CAM whingers attach way too much importance to the editor of the BMJs denouncement of the chiropractors plethora of evidence.They should remember that 100 years ago DD Palmer the founder of chiropractic had the sense to recognise the failings of an approach to health searching for chemical panaceas. Ivan Illich continued this theme in the 70s with his “Medical Nemesis”, by “being focused on disease medicine has marginalised itself from the majority of healthy people”.
Yes there are inaccuracies in the writings of DD Palmer but I can say with certainty nothing he wrote over a 100 years ago was as misguided as medical professions promotion of smoking in the 50s. and the Journal of the American Medical Association carrying these adds.
Yes its another “straw man” (lets can call this one Dr Finlay), so who should people who have not developed pathology go to when they need help with their wellbeing. Reading whinger blogs their advice seems to be, the problems people consult CAM practitioners with, will go away by themselves, so dont waste your money on CAM.
In other words take a few pills to relieve any discomfort wait for the problem to become chronic and pathology develop then consult a medical expert, hardly surprising the NHS costs so much with this approach. This was the advice medics were giving people with back pain as recently as 1995, bed rest and pain killers?
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