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Chiropractic’s Contentious History as Alternative Care

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Daniel David Palmer, founder of chiropractic medicine

For over a century, chiropractic has been a focal point of intense debate and skepticism in both the medical and non-medical communities.  Based on the practice of correcting misalignments in the spine via manual manipulation, chiropractic is claimed, by those who practice it, to restore or maintain the health of the nervous system.

A significant number of people in the medical community, however, consider chiropractic medicine to be unscientific, unreliable, and unhelpful.  Dr. William Jarvis, for example, in an online article titled “Chiropractic:  A Skeptical View” from chirobase.org, attests to what is perceived as a lack of fundamental scientific evidence for the treatment:  “In the final analysis, the validity of chiropractic is not a medical controversy as much as one of the basic sciences….Basic  biological sciences have a public duty to objectively test a theory as radical as chiropractic’s to determine whether it is valid.”

Even today, a substantial amount of research is being devoted to determining the extent to which scientific evidence of the chiropractic’s benefit can be verified, if any such benefit exists.  Chiropractic is not recognized as a legitimate form of allopathic medical treatment by the American Medical Association (AMA), but nevertheless, it is one of the most popular forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).   The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a federal organization under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, offers data collected by the 2007 National Health Interview Survey concerning the popularity of CAM in the United States.  According to one statistic offered on NCCAM’s website, 8.6% of 23,393 adults surveyed reported that they had received chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in the past year, and 38.3% percent of these adults reported using any form of CAM.  Despite its popularity as an alternative treatment, however, significant skepticism persists due to the lack of scientific evidence indicating the effectiveness of chiropractic care.   Regardless of the tension that has existed and continues to exist between those on both sides of the issue, the history of chiropractic care in the Unites States is, at the very least, an interesting one.

Chiropractic, as it exists in the United States today, was established by Daniel David Palmer in 1895. According to the NCCAM, Palmer, a self-taught healer, believed that spinal manipulations could correct misalignments, which he called “subluxations,” that interfere with what he referred to as the body’s “natural healing ability.”  As a practice not justified by substantial medical evidence, chiropractic naturally came into conflict with conventional medicine.  The claim that spinal manipulation could help treat a wide variety of maladies, from acne to epilepsy to cancer, was (and is still very much today) indeed a controversial one in the eyes of many medical scientists, who immediately dismissed the practice as witchcraft and quackery.  The backlash to chiropractic matched the controversy surrounding it, so much so that in 1906, Daniel’s son B.J. founded the Universal Chiropractors Association (UCA) for the purpose of legal defense.  Though not the first attempt at formal organization, the UCA was “the most enduring and most successful at the time,” according to a history offered by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).  The ACA also cites a 2004 article by Dr. Joseph Keating Jr. in Dynamic Chiropractic in describing the legal conflicts between early chiropractic practitioners and conventional allopathic doctors:  through 1931 there were around 15,000 lawsuits against 12,000 practicing chiropractors in the United States.   The UCA’s staunch stance against the AMA and mainstream medicine under B.J. Palmer estranged several, more moderate practitioners and led to the formation of a rival interest group, the American Chiropractic Association, in 1922.  After the departure of B.J. Palmer from the UCA in 1926, however, the two groups reconciled their differences and joined, in 1930, to form the National Chiropractic Association, the political predecessor of today’s ACA.

The sharp disagreements between allopathic physicians and chiropractic practitioners escalated well into the mid-twentieth century, so much so that the AMA began to formally adopt positions against the practice.  In Section 3 of their Code of Ethics, written in 1957 and based upon previous ethical decrees, the AMA took a formal yet subtle stance against chiropractic and other forms of osteopathic treatment as scientifically unfounded:   “A physician should practice a method of healing founded on a scientific basis; and he should not voluntarily associate professionally with anyone who violates his principle.” In 1966, a policy passed by the AMA House of Delegates stated, “It is the opinion of the medical profession that chiropractic is an unscientific cult whose practitioners lack the necessary training and background to diagnose and treat human disease.  Chiropractic constitutes a hazard to rational health care in the United States because of its substandard and unscientific education of its practitioners and their rigid adherence to an irrational, unscientific approach to disease causation.”

