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A Must Have!
This is Sam Homola's latest book. What a relief to find a book that is an honest appraisal of how to treat the aches and pains of everyday living. If you are high on chiropractic, then this book should be on your shelf. Dr. Homola practiced for years as a chiropractor and his knowledge is based on those years of practice. Order it today
This is Dr. Chotkowski's second book on chiropractic exposes chiropractic as a false health care practice that has flourished basically unchallenged over the past century.
The Naked Chiropractor exposes everything you need to know about back pain and the facts Chiropractors and Alternative Medical Practitioners prefer that you did not know. The inside story of the wars between unscrupulous practitioners and insurance companies.
Behind the scenes stories about what's really going on at State chiropractic boards across the nation.
Craniosacral therapy is quackery
Many chiropractors follow the bizarre teachings of a licensed osteopathic physician from Florida named Dr. John Upledger. His Upledger Institute promotes techniques that have never been confirmed by medical science. Unfortunately, the press just doesn't understand that this technique is quackery, and every so often these promoters, both licensed healthcare professionals, and unlicensed quacks are featured in major publications.
This ChiroWatch.com web site, for the most part, will focus on craniosacral therapy as practiced by those who are license or registered as a health professional. The fact that health regulators ignore this quackery is a terrible indictment.
- NOTICED CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
- Globe and Mail - January 3, 2004
By Karen von Hahn
This article is a prime example of what is wrong with medical journalism today. It really sucks up her in the great white north. Karen von Hahn's treatice appeared on the Globe and Mail's web page under the banner of HEALTH. In the print version, the title was "NOTICED CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY", and ran with a very large picture of a woman, who was having treatment to her face. It ran on page 3 of the STYLE section. It really belongs in the WANTED column, under REALITY CHECK.
The article promoted this bogus therapy without a single word of objective criticism. The fact that she featured Norman Allan, a Toronto chiropractor, who we have featured before on Chirowatch made us all smile.
- Karen von Hahn usually writes about the lifestyles of rich and famous Torontonians, entertainers, or about recent holidays. My guess is that the paper needed someone to fill in the rather tiny Saturday paper, and she was available. It was after Hanukkah, after Christmas and New Years.
- She also hosts a TV show called The Goods on the Atlantis Alliance's Life Network up here in Canada.
Hosted by super-shopper and style-writer Karen von Hahn, The Goods is a smart style show that takes you shopping for the best new products, and looks at the trends that have inspired them. The Goods offers both an entertaining and delicious look at sumptuous products, along with insight into why we want them.
My guess is that she was sold a bill of goods by the local craniosacral therapists and just fell for it hook line and sinker.
Why is craniosacral therapy quackery?
Wild claims by craniosacral promoters
- Roger Turner moves skull bones at health expos
- His weird claims about craniosacral therapy - he calls it cranial adjusting. Dr. Polevoy had this done to him at the Total Health Expo a few years ago in Toronto. We have a video to prove it.
From his own web site:
human skull is comprised of 13 bones that are joined together with
sutures (puzzle like structures). Although the sutures cannot be
pulled apart, the bones in the skull can be knocked out of their
proper alignment. The onset of your health problem(s) may be the
result of an injury to the head.
Recent microscopic research
has demonstrated that nerves from the skull and spine control the
immune system right down to the cellular level.
Head Injury & Wellness Center has put together a technique
combining a number of disciplines for maximum results. The skilled
hands of Dr. Turner can detect misalignments in the skull very
quickly. Then with 27 years of Chiropractic experience and 17 years
of Cranial Adjusting, Dr. Turner is able to realign the bones in the
skull with precision and care.
The CCO disciplined him in 2002 - .pdf file - page 23
After complaints were launched by members of the local chiropractic society the Chiropractic College of Ontario ruled on Turner. He sent postcards to patients soliciting business. He offered a video "That could save your life" concerning parasites feeding on humans. He sold or endorsed parasite cleansing products as well as an "amazing" diet product. The most amazing thing that he did was to authorize one of his office staff to draw blood that would be sent for bogus tests such as dark-field microscopy. This is not allowed under Ontario regulations.
Did Roger Turner's office comply with the CCO's professional misconduct decision?
- Why didn't the CCO rule on his anti-vaccine web site? - He blames autism on mercury in vaccines. There is absolutely no evidence that would support this. Yet he persists on promoting this dangerous position.
- He still says he can adjust the skull bones - The CCO had no comments about this either.
The techniques used in the Turner Wellness Centre are collectively called Cranial Adjusting. The skilled hands of Dr. Turner can detect misalignments in
the skull very quickly. Then with 26 years of Chiropractic experience and 16 years of Cranial Adjusting, Dr. Turner will realign the bones in the skull with
precision and care.
- THE MOST POWERFUL, DYNAMIC TECHNIQUE ADVANCEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF CHIROPRACTIC - Bogus claims by Turner - NEVER ADDRESSED BY THE CCO
- Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK
- craniosacral therapy and children
The compressive forces experienced during birth as a result of the passage through the pelvis and the tight fit in the birth canal can cause imbalance in a baby's system; even in natural and apparently problem-free births. Common newborn's problems like colic, sucking problems and respiratory difficulties may be due to compression arising from birth trauma. These can develop into problems later in life: depression, migraine, sinusitis, spinal and pelvic pain can often be traced back to what happened at birth. Examination of young children by Craniosacral therapists may be not only curative, but also helpful in preventing problems later in life. Health issues in adults which are linked to their birth or very early experience can be back-tracked and resolved retrospectively.
- The Fulcrum their journal reveals how really absurd their claims really are. Pay attention to the articles on autism, and their thoughts on research and regulation.
- Norman Allan, PhD, D.C. and more
Norman Allan says that he is a distinguished researcher, has a PhD from Sussex in the U.K., practices as a chiropractor, and to top it all off, he's a poet and an author. He appeared on one of Christine McPhee's now-defuncted radio shows a few years ago called The Touch of Health. When you do that, you've arrived. You've become a person of authority, someone to be believed. So what's the problem here?
- Practice modalities - Many are pure quackery. Which means not only is there no scientific evidence for many of them, but if a patient accepts the therapy suggested, they may be ignoring scientific treatment that could help them.
- MS - multiple sclerosis treated with acupuncture and St. Johns Wort has no merit.
- Cancer - among those are 714-X, shark cartilage, Ralph Moss (he even gives them a phone number), Gerson therapy, Essiac (No, he doesn't mention the recent FTC move against those who sell the quack cancer herbal mixture), homeopathy (totally useless, and possibly harmful), hydrogen peroxide, cranial sacral, and many many more.
Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis
Allen C. Bowling, M.D.,Ph.D.
Dr. Bowling explains the potentially dangerous interactions between complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies and medical treatments utilized in the management of MS; identifies CAM therapies that are possibly effective, low risk, and inexpensive; and exposes ineffective, dangerous, or needlessly costly alternative therapies. Among those therapies is craniosacral therapy as advanced by people like Norman Allan, D.C.
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS WHAT ABOUT ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES? - THE MISINFORMED, QUACKS AND CHARLATANS PREY ON MS PATIENTS