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This book is a fail!, 18 Oct. 2013
I wouldn't advise my worst enemy to purchase the book. First of all, let's look at the sources cited for Ernst's book. 1) Ernst, Gilbey A Chiropractic claims in the English-speaking world, New Zealand Med Journal 123:36-44, 2010. He states that chiropractors "promise too much" by saying they can cure "anemia, crossed-eyes, etc." This was based solely on visiting only 200 chiropractic websites worldwide that happened to post nervous system charts. That's bad research. Anyone that knows just a little about conducting proper medical and scientific research would agree that 200 is an unacceptably small sample size. This represents less than .001% of all of the chiropractic websites. 2) Bennet J. Affidavit April 12, 1956 is from Chirobase.org which is an opinionated website at best. Chirobase.org is Dr. Steven Barrett's site. Barrett is an unlicensed psychiatrist who failed his psychiatric board exams. He's notorious for defaming chiropractors and other physicians. His most notable case in my opinion was in 2007 in which he defamed a chiropractic physician. This case was quickly dismissed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania due to lack of merit on Barrett's end. Barrett loses again. 3) Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs and Requirements for Institutional Status. Council on Chiropractic Education, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jan 2007. He claims that "chiropractors have an inferior education". What he doesn't tell you is that chiropractors are required to have both an undergraduate degree and doctorate degree to even think about becoming licensed. Furthermore, aspiring chiropractic physicians are required to board nationally just like their medical counterparts. The national boarding process requires 4 national board exams plus an additional physiotherapy national exam. Wait that's not it. Only after passing the grueling 7-8 year curriculum, are they now permitted to sit for the state board exams. Ernst's 4th-5th sources were also cited from Barrett's Chirobase.org. Again, unscientific and invalid. Finally, his last source, Romano M, Negrini S. Manual therapy as a conservative treatment for idiopathic scoliosis: A review. Scoliosis 3:2, 2008 claims that chiropractic is not effective for scoliosis. He states his opinion only by saying, "Some chiropractors claim they can reverse or lessen the spinal curvature of scoliosis, but there is no scientific evidence that spinal manipulation can do this." The cited study in which he bases this statement on here is also from an inferior study. If one carefully reads the complete study cited, you will notice that it states "Not 1 of the 3 studies satisfied all the required inclusion criteria because they were characterized by a combination of manual techniques and other therapeutic approaches." Translation, this study did not isolate the effectiveness of chiropractic only in the effectiveness in treating scoliosis. Also, the administering physicians in this study were not scoliosis specialists. For the aforementioned reasons Ernst's sources are fallacious and ill-founded to say the least. This book is a FAIL and should be illegal to sell.