Chiropractic Pamphlets from Cindy Publications, Inc.


Stephen Barrett, M.D.
March 28, 2020

These pamphlets were originally published in 1976 and 1977 by Cindy Publications of Grain Valley, New York. The company’s president was George T. Hackleman, D.C. To see the pamphlets, click here.

Messages for Adults

The pamphlets as a group suggest that virtually everything can be caused by pinched nerves and corrected by spinal adjustments.

  • X-ray and Chiropractic
  • New Chiropractic Patient
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Arm & Shoulder Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Migraine Headache
  • Nerves Just Nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Backache
  • Whiplash

The “Nerves Just Nerves” pamphlet claims that “nerve ‘short circuit'” can cause “dizziness, headaches, nervousness, eye and ear problems, high blood pressure, chronic tiredness, migraine headaches, nervous breakdown, glandular troubles, allergy, skin disorders, gall bladder troubles, poor circulation, low blood pressure, rheumatism, and scores of uncomfortable symptoms.”

The “Pinched Nerve” pamphlet claims that “pinched nerves can masquerade as ulcers, eczema, bursitis, bronchitis, dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, thyroid trouble . . . the list is endless.”

The Migraine Headache” pamphlet claims that chiropractors can “banish the migraine forever’ by releasing the pitched nerves.

The “High Blood Pressure” pamphlet states that “since the mechanism of blood pressure is controlled by the nervous system . . . the chiropractor is the doctor to ask if you think you are suffering from high blood pressure.”

These claims have no scientific support.

Messages for Children

These pamphlets describe a chiropractor as a “friend,” suggest that that spinal misalignments can make them feel bad, “feeling bad,” and and recommend keeping the spine “on track” with chiropractic adjustments.

  • Why Do I Go to a Chiropractor?
  • Now I’ll Make It Plain. . . Your Spine’s Like a tTain!
  • Have You Got Nerve!
  • Is That Spine Mine?

There is no scientific evidence that children need periodic spinal checkups or adjustments.