Dump Subluxation? Give Me a Break!
SOURCE: Dynamic Chiropractic
By William Meeker, DC, MPH, FICC
President of Palmer College of Chiropractic West,
and former director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research
The front-page headline of the September issue (volume 13, no. 12) of the Chiropractic Journal reads “Research Conference Urges Profession to Dump Subluxation.” (Ed: No longer available online) Well, I’m here to tell you that nothing even remotely of the kind happened, and I still find it hard to understand why one person, Matthew McCoy, chose to spin the story so inaccurately, especially after (silently) sitting through only one morning of an extensive three-day meeting (the Research Agenda Conference, aka RAC 4) at my invitation (and Palmer’s expense). A responsible journalist who didn’t hear the whole story would have checked not only his facts, but his context as well.
For example, McCoy took me to task for not defending a “hapless Palmer grad.” This person turned out to be Dr. Chuck Henderson, a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College and a member of the faculty at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. Dr. Henderson doesn’t need my help; he does quite well on his own, thank you. Dr. Henderson is currently being funded by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research for a $250,000 study of the effects of spinal subluxation in rats. (Ed. NOTE: This FCER grant led to the publication of 4 very important subluxation studies.) [1-4] The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research has many other projects that focus on subluxation, health and adjustments, but I’ll save those descriptions for another column.
We’re not talking responsibility here, and we certainly aren’t talking journalism. What we are talking about is the artificial creation of intraprofessional fighting. If external forces seem beyond our control, why not start some altercations closer to home? It’s a heck of a lot easier, but why? What I have come to understand, after my first shock of disbelief at being so thoroughly and deliberately misrepresented, and after having so many of my colleagues assume that McCoy’s version was accurate, is that one easy way to build up a position is with negativity. Henry Kissinger’s memoirs make the point that Nixon knew very well how to politically help himself by defining his enemies’ positions for them, regardless of their true positions. (more…)