B.J. PALMER D.C. Interviewer: What was your specific training, which got you into this? Where did you start? Jelstrup: My specific training was chiropractic. I graduated from Palmer College in 1963. I spent five years traveling across the United States interning in different clinics just to learn. I had a hard time digesting what they served in school. I was not quite sure about this. In school you get just academic knowledge. I was fortunate enough to work with B.J.Palmer. He was the founder of modern chiropractic so to speak. I derived a lot of observations from him. He put a vast emphasis on hygiene.
Interviewer: Hygiene meaning nutrition?
Jelstrup: Hygiene meaning lifestyle, how you live, and what kind of bugs affects you, nutrition, sanitation, water, the works. What he pointed out as I remember from him to this day is all the gains we had in this century have not been from the field of medicine but from the fields related to sanitation, including the water departments in different cities, etc. He also taught me some keen observations we are still working with in the clinic today. There is a timing in the nervous system which affects the health. There are questions we still have not answered but they gave me a lot of good bones to chew on in the meantime. His philosophy, his sense of direction in the health field, I consider to be revolutionary.
Later on, after an assorted practice in the late 60’s in the United States I went to Denmark where I practiced and worked with Julia Voeldan. She was the founder of the Voeldan Health Centers in Denmark. In her time this represented some of the largest natural rehabilitation health centers in Northern Europe. She had based her centers on the theory she developed, called the Voeldan Theory, which was dealing with the electromagnetic principles of the human body. She then broke it down to the very core. From her I learned what herbs might be good for one person can be detrimental for another.
It all depends on the form. By understanding the form, you can read if a person is electro-positive or electro-negative. She formulated a theory by describing how people have central nervous system with opposite electric spins if I may use a vague term like this. It took me a little while to learn her theory. Once I learned it, I began to wonder ‘how come everyone doesn’t see it?” And out of this I gradually learned to observe why opposites attract in people. You see it in animals, you see it all over. These opposites have very different needs. So Voeldan taught me to observe the electromagnetic principles in people down to a very core level; down to the electromagnetic spin of individuals. It is a theory as well as it is an observation. You can apply the theory in practice and with simple applied kinesiology you can literally prove the theory.
I worked closely with her and became an advisor to her group. She was in her heyday running 100 bed units in Denmark where people stayed there one week at a time learning to deal with different ailment, from chronic arthritis, exhaustion to cancer. She has been a major beacon in preventive health care in Denmark.
Later I had a practice in Norway in Lillehammer. Then I decided to return to the West Coast, simply because I felt a need for more knowledge within the structural field. This turned out to be my blessing because out here I came in contact with very good people.
Interviewer: When did you come to the United States?
Jelstrup: I came back in 1972. At the time I told my patients in Lillehammer I would be back in three months [laughter] Whenever I return now to Lillehammer they always ask, ‘when are the three months going to be up’? [Laughter] Meaning now, it is their grandchildren who are asking!
Interviewer: You know Dr. Albert Berti in Canada? He is also well known in certain circles for having tremendous success with head injury cases which are notoriously difficult to treat.
Jelstrup: Yes he is a delight. I talked to him just a few days ago. For him, the sun rises and sets with the Atlas- mechanism. In his opinion, and in the opinion of the people who practice the upper cervical specific approach it is through the leverage mechanism of the Atlas – Occipital area when applying the proper adjustments to this area, you can literally control the whole meningel system. I respect his views. I respect his work. However I do not think it is complete.
I have frequently seen many cases where people have been adjusted for a long time, for whiplash and have not improved, simply because the doctors were not able to access the cranial component. Sometimes they do, however many times they do not and the patients ends up coming back repeatedly. Whereas in our clinic we are totally committed to making the patient independent of the clinic and only return to the clinic when he or she senses that their system is out of proper homeostasis. This can be due to life style – stress factors and those who do not have time to exercise.
When it comes to exercise I constantly remind people there is only one exercise. This is walking. Due to the inherited genetic patterns of walking gait pattern is what started us, perhaps 200,000 years ago – who knows how far back. This pattern will elicit a certain effect on the brain which will affect the whole body beneficially.