“Health Freedom”
November 1, 2019 by ,

If quacks can’t win by playing according to the rules, they try to change them by switching from the scientific to the political arena. In science, a medical claim is treated as false until proven beyond a reasonable doubt. But in politics, a medical claim may be accepted until proven false or harmful. This is …

Chiropractic: A Skeptical View
October 10, 2019 by

Chiropractic is the most significant nonscientific health-care delivery system in the United States. As a result of their high level of organization and aggressiveness, chiropractors are licensed to practice in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Although a minority of chiropractors offer rational treatment, chiropractic’s cultism is so well entrenched that the profession should …

Chiropractic: A Risky Career
October 10, 2019 by

I have studied the activities of chiropractors for nearly thirty years. I became interested while teaching health and physical education at a boarding school. As a gymnastics coach, I had noted that manipulative therapy seemed to help certain athletic injuries. In time, a neighborhood chiropractor began indoctrinating me. Although I had a master’s degree in …

A Programmed Instruction Course about Chiropractic for Health Educators
May 28, 2019 by

In the early 1970s, William T. Jarvis, who was a graduate student at the University of Oregon, noted that health educators and their students has very little exposure to critical information about chiropractic. The article below describes his concern and how he developed an instructional course that became the basis of his doctoral dissertation. The …

Chiropractic: The Greatest Hoax of the Century? Review
December 23, 2007 by

I have studied and tracked chiropractic for more than 30 years. My introduction to came by way of a local chiropractor who, wanting me to refer students his way, educated me in the 1960s about the topic when I was teaching high school health and physical education and coaching gymnastics. Like Dr. Chotkowski, despite having …

Both Buyers and Sellers Should Be Wary of Multilevel Marketing
July 2, 2006 by

Millions of people are selling health products as “independent distributors.” Product lines typically include vitamin supplements, weight loss formulas, fiber-containing snack bars, and/or herbal remedies. The National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) has received so many inquiries about such products that it has developed some general caveats. Consumers Beware: Products sold in this fashion must …

Why I am Not a Vegetarian
June 17, 2006 by

Vegetarianism has taken on a “political correctness” comparable to the respectability it had in the last century, when many social and scientific progressives advocated it. Today, crusaders extol meatless eating not only as healthful but also as a solution to world hunger and as a safeguard of “Mother Earth.” The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine …

The New Zealand Chiropractic Report: An Evaluation (1980)
June 9, 2001 by

New Zealand has a government subsidized, cradle-to-grave medical and hospital services program. In 1975, a petition containing more than 94,000 signatures was presented to Parliament asking that chiropractic services be subsidized on the same basis as other health services. Thus, a Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic was established which began its work in January 1978. …

“Alternative Medicine” As Self-Care
December 1, 2000 by

Much of “alternative medicine” is neither used alternatively nor can accurately be called “medicine.” Many approaches are simply questionable forms of self-care or extended self-care. Self-care involves the purchase of products, and extended self-care the use of health-related services without a prescription. Such practices are questionable when they lack answers to the basic questions of …

Chiropractic: Why It Is Controversial
February 9, 2000 by

Chiropractic is a controversial health-care system that has been legalized throughout the United States and in several other countries. In the United States in 1984, roughly 10.7 million people made 163 million office visits to 30,000 chiropractors [1]. More than three fourths of the states require insurance companies to include chiropractic services in health and …