Over the years, people have told me they think chiropractors are quacks. It’s been upsetting, at times. And I’ve wondered why people would even ask that question: are chiropractors quacks?
I consider my decision to choose this profession to be an intelligent one, and I’ve never doubted whether or not chiropractic worked.
I know now that when I make chiropractic adjustments in St. Louis, the patient’s symptoms — neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, low back pain and hip pain — go away at least 97 percent of the time. And it’s not just me getting those results; other chiropractors I know do too.
That’s a pretty good record!
So, to amuse myself further with the whole, “are chiropractors quacks?” thing, I looked up the definition of the word quack, and found out all it meant was the sound uttered by a duck.
Obviously, this wasn’t how people were using it in reference to my profession. And, looking further into it, I found another definition that fit what I was looking for: an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment. It’s like a “charlatan.”
At this point, the question became, “where did this all come from?”
Well, it all started with the case of Wilk v. American Medical Ass’n. In this case, the AMA was found guilty of conspiring to control and eventually eliminate chiropractic as a profession. It was chiropractor Chester A. Wilk, DC, who led the challenge against the AMA.
But how do you eliminate a profession? For starters, you can make up stories that aren’t true and then say them loud enough and long enough until people start to think they’re true.
This is called black public relations or black propaganda. And in the case of Wilk v. American Medical Ass’n, that’s exactly what happened! In this particular case, the AMA spoke loud enough and long enough to eventually convince the public that Chiropractors are quacks.
Unfortunately, the AMA made up stories that prevented people from receiving the best natural health care in the world. If you want more proof, read Chester A. Wilk’s book, “Chiropractic Speaks Out: A Reply to Medical Propaganda, Bigotry and Ignorance.”
The truth of the matter is, chiropractors are not quacks and chiropractic has stood the test of time. And in spite of attempted suppression, chiropractic has flourished and continues to grow. Many studies prove the effectiveness of chiropractic in treating neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, low back pain, hip pain and more — no joke, the list goes on.
Why does it go on? Because when you look at misaligned vertebrae and the resulting pinched nerve, which is often the cause of all those painful symptoms, correcting those misalignments relieves the pinching. It’s that simple!
If you have any questions or need further information to help prove chiropractors are, in fact, not quacks, please feel free to reach out to me.