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Laurie Jean & Lana Dale Memorial Moratorium
April 30, 2004 - Across Canada press conferences were held by the families and their supporters to demand an immediate stop for all chiropractic high neck manipulations. The chiropractic regulators across Canada have failed to voluntarily halt this useless and dangerous procedure. There have been two inquests that found that the chiropractors were at fault. There have been numerous lawsuits over the years, and yet the procedures continue with the blessings of chiropractic associations and regulators. Governments that cover chiropractic still pay for this procedure. The families are supported by pediatricians, neurologists, and other experts who have seen the chiropractic regulators dance around any thought of meaningful self-regulation.
Press release - April 30, 2004
Go to Chiropractic Neck Manipulation Page on ChiroWatch for more
Canadians visit chiropractors about thirty million times a year, and surveys show that patients are generally satisfied with them. But Paul Benedetti and Wayne MacPhail have another opinion. Their hard-hitting CANOE.CA web site called Spin Doctors I & II were instrumental in educating the public about the excesses of some chiropractors. This book took years to write, and it is a must read for anyone who plans to go for chiropractic treatment, or who pays for insurance that covers it.
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What some people say about
chiropractors and manipulation?
"It is high time that responsible medical
practitioners speak out strongly against this pseudo-professsion and begin
educating the public about the risks involved with being treated by chiroquacters."
COMMITTEE SAYS "THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO GOOD MEDICINE"
- The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario held hearings in 1997
to discuss alternative medicine. The Committee heard repeatedly that alternative
medical approaches did not lend themselves to standard quantitative research
design, (e.g. double blind randomized controlled studies); further that
80% of conventional medical practices had not undergone such scrutiny.
Parenthetically, the Committee finds the latter comment to be inconsistent
with experience in their own disciplines, and with the practice of conventional
medicine in general, where thousands of studies are conducted and published,
doubling and advancing the body of knowledge of medicine, it is said, every
you want more stuff about Ontario Skeptics, just put you mouse right here
(My comments: York University has been widely
known for stamping out reason and in denying the rights of others to express
their views. The blackshirts of the North York campus tossed out protestors
as if they were rats on a ship, when those people protest against the lies
of the tobacco industry at the du Maurier Tennis events held on campus.
Now they will be defending the rights of chiropractors to advance their
quack cures for hundreds of diseases, that they can't legitimately treat,
but do anyway. Only now, they can hold out the fact that York University
is part of their pseudoscience forever.)
- A skeptical guide - Stephen Barrett, William T. Jarvis, and Charles
E. DuVall, Jr. - A Skeptical Guide to Chiropractic History, Theories, and
- National Institutes of Health and its Agency for Health Care Policy Research
never mentions chiropractic- do they?
Manipulation, defined as manual loading of the
spine using short or long leverage methods, is safe and effective for patients
in the first month of acute low back symptoms without radiculopathy. For
patients with symptoms lasting longer than 1 month, manipulation is probably
safe but its efficacy is unproven. If manipulation has not resulted in
symptomatic and functional improvement after 4 weeks, it should be stopped
and the patient reevaluated.
(There is no mention of chiropractic, and pay
attention to the statement about the duration of treatment of low back
pain. Chiropractors however often use this four year old report to support
their case. Somehow I don't see it the same way they do. You don't have
to be able to read between the lines here. Use this site to counter their
The Victims Perspective - George J. Magner, III - a book review by
William T.Jarvis - "Many who choose chiropractic as a career have
been misled by government policies and educational counseling materials
that portray chiropractic as part of standard health care. Prospective
students are lured by false promises of status and success. At most chiropractic
colleges, students are exposed to cultlike indoctrination into a deviant
belief system. They are taught false theories of disease and healing and
persuaded to accept them as gospel. They are taught to disdain science
and distrust medical doctors. A few reform-minded schools are trying to
move away from teaching chiropractic philosophy as a substitute for science,
but these are under attack as heretical."
- Chiroquacktic manipulations and practice has been documented as harmful
in many ways. These include:
- The fact that chiropractic manipulation is the
most frequent cause for extra-cranial carotid artery thrombosis
- Their inability to scientifically diagnose disease
has resulted in life threatening delays in diagnosis for malignancy, etc
- They abuse x-rays, often ordering whole body
x-rays and other inappropriate studies.
so crazy about Chiropractic - Dr. Andrew Weil - I object to the way
that many chiropractors encourage patients to become dependent on them
and on spinal manipulation, and I deplore their overuse of X rays.(Dr.
Weil has links to the American Chiropractic Association site that says
nothing negative about their group. Caveat emptor.)
A Fantasy and Delusion - JAMA October 1998
for Children - Journal of the American Medical Association letter
College of Physicians - Letters to editor on snake oil and fraud
Consortium Becomes OAM's Eleventh Research Center - The NIH Office
of Alternative Medicine (OAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) have awarded a research grant
to support the first federally-funded Center for Chiropractic Research.
"However, there is insufficient scientific data to address the safety
and efficacy of this treatment for many musculoskeletal disorders, including
- I Bill, Therefore I Am: Philosophers Ponder Therapy
Gold Mine - By JOE SHARKEY - NY Times - March 7,1998 - Some chiropractors
want to expand their uses of alternative therapies and are lobbying hard
to expand coverage for chiropractic treatment to include a variety of ailments,