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Chiropractors & Naturopaths: Are They Dangerous?

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The AMA’s Bedfellows

Even with the success of the Wilkes Case, the AMA has continued to wage war against natural medicine for the past 20 years—but in more covert ways. It’s the “Cold War” phase of this battle, but every bit as fierce. And now the AMA has rallied up a few significant allies, including:

  • The American Dental Association (ADA)
  • The American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and
  • The American Psychiatric Association (APA)

… not to mention governmental regulatory agencies; all willing to march toward a common goal—a monopoly on medical care in this country. Together, they form a formidable lobbying force that controls just about every regulatory and legislative body in America. The truth is that chiropractic, naturopathic, and osteopathic medicine have PROVEN to be medically effective and cost effective for the patient, and the AMA can’t stomach this, viewing natural medicine as a huge threat to their bottom line.

Federal Courts Rule AMA “Guilty as Charged”

In 1987, the federal courts found the AMA and several other medical groups guilty of seeking to create a healthcare monopoly. Specifically, they were found guilty of the following actions (published in the January 1988 issue of JAMA):

  1. Systematic defamation of naturopathic, chiropractic, and osteopathic physicians
  2. Publishing and distribution of propaganda specifically intended to ruin other healthcare professionals’ reputations
  3. Forcing MDs to refuse collaboration with naturopathic, chiropractic, and osteopathic physicians in the co-management of patients
  4. Denying hospital access to naturopathic, chiropractic, and osteopathic physicians

The attack on osteopathic medicine has largely faded away since then, but chiropractic and naturopathic practitioners, as well as other legitimate natural medicine practitioners, continue to be the targets of suppression and misrepresentation. The war isn’t over, but the rules of engagement have changed.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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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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