Chiropractic Antitrust Suit: Index
July 11, 2020 by

In 1976, various chiropractors began a series of lawsuits against the AMA, other professional organizations, and several individual critics, charging that they had conspired to destroy chiropractic and to illegally deprive chiropractors of access to laboratory, x-ray, and hospital facilities. Most of the defendant groups agreed in out-of-court settlements that their physician members were free …

Pamphlets from Allen Unruh, D.C., 1984-1990
July 10, 2020 by

Allen D. Unruh, D.C. (1948– ) has been a prolific communicator and political activist throughout his chiropractic career. After graduating from National College of Chiropractic in 1970, he began practicing in Elkton, South Dakota and relocated to Sioux Falls, SD in 1976 [1]. His father was a naturopath [2]. In the 1980s, he began marketing educational pamphlets …

Chiropractic Pamphlets from Barge Chiropractic Clinic (1991)
July 9, 2020 by

Fred H. Barge, D.C. (1933-2003) was a prominent chiropractor who had 18 other chiropractors in his extended family. Following graduation from chiropractic school he interned with chiropractic’s developer, B.J. Palmer. He practiced at the Barge Chiropractic Clinic in LaCross, Wisconsin, taught at five chiropractic colleges, served as president of the International Chiropractors Association, and held many …

Chiropractic Pamphlets from Baxter Healthcare Corporation (1990-1991)
July 8, 2020 by

Baxter International Corporation is a large company that markets medical devices and drug products. In the early 1990s, it had a subsidiary that marketed pamphlets that chiropractors could use in their offices. Low Back Pain Back Exercises Stress and Your Back Understanding Common Back Problems Chiropractic Approach to Low Back Pain Chiropractic Approach to your …

FDA Attacks Claims for Reflexology Device (1976)
June 30, 2020 by

In the mid-1970s, I received a brochure for the Rowe Reflex-O-Sage Hand & Foot Roller, which was developed and marketed by Lowell V. Rowe (1920-1997), a chiropractor who practiced in  Hot Springs, Arkansas. The brochure claimed that rolling the device on the hand or foot would relieve many ailments: Reflexology, upon which the device was …

Quackery-Related Depositions
June 28, 2020 by

This page provides convenient access to depositions in quackery-related lawsuits and regulatory actions. Some include admissions that severely dimish the credibility of the deponents. Alvin Arzt, DDS (dental malpractice suit, 10/19/95) Robert C. Atkins, MD (false advertising case, 6/25/80) Kenneth Bock, MD (chelation case, 2/27/04) Tim Bolen (Cavitat case, 4/12/06) Jerry E. Bouquot, DDS Disciplinary …

A Skeptical Look at Deborah E. Banker, M.D.
June 26, 2020 by

Deborah Ellen Banker, M.D. (1952-2007), was an ophthalmologist who died of breast cancer [1] during a period when the Medical Board of California was questioning her fitness to practice. The DrBanker.com Web site, which has been maintained by one of her long-time associates, describes her this way: In The Field of Ophthalmology and Regenerative Nutrition …

Sparks Fly at Denenberg Hearing on Chiropractic (1972)
June 18, 2020 by

During the 1970s, chiropractors campaigned relentlessly for a law that would force Pennsylvania Blue Shield to pay for chiropractic x-rays. In  1972, while one such bill (H.B. 816) was being considered, Insurance Commissioner Herbert S. Denenberg scheduled a hearing to consider a Blue Shield request to increase its premiums. When I asked him to include …

James Gary Davidson and the Monterey Wellness Center
June 16, 2020 by

The Monterrey Wellness Center—previously called the Davidson Cancer Clinic—was an outpatient facility operated by James Gary Davidson in Monterrey, Mexico, that was falsely claimed to have a very high cure rate for cancers. According to its Web site: The therapy has proven effective in a wide variety of cancers, including breast cancer, brain cancer, lung …

Karima Hirani, M.D., Accused of Unprofessional Conduct
June 11, 2020 by

In March 2020, the Medical Board of California accused Karima Hirani., M.D. of gross negligence; repeated negligent acts; and excessive prescribing or treatment in her management of a nine-year-old girl with a chief complaint of intermittent stomach pain. The Accusation, shown below, states that Hirani: Recommended and/or prescribed a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free diet, several six …