Meanwhile, advocates for chiropractic were working on obtaining what they felt was fair representation in the public sphere.  These efforts were at first unfruitful for the advocates but were later met with success in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  In 1971, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), which had been working throughout the previous decades to improve the standards of education at chiropractic institutions across the country and close substandard institutions, was incorporated by the U.S. Office of Education as an autonomous national organization, according to the CCE’s own history.  In 1974, the CCE was awarded a position on the list of the Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies, an honor which has been renewed continuously ever since.   Although this success did not legitimize chiropractic within the realm of mainstream medicine, it did represent a willingness, on the part of the Federal Government, to ensure that standards were established and enforced for chiropractic education for the purpose of safe practice.

A significant turning point in the relationship between chiropractic and conventional medicine occurred when Charles Wilk and four other chiropractors filed a lawsuit against the AMA in 1976, on the basis that the AMA, as well as several other organizations including the American Hospital Association, the American College of Surgeons, and the American College of Physicians, had engaged in trust-like activities to contain and hinder the growth of chiropractic.  During the proceedings over the next eleven years, the AMA made several settlements.  According to a June 2011 article by Steve Agocs in Virtual Mentor, the AMA’s Journal of Ethics, these settlements resulted in several significant changes to the AMA’s previous policies.  Such changes on the part of the AMA included relaxing its policies on doctors’ referrals of patients to chiropractors, as well as a modification of its Principles of Medical Ethics to reflect this new position.  When a decision for the case Wilk et al. vs. the AMA, et al. was finally reached in 1987, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Getzendanner held that the AMA, through its Department of Investigation and, specifically, its Committee on Quackery (1963-1974), had made its goal “to contain and eliminate chiropractic.”  Based on a similar ruling in Goldfarb v. Virginia State Board (1975), which held that lawyers were not exempt from anti-trust laws and therefore could not engage in such activities as price-fixing, the court ultimately issued an injunction against the AMA for engaging in activities with similar motives, including “conduct[ing] nationwide conferences on chiropractic,” “prepar[ing] and distribut[ing] numerous publications critical of chiropractic,” and “assist[ing] others in the preparation and distribution of anti-chiropractic literature.”  The settlements and subsequent decision in Wilk ultimately allowed for association between physicians and chiropractic practitioners without reprimand from the AMA.

Today, the official policy of the AMA towards chiropractic reflects the decision made in Wilk.  According to the Opinion 3.041 of the AMA, which was first issued in 1992, “It is ethical for a physician to associate professionally with chiropractors provided that the physician believes that such association is in the best interests of his or her patient. A physician may refer a patient for diagnostic or therapeutic services to a chiropractor permitted by law to furnish such services whenever the physician believes that this may benefit his or her patient. Physicians may also ethically teach in recognized schools of chiropractic.”  This has led to some degree of dissipation in the burning tensions between conventional allopathic medicine and chiropractic treatment.  Steve Agocs, in his aforementioned article in Virtual Mentor “Chiropractic’s Struggle for Survival,” attests to how some doctors and chiropractors have come to reach such a détente:  “…in the current era medical doctors and chiropractors openly refer to each other for diagnostic services, treatment, and co-management of cases, and chiropractors serve alongside medical practitioners in clinics and hospitals all over the country.”

Nevertheless, the tensions still do exist, particularly over the legitimacy of chiropractic as a form of treatment.   The main issue for a lot of allopathic physicians is that there is still a lack of conclusive evidence showing that spinal manipulations can result in health improvements, independent of other variables.  Some even claim that the effects of chiropractic are deleterious, such as Dr. Steven Barrett.  In an online article, “Chiropractic’s Dirty Secret:  Neck Manipulations and Strokes,” Dr. Barrett cites several studies that potentially implicate neck manipulation as a cause of vertebral artery dissection, where the inner lining of the vertebral artery tears, causing blood to clot and impede blood flow to the brain.  One such study, consisting of an interview and blinded chart review, performed in 2003 by Dr. W.S. Smith at the University of California, San Francisco, concluded that patients that had suffered from cervical arterial dissection were more likely to have undergone spinal manipulation in the past 30 days (14%) than control patients not suffering from the dissections (3%).  The questions ultimately involved with such studies are whether these pathologies are due to chiropractic itself or chiropractic malpractice, whether such complications are predictable, and what should be done to inform patients of any potential risks associated with chiropractic.

