Friday, March 15, 2013

Chiropractors: Since 1895 Riding on the Coat Tails of a Grocer

I think if I was a banker or represented an insurance company, it'd be great to be able to say, Hey, we've been in business since 1895. We've weathered, if you will, many wars, collapses of the economy, depressions, recessions, and we're still here doing business and providing services. We've kept our promises and have always done what we'd say we'd do.
Yes, it was old DD Palmer who dreamed-up or invented so-called chiropractic in 1895. He talked of vertebral subluxations and vital energy and innate intelligence. Yes, the vitalism and innate intelligence is some kind of energy stuff that is flowing around us. I think he decided that just about every malady, illness, and disease that we could have could be fixed or cured with adjusting the spine to get rid of the vertebral subluxations.
One of DD's claimed early successes, was curing a man's deafness by adjusting his back. As I best understand it there are no nerves in the spine that have anything to do with hearing. But, I guess for DD that would have been a minor concern.
In the years since DD started up the...well, nothing has changed about the vertebral subluxation other than its never been proven to exist.
Now, let's say you're new in town are are trying to find a doctor. You go to his or her office and notice a lack of the diagnostic equipment that all doctors' offices have. Yes, there are no EEG, x-ray, blood pressure. Well, almost nothing.
You then find that the doctor is using all of the medical science that was available in 1895. Yes, his entire medical education, if you will, his training, is based on what was known in 1895.
For the old modern-day chiropractors, it gets better.
The General Chiropractic Council in the UK issued a statement, May 2010, that said in part.
“The chiropractic vertebral subluxation complex is an historical concept but it remains a theoretical model. (Here's the good part.) It is not supported by any clinical research evidence that would allow claims to be made that it is the cause of disease or health concerns.”
Hey folks, you guys have been getting hosed and your pocket books and wallets raided, for over a hundred years.
The next time you visit your wonderful, caring, supplement pushing, real-doctor acting, white-coated chiropractor, to get your back cracked to get rid of vertebral subluxations that don't exist, and never did, you might want to mention this.
December 2011

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