There are 4 generations of Chiropractors in my family and I am the 5th Chiropractic Physician of that group.
It all started with James M. Grant, my grandfather, who suffered with cluster migraine headaches. At the time, Grandfather was living in Manti, Utah. He was in the insurance industry. The story goes that he consulted a Chiropractor, I believe it was Dr. Ben Johnson. I’m not sure if Dr. Johnson bought any insurance from Grandfather but I do know that Grandfather Grant totally bought into Chiropractic after seeing the results for himself. Grandfather thought so much of Chiropractic, that he gave up the insurance business and moved his wife and 3 kids to Davenport, Iowa to learn from the master, Dr. B.J. Palmer, Dr. Mable Palmer and others at the Palmer College of Chiropractic. The school is known as the fountainhead of Chiropractic. The school was founded by DD Palmer in 1897 only 2 years after Palmer discovered Chiropractic in 1895. Grandfather Grant graduated with Honors and won the Sterling Cup of excellence for his merits in 1917. The Cup was a sterling silver vase with ornate handles on the sides of it that was large enough to hold my Aunt Merma in it as an infant. A large black and white portrait was framed on my grandmother’s wall with Aunt Merma sitting in the sterling cup.
In 1916, just one year prior to Grandfather graduating, his mentor Dr. Johnson was jailed for 100 days for practicing Chiropractic. Apparently, the medical doctors in the area had heard of his success and did not want the competition and they charged him with practicing medicine without a license.
Grandfather Grant was a native of American Fork, Utah and after Chiropractic school he chose to settle in his home town. Within a short time he was successful. A short time later, he decided to run for Mayor of American Fork and won the election. My father recalls seeing the large six-inch key to the jail that only the mayor and Chief of Police had. I am not certain, but I believe one reason he ran for mayor was so that he would have the key to the Jail, gain the trust of the small town, and avoid the plight of his mentor. I never met Grandfather as he passed away before I was born.
Dr. J Mark Grant, his son, became the next Chiropractic Physician He graduated in the 1950’s and had a wonderful reputation of helping so many people. Of course my brother and I heard of his miraculous stories and wanted to be just like him. He had an enthusiasm and charisma about him as he spoke about the many people he was able to help. I remember going on a fishing trip one time out in the middle of nowhere and running into one of Uncle Mark’s patients. When the patient recognized my uncle, he had nothing but praise for him and went on and on about how much uncle Mark was able to help him.
I was about 12-14 years old, sitting on a bus going to Salt Lake City with my friend, Lance. He asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I thought about it for a minute and said I think I would like to be a Chiropractor. From that time on, nothing else seemed so interesting. What a fantastic profession to be in where I can use the gift of healing, literally by the laying on of hands–and I don’t mean that in a religious or sacrilegious way–but truly to be able to put my hands on a person’s spine and help them. It is wonderful, rewarding and ever so satisfying.
I am grateful to be a chiropractor! Have you ever noticed that enthusiastic TV announcer telling you of the ONE benefit of a new drug? Next you hear that lullaby voice to go on and on, almost with an auctioneer’s cadence with that laundry list of side effects including death? In Chiropractic it is the other way around: great results with the intended treatment and many side benefits, rather than side effects. Sure there are side effects in all of health care, but when compared to almost any health discipline, Chiropractic is one of the safest. Now, don’t get me wrong here, there is totally a place for modern medicine, but when Chiropractic can be your answer, it just makes sense to go after the cause of your symptoms rather than cover them up. Everyone knows the epidemic of opioid and other addicting and enslaving drugs–a large proportion being Rx for back and neck related pain. I haven’t ever seen a pill change spinal motion or alignment yet!
I am grateful to be a Chiropractor! I am grateful to have my brother, Dr. James Grant, cousin, Dr. Jay Paul Grant, and 2nd cousin, Dr. Adam Anderson, in this profession with me. I also have a nephew who is in college to become a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic).