Chiropractic Care Questioned by the Media Again – Numbers Can Be Manipulated to Say Anything

Unfortunately the Washington Post recently published an article questioning the safety of chiropractic adjustments.

If the true numbers based on percentages of patients affected by traditional medicine for neck and back pain, as compared to chiropractic were
actually revealed – what would we find?

The most comprehensive review of “adverse events” caused by modern medicine is the article Death by Medicine, written by Gary Null, Ph.D.; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD;  Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD.

This fully referenced report reveals that:

  • 2.2 million people experience in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs per year.
  • 20 million unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed annually for viral infections
  • 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures are performed annually, and
  • 8.9 million people are exposed to unnecessary hospitalization every year!

The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year!
That is a mind-boggling 2147 people killed daily!
That’s 7 jumbo jet plane crashes, each and every day.
Chiropractic services have outperformed all other spinal pain treatments, including prescription pain medication, according to national consumer satisfaction surveys, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription pain medication abuse as an epidemic in the United States. Any treatment in health care has its risks; however cervical manipulation is far safer than other more invasive procedures.

Approximately 27 million people in the U.S. seek the care of a doctor of chiropractic (DC) each year. DCs have doctoral-level graduate training in diagnosis and treatment. An insurance company studying chiropractic care published an article Current Concepts in Vertebrobasilar Complications Following Spinal Manipulation and found that the risk of stroke following chiropractic care “…is about one in 10,000,000 neck adjustments”.

Driving your car to the grocery store is far more risky!

A typical chiropractor that delivers neck adjustments sees about 50 patients a day. Some more. Some less. Most chiropractors practice four days a week. Some more. Some less. In a typical week that would be 200 chiropractic neck adjustments. With vacations that’s about 10,000 neck adjustments per year. In the course of a 40-year career, that’s about 400,000 chiropractic neck adjustments. So, spread out among 25 different chiropractors, that’s one stroke in 10,000,000 neck adjustments.

The numbers just aren’t there!
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