On the other side of the issue, there are also studies that potentially indicate the efficacy of chiropractic care.  For example, according to the data from the 2002 NHIS, cited by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 66 percent of patients who had reported using chiropractic for back pain also reported receiving “great benefit” from the treatment.  A review of scientific evidence cited on the NCCAM’s website, conducted in 2010, ultimately found chiropractic treatment to be helpful in dealing with certain disorders, including back pain, migraines, upper- and lower-extremity joint conditions, and whiplash-related injuries.  The review also found chiropractic medicine to be unhelpful in treating certain conditions, including asthma and hypertension.  including asthma and hypertension. A randomized, double-blind study comparing active and simulated spinal manipulations as treatments for acute back pain and sciatica, carried out by Valter Santilli, MD, and published in The Spine Journal, found that 28% of the patients who had received active spinal manipulation reported having no local back pain after 180 days of treatment, compared to only 6% of the simulated manipulation group that reported the same outcome. Also, 55% of the active manipulation patients reported having no radiating pain after 180 days, compared to only 20% in the simulated manipulation group. Many, however, remain skeptical of the extent of chiropractic’s benefit, especially in regards to its claimed ability to treat conditions such as hypertension and asthma.

Regardless of the debate that still exists, chiropractic has grown significantly as an alternative form of treatment in the past century, and, as chiropractic has become more popular and widespread, it has also fallen more under the guidelines of federal regulation for the purpose of insuring adequate training and safety.  While there is a lack of evidence indicating chiropractic’s appropriateness in the treatment of many medical conditions, a growing body of research attempts to build a case for its effectiveness in improving certain musculoskeletal ailments.  In this context, chiropractic may prove in the future to be an effective complement or alternative to conventional palliative care.

This article was updated on 9/1/2011.

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  1. William M. London says:

    The author of this essay seems oblivious to: (1) the continued lack of clinical research support for chiropractic adjustments (and even for spinal manipulation); (2) the widespread promotion (in advertising, publicity, and direct selling) of hyped, non-science-based supplements, gadgets, theories (e.g., subluxation theory), services, and recommendations (e.g., anti-vaccination) by chiropractors; and (3) the unethical marketing gimmicks that are commonly used by chiropractors (some of which are promoted by chiropractic practice building businesses and some of which involve insurance fraud).

    Recognizing CCE as an accrediting agency may have given chiropractic the appearance of legitimacy, but the author fails to point out that accreditation of educational institutions is not a sign that what is taught at the institutions about chiropractic treatment is scientifically supported. Chiropractic remains a healing cult with many factions, each based on ideology rather than science.

  2. David Ramey says:

    It is disingenuous to talk about a “field” of “chiropractic medicine.” There is no unified field of chiropractic, any more than there is a unified field of astrology, tarot, or palm reading. Chiropractic medicine, as per Lewis Carrol’s Humpty Dumpty character, “…means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

    It has been said that for every chiropractor, there is an equal and opposite chiropractor. The fact that the AMA lost a restraint of trade lawsuit, or that some significant minority of the population uses it (whatever “it” may be) does not also imply legitimacy.

  3. George Curry says:

    Chiropractic remains to gain in popularity becuase it gets results where traditional medicine fails. There is more research to support the effectiveness of Chiropractic adjustments (spinal manipulation)than the majority of traditional medical innervations. Don’t take my word for it…just do a pubmed search online.

  4. The author of this article is an ignoramus. The article states: “Ever since Wilk, the AMA and other federally associated institutions have been obliged to recognize and treat chiropractic medicine as a legitimate practice in alternative medicine.” That is absolutely untrue. In 1987, federal court judge Susan Getzendanner concluded that during the 1960s “there was a lot of material available to the AMA Committee on Quackery that supported its belief that all chiropractic was unscientific and deleterious.” The judge also noted that chiropractors still took too many x-rays. However, she ruled that the AMA had engaged in an illegal boycott. She concluded that the dominant reason for the AMA’s antichiropractic campaign was the belief that chiropractic was not in the best interest of patients. But she ruled that this did not justify attempting to contain and eliminate an entire licensed profession without first demonstrating that a less restrictive campaign could not succeed in protecting the public. Although chiropractors trumpet the antitrust ruling as an endorsement of their effectiveness, the case was decided on narrow legal grounds (restraint of trade) and was not an evaluation of chiropractic methods. The ruling did not legitimize chiropractic or order anyone to stop criticizing it. It merely said that certain restrictive activities had to be based on individual decisions rather than blanket institutional policy.
    See: http://www.chirobase.org/08Legal/AT/at00.html

  5. LindaRosaRN says:

    In 1995 Nasel and Szlazak reviewed chiropractic literature and concluded that there had not been a single well controlled study to suggest that the “chiropractic subluxation” or problems with spinal structures is the cause of any organic disease.

