David B. Koch, D.C.

Contemporary TIC Philosophy

Breaking the Thirty-Three Free

TCL would like to recognize and honor Dr. Koch, Life University chiropractic philosophy professor, for his unparalleled leadership in the realm of chiropractic philosophy. No other author has so thoroughly mastered the Thirty-Three Principles as to allow them to be categorized and reordered in a way that shapes them into a workable syllogism. His pioneering work in his book, Contemporary Chiropractic Philosophy: An Introduction, completed under the auspices of Life University, provides students and longtime chiropractors alike with a fresh perspective – along with updated language and analogies – that breaks the Thirty-Three Principles free from their traditional static mold. Dr. Koch’s work has contemporized the language of chiropractic philosophy to be consistent with today’s leading edge quantum physics lexicon and validate the scientific and philosophical principles on which our profession is based.

TCL: For which professional achievements will you most want to be remembered?

Koch: For starting my career as a chiropractic philosopher by teaching chiropractic’s traditional philosophy to Sherman College CA students even before I graduated – and becoming an instructor in its DCP immediately upon receiving my DC – and having taught DC students chiropractic philosophy since then (for thirty-five years now!).

While the predominant theme of my teaching (and chiropractic contemplation) both in the classroom and out has been philosophical, the contribution I have made to my students may have its greatest value not in the philosophical acumen I have brought to bear on their educational experience, so much as the unflagging chiropractic enthusiasm (or “spizzerinctum,” to use BJ’s term for it) I have modeled in the classroom for 35 years and two generations of chiropractic students. At least, I hope so.

As to any philosophical impact I may have had, I believe my greatest accomplishment is not necessarily how I reorganized, categorized and edited Palmer’s/ Stephenson’s Thirty Three Principles, but simply that I was willing to do so at all. My book says to our beloved, but often philosophically hide-bound profession, including both Stephenson supporters (“How dare Koch think he can change Stephenson’s) and Stephenson dismissers (“Who cares? There is really no such thing as “chiropractic philosophy” anyways”) that Chiropractic philosophy deserves another look-over, to bring its truly awesome concepts, arguments and conclusions into the Information Age.

I would love to think that I have helped make chiropractic’s core model of reality more understandable and accessible to future chiropractors, and maybe even to the larger audience of Vitalistic health care thinkers by organizing, editing and updating them. This hope is why I was willing to give up the private practice of chiropractic after 16 years to become a chiropractic college administrator and then a full time professor. I can’t check and adjust everyone on the planet, nor am I likely to be around to check my own great-grandchildren, nor can I create the final, perfect-for-all-time version of chiropractic’s “conscious universe” model of life and health. Sometimes our greatest accomplishment is to help keep the torch lit as we help to successfully pass it on to the future.

TCL: What projects are you working on now that you’re excited about and would like to share with more people?

Koch: On a more down-to-earth note, my focus has been on how to integrate chiropractic philosophy and enthusiasm with all the other material taught by First Quarter faculty members and beyond. The hope is to allow our students to receive a more integrated introduction to chiropractic that will eliminate the classic disconnect between classroom and clinic instruction that is found in most Doctor of Chiropractic programs. This has been both exciting and daunting, especially at 35 years into a 40 year teaching career, innate-willing. (And as we know, the body’s innate intelligence is 100%, but the matter has limits, or, as you may have heard it, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak! See, there’s chiropractic philosophy everywhere!) But reworking one’s pedagogy is a lifelong challenge that’s necessary to keep teaching fresh and vital, so there’s that!

I am also pleased and honored to say I’ll be presenting at the Rubicon philosophy seminar in London this spring (2016). [UPDATE: Dr. Koch will also be presenting at the , Spring of 2018.]

And, although it’s proving to be a longer, more drawn-out process than I would have thought or hoped, I continue to work on my magnum opus, Contemporary Chiropractic Principles, a more complete reworking of our core chiropractic syllogism that integrates the role of information into the definition of forces as the “link between intelligence and matter.”

Finally, I couldn’t be more pleased to share we have just had our first grandchild (David Hollis Burns), which may motivate me to get “the book” done because now I know I have something even more meaningful to do with my life after the book is finished.


Interested TCL readers may purchase a copy of Dr. Koch’s Contemporary Chiropractic Philosophy: An Introduction at the Rubicon Conference at http://lifeushop.com/item/contemporary-chiropractic-philosophy.

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