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A practical guide that explores the facts and falsehoods of chiropractic. Homola is a retired chiropractor and author of a dozen books. He shows that, despite claims to the contrary, chiropractors do not qualify as primary-care physicians. He analyzes patient-education materials, gives self-examination tips to help consumers with back pain to decide if and when to see a chiropractor, and analyzes questionable techniques used to attract and treat patients.
This is Sam Homola's latest book. What a relief to find a book that is an honest appraisal of how to treat the aches and pains of everyday living. If you are high on chiropractic, then this book should be on your shelf. Dr. Homola practiced for years as a chiropractor and his knowledge is based on those years of practice. Order it today
Dr. Preston H. Long is THE expert. Consumers trust Andrew Weil for reliable information about alternative medicine, Dr. Bernie Siegel for inspiring words about mind-body connection, and Dr. Dean Ornish, for practical ways to keep their hearts healthy, but who the recognized authority on back care and the limits of chiropractic medicine?
Patricia Marchuk M.D.
Jeffery Beleutz D.C.
When chiropractic ads hit your small town newspaper, and it's about pregnant women and infants being "chiro-ized", it can get really dirty.
Patricia Marchuk practices family medicine in a small town near Lake Simcoe, Ontario. She took it upon herself to respond to the outrageous claims made by a local area chiropractor, Jeffery Beleutz, who took out a misleading half-page advertisement in the local paper, the Georgina Advocate.
Beleutz was bragging to his rural community that he attended a conference in Atlanta for four days last February, and was now ready to tackle the awesome job of helping pregnant women throughout their pregnancy. Of course he failed to mention who sponsored the course.
But, at ChiroWatch, we leave no stone unturned, no subluxation unadjusted. We've "cracked" the mysterious puzzle and have been able to track down the group, and it is none other than the ChiroPediatric World Tour. We are really impressed. It's the same group that teaches parents how they can disarm their pediatrician, and avoid all those nasty antibiotics, and Caesarian Sections. The course costs $395 U.S., unless he registered early.
Here are some quick notes from their site:
When Drs. Stuart and Theresa Warner, and Dr. Eric Plasker first conceived this spectacular event, they wanted
to make sure chiropractors would get what they need to explode their family practice and lead their
communities to wellness.
They learned that the majority of chiropractors want to either build a high volume family practice, or add a strong family practice base to what they are currently doing.
Dr. Daniel Murphy will be teaching the most current scientific evidence and research supporting chiropractic
care for children. After attending his session, there will be no doubt in any chiropractor's mind that every child in
their town should be examined for vertebral subluxations.
The arrogant attitude exhibited by Beleutz, who loves to call himself doctor, and even has a bachelors degree as well, is a fine example of what is wrong with our secondary school, and university training in this fine country. What is a "child's health potential" Jeffery? Does it mean that your OHIP rostering of patients is shrinking, and you want to bring them in, not matter what the cost?
Dr. Jeff knows that the treatment of asthma by chiropractors has been debunked scientifically by Canadian researchers, including chiropractors. So why does he not keep up to date with his own profession's research?
He basically said that "nervous system interference", that he can measure in his office, is reduced or eliminated by his treatment that he fine-tuned in Atlanta. He makes a plea that "Children need chiropractic care".
Well, one doctor in his community decided that it was about time to set the record straight. For years the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario have treaded lightly on the grounds of any critique of chiropractors. But, when Patricia saw the paper, she saw RED.
Her response was to place a similar sized ad in the May 7th issue of the paper and ram the point home that misleading advertising would not be tolerated in her community. She offered the local residents the entire statement made by the Chiefs of Pediatric Hospitals and the Canadian Pediatric Society. Unfortunately the CPS doesn't have the position paper on its web site.
|We invite you to see what was placed in the paper by Jeffery Beleutz, and to judge for yourself. |
Send Dr. Marchuk support if you can. The medical community must stand up for what is right.
Click on small pictures for larger full-page view. These are just scanned images, and I apologize if they are a bit blurry. They were sent to me yesterday. When they ran in the Georgina Advocate they were half-page. Just print them out as is. If you can't read it, I will transcribe the text in a day or so.
Patricia needs support and praise for her courage and public stance.
Call her at 705-437-2057
Fax her at 705-437-2349
Dr. Patricia Marchuk, M.D., C.C.F.P.
Family Health Centre
Box 158 Pefferlaw, Ontario L0E 1N0
Send a message to Jeffery Beleutz
Call him at 905-722-6704
Sutton West Chiropractic Clinic
64 High St.
Sutton West, Ontario
Things you can do to assist medical doctors like Patricia to defend their patients from assaults by alternative medicine practitioners, or licensed health professional who lie to them about immunizations and other pediatric conditions.
