A Skeptical Look at Kelly Victory, M.D.
July 23, 2020 by

In a recent YouTube video, Kelly Victory, M.D. asserted that (a) COVID-19 is less serious than generally believed, (b) social distancing is not necessary, (c) wearing a mask does more harm than good, and (d) Americans should feel “secure and confident to fully return to your lives, your businesses, schools, and places of worship without …

Significant Journal Reports
July 22, 2020 by

The links below lead to summaries or full-text versions of important articles from peer-reviewed scientific journals. Please contact us to suggest articles that should be added to this page. Chiropractic Identity and Practices Gliedt JA. Chiropractic identity, role and future: A survey of North American chiropractic students. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 23:4, 2015. Murphy DR …

Misuse of X-Rays in Chiropractic Posture Queen Contests
July 21, 2020 by

From the 1920s to the late 1960s, chiropractic organizations used posture pageants to draw media attention to their profession. Except for the emphasis on posture, the earlier ones were similar to other beauty contests of their day. But in 1954, a chiropractor named Clair O’Dell suggested that the contest focus on the straightest spine as …

Victim Case Reports
July 20, 2020 by

The number of people harmed by quackery-related activities is unknown. Most such harm is not publicly reported because the victims are either too confused or too embarrassed to step forward. As historian James Harvey Young, Ph.D., noted in The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America: Failure seldom diminishes patient loyalty. When regulatory …

“Mask Exemption” Cards Are Not Government-Supported
July 18, 2020 by

Quacks never sleep. Within days of the first moon landing, they were offering “moon dust” for arthritis. Today their wares include cards for people who live where masks are mandatory but don’t want to wear one. If you are tempted to buy one, you should know two things. The first is that infected individuals can …

COVID-19 Schemes, Scams, and Misinformation
July 18, 2020 by ,

Thirty years ago, as AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome came to national attention, John Renner, M.D. observed that most of the quack cancer clinics began offering the same “treatments” for AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome—a tendency he coined “rascal rollover.” Today, dubious pitchmen have “rolled” into COVID-19. Here’s a handy compilation of advice, enforcement actions, …

Chiropractic Antitrust Suit: Index
July 11, 2020 by

In 1976, a series of lawsuits was begun 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 to …

Pamphlets from Allen Unruh, D.C., 1984-1992
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 …