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Chiropractors & Naturopaths: Are They Dangerous?

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Chiropractors & Naturopaths: Are They Dangerous?

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The medical profession has a long history of opposing alternative healing professions. While always claiming public safety as its reason for the attacks, the true reasons†often†involve protecting their monopoly of the healthcare market.

Medicine’s opposition to chiropractic was its strongest under the leadership of Morris Fishbein, Secretary of the American Medical Association from 1924 to 1949, who led a 50-year anti-chiropractic campaign in both professional publications and the public media.

Historical Antitrust Lawsuits Against Medical Societies

In 1975 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Goldfarb vs. the Virginia State Bar that learned professions are not exempt from antitrust suits.

In 1982 the Court ruled that the FTC could enforce antitrust laws against medical societies.

These two suits paved the way for five chiropractors to file an anti-trust suit against the American Medical Association (AMA) and several other health care agencies and societies in Federal District Court (known as the Wilkes Case).

Judge Susan Getzendanner found the AMA and others guilty of an illegal conspiracy against the chiropractic profession in September of 1987, ordering a permanent injunction against the AMA and forcing them to print the court’s findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Even with success of the Wilkes Case and other anti-trust litigation, the AMA continues to this day to wage a campaign against chiropractic.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has maintained a decades-long battle against “alternative” healing traditions, dating back to the 1920s and arguably even earlier. The courts eventually ruled in favor of the chiropractors in 1987, finding the AMA guilty of a conspiracy to take down the chiropractic profession, as the above article recounts in detail.

But was this the end of it? Has the AMA resigned itself to the fact that chiropractic, as well as other forms of natural medicine, are here to stay? Not a chance.

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2:08PM PST on Dec 11, 2012


6:16PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

anyone who doesn't know what they are doing can be a danger. but a good chiropractor is a miracle worker!

8:36PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

I think,natural methods of healing to ensure you body is functioning at its optimum level.This has helped our patients with alleviating back pain, neck pain, headaches and a wide variety of other conditions.For more details

6:32PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012


1:38AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

I swear by chiropractics. Unfortunately, the only one in my area that accepts my insurance won't actually do the massive adjustments my spine needs.

7:24PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I love my chiropractor. I also have a great MD who pays attention. If he can't figure out what the problem is, he doesn't discount that there are alternatives that might work better. Part of the reason this works is I am clear when I say I don't want a drug to cover up the problem, I want a solution that will take the problem away. I have used alternative medicine, chiropractic, and diet to solve many problems. Diet is a huge part of staying healthy, and it's the best place to start.

10:15PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

A shame these professions cannot work togethr without competing and declaring each other quacks.

11:03PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

hmmm, this story was useless to me...

3:33PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

There appears to be a lot of misinformation about naturopaths/NDs. First, those who are practicing in licensed states have to go to an accredited four year institution, just like allopathic medical school, and must pass board examinations to get license. They must maintain their licensure each year with continuing education, just like MDs. For the commenter who said, why don't they go to allopathic school on top of naturopathic school -- allopathic school is already four years plus at least 3 years of residency -- so you're looking at at least 11 years of post-university training. If you want to help pay for that amount of time, money, and energy, then please, by all means, do so.

There are those who take a weekend course in herbs or some alternative therapy and decide to call themselves "NDs" -- they practice in unlicensed states where they are unregulated and can call themselves whatever they want and recommend whatever treatments they want. They are different from trained/licensed NDs. Most licensed NDs believe that modern medicine has its place, but why recommend antibiotics, antidepressants, hypertension drugs (with side effects) when you can begin with a lower level intervention? If the lower level intervention fails, then they move onto a higher level intervention. That's not to say they don't use antibiotics or pharmaceuticals when they're necessary. And obviously, the ERs are not filled with naturopaths becaus that's not their type of medicine. Would you

9:50AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

"The medical profession has a long history of opposing alternative healing professions. While always claiming public safety as its reason for the attacks, the true reasons often involve protecting their monopoly of the healthcare market."

You can't possibly be serious! The healthcare profession has a long history of promoting science as opposed to superstition!

As for chiropractic and naturopaths, see: among many others.

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