- Send Chirowatch some pictures that are inspirational, like a picture of Liz
Witmer and the OHIP people placing a big fat ZERO on the total amount
paid by taxpayers for pediatric chiropractic. Ask her when she comes to your town to campaign this month when she is going to demand accountability from OHIP.
- Collect all chiropractic advertising in your local paper, record ads on the radio or television. Send them to Chirowatch. If you need instructions for sending them to us, just send us e-mail
- Show up at meetings, or call-in talk shows given by chiropractors and ask them blunt questions that will challenge their "innate" right to use their quack theories of "nervous system interference". Then ask them publicly how many women that they have practiced on with their new-found intelligence. Ask them how many infants they have manipulated. Ask them what their OHIP billings were before and after they attended chiropractic seminars, and promotional meetings.
- Take pictures of any signs on the outside of chiropractors' offices, or posters when they show up at shopping malls, or school screenings.
- File an official complaint with the Advertising Standards Council. Let us know and we will give you details. But first, we should see the advertisement.
- Ask you school board if chiropractors are ever invited to do presentations to primary school children. Ask to be notified when they will be at the schools in your town, and request that the school record their presentation for you.
- Write letters to the editor, or ask to appear on the radio or television to present the real truth about chiropractic pediatrics.
- Complain to the College of Chiropractors in your Province about the advertising claims, or statements made by chiropractors if you feel that the content of what they said was potentially injurious to your patients, or were just out-to-lunch.
- Find out who is on the executive board of the local chiropractic association and make a statement that you are not too happy with the actions, statements, or presentation by one or more of their local chiropractors.
- If any chiropractors makes a statement against childhood immunizations, or claims that certain procedures will cure or prevent illness, document those statements and file a complaint.
- Find out which medical doctors are working with chiropractors who don't restrict their practice to follow the standards of the "orthopractic guidelines". Ask them to contact the CMPA, and ask them if they will be covered if they refer to a chiropractor and their patient is injured or their condition worsens because of treatment. This is serious stuff here.
- If any chiropractors files a complaint against any of your actions, then let us know. I have had complaints lodged against me because a patient needed to have a medical evaluation for what she said was "scoliosis", and she didn't like my attitude when I asked her who had been treating her "scoliosis" for 10 years. Her brother is a chiropractor. She never went to the medical doctor for evaluation, as far as I know, she just called the College of Physicians.
- If your local medical society fails to give you support, let us know.
- Collect complaints from any of your own patients if they ask you about procedures, or promises made by their own chiropractor, such as "bring me your baby right after birth", or "I have a way of evaluating your subluxation with a special thermographic device", or "just come in for your free back evaluation, no obligation".
- Put signs up in your office that chiropractic pediatrics and care for pregnant women have no basis in science. Tell them that the chiropractic opposition to immunization of children is bad for their children.
- Put our web site up in a prominent place in your office: WWW.CHIROWATCH.COM
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Great pediatric chiropractic sites
- Eric Plasker - the brains behind the Atlanta World Chiro Pediatric show gives his opinion on brain-bashing M.D.s who deliver damaged goods. I wonder what pointers that Dr. Beleutz took back with him from his seminar?
- "The neck is an area of the body where you cannot afford to have an injury remain uncorrected."
"...a 5 year old child whose birth occurred via a very traumatic C-section, never had a properly functioning bladder. Her father, who was an eyewitness to the traumatic birth, described how his baby’s lower spine was twisted during the delivery. After just a month of chiropractic care, the parents were amazed that their child’s problem was gone."
He blames thyroid cancer in a 26 year old because she had bruising on her neck? Wow, what a connection!
- Yes, even gall bladder disease is caused by a kink in the neck!
Here is a message to parents - Have your child examines soon after birth by a chiropractor. The folks down under really dig this stuff, really!!
- You can join the World Chiropractic Alliance and help stamp out the FTC suppression of free speech and support pediatric chiropractic, too. It will cost you $500 U.S.
- If you just want to become the most powerful chiropractic pediatrician on this side of Pluto - just crack you neck a bit and look here.
- Learn how shift the credibility and authority of child's health
care away from the medical doctor toward chiropractic, and an understanding of the body's ability to heal itself?
- Concerning pediatric treatment of ear infections with antibiotics: "If your pediatrician knew of this information [side effects of anti-biotics], do
you think that he (she) would still prescribe the antibiotic knowing of the adverse events that might follow?"
- Demonstrating your position with factual data will certainly shake the legs of the medical table while
lending credibility to chiropractic.
- While performing chiropractic exam procedures on a child, turn to the parent and ask, "Did your pediatrician do this test?"
- Body Wise MLM - Finally, nutritional support for the subluxation-based chiropractic patient. Ask your chiropractor if they recommend that you can't live a normal life without signing up for their nutrition program. This was on the World Chiropractic Alliance web page.
- What does it take for a testimonial to Eric Plasker? Your kid dies, and the parents thank Eric for a lifetime of chiropractic care. What a legacy.
