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    Reaction to Canadian Stroke Studies
    Sharon Mathiason's letter to the
    Globe and Mail

    Examining Vertebrobasilar Artery Stroke in Two Canadian Provinces
    Supplementary Research Studies
    Spine. 33(4S) Neck Pain Task Force Supplement:S170-S175, February 15, 2008.
    Boyle, Eleanor PhD; Cote, Pierre DC, PhD; Grier, Alexander R. DC, MBA; Cassidy, J David DC, PhD, DrMedSc

    "Chiropractors don't raise stroke risk, study says" by CAROLINE ALPHONSO January 19, 2008 issue of the Globe and Mail. She based the article on a series of articles that will appear in the next issue of the medical journal Spine on February 15th.

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    January 20, 2008
    It saddens me on this the tenth memorial year since the death of my young
    daughter to think that another young woman may believe the article about the
    chiropractic "study" published in the Globe and Mail. The article is
    completely accepting of the "study" so much so it looks like the reporter
    works for the Canadian Chiropractic Association who actually initiated the
    study. This conflict is never raised by the reporter.
    The headline "Chiropractors donít raise stroke risk, study says" is false
    and dangerous. Women and men who believe it could also end up dead as did my
    daughter Laurie Jean Mathiason, Lana Dale Lewis and Pierrette Parisien, just
    to name a few.  Think of it, three Coroner reports all on the same subject,
    in Canada alone, all saying the same thing - neck manipulation kills -
    particularly young women.  This is the very tip of the iceberg.  Sixty years
    of scientific publications from just about every country and in every
    respected journal from the Mayo Clinic to the Canadian Medical Association
    Journal all states this clearly.  You can find it on the website
    This "study" basically claims that strokes caused by chiropractic neck
    manipulation are the fault of the patient.  My daughter walked into a
    chiropractorís office, had her neck manipulated for lower back/tailbone pain
    and started to bleed into her brain right on the table.  They claimed my
    daughter died because her left vertebral artery was bigger than her right,
    yet this is a normal anatomical arrangement in almost all people.  All of
    the diagnostic investigations done on stroke victims, as seen by MRI and CT
    scan show that none of the victims who died or had strokes due to
    chiropractic neck manipulation had congenital aneurysms. A few did have some
    different patterns in the arteries which are equally common in everyone.
    This is all the more reason never to manipulate the neck.  Without the
    unnecessary neck manipulations all the stroke and death victims would still
    be living happy, productive lives.
    This "study" follows the record of chiropractic studies that are as much
    quackery as their neck manipulations on everyone from newborn babies to
    senior citizens for so-called vertebral subluxations which simply do not
    exist. The inquest into the death of Lana Dale Lewis exposed these studies
    for the scam they are.  One "study" claiming that neck manipulation could
    not cause a stroke was done on 80-99 year old cadavers with a chiropractor
    gently moving the head through a limited range of motion.  The best this
    study could prove is that dead people canít have a stroke and die again due
    to chiropractic neck manipulation.
    The Globe and Mail reporter also quotes as fact the other "study" completely
    debunked at the Inquest, namely that the risk of stoke was 1 in 5.85 million
    manipulations.  This "study" was done by a malpractice insurance company
    salesman, also a chiropractor, who based his statistics on those who
    actually sued. If you did not sue, the stroke did not happen.  According to
    this logic we know the number of AIDS cases in Africa, not by blood tests,
    but by the number of babies who have sued their mothers for feeding them
    breast milk with the AIDS virus in it.
    This new "study" itself is a review of billing records. No patient charts or
    tests were examined. There was no new scientific data. The authors took 819
    strokes and then used billing records to see who had seen a doctor in the
    past year and who had seen a chiropractor. Considering that billing payments
    were very limited for chiropractors in Ontario and now thank God have been
    completely eliminated, this is a very poor record of the actual number of
    visits to a chiropractor. Did the scientists not realize this simple
    statistical fact? 
    Of course, the strokes caused by the chiropractors happened in their offices
    while none happened in the office of the doctors.  Where did they tell us
    that? According to the logic of this study, if my daughter Laurie or anyone
    else saw your medical doctor in January and then had a stroke in December
    after having a neck manipulation, it did not count against the chiropractor.
    Almost everyone has seen their doctor within a year. You would get the same
    result if she had stopped at McDonaldís to buy a hamburger and then went to
    the chiropractor.   
    The Globe and Mail is also negligent in not identifying the principal
    author, David Cassidy, as a chiropractor, one who has been sued in
    Saskatchewan, in 1999, by his research assistant for falsifying data, and
    one whose work is stated in the New England Journal of Medicine as "all of
    the studyís authors conclusions are completely invalidated by their
    David Cassidy, before he was dismissed from the University of Saskatchewan,
    was called as an "expert" witness by the Chiropractic Association of
    Saskatchewan (CAS) at my daughterís inquest.  In the Globe and Mail article
    co-author David Cassidy is quoted "Has it ever happened that a chiropractor
    has caused a stroke?  I canít say itís never happened. But if itís
    happening, itís not happening at a greater risk than when it is at a GP
    Well guess what, chiropractor David Cassidy admitted on the stand into the
    death of my daughter they he had manipulated the neck of a woman and caused
    a stroke, a very severe one called Wallenbergís syndrome. Did he say it
    never happened because this poor woman also saw her doctor in the past year?
    I doubt if he has ever seen a patient coming out of a doctor's office having
    a stroke after a neck manipulation. 
    There would be no greater gift in memory of my daughter and all the others
    for government to impose a scientific standard on highest neck manipulation
    just as standards exist for all medications. This would eliminate 99% of all
    chiropractic highest neck manipulations. Victims who need help can write to
    our organization at
    Sharon J. Mathiason
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