    The Department of Education also accredits a school of astrology, a practice on a par with chiropractic when it comes to scientific validation. Should the medical professions also “integrate” astrology into their practice as well? “Sorry, we can’t do your surgery for the next month because your moon is rising someone else’s house.”

    This issue of your journal is very disappointing.

  6. Jay says:

    Did you know that applicants only have to have 60 credits of undergraduate education and a 2.5 GPA to be admitted to a chiropractic school? Did you know that chiropractic has been completely “delisted” by all but one of the Canadian provinces because it has not proven any effectiveness? Most strikingly, did you know that most chiropractors deny that there is a chance for causing strokes by neck manipulation?

  7. Kenneth Tennant, DC says:

    As a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic (class of 2000), I am disgusted with the lack of integrity that is pervasive in that institution. Having been adjusted in their student clinic under a DC, I was almost stroked out due to the incompetence and total lack of oversight. I have a “military neck” and yet the student extern used this dangerous technique called a modified rotary break, which uses maximum rotation, despite the contra-indication of using rotation where the normal cervical curvature (lordotic curve) is diminished or absent. They changed the name to eliminate having to explain to a jury using the term “break,” yet they continue to “teach” this technique. Talk about stuck on stupid. Someone there needs a check up from the neck up. Palmer has long lost it’s spine to teach the truth about the harmful effects of vaccines and fails to be honest in too many ways, I believe. ie Only 40% of graduates sustain a practice and a much smaller percent make a difference. They over X-ray and over charge. I learned more from my grandmother about health than all of Palmer’s “Teachers” combined. I feel defrauded. You Tube: Dr. Carley I also found it curious that they do not accept their own credentials for students applying for special programs to help disabled students (ask Dr. Lori Neuman) They require a medical doctor’s authorization. I want my money back.

  8. Annette Osenga says:

    I am a librarian at Life Chiropractic College West. The following is my opinion, not that of my employer. The undergraduate author looked widely at available literature and news, and attempted to provide a balanced view. Some commentary is unfair. Pre-requisites are 90 not 60 at our college. The author hardly deserves to be called an ignoramus, based on (mis)understanding the AMA vs Wilk case. I am happy that the author refers to research more current that 1995. I am also happy to report that many DCs are involved in clinical research, and all of the colleges’ research departments are working to increase the body of literature. Any of the contentions made in the article can be further researched by interested readers.

  9. Chiropractic saves lives says:

    People that insist on defaming chiropractic usually have an agenda…or they are just plain ignorant.

    And this quote was before John D. Rockefeller ruined healthcare for good in this country.

    “I firmly believe that if the whole materia Medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes.”
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, M. D.
    – Professor of Medicine at Harvard.

    Prescription drugs, botched surgery, and the inability of physicians to comprehend anything outside of the two kill people, not chiropractic.

    Oh… and Mr. Ramsey, the minority of the population that use chiropractic are ten times more healthy than the people that are fooled into relying on medicine.

    Open your mind…it will do everybody around you some good.



  10. […] the 1980s and 1990s, chiropractors seem to have been shunned by the medical community and their practice was seen as charlatans who practice the art of black […]

  11. Dr. Mitchell Holland says:

    Articles and attacks on alternative medicine of all kinds have never stopped and probably never will. Meanwhile millions of people continue to suffer and die uneccesarily from routine and toxic medications, surgical nightmares and the traditional very profitable and entirely horrible American Medical System.

    A few things of note:

    Traditional Allopathic American medicine causes more deaths annually than all the alternative medical treatments put together by a factor of millions.

    William Jarvis and Stephen Barrett have been making a great living putting down all forms of alternative therapy for decades. They are both hacks for Corporate medicine and have no credibility. The good news is most people who do any research soon figure this out.

