Chiropractic is Quackery

24 Jul

The basic idea of chiropractic is that “subluxations” are the cause of disease, back pains etc. A “subluxation” is a misalignment of the spine that allegedly interferes with nerve signals from the brain. Chiropractors allege that by adjusting the misalignments by hand they can restore the nerve signals and cure health problems. Note that subluxations are largely theoretical.

This novel idea was first stumbled upon in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, a grocer from Davenport, Iowa. How? Years of study? Research? Nope. A GHOST TOLD HIM. I kid you not. He said he “received chiropractic from the other world” during a séance, from a DEAD physician named Dr. Jim Atkinson. Also, Palmer practiced “magnetic healing”..the idea that magnets can help cure disease.

There is no scientific evidence to support this idea of Subluxations causing disease or back pain. Most support for the idea comes from the testimonials of people who say chiropractic helped their back pain, not from controlled trails.

A study and critique of chiropractic’s lack of scientific validity was published by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Province of Quebec.( College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Province of Quebec. The scientific brief against chiropractic. The New Physician, Sept 66.) It stated:

Chiropractors claim that subluxations, or partial displacements, of the vertebrae cause a perturbation of the distribution of nervous impulses to tissues and cells. Neurophysiologists have developed methods of recording the passage of impulses in nerves. Exceptionally sensitive apparatus is available to anyone wishing to use it.

No scientific study has ever been published on the subject by a chiropractor. No chiropractor ever defined, either quantitatively or qualitatively, what chiropractic means by perturbation of nervous impulses. Is it their number, their amplitude, their frequency, or their wave patterns which are affected? All of these qualities can be identified, recorded, and studied. It is no longer permissible to accept empirical statements. Proof should have preceded practical application. With the first point untenable, the rest crumbles

While I am in favor of people seeking ‘alternative medicine’ in place of proven, time-honored, tested and effective mainstream medicine, I am appalled at how few people realize that Chiropractic is not a mainstream medical field, but an unproven, silly at it’s core quackery that originated from A GHOST.



10 Responses to “Chiropractic is Quackery”

  1. angel_one July 24, 2006 at 10:01 pm #

    I think it really depends what you go to a chiropractor for. If you go for general health, well then, whatever floats your boat. But chiropractors are damned useful if you have BACK problems like scoliosis.

  2. dura_luxe July 25, 2006 at 12:06 am #

    Is that a ghost mallard?
    I went to a chiropractor in high school. He’d massage my back and I’d fall asleep. I don’t think much else worked, but that was pretty awesome.

  3. Anonymous July 26, 2006 at 6:17 pm #

    It works for some…
    I know someone who benefitted from it, for problems involving the spine, alignment, stride, and weight distribution. His results were MUCH better than physical therapy. Of course, his chiropractors were honest and knew their limits, which is always important.

  4. Anonymous July 31, 2006 at 7:04 am #

    Chiropractors and other quackery
    Quackery or not, you’ll find some useful information on chiropractors here

  5. Anonymous August 8, 2006 at 5:51 pm #

    OK, first of all, you need to update and expand your research. Numerous research has been published espousing the beneftis of chiropractic care. Take a look at any Spine Journal and you will research by medical professionals that prove how manipulation (adjustments) is beneficial for back pain, neck pain and headaches. Do a Pub Med search on chiropractic and you will find hundreds of other articles related to health benefits of chiropractic care.
    Secondly, DD Palmer was not a grocer, he was a magnetic healer at the time that he discovered chiropractic. At the time, magnetic healing was the only form of “alternative medicine.” If you open any of his sons, BJ Palmer, books (The Green Books) you will see countless research studies on chiropractic.
    Check your facts before you publish such bold statements.

    • bboyneko August 8, 2006 at 6:02 pm #

      Show me an x-ray of a subluxation. And the Fact is Chiropractic came from a ghost.

      • Anonymous August 11, 2006 at 1:56 am #

        There are 5 components to a subluxation, not all of which are visible on an x-ray. There is motion restriction, misalignment, muscle spasms, heat differentials/changes, and edema. You can’t see a torn rotator cuff on xray, either, does that mean that it doesn’t exist?

  6. Anonymous August 13, 2006 at 7:45 pm #

    You’re comments are ridiculous. You’ve bought into the Big Lie of Medicine….the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
    You can see hundreds, thousands, of x-rays of subluxations in any of Don Harrison,D.C.’s work. As far as “no scientic evidence”, that’s nonsense. An outright lie. Really, you need to look deeper.
    Of course, some narrow minded M.D.’s in Canada will say negative things about chiropractic. They’ve been doing such for years.
    I’m a chiropractor in Georgia. I receive referrals from M.D.’s all the time, and the patients they send to me are very grateful to them. Likewise, when there’s something better handled by a particular medical professional, I refer to that practitioner. That’s the way it should work.
    We’ve been dealing with guys like you since 1895. Do me a favor….have the guts to ask a chiropractor to spend a day with him/her, before you post.

    • bboyneko August 14, 2006 at 11:20 am #

      Re: Harrison
      Your “science” came from a ghost. That’s all I need to know to see that it is pure quackery.
      As for the supposed X-rays:
      “Chiropractors do not make the claim to be able to read a specific subluxation from an x-ray film. [They] can read spinal distortion, which indicates the possible presence of a subluxation and can confirm the actual presence of a subluxation by other physical findings” (Frogley R. Letter to Stephen Barrett, M.D., 1971)
      It was no accident the AMA fought chropractic for years as quackery. Because it is pure pseudo-science, pure bullshit. Any “science” founded by a ghost is not science at all.

      • Anonymous August 19, 2006 at 2:09 pm #

        Re: Harrison
        Its interesting that all of your research comes from the 1970’s and 60’s. I think you need to update what you have been reading. I would say that you are not educated on this subject matter.

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