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Wow. The ignorant and anti-science are out in force.
The problem is the term “alternative medicine”. It should be labelled imagination.
Just like “anti-VAX” should be re-labelled “stupid, pro-disease child abuse”.
The article says, “So even if the treatments aren’t as effective as chiropractors claim them to be, is there any harm?”
You bet there is harm. Harm to the general public’s science understanding. Harm to people too challenged to make rational medical care decisions. Harm to the education of any person aware of their family’s tacit endorsement of chiropractic; which leads to an openness toward all of the other voodoo “medicine” like homeopathy, cleanses, and the majority of “natural” and “eastern” alternatives.
I disagree with your lumping eastern medicine in with what you call “voodoo medicine” since many eastern modalities such as Ayurveda are being scientifically proven as valid treatments for many disorders. As a Registered Nurse I know for a fact that all “alternative” treatments cannot be cast aside as invalid and relegated to the trash heap as “voodoo medicine.” Otherwise, I agree with most of your statement.
Just because our current healthcare system is not ideal, mostly due to the profit motive and corporate greed, that does not make chiropractic any better. Chiropractors are filling the vacuum where the healthcare system has failed. They are really good marketers, or their pseudo scientific nonsense. I have never heard of any chiropractor, ever diagnosing a serious condition, and referring a patient to a physician, even when the patient has cancer, or a serious injury that can only be remedied by surgery.
Nowadays chiropractors are selling vitamin infusions, and stem cell therapies, with no evidence they work either. No agency keeps track of how many people are hurt by this, or how patients are harmed when the postpone medical care. Chiropractors have used the lack of regulation and the dysfunction in our healthcare system, to exploit vulnerable sick people. There used to be laws against this, but our for profit healthcare system, views any exploitation of sick people as a good business model.
I my state the chiropractors, and other quacks are lobbying to be “primary care physicians” to further exploit the sick and vulnerable, who lack access to healthcare. Chiropractors and the other quacks also peddled anti vaxx ideas, because they were profitable and brought in business. Their victims were told they did not need vaccines, instead they could take vitamins and supplements sold by the practitioner, at a high mark up instead.
We can no longer expect the regulatory agencies to protect us from healthcare fraud, faulty medical devices or bad pharmaceuticals. The regulations that covered health related marketing are gone or not enforced anymore. I got to see first hand how these frauds do business, duping vulnerable people out of their money, and making sure they won’t be scrutinized or held accountable. They simply took a few moves from massage, which did help relieve tension, and turned that into a profitable business model. Masseuses can’t see 4 to 6 people in an hour like a chiropractor, so the profit potential is not there.
These frauds depend on patients denial, after all it is much better to believe a quick “adjustment” is all that is needed, rather than get a serious diagnosis. Our healthcare system is broken, and chiropractors are taking full advantage, there is plenty of money to be made, off of vulnerable sick people, that don’t have competent healthcare, or are too misled by mass media and deceptive advertising to know better.
No study was ever done on how many people postponed medical care, because they went to a chiropractor. How many cancer patients were either misdiagnosed or dismissed by a physician and then went to a chiropractor, while their cancer grew and metastasized. How many people developed intractable chronic pain or needed back surgery after seeing a chiropractor for years. Of course no research has been done on any of that. The only research that gets funded or reported by chiropractors or other professions is the research that presents them in a good light.
The day doctors (or journalists) stop listening to parents and think them simply hysterical is the day we lose our humanity to science. Science has its place in medicine and so do parents and chiropractors.
All chiropractors are different, just like doctors. I can say with absolute certainty that without my current chiropractic team, my congenital hip dysplasia (poorly treated by MDs and my parents) and my 30 plus years in the service industry would have me in a wheelchair. I can 100% tell when I need an adjustment. They will not treat you without xrays and a full exam. They recheck you periodically to look for anything abnormal and do new xrays every year.
My overall health has improved over the years and I rarely get sick, which was not the case most of my life. I know many people whose children have been adjusted since infancy. They have helped me with so many injuries and kept me working unlike medical doctors.
I have a couple chiropractors that I didn’t like, just like doctors, your styles have to mesh. But I don’t care what anybody has to say, CHIROPRACTIC CARE WORKS.