- Just for Fun ChiroPage - just in case you thought that they were serious!
- Innate tables for children found on the World Chiropractic's site
- How to keep the kids coming back for more adjustments for ear infections
Motion palpation of the pediatric pelvis
- List of chiropractic organizations and journals
- International Chiropractic Pediatrics homepage
- ChiroSlide - The Chiropractic Stethoscope
- Larry Webster - the Grandfather of Pediatric Chiropractic died of a stroke in 1997. - In recent years, Webster's success in bringing chiropractic to children could be measured by the vehemence of the opposition
from the medical establishment, which tried repeatedly to convince the public that chiropractic care should not be offered to the
young. He sustained the anti-vaccination/immunization arm of chiropractic. In 1993, when the National Vaccine Information Center was about the close its doors, it was Larry Webster who had the love
and the vision to make our mission a part of his own.
- What does it take to be a pediatric chiropractic CHAMPION?
- Traumatic birth syndrome - TBS - How to become an authority in infant spinal care?
"If everyone knew what I just explained to these people, every baby on the planet would be getting
examined immediately after birth, and chiropractors would be so busy, they wouldn't have time to complain about insurance.
Why doesn't everyone get it? It seems so simple and it just makes sense."
- Canadian chiropractic resources and links - check out the sections on pregancy and infants.
- "Colic cures -R- Us" - Pediatrics is a growing field of interest within the chiropractic community and rightly so. Children are people, too, and deserving
of the best possible, natural avenues of health care. Children deserve miracles, too.
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- A Windsor chiropractor asks "But why would a baby have these spinal problems?" - Answer - so they can make more money and hook people on useless treatments. We hear that the folks in Kingston are working on the problem, and should have an answer before the next millenium bug freezes pediatric chiro's computer screen forever.
- Well what do you know? - the Ontario Chiropractic Association also has an answer - ....Hmmmmmmm, sounds familiar?
- What do chiropractors do when they give up on cracking backs? - A chiropractor named Dr. Aaron Flickstein started with acupuncture, ayurveda, and therapeutic touch in 1971, became a certified Hatha teacher, massage therapist, and Rebirther by 1976, and entered chiropractic college in 1977 having finished four years of Aikido and T'ai Chi training. He then began his formal study of
four-year program in Bio-Energetic Therapy while completing his DC degree.
- Ontario Chiros on Parade - The Waterloo fountain of youthful chiropractors tackle the press in a battle that has been raging for over a year and a half. See what you think, as the dog and horse anti-subluxators and media manipulators practice their art, while most scientists and medical/veterinary societies stand by and do nothing to stop it.
- Dr. Stephen Barrett's trips to the pediatric chiropractor -This article reports on the experiences of three children and five adults who visited a total of more than 80 chiropractors as part
of various investigations. Thirty-one of these chiropractors were selected because they offered free consultations. Seventeen
others were selected because they indicated that they treat children. The rest were chosen without regard for their marketing
behavior or scope of practice. Twenty-five of the visits were audiotaped or videotaped with a concealed device. The rest were
documented by notes made soon afterward. In my opinion, only two of the chiropractors gave appropriate advice.
- James Gregg - Waterloo chiropractor misinforms the
public on CKGL Radio - He told the audience that it's o.k. to treat infants and children with manual therapy for otitis
media. Has he told the truth?
- The politics of back pain - If you've ever had lower back pain,
headaches or pain in your neck, you should read this. (This is one of the only articles on the CANOE web site that I have ever seen survive more than a few weeks, or months. It's from May 1998, and it says it all. Unfortunately, the author didn't have a crystal ball, and was unable to predict the 30% cutback by the Minister of Health on all chiropractic services in Ontario earlier this year.)
Canadian immunization conference - 1996 - Go to section on informed consent and to Ron Gold's section for comments on the anti-immunization efforts of alternative health quacks.
"Reporters are more likely to get space for
a story with controversy, real or fantasized, than for presenting facts."
- The famous 1998 reply by the CMCC eply to 1004 Canadian Pediatric Society letter about pediatric chiropractic claims and practices. Point by point rebuttal. This is a must read in the great Orwellian tradition. Here's one on scoliosis screening in elementary schools:
"Chiropractors appreciate the difference between significant abnormalities, minor scoliosis and other spinal variations. The claim that "posture deformities of children such as scoliosis, kyphosis and unequal leg lengths are not effectively treated by manipulation" is broad and unclear. Chiropractors are qualified to know which abnormalities may respond to chiropractic management, and which should be referred for other care."
See if your practice is in danger. |
1. Joining HMOs
2. M.D./D.C. practice
3. Having an insurance dependant practice
4. A "pain"-based allopathic practice
5. Apathy for chiropractic associations and issues
6. Promoting vaccination
7. Not having a practice full of children