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The Medical Monopoly: Protecting Consumers Or Limiting Competition?

Chiro.Org Blog: Nonphysician providers of medical care are in high demand in the United States. But licensure laws and federal regulations limit their scope of practice and restrict access to their services. The result has almost inevitably been less choice and higher prices for consumers. […]

Why You Might Want To Switch Browsers

Chiro.Org Blog: Compare the 3 leading web browsers, and see how poorly 2 of them render tables. The choice is clear, it’s time to step up to Chrome. […]

A Canadian Lawyer’s Rant

Chiro.Org Blog: After reading the first 2 paragraphs of this… what… letter to the editor? … I had some thoughts… […]

The Government Shut Down

Chiro.Org Blog: I think everyone should be permitted one rant per day. So, here’s mine: […]

In Memory of Those Who Have Fallen (2012)

Chiro.Org Blog: The Bivouac of the Dead

The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo’ No more on life’s parade shall meet That brave and fallen few; […]

Clinical Disorders of the Motor System

Chiro.Org Blog: Such clinical features as fatigue, weakness, nervousness, pain, tenderness, paralysis, sensory loss, paresthesia, and abnormalities of muscle mass or tone are the most common signs and symptoms noted in neural disorders. Fatigue, weakness, and nervousness are frequently presented together. This triune can usually be attributed to a functional disorder or appear as a complication in organic disease. […]

Is “Expanded Practice” our Pandora’s Box?

Chiro.Org Blog: I just read a new Press Release from the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation (FVS) this morning, titled “Chiropractors Lash Out in Massive Campaign Against Accrediting Agency“. Previous releases from this same group have decried (perhaps rightly) any movement to include prescribing rights for DCs, and this Blog has published extensively about both sides of this issue in the past. [1–14] […]

And, Speaking of Professor Edzard Ernst:
If The Shoe Fits…

Chiro.Org Blog: Dr Iain Chalmers, the director of the UK Cochrane Centre and a vociferous proponent of systematic reviews, told delegates: “Critics of complementary medicine often seem to operate a double standard, being far more assiduous in their attempts to outlaw unevaluated complementary medical practices than unevaluated orthodox practices.” He also said: “These double standards might be acceptable if orthodox medicine was based solely on practices which had been shown to do more good than harm, and if the mechanisms through which their beneficial elements had their effects were understood, but neither of these conditions applies.” […]

The Inherent Problems With Randomized Controlled Trials

Chiro.Org Blog: From the point of view of clinical practice, however, especially in areas in which physical treatments are applied, the principles of fastidious treatments and blinding begin to wear thin and in a few recent examples regarding spinal manipulation, appear to have fallen apart completely. This difficulty is by no means confined to physical treatments, as the literature pertaining to the use of medications has also suggested that the inexperienced use and/or uncritical acceptance of the results of RCTs can lead to confusion. […]

Chiropractic Research Testimony at the National Institute of Medicine

Chiro.Org Blog: Anthony Rosner, Ph.D., Director of Research and Education for the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, presented testimony on behalf of chiropractic research and practice standards at hearings conducted at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) headquarters in Washington, D.C. […]

The Obstacles and Barriers to CAM or Alt-Med Research

Chiro.Org Blog: Until 25 years ago, chiropractic research was vastly underdeveloped and appeared to some as an oxymoron. In 1975, a conference at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that “There are little scientific data of significance to evaluate this (chiropractic’s) clinical approach to health and to the treatment of disease.” [1] From that time onward, both clinical and basic research have advanced to the point at which (i) over 40 randomized clinical trials comparing spinal manipulation with other treatments in the management of back pain have been published in the scientific literature, [2, 3] (ii) meta-analysis and systematic reviews attesting to the support of spinal manipulation in the management of back pain [4, 5] have also appeared, and (iii) multidisciplinary panels representing the governments of the United States, [6] Canada, [7] Great Britain, [8] Sweden, [9] Denmark, [10] Australia, [11] and New Zealand [12] have expressed similar recognition of the robust evidence base in support of spinal manipulation for managing low back conditions. […]

Plastic Surgery For Headaches???

Chiro.Org Blog: A recent full text article in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery [1] fully describes how plastic surgeons attempt to mimic the common outcome of chiropractic upper cervical adjusting by: removal of a small segment of the semispinalis capitis muscle and shielding of the nerve with a subcutaneous flap to fully decompress the greater occipital nerve […]

The Dangers of “GroupThink”

Chiro.Org Blog: The term “group think” was coined by the psychologist Irving Janis in his 1972 work, Victims of Group think: A Psychological Study of Foreign- Policy Decisions and Fiascoes. Group think describes what happens when individual thought cedes to the will of group consciousness. […]

Point/Counterpoint: Seeking A Second Opinion on Expanded Chiropractic Practice Part I

Chiro.Org Blog: There has been a lot of recent traffic to our postings about Alabama [1] and New Mexico’s attempts to gain prescription rights. For that reason, we are featuring 2 articles, both pro and con on the topic of expanding chiropractic practice into the realm of medicine. We hope you will find the following 2 articles of interest. […]

Point/Counterpoint: Seeking A Second Opinion Part II: Best for the Profession or Best for the Public?

Chiro.Org Blog: This is the second in a series of articles about expanding chiropractic practice into the realm of medicine. [1] We hope you will find these 2 articles of interest. […]