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Chiropractic Abuse: An Insider's Lament
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The reaction of chiropractors is only to be expected. There is something very ironic about their repeated use of the word "scientific". Chiropractic was started by a failed magnet salesman who was far more interested in making money than in helping patients. Not much has changed since then. That's well known now to anyone who cares to look, but it's good to have the detailed knowledge of an insider.

Quite clearly there is no place for chiropractic in the 21st century.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2013
This new 'scandal' book is mostly abusing reader. There is too many silly lies, too many 'scandals', too much abuse of informed and critical thinking reader.

If you love sceptics, who don't do too well with facts this is for you.
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10 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
After reading a summary of this book, it was quickly apparent that he doesn't have all of his facts, and that a lot of the information seems to be stemming from a personal opinion. The part on the school requirements for a licensed chiropractor is from 2007 seem a bit brushed by on the curriculum, not mentioning the core classes are similar requirements as a 1st and 2nd year medical student, as well as the fact that requirements have greatly changed since 2007.

There are more facts that he states to not be true, but even if he does not believe them, they are still recorded physiological and anatomical facts. Many of the facts he says are not true have clinical studies to back them up, he must have missed that section of the Journal of American Medicine, and other respected medical journals that have published articles in favor of the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments for chronic neck and back pain, headaches, blood pressure, etc.

Sounds like a person angry at the chiropractic profession for more personal reasons than practical reasons. Chiropractors improve peoples lives every day without the use of drugs and surgery, how can that be so bad? Is he being paid or blackmailed by someone to write this book??

I believe the AMA has already gone through court rulings back in the 1950's or 60's and charged with sabotage of another profession over this same information, and they were found GUILTY!
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8 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 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.
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9 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
Save yourself from reading a pity party from this failed chiropractor. He says if in 3 times you go to the chiropractor and are not better then move on and as he says "3 and through". Go on a diet for 3 days and if you don't lose weight then go back to eating junk food because obviously the diet didn't work. Maybe this guy is being paid off but ask most people how they like their chiropractor and if it has helped them. Save your money and time.
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6 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
Obviously this guy has struggled at the chiropractic profession and therefore he tries to bash it. The only thing this book will do is ensure you have a bad spine as you age and the associated problems that come along. Do yourself a favor, don't buy the book, ask your friends about their chiropractor and chances are they love it...But according to this guy they are fooled. Go figure
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3 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
This guy isn't the first and he certainly won't be the last. The typical "I failed as I chiropractor so now I have to live in my parents basement so I blame the chiropractic profession for me being a huge tool." Don't waste your time on this, or do, doesn't matter. Either way chiropractors will continue to change people's lives for the better each and every day.
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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
Don't waste your $, read the book and now I am out. Confused author w/ biased health views . Very unfortunate to have spent so much time writing a book with so many false claims. Sad.
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3 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
This "book" appears to be a biased unsubstantiated compilation of nonsense. Unfortunately, the author is using biased, unscientific methods to slander a fantastic profession that has helped millions of people regain and improve their health naturally. One must wonder, who funded this and I am curious as to whether this "dr." spent much time actually assisting patients? I have spent nearly 20 years serving my community and can't find any fact from this book whatsoever. Do yourself a favor, don't waste money on this sensationalistic nonsense. Take that money and invest in your health, find a great Chiropractor and improve your health naturally.
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1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
Unfortunately this person was dropped on his head as a baby causing a severe misalignment to his upper neck and brain damage. Now he uses his anal sphincter to write a book.
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