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    The Laurie Jean Mathiason Inquest

    Why did the Canadian Chiropractic Association say that there have been no deaths from chiropractic neck manipulation during the inquest in Saskatoon?

    This site is dedicated to patients and to health professionals who treat or are treated for illnesses with chiropractic manipulation. Recently, the death of a young woman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has hit the headlines all over Canada. While the death of Laurie Jean Mathiason, after her neck was manipulated for a minor illness, may be one in a million or three million, according to chiropractic experts, it is one death too many.

    Statements reported in the press by the Canadian Chiropractic Association denied that there were any deaths from this procedure. Later they qualified that by saying that there were no deaths in Canada.

    We want to study the problem with government money

    Not until October 6, 1998, in a joint press release from the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association (CCPA), and the Canadian Chiropractic Association did they indicate what they would do. It looks like they are going to ask for government funding for a program of study and education in order to improve the safety of chiropractic.

    I wonder if the government of Ontario will fall for this tactic. First of all, it would be nice to prove that chiropractic is effective and safe. We all know that it's generally safer, according to them, but the proof is in the pudding. Is it effective for anything other than low back pain, and is it worth $279 more than a piece of paper with suggestions on how to "get over it"?

    The problem with chiropractic theory is that it has never been proved. This is not 19th Century Iowa, where snake-oil was the supreme meter for all treatment. This is not 18th Century Philadelphia, where homeopathy started. We are dealing with 21st Century science. Unfortunately, the public relations department of most chiropractic colleges spend more money recruiting new students, then they do on basic research. Mindful of this background, of the almost total lack of scientific research that has proven to anyone's satisfaction that chiropractic manipulation is the treatment of choice for anything but back pain, we look at their press release, both with relief, and yet alarm. They just don't get it.

    Chiropractors are self-regulated in each Province, and in all 50 States. While some of these Colleges in Canada, or Boards of Examiners in the U.S. have their right to an opinion on the role of cervical (neck) manipulation, there is absolutely no standardization in either the U.S. or in Canada as to the actual reasons why anyone should be subjected to this method of treatment. Unfortunately for the patient, until the chiropractic professions stops hiding behind the "but our treatments never cause side effects, like the damage done by NSAIDs by medical doctors", patients will continue to be misled, ripped off, and possibly lose their life because of a minority of professionals who admit to no wrongs, ever, either here or in the after-life.

    With a great deal of respect to most chiropractors, who promote health in their communties, some of their brothers and sisters in the healing arts, do not act responsibly. During the height of the meningitis epidemic in Waterloo County in 1998, a local chiro put a large street sign up to warn drivers that meningitis shots could be dangerous. The sign appeared on the front page of the paper, he was interviewed by radio and television, and he made enemies of doctors, parents, and many patients who could not believe their eyes and ears. It was a dreadful time in our community for all, and that chiropractor attempted to destroy the faith that we all had in our community health department. Was he ever disciplined by the Ontario College of Chiropractic?

    A growing number of chiropractors in Canada, and in the States have jumped on the multi-level track to riches, and in some cases they have become cult figures. Where this puts their patients is a very large question. Are they patients, clients, or simply a target of a cult of pseudoscience or MLM rip-offs? The latest fads include bovine collagen weight loss products, live cell microscopy, and ear candling. Others delve into iridology or promote the belief that drinking urine might be a good therapeutic treatment for what ails you. One chiropractor in the Toronto area promotes the sale of long distance phone service through his web site.

    Chiropractors who practice ethically, and traditionally, don't look very good in the press, when the public sees their brethren in that light.

    Where are their regulatory bodies? In Ontario, the College of Chiropractors doesn't have their own web page to file complaints, or to learn about which chiropractors have lost their license, or which ones have been censured by their peers. In fact some of those chiropractors who might be practicing "on the edge", may very well be respected by their peers.

    In the medical establishment, those who are persecuted because of their strange views and treatment programs often set up their own organizations and associations to legitimize their own agenda. In chiropractic practice, it's no different.

    One of the most interesting, and frightening moves by some organized chiropractors in Canada and the U.S. is to introduce chiropractic into the delivery room. Some of them have treated pregnant woman, and claim to treat their own newborn infants in the first days of life. It's unfortunate that those patients who fall for this form of treatment have no protection in the event that their infants are injured, except of course in the court of law.

    Recently, a chiropractor from Brantford, Ontario appeared on a regular Monday night interview show on Rogers 20 cable, claimed that some of his treatments resulted in miraculous cures, and incredible results, all flavoured with a messianic zeal? He, and other chiropractors have used their public and private platform to advance treatment for diseases without one shred of objective proof that those treatments work better than placebo.
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