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Chiropractic 19 Sep 2006 01:33 am

Two-Year Technical Degree in Knuckle Cracking

Not long ago a chiropractor going by the screen name chiromed0 literally came unglued and proceeded to attack me in my forum over a statement I made in one of my articles comparing his so-called doctorate to “a two-year technical degree in knuckle cracking.”

I attempted to reply to his barrage of criticism but when he refused to conduct himself with any semblance of professionalism (and even started snapping at other members of the group) I simply banned him and deleted his inappropriate postings.

After all, that sort of behavior is just not acceptable in our friendly little group.

He was more than happy to be banned by the way, as it allowed him to run back to his friends at Chiroweb and play the martyr. So everyone went away happy in the end.

Just Expressing My Opinion

Yes, I know my original statement was insensitive… I have since edited that remark out of the article in question… not because it was wrong… but because it could be mistaken for a statement of fact, rather than merely me expressing my personal opinion.

Besides, as it was, the remark was not germane to the context of the article and I intended to edit it long before he complained… I just hadn’t gotten around to it.

Setting the Record Straight

What I have finally gotten around to is a long overdue article on the subject of chiropractic education entitled: Medical School or Fraud Factory? An Inside Look at Chiropractic College

I just can’t help wondering if he would still attempt to defend his diploma-mill doctorate after reading what his fellow chiropractors have to say in this latest article?

Take care,

Chiropractic &Physical Therapy 04 Aug 2006 07:04 pm

Physical Therapist Warns Against Spinal Manipulation

The following are just a few excerpts I pulled from an article written by physical therapist, Paul Lee about the dangers of spinal manipulation particularly in relation to the cervical spine:

“Cervical manipulation, especially with rotation (the most commonly used method by chiropractors), should be considered a contraindicated technique.”

In light of the number of injuries (and deaths due to stroke) following chiropractic neck adjustments, medical professionals like Lee are urging their colleagues to pay closer attention to the patient’s recent treatment history when they present neck related symptoms. He further advises:

“All healthcare professions, including Emergency Room staff, must be alert to the possibility of injuries caused by spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). The patient’s medical history should include questions about possible spinal manipulation within the last 30 days, at the very least.”

He goes on to write:

“Physical Therapists should encourage patients with such injuries to report them to their own doctors. (I can’t be the only PT who has encountered patients with fractured spines, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, paralysis, stable fractures made unstable, severe sprains and strains, torn muscles, and unremitting headaches for years, all as a direct result of a specific chiropractic adjustment…”

There is a growing body of evidence that spinal manipulation can cause injury and even death especially when applied to the cervical spine. The medical profession is just beginning to understand and compile evidence about this very serious health risk to patients.

I strongly urge all medical professionals, chiropractors and anyone considering chiropractic treatment to carefully investigate all the facts surrounding this issue. A good place to start would be to read Paul Lee’s entire article, Risks Related to Manipulation of the Cervical Spine.

(Update added 10/11/2006)

Also, be sure to check out this latest article on the subject: How Chiropractic Damages Your Spine.

— Dean

Chiropractic 04 Aug 2006 06:58 pm

Open Letter to Life University Alumni

The following are excerpts from a letter to Life University graduates by Dr. Allen Botnick, DC concerning his ongoing efforts to prepare a legal defense on their behalf. (Added emphasis is mine.)


Dear Life University College of Chiropractic alumnus,

I have previously written that I am preparing a defense of student loans for Life graduates…

It is well known that Life University violated Council on Chiropractic accreditation requirements and that this led to their loss of accreditation in 2001…

The violations involved a scheme where Life University advertised to prospective students that they would be taught legitimate differential diagnosis…

The affected alumni were not trained to diagnose accurately, (instead were taught to) order excessive x-rays, delay necessary medical treatment and are commiting malpractice in many states…

While some outdated state laws, legal judgments and medical board opinions support chiropractic analysis for “subluxations” as a scope of practice, the practice is always unsafe and leads to poor outcomes in patient care

This scope of practice has no future. By not identifying which problems can legitimately be helped by treatment, individuals practicing this way commit insurance abuse through overutilization…

A serious effect of this overutilization is that it puts patients at risk for adverse effects such as joint sprains and strokes from unnecessary manipulation…

In order to avoid harming patients all chiropractors who do not (know) how to perform a differential diagnosis must surrender their licenses and stop practicing immediately. Failure to do this puts graduates at risk for individual charges of malpractice and insurance abuse…

In the case of Life University, the state law violations are breach of contract for not providing the differential diagnosis instuction and lack of properly qualified faculty, potential fraud and false advertising. Because you can not practice as a chiropractor with this training you may be entitled to claim a large amount of damages that could completely eliminate your student loans.

Best regards,
Allen Botnick DC
Life University College of Chiropractic
Magna Cum Laude, 1996.

The full text of Dr Botnick’s letter, which should be of particular interest to Life University graduates can be found at this Chirotalk forum post.

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