Tags: chiropractic history, chiropractic podcast, chiropractic students, chiropractor podcast, quackcast, quackery podcast
Two episodes of the Quackcast podcast were devoted to the subject of chiropractic. They are a good listen for anyone who wants to learn a little about the history of this profession.
Direct links to audio files (which you can download and listen to on your computer) are included below.
The theory of chiropractic is reviewed and found to be wanting when compared with reality. It has no biologic or physiologic plausibility. But it doesn’t stop the AMA having its legal rear handed them by the Chiropractors. Copyright 2006 creative common.org.
Does Chiropractic work for low back pain? Other diseases? Is it safe? What does it take to get into Chiropractic School? The answer to all this and more in this podcast. Copyright 2006, creative commons.
Tags: becoming a chiropractor, chiropractic career, chiropractic college, chiropractic student loans, chiropractic students, future of chiropractic, student debt
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.
Tags: Chiropractic, chiropractic college, chiropractic research, chiropractic students, healthcare, science
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.
Tags: Chiropractic, chiropractic students, injured patients, strokes
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:
- Victims Of Chiropractic Abuse — To promote awareness of chiropractic risks through advocacy and legislation.
- V.O.I.C.E.S. — Victims Of Irresponsible Chiropractic Education & Standards
- Neck911.com — There are over 20 different kinds of stroke pathology that can happen as a result of neck manipulation. (with video)
- Victims Of Chiropractic — Group founded in 1991.
- The Chiropractic Stroke Awareness Group (CSAG) — Very active group that is doing a print advertising campaign.
- Graham Maynard’s Chiropractic Website — Good site designed by an injured patient.
- FAACT — Families Against Abusive Chiropractic Treatments (Canada)
- Action For Victims Of Chiropractic (England)
And here is some recommended reading: