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    Chiropractic - is it science, a philosophy, or a religion?

    Many chiropractors feel strongly that the body has what they call an Innate Intelligence. This is a philosophical or perhaps even a religious view that permeates much of chiropractic thought and teaching. This section of ChiroWatch.com takes a look at some web sites that will enable you to decide for yourselves.

    My question to you is whether or not insurance companies, or the government should be funding a philosophy or a religion for your health care.

    Critical eyes on chiropractic

    Palmer student newspaper reactions to FSU chiropractic school

  • FSU Approved for First Public Chiropractic College - The degree program will be five years in length and students will be required to obtain a collateral master’s degree in microbiology, nutrition and biomechanics depending on their course of study.
  • SICA Reflects on FSU Chiropractic College- By: Brett L. Casanova , SICA President 
    As I am sure many of you know by now, the Florida legislature has approved plans for Florida State University to open a college of Chiropractic Medicine. That’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one. Chiropractic Medicine? Give me a break. This may seem like a joke, or at least utterly ridiculous. But think of the consequences of this decision. FSU is a public school, which means the cost of tuition will be much lower than any of the private Chiropractic schools. Many come to Chiropractic college never having been adjusted, or having Chiropractic experiences. They usually attend a school who then teaches them the philosophy, science and art.

    What kind of philosophy, science and art will this school of medicine teach?

    This term sets a dangerous precedent that we must not allow to continue. This is a definite yet another step in the path for us to go the way of the Osteopaths. Unknowing students will enroll and from then on, this is what they will know Chiropractic to be. Is that what we want? Sure it will be more affordable and possibly more accessible, but what will be the quality of ChiropracTIC education? Furthermore, there is already a school in Florida. Some would argue that Florida is a large state, there are already many Chiropractors there and many more people would like to practice there. I cannot argue with that, we always need more. So why not open another ChiropracTIC school? Why a school of Chiropractic Medicine?

    Who will teach these new Chiropractic Physicians? Why do the students have to get a Masters degree with the D.C. (D.C.M.?) degree? If this is successful, will other states follow this trend? If so, how long will people continue to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a real Chiropractic education? In the future, if news programs such as 20/20, Dateline or 48 Hours would decide to do a story on Chiropractic, where do you think they will go? To Palmer, which they have probably never heard of or FSU? My vote goes to FSU. Is that the publicity we want? More publicity showing chiropractors as pseudo-medical doctors? We are a separate, distinct and unique profession. I, for one, want to remain as such.

    The push to open this new school is just another chance for “them” to drive us into legislative oblivion as B.J. warned. Though they may try, as Dr. Braile said when he was here in April, legislators cannot define Chiropractic. Chiropractic is defined in our principles and in our philosophy. They can say that Chiropractors may legally do that which is not ChiropracTIC in their offices, but it does not change the principle. There are people out there still working to try and defeat this disastrous move on the part of the Florida legislator. Our fight to keep ChiropracTIC alive and well is a daily one. This is but one battle, but it is a very important one. Be sure to keep your eye on the situation, stay aware and informed. We will update you as we get new information at our meetings. The Student ICA meets every Friday at 9:20AM in W308.

  • Chiropractic Health Care: Science or Religion? - David Mills The unfortunate fact is that chiropractic "health care" shares many similarities with Fundamentalist religion. Both religion and chiropractic are wildly popular with the American public, claiming tens of millions of devoted followers. Both religion and chiropractic are represented by a superb network of skilled and attractive spokespersons, persuasively articulating the message. Both religion and chiropractic enjoy the background support of well-financed political lobbyists, guaranteeing that federal and state lawmakers "toe the line" on issues relevant to "the cause." Both religion and chiropractic are rarely, if ever, challenged publicly to prove the validity of their doctrines. Both religion and chiropractic offer emotional consolation to the discouraged, claiming that traditional medicine too-easily dismisses the possibility of alternative or miraculous cures to disease. Both religion and chiropractic, despite their powerful and conspicuous presence on every-other street corner, view themselves as a meek and unfairly persecuted minority. Both religion and chiropractic believe that critically ill people may be cured instantly through the "laying on of hands." Finally, both religion and chiropractic claim to be scientific, but are, in reality, steeped in pseudoscientific hogwash.
  • Chiropractic Sites

    Network Spinal Analysis

    This one is the invention of chiropractor Donald Epstein, D.C. It is one of the funniest forms of chiropractic that I have ever seen demonstrated in public. Just wave your magical hands over the body, with perhaps a light touch or two, and you get the idea. "Two spinal "healing" waves develop which help improve spinal and neural integrity, adaptability, and significantly advance wellness and quality of life. Care is advanced through a series of Levels, each producing specific new abilities to adapt to the environment, make healthier choices, enjoy life and develop a healthier spine. This outcomes assessment approach combines self-reported wellness profiles with practitioner clinical assessment to help review the emerging options for healing and an enriched life."

    Planet Chiro Web Site

    • Search Planet Chiro's web site for "religion"

    • Good or Bad? Right or Wrong? or none of the above? - Planet Chiro web site
      By Sid Mouk, D.C. (Smouk@cox.net) Dr. Mouk is asks the question whether or not a chiropractic adjustment "can actually change human behavior?"

      He feels that, "Everything that occurs in the human body is controlled by and through the nervous system so the potential is certainly there."

      "As I understand the philosophy of Chiropractic, our creator (God/Universal Intelligence) who is perfect has infused our MindBody with a spark of God (Innate Intelligence) that flows through our nervous system instilling us with the perfection of the creator."

      He apparently invented what he calls the New Millennium Chiropractic, and believes that it will work with any accurate system of spinal adjusting.

      There are hundreds of different techniques that have been developed by individual chiropractors, perhaps even thousands that have been tried over the last hundred years. But, who is to say if any of them provide an answer to health problems?


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