So, what you’re saying is that part of your pain was psychological. Which is very common and not at all unusual. But chiro doesn’t actually *do* anything. They way alt med works is the same way therapy often works, through the relationship between the “healer” and the patient.
I’m not saying western med could necessarily do a better job, I’m just saying what’s *working* is not what you think it is.
Hit pieces like this against chiropractic’s effectiveness in infants and children are sad because of their lack of truthfulness.
The osteopathic profession, (which is part of the medical profession) have demonstrated by recent studies in American hospitals that the rate of even healthy infants born with spinal somatic dysfunction (subluxation) to be over 90%. Over the last 124 years chiropractic has tens of thousands of case studies supporting the safety and effectiveness of the use of care on infants and children.
Kavin, are you being paid immensely for throwing a negative opinion about the chiropractic profession? If you have never been to a chiropractor, to feel personally the sensation of an adjustment, then how can you be so sure about its effectiveness, in order to dismiss it all together?
Sad that a general g. p.. Is ignorant to a a colleague. In 1980 I spent a year taking my child to different drs. She was showing signs that we discovered later of whooping cough. No one wanted to admit it. I now realize 40 yrs later it might have been vaccine related. Even the Seattle Chidrens hospital said. Take her home we cant do more than you can. So we took our baby home propped her up on pillow at night so she wouldnt choke on the awful gobs of stuff that was coming out of her. . My mother came out from Montana to visit a chiropractor for a hridal hernia. So while there I asked about them working on babies she was 10 months by this time. The lady said sure all the time the Dr. Was able to fit her in after my mom. What a blessing. My baby was calm during exam. No problems. So… on the way home mom said pull over so she could get baby in better position in her coughing fit. Mom opened the door and leaned my baby out. She coughed a huge gob of phlegm and that was it. It never happened again. So noone can tell me not to trust my gut when needing help. 6 drs were totally useless except with their pads and pens. So we see our chiropractic when needed.
According to the comments, conventional medical mistakes kill 10s of thousands, 400,000 or 800,000 people a year in the U.S. Which is it? What are your sources, people?
Does one have to try chiropractice to comment on it? Does one have to spend time as a white supremacist to decide whether it’s wrong or not?
I completetly disagree. No two chiropractors are alike and there are many different methods out there. I had regular adjustments and massage once a month through pregnancy and then took our son from birth to now, age 19. If he is cranky, I know he needs to go. After having an adjustment, his aches and pains are relieved. Since you have never gone to one or had injuries that create chronic pain, you do not know how pain can affect health.Since age 2o, I have had migraines after a lifting accident at work. I went to docs and chiropractor. The chiropractor gave me relief.
Should I get adjeustmensts
Lol…here is your “adjustment”.
Yes!!!! Chiropractic care works!!!!!
I have been seeing a DC for over 20 years. I do NOT have children. But my DC has tested many of them for ALOT OF Childhood and Infant Related Issues. The families keep bringing their kids and infants in to be treated because THE PARENTS see A IMPROVEMENTS AS WE ADULTS DO IN OUR OVERALL HEALTH. So I am an Advocate for Chiropractic and speak as a 59 yr old woman who has fibro and also herniated disc issues. I support Chiropractic Care.
Sounds like a witch hunt agsinst chiropractors AGAIN to me.
It is a political and money fight. The medical profession hates them because rhey hate anyhing that bites into the money they make.
I have had excellent help from chiropractors for problems that mds were no help with. No cure, just want to give me drugs.
I have had some good medical doctors and walked out on several horrible ones. Both professions have some bad apples.
I am a nurse and I know when I am receiving good or poor treatment.
This witch hunt should stop.
So I never tried chocolate and I have never fed chocolate to my children, but I am going to write a story about chocolate?
This story will possibly persuade mommy’s and children from getting help form a doctor who doesn’t have to use medication to get sick people well. It’s the safest and most affordable healthcare option on the planet.