    Chiropratic is not surgery. It’s holistic, supportive and rehabilitative in nature. It rarely if ever causes any type of permanent damage even when misapplied. When properly applied, the results border on miraculous to those who have their conditions and pain cured without surgery or drugs.

    Medicine/Surgery is great for trauma care, but lacks very poorly in these other areas and can cause great harm and death when missapplied, which is frequently.

    These are simple facts. People do not need to suffer needlessly from conditions that are easily treatable with a few Chiropractic Treatments. Anyone who advocates for other than that is just promoting suffering.

    There is a saying in Chiropractic: Chiropractic First, Medicine Second, Surgery Last.

    This makes sense which is why so many people trust Chiropractic. It works most of the time and without harm.

    Look at the lawsuits against drugs and surgery and compare that to the tiny amount of lawsuits against Chiropractors and you will have all the scientific information you need to decide for yourself what is scientific and does the least harm.

  12. KillJoy says:

    About five months ago, seemingly out of the blue, I began to experience numbness and tingling, along with a deep dull ache in my right hip and leg. Alarmed at the onset of this I immediately arranged to see a chiropractor, as at the time I did not have insurance. I go in, I get tested for “muscle stimulation” down my spine(lots of tension), I get an x-ray(spine is “too straight”, but nothing conclusive), and I get an adjustment on a pneumatic table with what looked like a tuning fork in the end of a gun that is clicked up and down your spine. I am optimistic at first so I arranged for a “payment package”. I rigorously went twice a week for 6 weeks, initially motivated by small improvements to my original condition. After about 3 weeks of treatment improvement stopped. Dr. Miller insisted he could fix me manually, but if necessary he could put me in traction and that would be a sure thing. Went into traction and that seemed incrementally better but again progress stopped after about 3 treatments, one per week. In total I had more than a dozen adjustments and 8 traction treatments, spent over $2000, and I feel better since I have discontinued my treatment. My overall feeling if that chiros are scammers. In my short relationship with Dr. Miller he tried to sell me; an ergonomic pillow, shoe inserts to help with my posture and lower back pain, and supplements for an active adult. Not to mention the treatment packages that I pre-paid for. One time I was in traction in the back room of his office and it was after hours. Some guy shows up talking supplements with Dr. Miller saying, “These ones are flyin’ off the shelves. I just recently bought stock in them and I’m already making money. If you were smart you would buy some stock too.” At that point Dr. Miller came back and shut the door to the room I was being treated in knowing that his supplement rep was announcing sensitive information. I assure you I have no agenda, I am only sharing this as a result of my frustration I have endured over the past 5 months. I have since gone to a spine specialist where I received an MRI. I have a herniated disc in my lower back that is pressing on my sciatic root nerve. Surgery will be required to alleviate my pain. And if it were up to Dr. Miller, he would still be happily spending my hard earned money for a service that he never provided.

  13. James J. Lehman, DC, MBA says:

    There are needs to improve health care in this country. The National Prevention Strategy calls for primary care sites that are holistic, patient-centered and integrated. Chiropractic clinicians have a chance to make a difference for patients in need of their services with the changes suggested as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

    Chiropractic medicine along with allopathic medicine must continue to improve by using a patient-centered and evidence-based model. The training of medical doctors and chiropractors must evolve into a contemporary model that stresses effective learning opportunities at lower costs.

    Everyone in healthcare should take time to view the documentary that discusses problems in our American healthcare system. http://www.indiegogo.com/EscapeFire

