dadphoto.jpgI was born in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1950, the son of a piano-tuner father and a sheep rancher mother. The reason I was born so far away from Nevada City was because I wanted to be close to my mother. When I was four years old, my family moved to Nevada City, California. I attended Nevada City Elementary School, Seven Hills School, and graduated “Lorde How Come” from Nevada Union High School in 1968. Then off I went to Sierra College in Rocklin to obtain an Associate of Arts Degree before attending California State University in Sacramento. There I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. 

During the course of my schooling, I realized that my interests centered in the areas of nutrition, mental dynamics, and holistic health in general. I was fortunate to meet and take classes from Dr. Bernard Jensen, a chiropractor and nutritionist who was one of the first Western doctors to ever visit Hunza. Hunza is the little state at the top of then Northern India (now Northern Pakistan) that became famous for having the healthiest and longest-lived people on the planet. Dr. Jensen studied their diet, soil, and composting methods, and then returned to write and teach about nutrition. Most of my approach to diet and soil is based on his work. It is interesting to note that the father of organic gardening in the United States, J. Rodale, took his original soil information from Robert McCarrison, an English doctor who traveled to Hunza and studied the “Hunzakut” lifestyle. 

During this time I also practiced “Rolfing,” a deep muscle therapy developed by a dedicated health practitioner named Ida Rolf. My work in religious studies also continued with three months of study with the infamous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I also studied the written work of the “Sufis,” a group that make up the esoteric side of Islam. Their counterpart in Christianity would probably be the Essenes, unless of course you ask a contemporary Essene. 

As a sidenote, my family has also been exposed to Tibetan Buddhism for the last few years, as the Tibetan refugee nuns and monks stay at our farm when they come to teach in Northern California. Recently in Nepal, we were privileged to stay for two weeks at the Kopan Nunnery outside of Katmandu. We were allowed to observe their practices and lifestyle, and to listen to the Tibetan refugees‘ sometimes very sad stories. I was the first “man” ever allowed to stay in the nunnery.  No comment. 

Being quite discouraged with the predominantly allopathic, or “treating symptoms” with drugs and surgery, approach of the existing medical establishment, I was fortunate to stumble across the practice of chiropractic. I immediately became excited with the great possibilities of a primary health care discipline that was based on scientific principles and involved an element of art. This was indeed what I had been seeking. I enrolled in the four-year program at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, obtaining my Doctorate in 1977. While attending Palmer College, I became further certified in Applied Kinesiology, the Palmer Upper Cervical Specific, and Gonstead Disk Work, as well as being certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. 

In addition to the chiropractic qualifications, I also becamejacobsonwedding-w.jpg certified as a legal husband when I married Diane, a schoolmate from Sacramento. She received her degree as a Speech and Language Therapist and regularly assists in the office while also being an excellent mother, a yoga teacher for our patients, a leader in the La Leche League (a pro-breast-feeding organization), and a Natural Childbirth Educator. She was very active in Waldorf education and also served on the Board of Directors of the Foothill Theater Company. Diane was trained to be a teacher of the transcendental meditation technique in Switzerland in 1976. At present, we have four children: Heather Rose, who was born at our home in Iowa; Anya Elizabeth, born at our home in Grass Valley; Clare Angela and Bo Alexander, both born at our home in Nevada City. 

After graduating from Palmer Chiropractic College, I still felt there was something very important I needed to learn before starting my chiropractic practice. Mainly, how to zero in and define spinal problems with a minimum of technical gadgetry, intrusive methods, and x-radiation used on the patient. In other words, how to be very simple, and yet, very accurate in defining a person’s spinal dysfunction. 

To learn a manual system of such intricate exactness, I traveled with Diane and four-month-old Heather Rose, to spend the winter of 1977 in Brussels, Belgium, doing research and studying with the now-deceased world famous chiropractic diagnostician, Dr. Henri Gillet (may all his bones rest in peace). Dr. Gillet’s father was, incidentally, the first chiropractor in Belgium, as well as one of the few students of Dr. David Palmer, the founder and developer of chiropractic. Because the use of X-ray has always been illegal for chiropractors in Belgium and in most of Europe, Dr. Gillet’s father was compelled to start devising an intricate process of spinal palpation in which spinal joint movements are evaluated solely through the use of specific pressures and movements applied by the chiropractor. Dr. Gillet started learning this particular technique from his father, and added over 60 years of his own experience to become the foremost chiropractic authority in the known world on spinal movement palpation. Without the benefit of X‑rays, he contributed greatly to the accepted definition of “normal” mobility patterns of the pelvic girdle and rib cage, which had been previously unknown to students of the spine, even those then equipped with the most modern X‑ray cineroentgenological “movies” of spinal movement, like Dr. Fred Illi in Switzerland. 

Before leaving Brussels, Dr. Gillet granted me the status of instructor and interpreter of the Gillet technique of spinal movement palpation, with authorization to instruct at chiropractic colleges and seminars. This was, indeed a rare honor, in that only one other person in North America, Dr. John Faye of Ottawa, Canada, has been authorized to instruct in this special technique. (Incidentally, Dr. Faye was the first Doctor of Chiropractic ever to be chosen as a team doctor for the Canadian Olympic team in 1984.) To this point, I have been privileged to extend this instruction to selected students at the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Life Chiropractic college in San Lorenzo, Parker College in Dallas, Western States in Portland, and Palmer College West in Sunnyvale. In December of 1982, I joined the faculty of the Motion Palpation Institute and assisted Dr. Faye in seminars, instructing practicing doctors of chiropractic throughout the United States. I look upon the work as the first rational system there has ever been in chiropractic, or the art of spinal manipulation in general, to properly analyze spinal and peripheral joint function. Certainly, spinal “adjustments” have been performed throughout history, but no proper rationale has ever been put forward which can be explained to the scientific community, and certainly to the patient. Herein lies my enthusiasm for this work and its potential impact on the medical and patient community. 

In October of 1987, I had the good fortune to attend the first-ever International Chiropractic Convention in London, England. It was very pleasing to see that the major emphasis in research was on joint mobility, and the consequent neurological changes. It is also interesting that the North American Academy of Manipulative Medicine, an organization of medical doctors attempting to learn chiropractic, use mobility analysis as the main rationale for their spinal manipulation. Hopefully, the old “bone out of place / bone back in place” thinking, which has crippled our profession intellectually for years, is on its way out. Now that we have jets, we can forgo insisting on biplanes. 

Upon returning to California from Belgium, I obtained my first “paying” chiropractic job with Dr. Luverne Anderson in Oxnard. As he was one of the most renowned chiropractors in California, I was privileged to work with a tremendous assortment of patients and problems. Dr. Anderson also had many celebrities as patients, and it was always fun to see famous people walk through the door. Listening to Dr. Anderson’s stories was also fascinating, as he had quite a reputation among racehorse owners for having restored “wobblers” and returned them to the racetrack. 

So, after almost 30 years of adventures in chiropractic, our son Bo is already in high school studying fire science. Heather and Anya are already graduated from Mills, and Berkeley, and London School of Economics.  Clare is in her second year of college, and the oldest—Heather– is in her second year of chiropractic college in Portland.  We continue to live on a 20-acre farm in Nevada City, in an attempt to raise our family as close to nature as possible. We have raised rabbits, chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, cows, ponies, horses, gardens, orchards, and huge compost piles, which allow us to observe nature at work, and, hopefully, to build an abundance of self-reliance and respect for all life. All this activity can, I hope, be translated into a better quality care for all of our patients. I look forward to our relationship, and being part of your health care.

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