Chiropractic Student Debt Blog Is In Archive Mode

March 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Chiropractic Student Debt, Latest News | Leave a comment

I have decided that the best use of my limited online time is to make people aware of ALL STUDENT DEBT — rather than just the problems in chiropractic  — and have launched a new blog:


Please link to the new blog now — I need your help.

The best posts related to chiropractic student debt have been moved there, and I hope to post new articles related to the student loan problems that so many face.

For now, this blog will remain online in archive mode. So many people have read it and linked to it, that it’s a shame to take it down. But I will no longer be updating it. I hope it leaves a LONG TAIL of information for those considering chiropractic college to consider carefully.


Paralyzed Woman Sues Chiropractic For Half A Billion Dollars

June 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Chiropractic, Latest News, Media Reports, Risks Of Being A Chiropractor | Leave a comment
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Warning: Don’t get your neck cracked by a chiropractor !!!

Read FULL STORY here

An Alberta woman, paralyzed after her neck was manipulated by a chiropractor, has launched the biggest-ever class action suit against chiropractic in Canada.The suit, filed yesterday in Edmonton, is asking for more than a half billion dollars in damages not only for the victim, Sandy Nette and her husband, David, but for an entire class – anyone in Alberta treated or harmed by chiropractors who deliver “inappropriate and non-beneficial adjustments.”

    The unprecedented lawsuit is groundbreaking because it is the first time lawyers have challenged the veracity of the fundamental underpinnings of chiropractic in a court of law in Canada. If successful, chiropractors in Alberta would have to repay a decade’s worth of fees – about $400 million – to all patients of chiropractors who were injured by or received what the suit calls, “inappropriate and non-beneficial adjustments”.

Alberta pays out about $40 million a year in chiropractic billings.

Philip Tinkler, one of the lead lawyers on the class action suit, explained that most victims of chiropractic injury either lack the knowledge or resources to pursue a lawsuit.

Read FULL STORY here

Why Chiropractic Has A Negative Image

March 4, 2008 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Chiropractic, Chiropractic Student Debt, Latest News, Media Reports, Risks Of Being A Chiropractor | Leave a comment
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Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, recently wrote a great article in a chiropractic trade journal (The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, February 2008) called “Negative Brand Equity”.

It discussed why chiropractic has such a bad reputation — which also explains why the public doesn’t trust chiropractors and why it is such a poor career choice. Here are a few good quotes from the article:

Dazed, confused and hung over – we sit and wonder why our market share has dipped from 7% to 5%. We wonder why chiropractic college enrollments are down 40%

Most people are not neutral when it comes to chiropractic – they already have an opinion – and it ain’t a good one.

According to Gallup, we rank just a couple notches above used car salesmen when it comes to the public’s perception of our level of honesty and integrity.

This means that the profession has to vigorously shake off its cultural aversion to research. The days are over when the profession can rely on 70 poorly compensated researchers and a handful of research journals that no one subscribes to. The colleges are going to have to face the reality that their own future depends on producing the evidence of chiropractic’s effectiveness otherwise there won’t be any butts in their seats. Why get $200,000.00 in debt when you can do ‘wellness’ on less or in a profession without negative brand equity?

Before you think “This blog is just ‘bashing’ chiropractic”, keep in mind that these words come from someone IN the chiropractic profession, printed in one of the profession’s own journals.

Students: Please avoid this horrible career.



Chiropractic and Stroke — Latest News Reports

March 1, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Audio/Video, Chiropractic, Latest News, Media Reports, Risks Of Being A Chiropractor | Leave a comment
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The Fox 25 story can be viewed online by going to:

The CBS 3 story can be viewed online by going to:

The WBZ News story can be viewed online by going to:

Meanwhile, U.S. News and World Report magazine named “Chiropractor” in its list of Overrated Careers for 2008:


Chiropractic Stroke Connection Focus of Increased Media Attention

March 1, 2008 at 4:26 am | Posted in Chiropractic, Latest News, Media Reports, Risks Of Being A Chiropractor | Leave a comment
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Wethersfield, CT (PRWEB) February 27, 2008 — The Chiropractic Stroke Awareness Group (CSAG) is gratified that an increasing number of news organizations in large media markets throughout the U.S. are examining the potentially severe health risks associated with chiropractic neck manipulation.

The latest reports come from Philadelphia and Boston, the 4th and 7th largest media markets in the country, where KYW-TV (CBS), WBZ-TV (CBS) and WFXT-TV (Fox) have aired reports in the past week.

