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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
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    Evidence Based Medicine
    How do you justify chiropractic treatments?

    • Centre for Evidence Based Medicine - UK - The Centre has been established in Oxford as the first of several centres around the country whose aim broadly is to promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources to anyone who wants to make use of them. Our prospectus outlines the specific aims of the Centre and the goals we have identified, as well as the means we propose to use in achieving those goals.
    • Evidence Based Medicine HIRUNET - McMaster EBM - Hamilton, Ontario -
      • Evidence based health care promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of valid, important and applicable patient-reported, clinician-observed, and research-derived evidence. The best available evidence, moderated by patient circumstances and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of clinical judgements and facilitate cost-effective health care.

    • Medline articles by AG Shekelle and others on chiropractic treatments - Pay attention to his comments on experts rendering opinions.
    • Do your own HSTAT search on chiropractic - - This site is exhaustive and you will find dozens of citations and links to PubMed - a medline index with abstracts. Just click on links and save bibliography.
    • BACK before you know it - The management of acute low-back pain - Telling your patients who are in the middle of suffering from acute low-back pain that they'll likely be back to normal within 4 weeks might cause them to temporarily question the authenticity of the diploma on your wall. But studies have shown that, for nine out of ten people, acute low-back pain problems go away on their own within a month and require little intervention. - Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    • Canadian based chiropractic studies on asthma fall flat on their back - In children with mild or moderate asthma, the addition of chiropractic spinal manipulation to usual medical care provided no benefit. (N Engl J Med 1998;339:1013-20.)
    • The Center for Health Studies: Dr. Dan Cherkin
    • Criticism of the Manga Report - Ontario Physiotherapy AssociationAn unsupported blanket statement that chiropractic, or medicine, or physiotherapy, is the most effective and cost-effective course of treatment for all causes of low-back pain is of no value, and is misleading to the public. Ontario's physiotherapists believe that the most effective and cost-effective management of low-back pain is the avoidance of that pain altogether, through better client and public education and ergonomically designed equipment and furniture both at home and at work.
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