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  15. This to the MD’s who bash chiropractic.
    I am tired of hearing you call us quacks. Although I regret becoming a chiropractor due to the struggles that we go through getting decent insurance reimbursement, considered alternative, and people like yourselves that bash our profession – I still think it is a very good healing art. There are some bad apples in our profession as there are in yours. By stereotyping you show your ignorance. I myself realize the ridiculousness of attributing all causes of disease to misalignments in the spine, although you as an MD will have to agree that distortions to spinal nerves can affect conditions other than just causing back pain such as paresthesias and other things – as published in your own medical journals. Also many chiropractors work with nutrition and natural healing methods, a thing that most MD’s gave up long ago due to the corrupt influence of the pharmaceutical industry. What ever happened to – you are what you eat, an apple a day, a teaspoon of cod liver oil ? Have you guys sold your soul to the devil or something. The pharmaceutical industry is like witches and warlocks conjuring up evil potions that merely treat symptoms with all kinds of horrible side effects. It is the body that heals itself, not your medicines. God gave us what we needed on this planet for healing, however the distortion of nature to make medicines fueled by the root of all evil (money and the pharmaceutical industry has merely played on the weaknesses of peoples lack of discipline to eat right, exercise, etc. Or is it still more sinister than that – yes I think it is. Since birth we are inundated with television commercials promoting medicine for each and every possible symptom. Symptoms are warning signs from the body that something is wrong. Don’t cover them up thinking you have fixed the problem. C’mon, take your head out of your asses MD’s. If you paid attention in school, you know that medicine is hard on the liver, and our bodies can only take so much, then the kidneys go, etc, etc. Whatever happened to your hippocratic oath “first do no harm” oh, I know, you thought it meant to be hypocrites. I myself come from a country where the average life expectancy is in the 90’s, most people never get sick, and live long healthy lives – a country where so called alternative medicine and the medical field work together to achieve the best results possible. Here our healthcare system is a disgrace, and is money driven instead of results driven. There is a place for medicine, but not as a first line. Benefits should outweigh the risks, and if there is a safer more natural way, then that should be explored first. The trouble is that you are not educated in these areas ever since the money grubbing big pharma took over. In conclusion, I think it is many (not all) the MD’s in this country that are the quacks working like legalized drug pushers using potions and concoctions made by satan and his minions. What a wonder that the medical symbol is a snake. Just like Satan, you give something to entice (treatment of symptoms) for the weak and unsuspecting victims to enjoy, but it is full of horrible side effects. The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5) I honestly don’t know how you can sleep at night. I will pray for you all, and your victims.

  16. […] It was dismissed by early medical scientists as “witchcraft and quackery,” according to the Yale Journal of Medicine and Law. Chiropractic medicine is based on the practice of correcting misalignment in the spine to restore […]

  17. Bobby Long says:

    All I know is that my wife’s doctors were going to put her on a regiment of 8 weeks PT 3x / week for a back injury while working. She visited a Chiropractor ONE TIME and the pain went away..

    My son had a neck injury when he was 6 months old which caused him to draw his head to left.. We took him to a Chiropractor friend of ours and after 1 adjustment, he straightened up..

    I, and my family have used Chiropractic for years for shoulder and neck pain. I am a personal trainer and very physically active. I have found Chiropractic a very cost effective and effective treatment for neck and back pain. Many times, the relief is instantaneous..

    So, for all you who call them quacks and discount their practice, don’t knock it until you try it.. Maybe your just afraid to admit that there is a better way to treat some injuries that muscle relaxers and months of PT.. Or it might just be that scared feeling you get when you realize that this way of treatment doesn’t support your myriad of MD buddies that can suck the money out of your patients with all the consult fees, radiology reads, and months of therapy..

    Don’t get me wrong; I don’t use Chiropractic for all injuries, just those that I know it works. I just find it astounding of the hatred and vile comments toward a practice that has resulted in millions of satisfied patients… So, some advice from a not only a patient of traditional medicine and of Chiropractic, I say to the MD’s, get over it…

  18. sigafoose says:

    The numbers of people who have been helped thru chiropractic ,is unlimited. The numbers of people harmed thru medicne is unlimited. I suppose we all know we have life within us, we certainly know when someone loses his or her life. The purpose of the the chiropractic adjustment is not to treat disease or symptoms, but to facilitate the expression of life over the nerves from brain to cell. Thus life does the healing, which is something no Dr. of any kind can do.
    Prove us wrong that life does the healing.

