Meet Bernard Preston D.C. who has practised as a chiropractor for thirty-eight years, initially in one of South Africa’s smaller cities, and for seven years in the Netherlands.
This page was last updated on 17th November, 2018 by Dr Bernard Preston.
In mid 2010 he went into semi-retirement in the small village of Hilton in South Africa, practising part-time with his daughter, Dr Jane Ackerman, DC.
Bernard Preston writes a few thoughts on a successful, happy and healthy retirement. Some planning is necessary.
Known by widely differing patients from small children to famous artists, musicians and athletes in pain he is well equipped to give us some fascinating insights into the world of chiropractic and the things that drive people; no holds barred.
Preston, son of two chiropractors, is married with two sons and a daughter who is a third generation DC, and three grandchildren. He is a person who believes in the fullness of life both in a general sense, as seen in his wide interests in nature, mountains, fishing, soaring, keeping bees and carpentry and, as a layminister in the Anglican church, in a religious sense.
Dr Preston practised for seven years in Holland where he lived with his wife in a small town just south of Rotterdam. His glider was supplanted by a humble bicycle which he says was just as much fun, but a lot more dangerous. 200 people per year die in Holland in cycling accidents.
boast is that, in Holland, for a year and half, he was the only
chiropractor in the whole wide world without a car. Says he, "I didn't
miss my car, but my motor cycle, oh, that left a hole as big as a
barn door." Several of his stories contain snippets about his hobbies,
and the Dream Machine.
A summer's day in the beautiful city of Maastricht is best enjoyed on the bike. Then you can take time smell the poppies, pick wild cherries and enjoy a slice of vlaai and cup of coffee at one of the little roadside cafes.
Years later, in 2019, he's looking for an electric powered motor cycle that he can charge with his solar generator. It's all part of what he calls the green journey that has revolutionised his life.
Meet Bernard Preston answers in part who is the man and what does he stand for?
Meet Bernard Preston, together with "She who must be obeyed" crossing the River Maas on the way to an Andre Rieu concert on the Vrijtag, or central city square in Maastricht.
And on the way home via the village of Nuth... one the of the many very old windmills of Holland.
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Said wife of one New Jersey chiropractor: I can't predict how fast Tom will read Bats in my Belfry , but when he read Frog in my Throat non-stop. He hasn't read anything like that for pleasure, cover to cover, as long as I have known him.
- Linda R, New Jersey.
And of course, if you buy a Frog or Bat, or STONES IN MY CLOG, chiropractic stories from Holland, you could read them first!
Frog in my throat is the first book when you meet Bernard Preston; it relates to the struggles of the young chiropractor, practising illegally when the register was closed to new graduate doctors, with the intention of closing down the profession.
Meet Bernard Preston and you'll find that chiropractors are a lot more resilient than medicine first thought; today there are two chiropractic colleges in South Africa, aided and abetted by government, and a thriving profession.
Bats in my belfry describes the middle stressed years of leading the profession, whilst providing for a family and keeping body and soul together; meeting Bernard Preston you'll find that all doctors of every ilk must be wary of burn out.
Whilst some hard copies remain, these are mainly books to be read on your Kindle and tablet, and even smart phone.
In Stones in my Clog he relates seven very fruitful years practising in the Netherlands; when meeting Bernard Preston you'll find the benefits of learning a new language, and discovering a totally new and different culture.
Heb je zin een stuk in nederlands te lezen? Geraakt door vrienden doet me steeds veel pijn.
Now semi retired he still returns most years to the polders to do a locum for a colleague; a wonderful people with for some unknown reason a very large group suffering from the ravages of hip pain; caught early it responds well to chiropractic is his experience. Ignored it's a misery.
Read more about upper leg, thigh and groin pain.
... may be a no-no for writers, but this photo does make an interesting mix of Preston's first two books...
Stones in my Clog
Meet Bernard Preston in his third book,
Stones in my Clog
is complete. At only $3.30 (an ebook) it's dirt cheap! Download and read it on your computer, kindle or tablet.
His fourth book, a trilogy,
A Family Affair, is controversial and of a quite different genre. Written as three books,
the first is available for free. Meet Jan Jansen, the villain of the piece. Meet Bernard Preston and you'll realise he's a man of many parts, struggling with many issues that some would sweep under the carpet; it's easier not to think about these issues.
The second and third are dirt cheap as all ebooks should be. Don't pay a fortune for Ebooks for download ...
If you're still unsure, dip into Meeting Daddy. Today's world is full of broken and twisted families; meeting your father for the first time could be intimidating; particularly if he has no idea he has an adult daughter!
One of the great finds of Europe for this cultural geek has been introduction to opera. Even if you're a geek too, you'll enjoy this rather different rendering of La Traviata. The Opera Company of Philadelphia... Only four minutes, it's fun. BRINDISI ... watch?v=_zmwRitYO3w
The green journey has become an essential part of meet Bernard Preston's; in essence it's a spiritual experience. Expect to be carried along or stay well away.
Meet Bernard Preston and you'll find a man almost obsessed with leaving the planet a better place for our children's children than the polluted world we have turned our home in the galaxy into.
Along the way, keeping his own bees, growing his own spinach, building a chicken tractor and discovering the wonderful world of worm farms, connecting with nature, he has discovered the key to better health; more exercise, a huge variety of coloured foods, less red meat and capturing the sun's energy in a huge solar farm.
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you ever need."
- Marcus Cicero, Roman politician, lawyer and orator
Taking pills and consulting psychologists has become a distant memory. True, the physical work did mean serious femoral nerve damage, and more chiropractic treatment, but overall the green journey has meant substantially better health.
Just what can we do to make sure this isn't the legacy we leave to our children? Wean off plastic is the first step in the right direction. The Pacific ocean has become a gross dumping ground; no wonder we have become so sick.
If you really want to step up to better health, then just where do you begin? There's no single answer, of course; each of us must make our own green journey, marching to the beat of a different drummer.
At meet Bernard Preston, I'd suggest three really simple things:
Naturally you don't need to start with any of these to step up to better health; but if you are tired and listless, bored and in pain, overweight and you know that things are slipping, then DO something. For you it might be a skipping rope, an apple a day, and doing the daily crossword, or sudoku.
Just don't wallow in the trough of despair; perhaps read Pilgrim's Progress, perhaps one of the most beautiful books every written.
Let your food be your medicine is how Hippocrates, the father of Medicine and Spinal Manipulation put it.
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I won't pretend to be a great man of faith; I'm not. The Slough of Despondency and other such chapters characterise my own pilgrim's progress. Yet I love the Lord, he is my chosen portion, and I can indeed say the lines have indeed fallen in pleasant places.
Recently I have again returned to an old, and alas forgotten habit of enjoying a psalm a day; join with me as I bring you my own psalms of victory lyrics; they do indeed bring a song to the heart.
Today's Christian women are amazing, as of course they have been over the ages; three in particular had a profound influence in my spiritual life.
For many years Bernard Preston has been a solo glider pilot, owning his own Ka6. His books are laced with several glorious tales, some very scary, of his exploits in the air; liking a thermal taking him to 14,000' and the terror of finding himself in rotor.
Not for most, gliding is what he calls the sport of kings, not horse racing at all.