Natural Standards Database Changes Name to Natural Medicines Database

NaturalMedicineNatural Standards database, a heavily used resource at Palmer College of Chiropractic has changed its name to Natural Medicines database.  What’s new in the database?

  • More topics and more clinically relevant, bottom line-focused information, including rigorous evidence-based ratings for over 1200 Food, Herb, and Supplement monographs
  • Over 90,000+ entries for commercial dietary supplement products including product data and ratings using the evidence-based NMBER® system
  • An improved interaction checker featuring the ability to check interactions between prescription drugs and 90,000+ commercial dietary supplements and natural ingredients
  • An improved drug-supplement interaction data including evidence-based interaction severity ratings
  • An Effectiveness Checker that enables quick comparison of the effectiveness of different natural medicines for specific condition
  • Natural MedWatch feature that provides adverse event reporting at the point of care and allows you to quickly submit adverse event reports related to dietary supplements, print reports for patient charts, and data share with colleagues

“Natural Medicines offers quick access to comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information on foods, herbs, supplements and natural therapies. Monograph sections include interactions, adverse effects, allergies, efficacy, pregnancy/lactation data and mechanism of action. English, French & Spanish Patient Handouts are available.”  If you have not used this resource, we suggest you take a look at the database and its new features.

— Phyllis


Newly Acquired: B.J. Palmer Clinic Booklet

BJ Palmer Chiropractic Clinic BookletWe recently acquired a B.J. Palmer Clinic Booklet (1935) from a generous donor. Although we already have copies of this particular publication, this one is in great condition and is a limited edition. It is hardbound rather than softbound like the others and has gold accents on the cover and has decorative end pages. Not only is this a very well-crafted and attractive book, but it is an excellent resource with valuable information for chiropractic researchers.

Limited edition




It has exterior and interior shots of what the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic looked like, details about the staff who worked there, the goals and mission of the institution, details about how the chiropractic profession has grown though B.J. Palmer’s outreach efforts and statistics on how many people have attended his teachings through the Annual Lyceum.


Chiropractic Clinic info

Come visit us to see our newly acquired materials or contact us if you are interested in making your own donation. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Links:

The B. J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic

A report of our B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Research Clinic : a statement to the field

Endpapers                     Images in Clinic

Student Finds: Miranda’s Farewell Message to Palmer Students

Special CollectionsThis is my last blog post. At the end of the last week before break, I left to go to my preceptorship in Des Moines, Iowa. I will be returning to Palmer to graduate in June, making it official. As my time comes to a close, I want to tell you all of the things that I would have wanted to know about the Library and its Special Collections Department.

As a student, I had always heard about the mysterious Archives. There was always this tantalizing door across from L101 that I would walk by and wonder what mysteries laid behind it. I even considered escaping a few Cervicals classes in there – don’t tell Dr. Gindl! – but I never went inside. Why? Because I didn’t know how it worked. The Special Collections Department is a resource unique to The Fountainhead and now is your best time to utilize it.

So how does it work?

The Collections are ordered by subject. You can come in and ask to see everything about animal chiropractic or the history of Activator Methods. Also, Dr. George Goodheart made a huge donation and as a result, one can thoroughly see the history of Applied Kinesiology. Collections are also ordered by people. One of my favorite collections is that of Dr. Herbert Reaver, the most jailed chiropractor. In his file are the memories and histories of his jail time.

If you’re not sure what to look at, you can simply come in and ask the librarian to see something that they would recommend. Some of the coolest items in the Archives are things that you wouldn’t even think of, like the stamp or the postcard collections. Try and stop by between classes or during breaks, if you are in Davenport!  It is for sure worthwhile!


A new search engine for Cochrane Library!

cochraneCochrane has launched a new and improved website for the Cochrane Library. Along with an updated look and feel, they have added the following features and enhancements:

  • Improved navigation: The side is easier to maneuver due to a clean menu interface;
  • Mobile optimization: read and navigate the Cochrane Library effortlessly on tablet or mobile phone screens;
  • Better browsing: ability to browse Cochrane Reviews by topic or by Review Grou

While the look and feel of the website may be new, it still has the same high-quality information in the database. We encourage you to go to your campus library page and become familiar with the new Cochrane Library format.

— Phyllis.

Creating New Learning Spaces: Part 2 – The Physical Space @ the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

2. Designing Physical Spaces: Port Orange, Fla., campus

floor plan

The David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library at the Port Orange, Fla., campus has more than 8,000 square feet of space and sits on a beautiful campus surrounded by palm trees. Beginning this March, the facility will undergo major renovation that will upgrade the space and provide several benefits such as:

  • Create an open flow between the north and south sides of the building to provide access to the main courtyard through the building instead of around it;
  • Improve space functionality and flow;
  • More study rooms: from one study room to seven rooms that accommodate different needs for quiet or group studying;
  • A more secured area for the collection;
  • A learning commons for socializing and student learning.


The Library renovation will begin March 30. The new and improved David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library will reopen its doors on the Port Orange campus prior to the summer 2015 quarter.

These are some of the exciting projects going on at the Library. This is an amazing time of change as we move this institution forward. I am both grateful and honored to be a part of this great community.


Creating New Learning Spaces: Part 1 – The Virtual Space @ the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

About a year-and-a-half ago, I joined Palmer College of Chiropractic as the Senior Director of Library Services, and with a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement, we started looking at ways to improve our students’ learning environments by improving the virtual and physical spaces, among other things.