On Sunday February 24th, reporter Mark Ockerbloom of Fox 25 News in Boston broadcast a story in which a stroke specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Lee Schwamm, said he has personally witnessed many cases where stroke symptoms followed chiropractic neck manipulation.

Continue Reading Chiropractic Stroke Connection Focus of Increased Media Attention…

Too Many Chiropractors, Not Enough Demand

December 11, 2007 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Chiropractic, Chiropractic Student Debt, Latest News, Risks Of Being A Chiropractor | 2 Comments
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Thinking of becoming a chiropractor?

Then you should definitely read this (CLICK HERE FOR POST) about the unfortunate realities of supply and demand.

From 1995 to 2008 (estimated), there are 36,000 new chiropractors, yet only 7% of the population ever sees a chiropractor — and that number hasn’t changed in 20 years.

”The number of chiropractors in the U.S. grew from 13,000 in 1970 to 40,000 in 1990. That should have been a large enough jump to invite talk of restricted chiropractic college enrollment. However, the jump of more than 50,000 by 1994 should have set off alarm bells.”

The chiropractic colleges keep pumping out more and more graduates with huge student loan debt, yet the demand for chiropractic is NOT increasing. At the same time, insurance companies are paying for less and less chiropractic care.

Before you sign the papers and go into massive debt for a chiropractic career, please read this blog, follow the links, and carefully do your own research. You can ask questions to former and current chiropractors on Chirotalk: The Skeptical Chiropractic Discussion List.

Remember that chiropractic colleges make money by getting your tuition. They can not be trusted to tell you the reality of the situation, especially considering that many make improper claims on their websites.

(Click Here To Read Post Operation Money Hum–How to make $ in Chiropractic?” )

Chiropractors Are A Waste Of Time, New Study Suggests

November 10, 2007 at 12:39 pm | Posted in Chiropractic, Latest News, Risks Of Being A Chiropractor | 1 Comment
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The Daily Mail in England reported this week about a new study of chiropractic’s effect on low back pain.

According to the newspaper, “Having your back ‘cracked’ by a chiropractor or physiotherapist to ease lower back pain is a waste of time and money, say researchers. Patients get better just as quickly if they simply stay active and take a mild painkiller such as paracetamol, a study reports today.

This is not the first study to show that chiropractic is often no more effective than placebo, and that a lot of low back pain is essentially self-limiting.


Maybe you should read this before you take out over $100,000 in loans to become a chiropractor:

The study, reported today in The Lancet, involved 240 patients with acute lower back pain who had been seen by their GPs.

They were assigned to four treatment groups, only one of which received both diclofenac and genuine spinal manipulative therapy. Both techniques are available on the NHS in areas where primary care trusts have agreed to fund them.

The other three groups were treated with diclofenac and “dummy” spinal manipulation; genuine spinal manipulation plus a placebo; or both a dummy drug and fake spinal manipulation.

The results showed neither diclofenac nor spinal manipulative therapy significantly increased the speed of recovery.

A total of 237 of the 240 patients recovered over the course of 12 weeks. Some 22 patients had possible adverse reactions to the treatments, including stomach disturbances, dizziness and heart palpitations.


Is Chiropractic Safe? Ask An Injured Patient

November 5, 2007 at 9:44 am | Posted in Chiropractic, Latest News, Risks Of Being A Chiropractor | Leave a comment
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For a profession that claims to be fairly safe, there sure are a LOT of groups of injured patients.

Check out all these websites and organizations started by patients who were injured by chiropractic treatment:

And here is some recommended reading:

Continue Reading Is Chiropractic Safe? Ask An Injured Patient…

See What The Future Of Chiropractic Looks Like

November 4, 2007 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Chiropractic, Chiropractic Student Debt, Latest News | Leave a comment
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Greg Stanley, the president of Whitehall Management, a leading chiropractic management consulting company, recently published an essay in Dynamic Chiropractic called “The Sustainability of Chiropractic”.

No big surprise, folks… the outlook for Chiropractic as a career choice looks HORRIBLE.


Continue Reading See What The Future Of Chiropractic Looks Like…

How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Become A Chiro?

November 4, 2007 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Chiropractic, Chiropractic Student Debt, Latest News | Leave a comment
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Question: How much does it REALLY cost to become a chiropractor?

The answer might surprise you… click HERE for the real story.

Question: And how much can you REALLY earn as a chiropractor?

The numbers are truly depressing. Click HERE if you really want to know the truth.

So if you’re thinking about a career in chiroquackery, better think again !!

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