  19. David says:

    I’m not here to tell anyone that their views are wrong, but take the time to understand that Chiropractic does make a positive impact in the patient lives. I’ve seen a Chiropractic since the age of 13, I started my own Chiropractic Organization at Michigan State University, I’ve worked at a Chiropractic office for over 3 years, and I will be attending Chiropractic school in fall 2013; my life is Chiropractic. The allopathic medical word understands the deleterious effects of decreased nerve flow caused by impinging vertebrae. Unlike the medical world, which can only “fix” this problem through surgery, Chiropractic focuses on keeping spinal vertebrae mobile to allow proper nerve flow. It’s a very simple concept…are you ready for it? Proper nerve flow, or life force, allows for optimum function in your body. If you understand that concept, you understand Chiropractic. It’s easy to discredit such a simple concept with the lack of double blind, randomized, controlled studies that the western medical world demands. On the upside, Chiropractic is accommodating to this system and pushing out positive results! For the people who discredit such an awesome profession, go hang out in a Chiropractic office for a day. I guarantee you will be told a “miracle” or two from patients. In reality, this is no miracle at all. The Chiropractor just removed interference in the Nerve System and the body did the healing! Chiropractors don’t heal, they just allow your “internal doctor” to work with clarity.

  20. JD says:

    This study was printed in the Journal of Hypertension, peer reviewed.

    Study Finds Special ‘Atlas Adjustment’ Lowers Blood Pressure. Study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.

    The result is the same as taking 2 BP meds per day and get this no one in the study even had any neck pain. Take your drugs and stick em whee the sun doesn’t shine

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  23. C.KING says:

    At Macquarie University, Chiropractic Science is a 5 year course – 3 years Bachelor degree and 2 more years Masters degree. It is a very difficult Science course, one year longer than Physiotherapy and most other Health Science courses, the same length as Vet Science at Sydney Uni and Medicine at Western Sydney Uni. I am tired of people knocking chiropractors! They help a lot of people and are very well-trained!

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  25. Brick House says:

    While I support Western medicine for its medical advances, I have personally been “fixed” by alternative medicine where Western medicine failed. After pulling my right iliopsoas tendon during a gym class, I gimped around for several days before seeing an orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI to find the exact location of the inflammation, and diagnosed a “Goldilocks” approach: if it hurts, don’t do it.

    The tendon snapped as I walked on a regular basis for the next two weeks as a vacation to Ireland loomed in the near future. My mother, a RN with thirty years of experience, suggested that I visit her chiropractor. He ordered several x-rays from the local hospital to be taken, and discovered that the right hip was out of alignment.

    He placed electrical stimulation on the lower back muscles for approximately twenty minutes, gently adjusted my lower back in three moves, and sent me on my way. The snapping tendon occurrence was reduced, and I was able to return to the gym and enjoy my vacation. The orthopedic surgeon only diagnosed the issue, but did not prescribe any real fix for the pain.

    There are chiropractic doctors who should not be practicing medicine. If the problem cannot be fixed within several visits, allopathic medicine should be considered for treatment in my opinion. Individuals should be able to find what treatment works for their biological make-up instead of being turned away from ANY possible treatment that may relieve their condition.

    Western medicine is working toward individualistic medicine with biologics to conform better to the human body, but most pharmaceutical compounds are just chemical compilations of naturally occurring compounds for greater strength and conformity for ease of manufacturing. If alternative medicine was given the proper platform for clinical trials and an objective review, then perhaps some scientific progress may be made in the future. Chiropractic medicine has fallen under more federal regulation within the United States due to health insurance accepting alternative treatments under current plans, but more research is required in order for conventional medicine to possibly support this form of treatment.

    Is it ethical or moral to turn down a possible cure for chronic pain?

  26. Henrik says:

    Here is a link to an article that show that Wiliam Jarvis mentioned in the article above was a leader fore a subcommittee to AMA illegal committee.


    There you can find many things. For example Text of the Court Order in Wilk v. AMA, and other interesting things this link : http://buggesblogg.blogspot.se/2011_06_01_archive.html

    Most other articles in the blogg are in swedish. But you can use goole translate.

  27. Henrik says:

    Here are two interesting quotes from Chester A. Wilks book about the process Wilk et all v. AMA.


  28. Fabian says:

    Instead of being diagnosed and treated as if they have been taking it out of the box, but he has confessed.
    A psychologist is a rewarding, butt rather a medicine
    wheel wy reflection on the biggest change that I have undergone
    since handing in my testing kits and becoming a school administrator.

  29. Perry says:

    Several are employed in educational institutions and medxical universities,
    in all the psychological departments, were pointing
    towards one man — and he came home; he had gotten an A on some English test.
    Investigators say Martinez had been a volunteer to his Second
    Mile charity.

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