1. Designing Virtual Spaces: Palmer Library

Last July, we launched our redesigned website. It was a fun and interesting project that took us about three months to complete.

imageThe Library website provides a virtual platform that serves Palmer’s three campuses effectively and efficiently. Its user-friendly interface provides information for current students, alumni and clinicians.

Visit our website and take advantage of the many resources available to you:

  • Browse the “Collections” section to find out about the Library collection and newly acquired materials.
  • Under “Research Tools,” users can access useful research guides by topics, tutorials and other useful resources.
  • Palmer provides an extensive list of open access resources, giving our users  a one-stop shop for staying current on topics in chiropractic.


Resource of the Month: Reminisces of B.J. and Mabel Palmer

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Valentine’s Day is the day of romance and a time dedicated for the ones we love. As we are celebrating Valentine’s Day, who else is better to reflect on during this time than the first couple of chiropractic, B.J. and Mabel Palmer? Our resource of the month is Dr. David D. Palmer’s memoir, The Palmers, which gives us an intimate insight into the courtship and marriage of his parents.

In his memoir, we learn of how B.J. and Mabel met. “She was a student at Augustana College in Rock Island and sang in the chorus”, David wrote:  “She met B.J. at the time he was an apprentice organist.” They courted for a year and then they were married on April 30, 1904.  They were young lovers and David Palmer reflects, “I’ve often wondered what attracted mother to B.J. At the age of 21 or 22 he must have been a very persistent suitor for he had nothing in the way of financial wealth.”  In fact, he was struggling with the problems of running the Palmer School of Chiropractic and carrying a new profession forward. David believed that it was B.J.’s charm and charisma that attracted Mabel and the fact he was “an extremely dynamic person.” It didn’t take long for Mabel to become invaluable to the running of the school.

B.J. was a grand giver; his gifts would range from a Pekinese puppy to an electric car!  They were grand gifts, which she accepted graciously, often saying “It’s just what I’ve been looking for!” She was patient, calm and composed in contrast to B.J. who was described as a real “roarin’ dynamo” and “hell fire on two feet.” They were opposites and together they guided the Chiropractic profession where it needed to go. Their story is fascinating, and The Palmers is worth a good read.

Come visit us and check out the memoirs of David Palmer and learn more about B.J. and Mabel Palmer.  We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Materials:

The Palmers : a pictorial life story : memoirs of David D. Palmer



Recently Researched: B.J. Palmer’s Black Tie Club

B J  Palmer tieRecently we had a couple of students stop by who were interested in B.J. Palmer’s “Black Tie Club” which existed from the late 1920s until the early 1940s. To be a member of this club you needed to be a loyal supporter of B.J. Palmer’s teachings, which at the time were viewed as controversial.  A lot of changes were introduced or underway in the chiropractic profession at this time including the Neurocalometer, X-ray and the Hole-in-One upper cervical adjustment.

 Members of the “Black Tie Club” were identified by the adoption of a black tie (the Windsor), one that B.J. Palmer was characteristically known to wear throughout the 1930s. Details of this club can be seen in early Palmer yearbooks. In the 1929 Yearbook you can find information about the some of the first members (The “Order of the Loyal Five”) who wore the Windsor tie as a symbol of their faith and loyalty to B.J. and adopted the motto, “Never faltered—never will.”


Come visit us to learn more about the “Black Tie Club” or to find out more about other Palmer clubs and organizations. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. Black Tie Club2


Related Materials:


Palmer Yearbooks

Victor Coxon, member, B.J.’s Black Tie Club at Palmer, 1936-1941

Student Finds: Mary and Her Lamb

MaryB.J. Palmer was an intelligent man. He wrote, read, researched, discovered and most importantly, developed more things than I can imagine. Now that he has passed away, no one will ever know all of the things that he knew. Any study of B.J. should include his writings, but another way to gain insight into his mind should be by studying the books that he read, including those that were not chiropractic in nature.

Originally from his mansion house, some of B.J. Palmer’s leisure reading books can now be found in the archives. Recently, I discovered a little known book of B.J.’s collection showing that B.J. Palmer knew “The Entire Truth About a Very Celebrated Case.”  He knew why Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.

Buried within the book collection, among books by notary chiropractic authors such as Stephenson and Vedder, is a tiny booklet called “The Life Story of Mary and her Lamb,” by May Stout (1914). Written by the infamous Mary’s niece, the booklet recounts the story of Mary saving a lamb that had been cast away by its mother. Mary nursed the lamb back to health and it followed her everywhere, including school. The story continues on to talk about a fellow who was visiting the town and wrote a poem, a poem that has stayed in our hearts forever. The story is a whirlwind, however, and despite its popularity, it ends with a surprising twist of fate.

If you’d like to see how this story ends, visit the Palmer Special Collections and Archives. We are open Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Materials:

The life story of “Mary and her lamb”

Newly Acquired: Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation Photographs

Parker SeminarWe recently acquired photographs of the Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation Seminars. James William Parker graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1946. In 1951, he started the Parker Seminar Program, which became very popular especially in the late 1970s to early 1980s, drawing large numbers of chiropractors, nationally and internationally. These recently acquired photographs are from this era and show just how many came to listen to top chiropractic speakers. It was also during this time that Dr. Jim Parker founded the Texas based Parker College of Chiropractic in 1978.

Come visit us to see our newly acquired materials or contact us if you are interested in making your own donation. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Links:

Blueprint for chiropractic advertising : Parker chiropractic sales seminar, 1951

The Parker chiropractic Q & A book

The Parker chiropractic research seminar : Alumni list

The Parker photobiography : the life and works of Dr. James William Parker

Parker system of professional service for the doctor of chiropractic : textbook of the Parker School for Professional Success/Sharing

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