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    Inside Chiropractic

    Sam Homola, D.C.
    Stephen Barrett, M.D.


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    ChiroWatch.com Comment

    This is the official version of the press release read at the press conference held on November, 2, 1999. It concerns the matter of the death of Adam's mother, Lana Dale Lewis, who died after she had her neck adjusted for a migraine headache in a chiropractors office. This lawsuit was launched because of statements made by, positions taken by, or by the failure of the leaders of the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association, and the head of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) to address serious problems within the chiropractic profession.

    Additionally, the Canadian public, its physicians and their patients have been denied important information that could reduce the risks of strokes, injury, and deaths.

    Furthermore, recent promotions of pediatric chiropractic techniques, and the sanctioning of those teachings in Ontario, at or by the chiropractic establishment has the potential to cause serious injury to children. Chiro kids at the beach


    The treatment of children by chiropractors in Ontario, brings with it the risk of unnecessary X-rays. In addition, the anti-vaccine fanaticism by a vocal minority of chiropractors across Canada has reached a point where it may prove dangerous to the health of our communities.


    Who did it?

    On or about November 9, 1999, we noted that all references, and links to pediatric chiropractic treatments was deleted on the Ontario Chiropractic Association's own web site. We furthermore were unable to find references to those treatments on any other Canadian based web site run by divisions of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, or at CMCC. We wonder if instructions came down from the lawyers who are defending these individuals, and institutions to remove those references.

    Anyone who has knowledge of the facts in this matter should please contact us at: whodidit@chirowatch.com

    Press Statement by Adam Lewis

    Date: November 2, 1992
    Location: The Inn on the Park, Toronto

    Lana Dale Lewis was our mother, our daughter, our sister and our friend. She went to a chiropractor - "Doctor" Philip Emanuele for the treatment of migraine headaches, After her final visit Lana complained about the manner in which her neck had been manipulated and the intense pain which ensued. A couple of days after this visit, Lana suffered a stroke. This was followed a few days later by a more drastic stroke - one that proved fatal.

    On September 12, 1996, four days after her 45th birthday, Lana Dale Lewis died.

    Subsequent to Lana's death, Dr. John Deck, Neuro-Pathologist from the Office of the Chief Coroner, Toronto, Ontario conducted an autopsy and a detailed neuro-pathological examination and determined that no reason for the death could be found other than the chiropractic manipulation. Upon further inquiry, Or, Deck opined that there was no significant doubt in his mind that the chiropractic manipulation was the cause of the fatal stroke and cited this with a statistical confidence factor of greater than 90%. Dr. Deck's findings were certified by Dr. Robert Huxter, Regional Coroner for Ontario and by another Ontario coroner, Dr. Murray Naiberg.

    Following the results of the autopsy and neuro-pathological study, it was the decision of the Office of the Coroner for the Region of Metropolitan Toronto to undertake further investigation by contacting senior officials from the chiropractic community. At the request of Dr. Naiberg a meeting was held in his office on December 5, 1996. Doctors' Deck and Huxter joined Dr. Naiberg.

    Representing the chiropractic community were:

    • Jean Moss, President of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, an educational institution that awards chiropractic degrees to those who successfully complete its curriculum,

    • Jaroslaw Grod, Deputy Registrar of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, a licensing and governing body for chiropractors in Ontario and,

    • Paul Carey, President of the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association, in insurance fund for Canadian chiropractors.

    As evidence of their attendance at this meeting, each of these individuals left their business cards.

    According to Dr. Huxter, the purpose of this meeting was to review the pathology and to discuss the public safety issues arising from the death. We have been Told that according to Dr. Deck, in the course of the meeting, the chiropractors challenged the causal connection between the neck manipulation and the death by virtue of the six-day period between the two. We have further boon told that Dr. Deck responded by opining that such a delay is common and almost characteristic of the clinical course following traumatic injury to the vertebral artery in the neck and informed the chiropractors that there was no material doubt that the manipulation was the cause of the fatal stroke. Both Dr. Huxter and Dr. Naiberg have noted that, though it is unclear how severe the risk is, Jean Moss conceded at the meeting that chiropractors are aware of the complication of vertebral artery injury. Both Dr. Naiberg and Dr. Huxter have confirmed that Dr. Deck clearly stated that the death was caused by chiropractic neck manipulation and that ultimately the chiropractors accepted his findings and agreed to officially notify all of their members to remind them of the dangers. Dr. Naiberg has stated that it would have been his recommendation that a coroner's inquest be convened had this undertaking not been pledged by the chiropractors.

    While we have no specific knowledge of any steps which may or may not have been taken by any of the chiropractors present at the meeting with the coroners in Dr. Naiberg's office, we believe that the following series of explicit unqualified misrepresentations offer sufficient evidence that there was no attempt to inform the chiropractic community or the general public about the circumstances surrounding Lana's death and the potentially fatal consequences associated with cervical neck manipulations which can be concluded therefrom.

    1. In September 1998, at the coroner's inquest into the death of Laurie Jean Mathiason, a 20 year old Saskatchewan woman who also died of chiropractic manipulation, sworn testimony was given by one Adrian Grice, a professional colleague of Jean Moss from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College that, and I quote, "this is the only chiropractic death that has ever been reported or recorded in Canada related to spinal manipulation, This is the only time."

