By Scott Fitzgerald
   Staff Writer

   Wisdom from a late Enid medical pioneer,
   who traveled new roads in the field of
   chiropractic, is being fine tuned and
   offered to the public.

   Tammy Joy Kennedy, granddaughter of Dr.
   Earl F. Craton, opened Nerve Signal
   Interference Removal (NSIR) Technologies
   School of Alternative Healing in May.

   "Grandpa was a stickler on doing it right. I am doing what
   Grandpa wanted," Kennedy said.

   Located on the Broadway Tower's third floor - a single floor above
   where Craton had his office - NSIR specializes in removing the
   cause of fibromyalgia, headache, back pain, sciatica, scoliosis,
   asthma and more, Kennedy said.

   "We want to get heard, make a difference and get the word out.
   Grandpa was truly a good man," said Kennedy, who was Craton's
   protege in his later years. She has continually studied his
   research since 1988.

   "I am rediscovering him in the literature. He (Craton) taught me
   in increments," Kennedy said.

   One of the first people to lease space and open an office in the
   newly built Broadway Tower in 1931, Craton died here in January
   at the age of 99.

   The renowned chiropractor specialized in nerve signal interference
   during much of the later half of his career. He believed that
   distress does not result from spinal alignment, but from how the
   head sits on its first vertebra - in particular, two pairs of facets.

   Those findings were hailed by some colleagues, patients and
   printed in chiropractic journals.

   Craton studied chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic in
   Davenport, Iowa, graduating with degrees in 1925. He and his
   sister, Ruth Payton, practiced chiropractic together in Shawnee
   before Craton moved to Enid in 1929 and eventually located two
   years later in the newly built Broadway Tower.

   In 1957, Craton moved to Beaumont, Texas, and eventually to
   Fort Worth where he continued his practice.

   At the age of 80, Craton announced his retirement. In a story by
   reporter Patricia Jimenez of The Fort Worth Telegram, at that
   time, the reporter noted, "He (Craton) looks like he could be a
   walking advertisement for his skill. He looks years younger than
   he is."

   Craton received the Texas Chiropractic College's Centennial Award
   in 1995. He returned to Enid a year later.

   Former OG&E Electric Services worker Rick Heras was referred to
   Craton by Kennedy. Heras said he suffered migraine headaches.

   Heras said Craton popped his neck and the migraines soon

   "It sounded like he broke my neck. Whatever it was, it worked,"
   Heras said.

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
-- Edmund Burke
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This page was first posted on July 29, 2002 and last revised on January 9, 2022.

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