As any of you who’ve been following this organisation’s site for the previous few years we’ve been online, you probably know that none of us are GNU fanatics. While Gentoo and Trisquel are my main distributions, this is more of an exercise in learning new skills than supporting free as in freedom software. Yesterday however, I did think of an interesting connection between the free software movement and alternative medicine. Hear me out on this one, because I know it’s a weird thought and it falls a little bit outside of what is normally covered on a Linux blog—well, not really. After all, anyone running Linux as their main operating system has at least a rough education in important geopolitical issues.
Chiropractic is a lot like Linux and the free software movement in general, if you think about it. They’ve both been castigated in the past for having unrealistically high-minded, idealistic goals and expectations of society as a whole, but both Linux and chiropractic medicine are widely-used and are both highly effective in solving a variety of different issues. More than 25% of the world’s servers are run on a Linux kernel distribution, and millions of people in Australia and in other countries across the world benefit from chiropractic style treatments.
While I was on this weird tangent, I decided to speak to some local chiropractic experts in Sydney, “I can see where you’re coming from, and I like the way you think,” one Chiropractor complimented, “And yes, there is a lot in common between the two. For example, the mainstream medical community once regarded chiropractic medicine as pseudoscience, but it has been shown in studies to be remarkably effective for spinal issues and issues with the joints and body in general.”
There’s a sort of ideological unity I feel with people who support ideas that weren’t initially popular in the mainstream. As someone who advocates for maximum freedom and scientific excellence—and also someone who suffers from postural problems and occupational hazards related to the joints, I can openly state that I’ve personally benefited from the help of skilled chiropractors. My neck pain and lower back pain has utterly disappeared thanks to the help of a chiropractic expert, and I couldn’t be more thankful that I found it when I did. I’d rather have my pain levels at a manageable level than have to seek out the help of a pain clinic and use narcotics.
Give this one a hard thought. Why should one form of medical practice automatically supersede another when both methodologies are both proven to be effective? Whether you’re a free software nut or a functional Linux user, you likely have some sort of joint pain from sitting at a computer for hours upon hours every day when you’re neck-deep your massive sysadmin task list. Going through life without pain is important, and chiropractic medicine has substantially changed my life and has given me food for thought!