Thanks to Wyndi – we are continuing this article from Dr. Bradburn’s website:
Well here’s a doctor’s view, which you will no doubt disagree with.
Chiropractic care is based on a completely fictitious view of human physiology, where complex physiologic processes such as immune responses and organ function are governed by imperceptible misalignments of the spinal column. I say imperceptible as these “subluxations” cannot be confirmed in any objective way, and are only ‘perceived’ by the chiropractor that claims to be able to feel them.
Chiropractors have willinginly entered into a field based on a falsehood, and while they may not know it themselves, they are complete charlatans. When adjusting the back, they may provide some temporary relief, just as cracking my knuckles makes my fingers loose for a few moments. When they limit their practice to this, they seem to be somewhat helpful to people who believe they are helped by this practice. But when they believe that their adjustments of fictitious subluxations of the spine will treat actual disease, and convince patients that they should avoid actual science based medicine, they are a menace.
To take a child to a chiropractor for adjustments of their spine is absolute folly, and to do so at the expense of actual pediatric care is child abuse.
So, First off, the MD is speaking from his experience, which is no experience at all. But as I am one who wants to first love people, then disagree with people or agree as necessary, I need to paint a picture. A child is with their parent at the pediatrician’s office, the pediatrician is administering a vaccine. On one side, another pediatrician looks on, with a large smile on their face, as they are excited and happy that this child is gaining immunity through vaccination. On the other side, a chiropractor looks on in horror, as they are saddened and shocked that this child is being given the toxic sludge found in a vaccine. Two docs with completely different responses based on experience. Neither right or wrong in their emotion, but one right and one wrong, and only you get to choose which. It is your decision, and nobody else for you and your kids. That is important to remember, so that we don’t find ourselves feeling aggressive towards the MD above. I think he is simply and sadly confused. And likely, very smart, but just as likely, very indoctrinated.
I enjoyed the chiropractor’s response, well thought out, and very intelligent. You might recall my recent article that Philosophy Is The Start of Health, this really helps to put the MD’s response vs the Chiropractor’s response, in perspective. See what the chiro had to say:
There is a reason that for your medical training you study toxicology in detail and we study physiology and neurology in detail. Just as I won’t make recommendations on people visiting their medical doctor and their treatments (because it is outside my scope and expertise), I don’t think you should (and neither does many states, as it is malpractice to do so) make broad assumptions on something outside of your training and knowledge base.
You are misinformed to think that we think immune response and organ function are governed by subluxations. Obviously something in the human body isn’t so black and white. If you are well trained in physiology, you will understand something called dysafferentation (or afferent bombardment of the dorsal horn) and the effects that has on the brain’s perception of the body and subsequent efferents. To keep it short, a subluxation will cause incorrect proprioceptive firing, which drives the perception of the body by the brain, and then causes incorrect efferent communication back to the body. A subluxation is not a “bone out of place,” but is improper neurologic communication. In dysafferentation, surrounding paravertebral muscles and end organs can be affected to varying degrees. Dysafferentation has been shown to result in anatomical and functional changes in the brain itself.
So what does a subluxation cause? Dysafferentation, dysponesis, dyskinesia, dysautonomia (read more here - http://bit.ly/fXNZzT). All to varying degrees, and different in each human body due to their own adaptations and stress responses. Chiropractors do not treat disease, but they do address a lack of ease in the normal functioning of the human body (dis-ease).
As for objective measurements, we have plenty. Here’s a few we use in my office:
sEMG, Thermography, Computerized Range of Motion, Motion X-rays (if needed), Heart Rate Variability, and Algometry. I could only hope that every doctor in the medical field has such objective measurements they systematically use when prescribing medication, as medical errors in hospitals alone kill at least 185,000 / year and injure over 1 million per year (http://www.medicalnewstoday.co… and http://bit.ly/1etwZUK respectively). That’s just the ones that are considered “mistakes.” Many also perish from properly administered medical treatment and aren’t included in those numbers.
As you see, I like to have references for what I say rather than make declarations based on personal bias. I truly hope you have the opportunity to visit a chiropractor some day and learn a more vitalistic approach to the body vs. a mechanistic one.
As for one personal view I have: To raise up a kid and teach them to reach for “drugs” every time something goes wrong seems counter-intuitive. We should be teaching them how to build health through nutrition and exercise. Cause and effect shouldn’t be ignored because lifestyle disease can be alleviated with medicine.
Chiropractic has not been around for over 100 years because we are a bunch of charlatans. We’ve grown in number because we offer something that people want, health without a prescription.
I kind of love that. My good friend and chiropractor Dr. Curtis Fedorchuk, wrote a pamphlet and DVD slideshow presentation entitled glass houses. He did this a number of years ago, and should re-do it. The pamphlet uncovered a ton of negative medically published literature, pointing fingers at the medical community. All published from medical people, about medicine. The idea was simply, don’t throw stones at us when you live in glass houses. We might have risk associated with chiropractic, but when we consider the value of what we do, vs the extremely low risk, we are the choice.
I have a wall of children that I have adjusted over the years, pictures galore. SO many of them came off of medication, avoided tubes in their ears, broke the cycle of antibiotics, because chiropractic allowed healing to occur. I am a fan of what chiropractic can do. Period. And I absolutely hate what drugs do, period. Why? Because they live in glass houses.
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E