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My chiropractic story: Stanley Bolton, D.C.

11/11/2011 (Archived)

Stanley Bolton, D.C. (Davenport ’48) responded to our call for your chiropractic stories and shared his multi-generational chiropractic family. Dr. Bolton currently resides in Sydney, Australia. This is his story.  IA Drs. Mariette and Stanley W. Bolton

My father and mother (Stanley W. and Mariette G. Bolton) were living in Detroit when I was approaching five years of age. Dad was a Fuller Brush salesman at the time. I became ill, during which I was confined to bed. I had a high temperature, was vomiting, sweating profusely, unable to walk and hallucinating. The local medical doctor was called in. My parents were shocked to be told that their only son had contracted what was then called 'infantile paralysis' (in today’s terms, poliomyelitis). The doctor recommended various medications and advised close round-the-clock supervision. 

A specialist medical practitioner was called in who visited twice a day. My parents also employed a day nurse and a night nurse. Several days later it was clear that I was not responding. My parents then called in an osteopath for further advice and treatment. No response. It became apparent that I was getting worse, and that if death did not follow, at least there would be permanent physical and possibly mental impairment once the initial crisis somehow subsided. This prospect loomed as an intolerable outcome. To them, their only son was dying!

At that point, my father recalled that as a young lad in Canada he had suffered from kidney stones, which the local chiropractor—a Palmer graduate—had successfully treated. My parents could see no harm in seeking the further help of a chiropractor. They telegraphed the Palmer School, seeking the name of a nearby chiropractor. Dr. Calabrese in Strathroy, Ontario, was the name suggested.

IA Dr. Mariette Bolton and B.J. PalmerAfter three days of spinal adjustments, my temperature began to fall, and I commenced tacking liquids and eating again. A few days later I took a few faltering steps and what seemed like a miracle cure began.

That event led my parents to pack up the family, move to Davenport, Iowa, and become chiropractors. But that is not all! Their three children were told, in no uncertain terms, that their education was not complete until they, too, studied chiropractic. Inevitably they met and married chiropractors, and the generations expanded with both chiropractic insights and knowledge. 

At one time there were some 23 qualified chiropractors in our immediate families. I’m now retired at 82 and have lived in Australia most of that time. Countless numbers of ordinary people, particularly “Down Under,” have benefited from the wonders of chiropractic.  IA Bolton family gathering

That is my story, told to me by my parents. Incidentally, as a student later at Palmer I checked and verified details of this story to my own satisfaction.

Stanley P. Bolton, D.C.



Drs. Mariette and Stanley W. Bolton. 

Dr. Mariette Bolton and B.J. Palmer in Europe when they collaborated on "The Wet Speciman" circa 1934. 

Three generations of Boltons at "Bolton Place" in Yerrinbool, New South Wales, Australia, all of who became chiropractors (11 in all at this gathering).