His professional career has spanned nearly 30 years.
His new book is one of the very few that provides an inside criticism of chiropractic. Most chiropractors believe that spinal problems, which they call “subluxations,” cause ill health and that fixing them by “adjusting” the spine will promote and restore health.
Real medical education involves contact with thousands of patients with a wide variety of problems, including many severe enough to require hospitalization.
Most chiropractic students see patients during two clinical years in chiropractic college.
He is also an associate professor at Bryan University, where he teaches in the master’s program in applied health informatics. If your answer to any of these questions is yes, there are certain things you should know. Chiropractic theory and practice are not based on the body of knowledge related to health, disease, and health care that has been widely accepted by the scientific community.
It is an excerpt from his new book entitled ‘Chiropractic Abuse—A Chiropractor’s Lament’. In addition to treating patients, he has testified at about 200 trials, performed more than 10,000 chiropractic case evaluations, and served as a consultant to several law enforcement agencies. Do you care whether your tax and health-care dollars are spent on worthless treatment?
I rarely encountered sick patients in my school clinic.
Most of my “patients” were friends, students, and an occasional person who presented to the student clinic for inexpensive chiropractic care. In order to graduate, chiropractic college students are required to treat a minimum number of people.
For the remaining cases, students are permitted to “assist, observe, or participate in live, paper-based, computer-based, distance learning, or other reasonable alternative.” In contrast, medical students see thousands of patients.
In 2007, chiropractic students were required to evaluate and manage only 15 patients in order to graduate.
Chiropractic’s accreditation agency ordered this number to increase to 35 by the fall of 2011.
Former National Council Against Health Fraud President William T. D., has noted that chiropractic school prepares its students to practice “conversational medicine”—where they glibly use medical words but lack the knowledge or experience to deal appropriately with the vast majority of health problems. Stephen Barrett reported a fascinating example of this which occurred when he visited a chiropractor for research purposes.
When Barrett mentioned that he was recovering from an attack of vertigo (dizziness), the chiropractor quickly rattled off a textbook-like list of all the possible causes.
But chiropractors who believe that “subluxations” cause ill health claim that spinal adjustments promote general health and enable patients to recover from a wide range of diseases. The one to the left is part of a poster that promotes the notion that periodic spinal “adjustments” are a cornerstone of good health.