    2. On December 7, 1998 In an interview with Michael Enright of the Canadian Broadcasting Company, when asked about the death of Laurie Jean Mathiason, Jean Moss responded, "this was as far as we are aware, the first chiropractic death in Canada."

    3. In September 1998 in an interview with CTV's Robert MacDonald, when asked "Is this the first time you know of someone actually dying", Paul Carey responded "Oh yes, there is no question about that, There is no recorded death in 100 years. Chiropractic first began In Canada in 1895. There is no other death associated with chiropractic in Canada. This is a very dramatic and unusual occurrence. What is to be focused on is that it was so unusual and different because it hasn't happened before."

    4. In October 1998 David Paterson, President of the Canadian Chiropractic Association stated in a press release, "This was the first such event associated with chiropractic care in Canada In 103 years."

    5. On February 15, 1999 S.G. Gorchynski, the President of the Ontario Chiropractic Association wrote a letter, which we are told, was sent to all physicians and neurologists in Ontario. In the letter he wrote, -The Ontario Chiropractic Association is writing this letter to family physicians and neurologists in Ontario to place this unfortunate occurrence, the first such incident in the history of chiropractic practice in Canada, in perspective."

    It seems clear to us that not only did the senior members of the chiropractic community who attended the meeting in Dr. Naiberg's office on December 5, 1996 ignore their professional and civic responsibilities to widely disseminate the facts and findings surrounding the death of our beloved family member Lana Dale Lewis so as to ensure the safety of the Canadian public but they reneged on the express commitment which they made during that meeting to do so. We have no specific knowledge of the motives of these individuals, however, we believe that the facts speak for themselves. In the meantime, the Canadian public has been put unnecessarily at risk.

    Canadian physicians and neurologists in the Province of Ontario were deprived of vital information in the referral of patients to chiropractors, and the jurors in the death of the Laurie Jean Mathiason case were misled.

    We, the family of Lana Dale Lewis cannot and will not accept this. Accordingly, we would like to advise you, the press, of the following steps that have been taken.

    1. Adam Lewis, Lana's youngest son has filed a $12 million lawsuit against chiropractor Philip Emanuele for the wrongful death of his mother and against Jean Moss, Paul Carey and Jaroslaw Grod and each of the institutions which they represent.

      It is anticipated that a second lawsuit will be filed by additional family members.

      As it relates to Jean Moss, Paul Carey and Jaroslaw Grod, formal complaints regarding their conduct in this case will be been filed with the Registrar of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. Copies of these complaints will be forwarded to the Minister of Health of the Province of Ontario, the Attorney General of the Province of Ontario and the Health Board Secretariat of the Province of Ontario.

    2. A formal request for a coroner's inquest of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Lana, has been sent to Dr, William Lucas, the new Regional Coroner for Ontario.

    3. Given the facts contained in this statement, in conjunction with the findings by the Canadian Stroke symposium released yesterday by Dr. John Norris, consideration will be given to broadening the litigation to a class action suit on behalf of all patients in Canada who have suffered strokes or injury as a result of cervical manipulations. The findings so far in the Canadian Stroke consortium study indicate that traumatic dissection of the neck arteries is an underestimated cause of stroke in young people and at present estimates are that at least two patients per month in Canada experience a stroke following neck manipulation.

    4. An e-mail address neck9ll@sprint.ca has been established to identify any Canadian who feels that they or a family member has been injured due to chiropractic neck manipulation.

    Petitions will also be filed with the appropriate medical and political bodies to achieve the following measures:

    1. The outlawing of cervical neck manipulations in Canada.

    2. The termination of funding from OHIP for chiropractic manipulations administered to children under the age of 18. In a period in which health care funding is constricting and our health care system is struggling to offer acceptable standards of care to the medically needy, remarkably OHIP routinely provides funding to chiropractors who manipulate the fragile necks and spinal columns of infants and children for maladies such as colic and ear infections. As parents, we do not wish a single child to be exposed to the dangers of cervical manipulation. We fully support the statement of the Chiefs of Pediatrics of Canadian hospitals that this support should be terminated in children under the age of 18 who further stated that "this public fiscal support gives parents the false impression that society endorses such treatments."

    3. The cessation and termination of plans by York University to institute a doctorate degree for chiropractic students in exchange for a $25 million stipend. In view of the recent disclosures and the associated health risks which they reveal, we feel that this would be the appropriate position for a public institution of higher learning.

    4. The granting of funding by the Ministry of Health of Ontario to the Stroke Consortium to collect further data on the number of strokes, deaths and other injuries due to chiropractic neck manipulation.

    We thank you all for your time, Copies of this statement, the statement of claim and the press release outlining the preliminary findings of the Canadian Stroke symposium are available for your review. We will now attempt to answer any questions to which legal sensitivities will allow us to respond.


    The Statement of Claim is Court File 99/2365

    October 8, 1999

    Filed at Hamilton office 45 Main St. East. Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2B7

    Ontario SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

    Adam Lewis - Plaintiff

    -and-

    Philip Emanuele, Emanuele Chiropractic Clinic Jean A Moss, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Jaroslaw P. Grod, College of Chiropractors of Ontario Paul F. Carey, Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association


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