ICA Responds to Forbes Attack on Chiropractic Through Their Legal Counsel
Falls Church, VA, April 23, 2014: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has responded to a malicious and damaging attack on chiropractic recently published by Forbes magazine on-line, through its legal counsel, Swankin & Turner, a long established and much respected Washington, DC law firm. “This recent outrageous and prejudicial attack on the chiropractic profession requires an exceptional response,” said ICA President Dr. Michael S. McLean. “Attacks on our profession from critics and competitors are commonplace and predictable but this recent piece, titled “New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted on Chiropractors” and written by Steven Salzberg, is so outrageously misleading and hurtful that we feel all of our legal options and protections must be explored.”
ICA is especially shocked by the highly prejudicial assertions about the risks associated with chiropractic care and the choice of outdated, misleading references for which compelling data to the contrary exists which clearly documents the exceptional safety and clinical effectiveness of chiropractic procedures. In his letter, James Turner, Esq, ICA’s General Legal Counsel told the Forbes Editor:
The arrogance, ignorance and above all, prejudice displayed in Mr. Salzberg’s essay is rare in this day and age of universal availability of information on any subject from any source via the Internet. To ignore the mass of safety, clinical and cost-effectiveness data on chiropractic readily available to anyone bothering to search clearly indicates the intentions of this individual – to maliciously smear and to discredit for reasons that only he can explain. This organization would certainly have been happy to assist in any such search and we wish to go on record as making the resources of the ICA available to any Forbes writer should there be an interest in an objective, balanced review of any chiropractic issue.