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CHIROPRACTIC: How much healing? How much Flim-Flam?

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Cap'n Preshoot
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« on: September 05, 2009, 11:16:31 am »

A few years ago, a friend of mine went to a Chiropractor because he had some neck problems. That night, he had a stroke and was hospitalized.  Coincidence ?  I don't think so, but you be the judge.

How common are strokes following chiropractic neck manipulation? Nobody knows. No clinical research has addressed this problem, and chiropractic malpractice insurance companies have refused to make their data public. Most speculations run from 1 in 400,000 to 1 in 3,000,000. But when manipulations are done without valid reason -- as they often are -- no complication is excusable.

The following comes from an article, DON'T LET CHIROPRACTORS FOOL YOU  (by Stephen Barrett, M.D.)

"One patient proven to have been killed by neck manipulation was Kristi A. Bedenbaugh, a medical office administrator and former beauty queen from Little Mountain, South Carolina. In 1993, Kristi consulted a chiropractor seeking relief from the pain of sinus headaches. During her second visit, she suffered a stroke immediately after the chiropractor manipulated her neck. She died three days later, one day before her 25th birthday. The autopsy revealed that the manipulation had split the inside walls of both of her vertebral arteries, causing the walls to balloon and block the blood supply to the lower part of her brain. Additional studies concluded that blood clots had formed on the days the manipulation took place. In 1997, the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners of South Carolina issued a consent order in which the chiropractor agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and to acquire 12 hours of continuing education credits in the areas of neurological disorders and emergency response."

Imagine.... a $1,000 fine for killing someone. Of course that was the state board of Chiropractic Examiners, the chiro's own "peer group". God forbid they sanction the chiro or jerk his/her license.  I attempted to research this a little further, but if a malpractice suit was ever filed, it was apparently hushed up, something chiropractic malpractice insurance carriers are known for doing.

According to an article in the New Zealand Journal of Medicine, chiropractic adjustment of the neck is believed to be the single most common cause of a stroke in patients under the age of 45.

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