Delusional Chiropractor Loses License

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
November 10, 2006

James C. Burda, D.C., of Athens, Ohio, has signed a voluntary license relinquishment [1] that permanently revokes his license to practice chiropractic. The state chiropractic board’s announcement [2] states:

  • Dr. Burda made up the term “Bahlaqeem” to describe a form of treatment in which he claimed to treat individuals anytime, anywhere, who are not in his presence and without physical contact.
  • The Board determined that “Bahlaqeem” is not an acceptable form of treatment according to acceptable and prevailing standards of chiropractic care and constitutes practicing beyond the scope of the practice of chiropractic.
  • Dr. Burda is also unable to practice chiropractic according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care due to mental illness, specifically, Delusional Disorder, Grandiose Type [1].

Burda charged $60 per 24-hour period to use mental vibrations to heal by methods that he christened “Bahlaqeem Vina” and “Bahlaqeem Jaqem.” He also claimed to be able to go back in time to the moment a patient had been injured. His Web site, which is is still posted, states:

This is what happens when I get a request to be treated. As soon as I get a request for vina, I think of you, the person to whom the correction is being directed, and then silently ask if you can be treated. This is a request for permission to perform vina and is done before all vina is made. If I do not get a positive answer, I stop and nothing is done at that time. I may ask again and if I get the same response I do not attempt the vina. I will communicate this to you. If, however, after asking permission for vina and a positive response is received, the vina is performed right away.

The diagnostic procedure involves asking questions either out loud or silently as to how different bones are misaligned, twisted, rotated or displaced. Once the diagnosis is completed, the correction is made either by telling the bone to shift to its proper position or by hand-directing it. The vina is performed while thinking about the area that needs to change. This is the gift, which I have been given, my ability to tell the body to make changes [4].


It does not matter that you call what is being done, vibrational vina or jaqem which includes the previously know maneuver where the bones are forcibly pushed back into proper position by hand or mechanical device. The result is the same: increased activity with less pain and more ability to do things. This technique is brand new and being developed every day and therefore current terms of how bones and joints, are reorganized may not be appropriate. Pain is often the result of joint disorganization and twisted or rotated bones, all of which can be affected by what I can do [5].

Much of chiropractic is based on delusions that spinal misalignments (“subluxations”) are the underlying cause of disease and that correcting them can restore health. The Ohio Board’s action indicates that chiropractic delusions that are not “standard” or “prevalent” may be unacceptable.


  1. Voluntary permanent surrender of license to practice in the State of Ohio. In the matter oif James Cameron Burda, D.C. Sept. 28, 2006.
  2. Case description, permanent revocation of James C. Burda, D.C., Sept 28, 2006
  3. Burda JC. Bahlaqeen. Bahlaqeen Web site, accessed Nov 17, 2006.
  4. Burda JC. Legal. Bahlaqeen Web site, accessed Nov 17, 2006.
  5. Barrett S. Subluxation: Chiropractic’s elusive buzzword. Chirobase, May 26, 2006.

This page was revised on November 10, 2006.