The proof is in the outcomes. Chiropractic is a growing profession that has been attempted to be knocked down over and over by the medical and pharmaceutical industries yet continues to grow. 1200 studies prove vaccines injure our loved ones and our pets yet those studies / scientists are silenced from mainstream media and soon to be banned from the internet. Medicine given according to its guidelines kill over 6 jumbo jets of people every year in America. The public is starting to open their eyes and not be brainwashed by commercials. Facts are facts. 1 in 36 people are autistic and it’s epidemically growing. Don’t know what causes it? Read the research from Ending the Autism Epidemic. I don’t know how anyone survives without Chiropractic. It makes me feel 20 when I’m 45!!! No matter what some person says, who’s never been to a chiropractor, it would never change my mind! 1 in3.53 million suffer from a stroke from a Chiropractic adjustment. I had family member almost die this summer after a “preventive colonoscopy” perforated his colon. What are those odds? My dog developed severe food allergies and grand mal seizures 5 hours after a vaccine. Why are allergies in our schools getting so common? I think Chiropractic speaks for itself. I’ll take my chances… with Chiropractic.
Ha, you think that treatment was horrifying, I’ve seen far worse while working in a (medical) hospital. Every year, medical doctors kill tens of thousands of patients. Some of these deaths are caused directly (operational mistakes, wrong medications administered, and the whole opioid epidemic with medical doctors handing out opioids because they don’t have the knowledge or skill of a chiropractor to help the body move and work better thereby reducing pain…naturally and without any drugs). In my opinion, medical doctors are dangerous and an over paid drug pusher, where killing patients is looked an okay side effect.
chiropractic education simply does not prepare chiropractic students to recognize the wide variety of presentations of serious illness and to appropriately refer to proper medical professionals
Chiropractic students take the same pathology and microbiology classes etc.. that medical students take. At least in Canada they do.
The idea that chiropractors take the same undergrad classes as chiropractors is ridiculous and absurd, and is promoted ONLY by the chiros themselves. Disabuse yourselves of this preposterous notion. I will never ever forget the time a patient of mine lost her life to breast cancer because her chiropractor had swindled her into believing that he could cure her breast cancer with manipulations. This is the behaviour of someone who has taken the same education as MDs?
You have some information on here that is simply not true. Chiropractors are absolutely trained as primary care physicians. Chiropractors are trained very well in screening for serious health conditions and absolutely no when and for what to refer a patient to the appropriate physician. You have the facts about DD palmer completely wrong. If anyone reads this and sees this comment, please just do your own research
Please research a but better. D. D. Palmer did not start chiropractic, his father B. J. Palmer did. As a retired chiropractor I also have issue with the statement that we don’t understand the symptoms that would require the services of a specialists. My background contains many classes on diagnosis and treatment of disease. When patients would present with certain symptoms I immediately referred them to the appropriate medical doctor. While I adjusted many infants, the description of the video was upsetting. That is not any appropriate technique that I know of. Use of an activator is also contraindicated in infants as the head of the instrument is designed for children to adults, not infants. Many of my family patients sought me out because they wanted a more natural way to help their children thrive. Over the course of practice I took care of many three generation families.
Most irresponsible article ever wtitten. First of all with regards to results of infant care. Chiropracticly the stats are fairly accurate when one claims 75 to 85% success. Infants especially, can not be subject to placebo. Just because it does not fit your indoctrinated medical model does not make it a falacy or voodoo. You stated it yourself, you or your children have never seen a chiropractor, that in itself warrants no credibility and shows your bias.
If you like statistics then let this sink in; the number 3 cause of a death in the US 3rd to heart disease and cancer are medical mistakes, claiming the lives of more than 400,000 people. Chiropracticly they dont even have a stat. So to put it in perspective out of 100,000,000 patient adjustments 818 pts reported injury. 75 deaths were reported over 50 years. Using that 100,000,000 adjustments 80% succes is no too bad. Why dont you writing on something you know about!
You stated you have never been to a Chiropractor
Maybe you should become more educated about how Chiropractic works.
No way. Pediatric Chiropractors are more trained than midwives. Chiropractors have the lowest cost malpractice, bc they screw up the least. Stop monopolizing the Free Press with propaganda opinion pieces. Ever wonder why such opposition pieces? WAKE UP
There are around 800 thousand patients that die every year from medical doctor mistakes. Why don’t you write an article about that, instead of publicly embarrassing a profession that helped thousands if not millions of people!