NECK ADJUSTMENT & STROKE? A WARNING FROM BILL KINSINGER, M.D.
The birth of chiropractic occurred in Davenport Iowa in 1895. Daniel David Palmer was an uneducated grocer who longed to find a cure for all disease. He reportedly cured a deaf man by manipulating his neck and convinced himself that he had indeed found the cure for all ailments. Palmer claimed that 95% of all illness could be eliminated by manipulating the spine, a procedure he called an “adjustment.” The Palmer School of Chiropractic is still considered the “fountainhead” of chiropractic and the theories and practices that are taught there in the 21st century are virtually unchanged from the ideas that D.D. Palmer put forth just over 100 years ago.
That Palmer’s theories have no merit and no scientific basis is troubling enough. Our health care system is struggling with skyrocketing costs and wasting those dollars on quackery seems to be totally illogical. Making the matter worse, chiropractic is not without significant hazards. Chiropractors believe that part of the spine in most need of “adjustment” is the upper neck. Unfortunately, a small number of patients who have their upper necks twisted will suffer a stroke. Most of these patients are woman between the age of twenty and forty-five. Some of them will recover; others will die or suffer permanent and profound neurological injury such as quadriplegia. The benefits of chiropractic treatment are minimal or non-existent. The risks are tremendous.
……. Bill Kinsinger, M.D. [invited blogger]
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