Spin Doctors: The Chiropractic Industry under Examination

Spin Doctors: The Chiropractic Industry under Examination

Spin Doctors: The Chiropractic Industry under Examination

Spin Doctors: The Chiropractic Industry under Examination

Synopsis

Canadians visit chiropractors about 30 million times a year, and surveys show that patients are generally satisfied with their treatment. But studies also show that as many as two hundred Canadians a year suffer strokes brought on by neck manipulation. Spin Doctors takes a hard, dramatic, and spine-chilling look into the world of chiropractic medicine. You will be surprised to learn what chiropractors treat and why and how much it costs you as a taxpayer. Most importantly, you'll learn how to protect yourself and your family from dangerous adjustments, practice-building tactics, bogus treatments, and misleading information.

Excerpt

Idistinctly recall returning to Saskatoon in 1998 to the news that a young woman had suffered a stroke in a chiropractor’s office and was in the intensive care unit, not expected to live. I spoke with the neurology resident who had recognized the stroke and had organized a desperate attempt to open up the blocked arteries in her brain. He told me that when the initial dose of the “clot buster” drug was given by the radiologist, the comatose patient had started to awaken and had to be paralyzed to allow the procedure to continue. Unfortunately, one of the arteries in her neck was so badly torn that it began to leak blood into her neck, bringing to a halt the efforts to save her life. Laurie Jean Mathiason died a few days later. She was, according to the chiropractic community, the first patient in Canada to die after suffering a stroke from a neck manipulation. This, of course, was pure fantasy.

The rhetoric that the chiropractic community espoused over the next while was disgusting at best and a series of well-constructed lies at worst. Representatives of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College went on national media stating that this was the first reported death in Canada, even though they were present at a meeting in 1996 where they were told that a forty-five-year-old woman had suffered a similar fate at the hands of a chiropractor. This was conveniently ignored, and the warning regarding the risk of stroke following neck manipulation that the chiropractic community was to distribute to potential chiropractic patients across Canada never materialized. One has to . . .

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