentor, lecturer, motivator, author, and chiropractic college benefactor, he traveled the globe spreading the chiropractic message and is responsible for inspiring hundreds, likely thousands, of people of all ages to pursue careers in chiropractic.
Reggie Gold graduated summa cum laude from Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1957 and served in various leadership capacities in state and national organizations. He also held a Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities (Ph.C.) from Palmer.
Over the years he maintained an extraordinarily successful practice in Spring Valley, New York adjusting 2,000 people per week with a box-on-the-wall (Honor Fee) system. For seven years he held Chiropractic information meetings every month and invited anyone who wanted to attend to learn the philosophy of Chiropractic. These meetings were never advertised and there was never a charge to attend for the 50 to 200 people in attendance at the Gold’s home. He followed that up with no less than 40 layman lectures each year in various chiropractic offices to help chiropractors build their own practices.
Reggie also worked to increase public understanding of and interest in chiropractic by starting a patient organization called PACE. Patients brought their friends to learn about the benefits of chiropractic causing literally hundreds of practice members to take the leap and become chiropractors as a result. He persisted despite threats to his life.
Gold assisted in the startup of Sherman College, helped establish and served as first president of ADIO Institute which later became Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic, taught philosophy at three chiropractic colleges and lectured at most of the others. He is author of The Triune of Life, a treatise on traditional chiropractic philosophy that is used as a reference text in philosophy courses at Sherman College.
In addition, he lectured at medical schools from Mount Sinai to Stanford, as well as educational institutions overseas in South Africa, Australia and Peru. Gold was instrumental in founding the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (formerly FSCO).
When the educational and political atmosphere seemed like it would destroy straight chiropractic, Reggie left chiropractic and created the profession of Spinology so as to preserve the principles and ideas of straight chiropractic. Spinology, being free of all the baggage and confusion associated with all the different ways of practicing chiropractic, allowed Reggie to take the principles and philosophy of chiropractic to the next level.
After a few years, his deep love for chiropractic brought him back with a clearer more concise message of objective straight chiropractic. His influence on Spinology has allowed numerous schools to be started in Australia, Spain, and Ireland. Reggie had spent the last years of his life promoting both professions.
Reggie’s ability to clearly state the essence of chiropractic in words that everyone could understand, coupled with his true affinity for helping his fellow man live better lives made him a popular speaker and he traveled the world lecturing to laymen, college students and chiropractors about objective straight chiropractic. We all stand on Reggie's broad shoulders. His insights and vision for our profession allowed it to turn a corner and into a new era. I don't know one vitalistic chiropractor whose life has not been touched deeply by Reggie's insights, clarity, and commitment. I’ve spent countless hours listening to his explanation of chiropractic. I’ve seen him talk live numerous times and met him officially at his 80th birthday celebration.
Most of my Monday Morning Motivations and Newsletter topics have come from his analogies and ideas, either directly or indirectly. My greatest mentors and influences in chiropractic (Joseph Strauss in Levittown, Pa and Joe Donofrio in Paramus, Nj) were his students, learned philosophy from him, and were active in the schools and organizations he started and supported. You can say that just about everything I am and do in chiropractic I owe to Reggie. Everyone that has benefited or will benefit from the care they receive in my office owes Reggie.
I can never say enough Thank Yous for all he has done. His strength of purpose and will be missed by the thousands that he guided and influenced. The world will not be the same without him.
It is time for me and all the other chiropractors reading this newsletter to step it up. The last post on his Facebook page says it all: "
Here's a lecture he gave on chiropractic from the early 70's.
Here's a classic 4 part debate from 1979. (If there is a part 5 and any chiropractors have access to the rest of it, please share.)