I am writing this tribute to my mentor and close friend, Dr. George Goodheart.
I want to begin by saying that it has been truly a privilege and honor to know this great healer and chiropractic physician. His knowledge and insight is only gifted to a few in any particular time period. His powers of observation and ability to figure out how this could be applied in chiropractic made him a one-of-a-kind individual.
I first saw Dr. Goodheart just before I graduated from Chiropractic College at the A.C.A. National Convention in New York City. I was most impressed at what he demonstrated, but I must confess at the time I did not understand all that he spoke about. However, I was determined to learn more about this new science called Applied Kinesiology, so every opportunity I had to see Dr. Goodheart I would be there to learn. I would follow him when he presented at the Parker Seminar and I started studying AK with Drs. Cordara, Deutsch and Rodriguez.
Many of George's philosophies that he would admonish us with, "that we should see with eyes that see, hear with ears that hear, and feel with hands that feel, if truly wanted to be a healer." He would also say, "when you catch on fire, people will come from miles around just to watch you burn." So for many of us, he truly was an inspiration and a force that drove us to be better doctors than we would have been had we not known George. His sense of humor brought laugher to all his audiences.
This statement so embodies George's contribution and work in the healing arts and was written more than 400 years ago by Sir Isaac Newton in a letter he wrote to a fellow English scientist. To paraphrase this in reference to Dr. Goodheart and his ability to inspire other colleagues and me, "I stood on the shoulder of giants that have come before us. If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of these giants." It can truly be said that Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr. was the giant that Sir Isaac Newton would have spoken about had he known George.
I will conclude with Good Bye and Farewell old friend and some day we will meet again.