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Chiropractors & Naturopaths: Are They Dangerous?

At least four consecutive studies have documented that most MDs are incompetent when it comes to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems, something at which chiropractors excel. Another example of an abysmal lack of education of Western physicians is in the area of diet and nutrition. The AMA itself has published research showing that dietary interventions should be used before drugs in the treatment of heart disease. Yet, medical students receive virtually NO training in nutrition. Naturopathic and chiropractic physicians, on the other hand, are usually well versed in the importance of nutrition and exercise.

It’s Not Just the AMA

Perhaps it’s time to take a real look at medical associations, and the concern that they may be doing more harm than good. For groups who claim to exist in order to protect your health, they inevitably end up sabotaging it. It isn’t just the AMA. Other medical associations that claim to exist for the betterment of public health include the following:

  • American Dental Association (ADA): Continues to support the use of mercury fillings and demonizes biological dentists who oppose the use of mercury in dentistry; continues to support fluoridation, in spite of the evidence it does more harm than good.
  • American Cancer Society (ACS): This charity has close ties to the mammography industry, the cancer drug industry, and the pesticide industry; has rampant conflicts of interest; consistently promotes drugs and screening procedures while ignoring environmental causes of cancer.
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI): Has spent billions of taxpayer dollars promoting treatments while ignoring strategies for preventing cancer; abundant ties to the cancer drug industry (for more information, read Samuel Epstein’s new book, National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society: Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention and Conflicts of Interest)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Claiming to be protecting your children, the AAP is largely funded by vaccine manufacturers but refuses to disclose just how much money it gets from them; partners with Congress to protect pediatricians and drug companies from liability for vaccine injuries, while preventing you from getting truthful vaccine information.

Actions Speak Louder than Words

When someone’s words differ from their actions, chances are that their actions more accurately reflect their values—and this is true for organizations, as well as individuals. Although medical associations claim to have your best interests at heart, their actions tell a different story. It’s time to begin holding them accountable for their behavior and stop letting them hide behind the same old tired rhetoric.

You have a right to make your own choices about your healthcare, be it allopathic or naturopathic—whether you see an MD, an ND, or a DC should be YOUR decision and yours alone.

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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, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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2:08PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thanks

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 www.erinmillshealth.com

6:32PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

No.

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:http://www.quackwatch.com/ among many others.



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