The following article was published in the Teach-In News, a newsletter penned by Napoleon Hill himself, in the late 1960s.
"Napoleon Hill, world-famous author of the book Think and Grow Rich and other books, has highly praised chiropractic for over 50 years.
At the age of 85, Napoleon Hill has a health pattern equaling that of a man half his age. His formula for good health is, 'I eat sparingly, work enthusiastically in a labor of love, love generously, and take chiropractic adjustments once a week whether I need them or not.
My son, Blair, was born without ears. The two physicians who brought him into the world warned me that Blaire would always be a deaf mute. I warned them my son would eventually have his hearing 100%.
The true story could not be told until the two physicians who brought him into the world had died, because they were Blair's uncles and they objected to the way and method of bringing complete recovery of his hearing.
Up to the age of 18 months, Blair could not hear a sound. We had tried every known test and Blair had been examined by many specialists... all who said he would never hear.
Then a miracle began to happen. I took Blair to a chiropractor who began giving him adjustments (against the objections of his mother and other relatives). By the end of the first month and after adjustments three times weekly, we knew that Blair was beginning to hear. He would turn his head to listen when I clapped my hands behind his back.
The adjustments continued until Blair was 4 years old. By that time, chiropractic had developed 65% of his natural hearing capacity... enough to get him through grade school, high school, and three years in the University of West Virginia.
The Acousticion Company, manufacturer of hearing airs, heard about Blair's miraculous improvements in hearing through chiropractic and made a special hearing aid for him which gave him 100% hearing capacity.
Blair is living a normal life, thanks to my having stood my ground for chiropractic adjustments when others around me were fighting me and the chiropractor.
I began taking chiropractic adjustments along with Blair and I have continued to do so for the past 50 years. Perhaps this explains why, at the age of 85, my annual physical checkup fits perfectly with the health pattern of a man not over 50 years of age.
I take chiropractic adjustments regularly... not to get well, but to keep from getting sick.
With this public statement, I have paid a long overdue debt which I have owed chiropractic for saving my son from going through life as a deaf mute and myself from being an old man at the age of 85."
A truly amazing story about some of the positive changes chiropractic can facilitate. Chiropractic works by gently removing pressure on nerves, allowing your system to heal and adapt properly.
While Blair Hill lacked the presence of external ears (or '"auricles"), the internal structures responsible for sound interpretation were still intact. The inner ear structures receive their nerve supply from the portion of the spinal cord located in the neck region.
When his chiropractor removed the interference in Blair's spine, the proper connection between those nerves and the organs of his ear was restored, allowing him to hear.
"Nature needs no help, just no interference."
- B.J. Palmer, renowned author and chiropractor.
Fun fact: In May 1922, Napoleon Hill awarded B.J. Palmer with his Golden Rule Medal, for B.J.'s work in chiropractic.
Dr. MJ Wegmann,