Is Chiropractic a scam?

In a word (okay…two words) absolutely NOT.

Yes, I’m a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) myself.  Do I have a vested interest in promoting chiropractic?  Not exactly, simply because I don’t do spinal adjusting (all of my work revolves around Functional Medicine, a very high-end neuro-metabolic approach to chronic conditions, endocrine issues, blood sugar problems, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, you name it, that relies mostly on scientific lab testing to identify the physiological imbalances and give a starting point in terms of helping improve those issues).  Yes, it’s true: not every DC touches the spine.  No, we’re not being sacrilegious or wasting our chiropractic degree; we’re just choosing to utilize different parts of our education and develop a different skillset.

So anyway…am I biased?  Maybe.  Do I still have a valid opinion?  Yep.

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Horror Stories: Don’t Be That Guy

Chiropractic is a phenomenal healing science.  It’s also an art.  (Repeat after me: it’s a science first; art and philosophy tie for distant second.  But I digress.)

I know there are a bunch of disillusioned naysayers who failed in practice (most likely because they also fail in personality and possibly other attributes as well).  They’ve even set up their own little boys’ club-like internet discussion forums devoted solely to sitting around blaming chiropractic itself for the doctors’ inability to succeed.  Rest assured that as critical as I am of certain practitioners and philosophies, I’m not one of those people.

However, sometimes this Eeyore camp raises some damn good points.

And sometimes, these points are thorns in the chirovangelist’s ribs.

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Why Chiropractic Needs Abraham Flexner

Some of you already know where I’m going with this.  Half are starting to clap, while the other half is drawing up “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters.

Others of you don’t yet know who I’m talking about.  That’s okay.  I’ll explain.

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Hindsight is 20/20 – How I Survived School (Academics)

Although each person’s experience is different, one thing is for sure: you probably won’t come out the same person you were when you started.  In 3 short years, we saw divorces, budding romances, marriages, new babies, emotional ups and downs, physical metamorphoses and makeovers, and complete evolutionary transformations.  So, if you’re a student or a prospective student, be prepared for anything.

As you enter and progress through school, realize a few things…

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Chiro Cleanup – Part 6: Solutions – Part 2: The Muck *Stops* Here…

Since there’s so much about the NBCE, the CCE (until it started to wake up and join at least the 20th century very recently), and chiropractic education that many of my colleagues and I would love to see changed, let’s address that topic next.

The first item I’d like to bring to the table is the education.  The admissions standards and school curricula need a complete and massive overhaul.  It starts with admission.

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Chiro Cleanup – Part 3: School’s Out(dated)

I mentioned in my most recent post that much of the typical chiropractic education ranks somewhere between “a for-profit trade school…and a…religious cult”.  That might be/sound harsh, but I wasn’t lying.

Back it up, you say?  Fair enough.  Oh, let me count the ways…

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“Ends in ‘-ubluxation'” and other chiro-vocab adventures

I despise the word “subluxation”.

And this time, I’m not even ducking.

Throw all the stones you want – it still has to be said: we shouldn’t use “subluxation” to describe Chiro-Enemy No. 1 (the ol’ “bone out of place”).

In fact, we really can’t use it and remain legitimate.

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